Estimating the Value of a Statistical Life: The Importance of Omitted Variables and Publication Bias
16 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2010 Last revised: 28 Dec 2011
Date Written: April 2004
In this paper we show that omitted variables and publication bias lead to severely biased estimates of the value of a statistical life. Although our empirical results are obtained in the context of a study of choices about road safety, we suspect that the same issues plague the estimation of monetary trade-offs regarding safety in other contexts.
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