The Revealed Preference Approach

  • Magnus Johannesson
Part of the Developments in Health Economics and Public Policy book series (HEPP, volume 4)


If the costs of implementing health care programmes are to be compared directly with health benefits, it is necessary to express health consequences in monetary units. This chapter and the following chapter examine the empirical methods that economists have devised to quantify how much citizens are willing to pay in monetary terms for health effects. There are two principal approaches that can be used to obtain willingness-to-pay estimates of health changes: revealed preference as observed in actual choices or expressed preference as observed in hypothetical choices in surveys. This chapter is devoted to the revealed preference approach and the following chapter is devoted to the expressed preference approach.


Wage Rate Statistical Life Wage Premium Smoke Detector Indoor Radon Concentration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Magnus Johannesson
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  1. 1.Stockholm School of EconomicsSweden

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