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Labor Market Estimates of the Senior Discount for the Value of Statistical Life


W. Kip Viscusi


Vanderbilt University - Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Vanderbilt University - Department of Economics; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics

Joseph E. Aldy


Harvard Kennedy School; National Bureau of Economic Research; Resources for the Future

February 2006

Resources for the Future Discussion Paper No. 06-12

Abstract:     
This article develops the first measures of age-industry job risks to examine the age variations in the value of statistical life. Because of the greater risk vulnerability of older workers, they face flatter wage-risk gradients than younger workers, which we show to be the case empirically. Accounting for this heterogeneity in hedonic market equilibria leads to estimates of the value of statistical life-age relationship that follows an inverted-U shape. The estimates of the value of statistical life range from $6.4 million for younger workers to a peak of $9.0 million for those age 35-44, and then a decline to $3.7 million for those age 55-62. The decline of the estimated VSL with age is consistent with there being some senior discount in the Clear Skies Initiative analysis.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 35

Keywords: value of statistical life, job risks, senior discount, compensating differentials

JEL Classification: J17, I12

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Date posted: March 2, 2006  

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Viscusi, W. Kip and Aldy, Joseph E., Labor Market Estimates of the Senior Discount for the Value of Statistical Life (February 2006). Resources for the Future Discussion Paper No. 06-12. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=887180 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.887180

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W. Kip Viscusi
Vanderbilt University - Law School ( email )
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Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management
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Nashville, TN 37203
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Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics ( email )
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Harvard Kennedy School ( email )
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