Discount Rate for Health Benefits and the Value of Life in India

K. R. Shanmugam
2011 Economics Research International  
This study contributes to the literature by estimating discount rate for health benefits and value of statistical life of workers in India. The discount rate is imputed from wage-risk trade-offs in which workers decide whether to accept a risky job with higher wages. The estimated real discount rate varies across regions ranging 2.4–5.1 percent, which is closer to the financial market rate for the study period. The estimated value of a statistical life is Rs. 20 (US $ 1.107) million. The
more » ... thus provide no empirical support for utilizing a separate rate of discount for health benefits of life-saving policies in developing countries like India.
doi:10.1155/2011/191425 fatcat:46dpmybuebba3k55byon3bgvki