Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/185912
Authors: 
Felder, Stefan
Werblow, Andreas
Year of Publication: 
2009
Citation: 
[Journal:] Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics [ISSN:] 2235-6282 [Volume:] 145 [Year:] 2009 [Issue:] 2 [Pages:] 137-153
Abstract: 
We estimate the marginal cost of life using age- and gender-specific health care expenditures and mortality rates of the 26 Swiss cantons for the period 1997 to 2006. We show triple the marginal cost of saving a life for women as compared to men, reflecting a lower marginal elasticity of medical inputs, a lower mortality rate and higher spending on health care for women. Medical technology does not differ across cantons while the marginal cost of saving a life does. Wealthy cantons spend more on saving a life at the margin and show a smaller gender gap in longevity.
Subjects: 
Marginal cost of saving a life
value of a statistical life
gender
health production
regional diversity
JEL: 
H11
I12
I18
J16
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article

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