Karlstad University Working Papers in Economics
Do administrators have the same priorities for risk reductions as the general public?
(), Dinky Daruvala
() and Henrik Jaldell
Abstract: A stated preference survey was used to investigate the
potential discrepancy between the priorities of public administrators and
the general public regarding risk reductions. Both groups of respondents
were asked to assume the role of a public policy-maker and choose between
different public safety projects. We investigate differences in three
areas: (i) large vs. small accidents, (ii) actual vs. subjective risk, and
(iii) the trade-off between avoiding fatalities and serious injuries for
different age groups and accidents. We find only minor differences between
the responses of administrators and the general public, the most important
of which is the difference in priorities between reducing the risk of many
small or one large accident. In this area the most common response from the
general public is that they prefer avoiding many small accidents rather
than one large accident while among the administrators there is almost an
equal split between the two options.
Keywords: accidents; risk; policy making; stated preference; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D61; I18; (follow links to similar papers)
41 pages, February 20, 2013
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Carlsson, Fredrik, Dinky Daruvala and Henrik Jaldell, (2012), 'Do administrators have the same priorities for risk reductions as the general public?', Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Vol. 45, pages 79-95
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