A number of stated preferences studies have estimated a monetary value for the gains in life expectancy resulting from pollution control, using a Value of a Life Year (VOLY) approach. However, life expectancy gains are a complex concept and no attempt has been made, to date, to investigate peoples' understanding of what it is they are being asked to value. Past practice has been to focus on the outcome of a policy i.e. a gain to the average person of X months', providing no details on how the individual receives, or experiences this gain, a potentially important attribute to value.
- life expectancy
- pollution control
- health economics
Baker, R., Bartczak, A., Chilton, S., & Metcalf, H. (2014). Did people “buy” what was “sold”? A qualitative evaluation of a contingent valuation survey information set for gains in life expectancy. Journal of Environmental Management, 33, 94–103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.11.043