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Main Title Consumer Valuation of Health Risk: The Case of Heptachlor Contamination of Milk in Hawaii.
Author W. Foster ; R. E. Just
CORP Author California Univ., Davis. Agricultural Experiment Station.; Giannini Foundation, Berkeley, CA.; Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. National Center for Environmental Economics.
Year Published 1984
Stock Number PB2012-109438
Additional Subjects Health hazards ; Heptachlor ; Contamination ; Milk ; Food ; Consumers ; Questionnaires ; Public health ; Risk assessment ; Hawaii
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB2012-109438 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. NTIS 10/24/2012
Collation 45p
Cases of accidental chemical contamination of food sources are occurring with increasing frequency. Measurement of consumer welfare losses in such cases has presented difficult problems. Direct consumer questionnaires are unreliable because of strategic bias (consumers may overstate losses if they think it has possibilities for improving their situation). On the other hand, assessing losses by estimating the number of individuals that will be affected and multiplying by an average loss per person (estimating actual ex post losses) is a highly tentative approach because scientific and medical research estimates regarding the number of people actually affected (e.g., contracting cancer) are highly inaccurate. Also, the many means of estimating loss per person actually affected (implicit value of life from other comparisons, cost of treatment, and value of work time lost) produce conflicting results.