Estimating the Value of a Statistical Life: The Importance of Omitted Variables and Publication Bias
In this paper we show that omitted variables and publication bias lead to severely biased estimates of the value of a statistical life. Although our empirical results are obtained in the context of a study of choices about road safety, we suspect that the same issues plague the estimation of monetary trade-offs regarding safety in other contexts.
Ashenfelter, Orley and Michael Greenstone. "Estimating The Value Of A Statistical Life: The Importance Of Omitted Variables And Publication Bias," American Economic Review, 2004, v94(2,May), 454-460. citation courtesy of