42 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2003
Date Written: May 2003
The worker fatality risk variable constructed for this paper uses BLS data on total worker deaths by both occupation and industry over the 1992-1997 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
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Viscusi, W. Kip, The Value of Life: Estimates with Risks by Occupation and Industry (May 2003). Harvard Law and Economics Discussion Paper No. 422. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=416600 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.416600
By John Morrall