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An Economic Analysis of Severe Industrial Hazards

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Part of the book series: Microeconomic Studies (MICROECONOMIC)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Introduction

      • Immo Querner
      Pages 1-17
  3. Nomenclature

    1. Nomenclature

      • Immo Querner
      Pages 19-19
  4. A General Model of Aversion Against Severe Industrial Hazards

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 21-21
    2. ‘Unlikeliness’ of Physical Risks

      • Immo Querner
      Pages 23-76
    3. ‘Catastrophiness’ of Physical Risks

      • Immo Querner
      Pages 77-118
    4. A Liability Insurer’s Risk Evaluation

      • Immo Querner
      Pages 124-135
  5. A Micro-Economic Analysis of Measures Against Severe Industrial Hazards

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 137-137
    2. Aggregate Risk-Reduction Cost

      • Immo Querner
      Pages 185-191
    3. Optimal Provision of Physical Safety

      • Immo Querner
      Pages 192-203
    4. Market Solutions, Failures and Corrections

      • Immo Querner
      Pages 204-248
    5. Conclusion

      • Immo Querner
      Pages 249-257
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 259-271

About this book

and Acknowledgments Apparently almost every other month severe industrial hazards invade our living rooms, be it in terms of an ex post report or in terms of an alarming scenario, be it in a remote corner of the world or just in front of our doorstep. Although the invasion of our living rooms is mostly only via printed or electronic media (as opposed to personally experienced tragedies), people in the western hemissphere seem to be concerned, and so are politics and science. Given that welfare-economics has played (or is about to play) a helpful role in terms of analyzing and rationalizing "political" issues (such as the environment, education, or the law) that had been deemed too soft, too psychological, too value-laden, or too political, a book about the economics of catastrophic industrial hazards and their prevention will hardly come as a surprise. However, what are the precise obj ecti ves of this book? For a start, the author intends to argue the welfare-economic relevance of severe industrial hazards, both from a theoretical as well as from a very down-to-earth perspecti ve. Secondly, it shall be demonstrated that and how the problem can be theoretically dealt with, without really departing from standard micro-economics, in particular the "Pareto principle" and, when it comes to very small "collective" physical risks, the well established "von Neumann-Morgenstern" framework.

Keywords

  • Mikroökonomie
  • Wohlfahrt
  • hazard
  • microeconomics
  • safety
  • welfare

Authors and Affiliations

  • Berlin 12, Germany

    Immo Querner

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: An Economic Analysis of Severe Industrial Hazards

  • Authors: Immo Querner

  • Series Title: Microeconomic Studies

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-95898-4

  • Publisher: Physica Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Physica-Verlag Heidelberg 1993

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-7908-0678-6

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-642-95898-4

  • Series ISSN: 1431-6005

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 272

  • Topics: Economics, Environmental Economics

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Softcover Book USD 159.00
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