Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 165–182

Dread risks


  • Susan Chilton
    • University of Newcastle
    • University of Newcastle
  • Francis Kiraly
    • University of Newcastle
  • Hugh Metcalf
    • University of Newcastle
  • Wei Pang
    • University of Newcastle

DOI: 10.1007/s11166-006-0483-z

Cite this article as:
Chilton, S., Jones-Lee, M., Kiraly, F. et al. J Risk Uncertainty (2006) 33: 165. doi:10.1007/s11166-006-0483-z


It is a well-established fact that many people view the prospect of premature death by some causes with considerably more disquiet or “dread” than death by other causes. It is equally clear that for most people their personal risk of death by a given cause is also a matter of serious concern. This article reports the findings of a study aimed at estimating the effects of dread and personal risk of death by a specific cause on the willingness-to-pay based Value of Statistical Life (VSL) for that cause.


DreadWillingness to payValue of Statistical Life

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