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Saving Lives: A Review of the Record « Benefit-cost analysis « Topics « Downloads
|Date posted||April 1, 2010|
|Categories||Benefit-cost analysis, Energy and environment, Health and safety, Working paper, Morrall III, John F.|
I present 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 we could save lives more effectively. Regulations aimed at reducing safety and cardiovascular risks have been more cost-effective than regulations aimed at reducing cancer risks. I suggest several potential regulations that could save lives more cost-effectively than the vast majority of regulations issued to date.
Key words: mortality risks, value of life, cost-effectiveness, regulation