Saving Lives: A Review of the Record
28 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2003
Date Written: July 2003
This paper presents evidence on the cost-effectiveness of 76 regulatory actions promulgated by the Federal government from 1967 to 2001 by updating similar work published by the author in 1986. The paper first responds to several critiques of the original article recently published in prominent law journals by showing that most of the specific criticism is based on misrepresentations and mistakes. Wide differences in cost-effectiveness indicate the possibility of saving lives more effectively. Regulations aimed at reducing safety and cardiovascular risks have been more cost-effective than regulations aimed at reducing cancer risks. The author suggests several potential regulations that could save lives more cost-effectively than the vast majority of regulations issued to date.
Keywords: mortality risks, value of life, cost-effectiveness, regulation
JEL Classification: J17
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