Accession Number:

ADA037922

Title:

Measuring the Monetary Value of Lifesaving Programs,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

52.0

Abstract:

A multitude of public investment and regulatory decisions which have some effect on mortality and morbidity rates are made by legislatures, administrative agencies, and the courts every year. A decision to require something other than the minimum technologically feasible mortality rate reflects in effect a judgment that mortality or safety is not to be given lexical priority in public decisions over all other commodities which money can buy - a judgment which is certainly reasonable and in accord with everyday decisions made by households. If mortality is not to be given lexical priority, some other standard or procedure is needed to determine which projects are worthwhile. In particular, a procedure is needed for measuring the benefits of such programs in units which can be readily compared with the costs.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE