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Frontiers of Economics in China

ISSN 1673-3444

ISSN 1673-3568(Online)

CN 11-5744/F

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Front. Econ. China    2014, Vol. 9 Issue (2) : 183-215
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Estimating the Economic Value of Statistical Life in China: A Study of the Willingness to Pay for Cancer Prevention
Hua Wang1,Jie He2()
1. Development Research Group, The World Bank, Washington, DC 20433, USA
2. Département d’économique, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC J1K2R1, Canada
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This paper reports the results of a Contingent Valuation (CV) study on cancer prevention where Multiple-Bounded Dichotomous Choice (MBDC) questions are asked of rural residents in China about their willingness to pay (WTP) for a hypothetical cancer vaccine which is expected to be effective for one year. The WTP data are analyzed with region-, age- and gender-specific cancer morbidity and mortality risk statistics; an upper and lower bound of the Value of a Statistical Life (VSL) are then estimated. The estimated VSL is between 481 and 814 thousand yuan (or 58 and 98 thousand US dollars) at 2000 constant prices, which is compatible with the results of previous studies.

Keywords cancer vaccine      contingent valuation      WTP      MBDC format      VSL      rural China     
Issue Date: 04 July 2014
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Hua Wang,Jie He. Estimating the Economic Value of Statistical Life in China: A Study of the Willingness to Pay for Cancer Prevention[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2014, 9(2): 183-215.
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