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Identified versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

I. Glenn Cohen, Norman Daniels, and Nir Eyal


On August 5, 2010, a cave-in left thirty-three Chilean miners trapped underground. The Chilean government embarked on a massive rescue effort, with assistance from multiple international teams, experts, and donors that cost an estimated USD $10-20 million. There is a puzzle here. Many mine safety measures that would have been more cost effective had not been taken in Chile earlier by any of the parties either by the Chilean government or by international donors. The Chilean story is a vivid, real illustration of a persistent problem, the identified lives effect. Human beings show a greater inc ... More

Keywords: identified lives, social science, law, medicine, health care, environment, philosophy, bioethics, cognitive science

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190217471
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217471.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

I. Glenn Cohen, editor

Norman Daniels, editor

Nir Eyal, editor

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