The price of pain and the value of suffering
Vlaev, Ivo, Seymour, Ben, Dolan, Raymond J. and Chater, Nick. (2009) The price of pain and the value of suffering. Psychological Science, Vol.20 (No.3). pp. 309-317. ISSN 0956-7976Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9280.2009.02304.x
Estimating the financial value of pain informs issues as diverse as the market price of analgesics, the cost-effectiveness of clinical treatments, compensation for injury, and the response to public hazards. Such valuations are assumed to reflect a stable trade-off between relief of discomfort and money. Here, using an auction-based health-market experiment, we show that the price people pay for relief of pain is strongly determined by the local context of the market, that is, by recent intensities of pain or immediately disposable income (but not overall wealth). The absence of a stable valuation metric suggests that the dynamic behavior of health markets is not predictable from the static behavior of individuals. We conclude that the results follow the dynamics of habit-formation models of economic theory, and thus, this study provides the first scientific basis for this type of preference modeling.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Behavioural Science
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Journal or Publication Title:||Psychological Science|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications, Inc.|
|Number of Pages:||9|
|Page Range:||pp. 309-317|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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