Expert Elicitation of the Value per Statistical Life in an Air Pollution Context

Hammitt, James K., Roman, Henry A., Stieb, David M. and Walsh, Tyra L. (2012) Expert Elicitation of the Value per Statistical Life in an Air Pollution Context. TSE Working Paper, n. 12-290

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Abstract

The monetized value of avoided premature mortality typically dominates the calculated benefits of air pollution regulations; therefore, characterization of the uncertainty surrounding these estimates is key to good policymaking. Formal expert judgment elicitation methods are one means of characterizing this uncertainty. They have been applied to characterize uncertainty in the mortality concentration-response function, but have yet to be used to
characterize uncertainty in the economic values placed on avoided mortality. We report the findings of a pilot expert judgment study for Health Canada designed to elicit quantitative probabilistic judgments of uncertainties in Value-per-Statistical-Life (VSL) estimates for use in an air pollution context. The two-stage elicitation addressed uncertainties in both a base
case VSL for a reduction in mortality risk from traumatic accidents and in benefits transferrelated adjustments to the base case for an air quality application (e.g., adjustments for age, income, and health status). Results for each expert were integrated to develop example quantitative probabilistic uncertainty distributions for VSL that could be incorporated into air
quality models.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: January 2012
Uncontrolled Keywords: Value per statistical life, air pollution, expert judgment, uncertainty analysis
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 17:24
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2018 13:22
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:25757
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/15254

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