The Value of Life: Estimates with Risks by Occupation and Industry
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
Economic Inquiry, Vol. 42, Issue 1, pp. 29-48, 2004
The worker fatality risk variable constructed for this article uses BLS data on total worker deaths by both occupation and industry over the 1992-97 period rather than death risks by occupation or industry alone, as in past studies. The subsequent estimates using 1997 CPS data indicate a value of life of $4.7 million for the full sample, $7.0 million for blue-collar males, and $8.5 million for blue-collar females. Unlike previous estimates, these values account for the influence of clustering of the job risk variable and compensating differentials for both workers` compensation and nonfatal job risks.
JEL Classification: J3, I1
Date posted: February 29, 2008
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