Quick Search:

uzh logo
Browse by:
bullet
bullet
bullet
bullet

Zurich Open Repository and Archive

Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-52349

Oswald, Andrew J; Powdthavee, Nattavudh (2008). Death, Happiness, and the Calculation of Compensatory Damages. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 396, University of Zurich.

[img]
Preview
PDF
166kB

Abstract

"This paper studies the mental distress caused by bereavement. The largest emotional losses are from the death of a spouse; the second-worst in severitynare the losses from the death of a child; the third-worst is the death of a parent. The paper explores how happiness regression equations might benused in tort cases to calculate compensatory damages for emotional harm and pain-and-suffering. We examine alternative well-being variables, discuss adaptation, consider the possibility that bereavement affects someone’s marginal utility of income, and suggest a procedure forncorrecting for the endogeneity of income. Although the paper’s contribution is methodological, and further research is needed, some illustrative compensation amounts are discussed."

Downloads

295 downloads since deposited on 29 Nov 2011
111 downloads since 12 months

Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
DDC:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:November 2008
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 22:47
Last Modified:09 Jul 2012 05:03
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

Users (please log in): suggest update or correction for this item

Repository Staff Only: item control page