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W. Kip Viscusi

Professor W. Kip Viscusi, Ph.D.


W. Kip Viscusi, Ph.D., is Vanderbilt's first University Distinguished Professor. His estimates of the value of risks to life and health are currently used throughout the Federal government. (Read more)

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Professor W. Kip Viscusi
Vanderbilt University Law School
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W. Kip Viscusi is the author of more than 30 books, including  Pricing Lives: Guideposts for a Safer Society (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018) and Economics of Regulation and Antitrust, Fifth Edition ,  with Joseph E. Harrington, Jr. and David E. M. Sappington. (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2018). 

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"From probably the world's leading thinker on the valuation of mortality risks, Pricing Lives makes a fundamental, enduring contribution."  
—Cass Sunstein, Harvard Law School

Read selected reviews of Pricing Lives: Guideposts for a Safer Society  here.

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"How do the authors do it? The book keeps getting better and better. There is simply no point in doing an economics of regulation course without having the fifth edition of this book available."
—Thomas J. Kniesner, Claremont Graduate University

Selected Presentations and Media Appearances

November 2020: Presidential address, "Economic Lessons for COVID-19 Pandemic Policies," 90th Southern Economic Association's Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Text available at SSRN

April 2020: "The Value of a Statistical Life," interview with Q+A (New Zealand talk show). 

April 2020: "Lives vs. the Economy," interview with NPR Planet Money, Episode 991.

April 2020: "Kip Viscusi on the Value of a Statistical Life and Coronavirus," interview with Technology Policy Institute's Two Think Minimum podcast. 

July 2017: Keynote address, "Pricing Lives for Policy," Annual Conference of the Economic Society of Australia, Sydney, AU. 


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November 2020: W. Kip Viscusi gave the presidential address at the 90th Southern Economic Association's Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Professor Viscusi's presentation was titled "Economic Lessons for COVID-19 Pandemic Policies." Below, Professor Viscusi is presented with the SEA Presidential gavel and plaque by SEA Secretary/Treasurer Benjamin Powell. 


October 2020:  Pricing Lives: Guideposts for a Safer Society (2018) was published in paperback. Professor Viscusi's book also received the Kulp-Wright Book Award for Best Book of 2020 from the American Risk and Insurance Association

August 2019: W. Kip Viscusi received Vanderbilt's most prestigious faculty honor for accomplishments in research—the Earl Sutherland Prize for Achievement in Research.

Earl Sutherland Prize for Research