Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 147-163

First online:

Is Transport Safety More Valuable in the Air?

  • Fredrik CarlssonAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, Göteborg University Email author 
  • , Olof Johansson-StenmanAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, Göteborg University
  • , Peter MartinssonAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, Göteborg University

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Using a contingent valuation survey, people's willingness to pay for a given risk reduction is found to be much larger, consistently more than two times as large, when traveling by air compared to by taxi. Follow-up questions revealed that an important reason for this discrepancy is that many experience a higher mental suffering from flying, and that they are willing to pay to reduce this suffering. It was also consistently found that people are willing to pay more for a certain risk reduction if the original price was higher. Policy implications are discussed.

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