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Books by W. Kip Viscusi

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International editions

Economics of Regulation and Antitrust, Chinese Analytical Methods for Lawyers, Japanese

  1. Handbook of the Economics of Risk and Uncertainty, Co-editor with Mark J. Machina (Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier, 2014).


  2. Classics in Risk Management, Vol. I and II, Editor with Ted Gayer (Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2004).

  1. The Risks of Terrorism, Editor (Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003).

  1. Analytical Methods for Lawyers, with Howell E. Jackson, Louis Kaplow, Steven M. Shavell, and David Cope (New York: Foundation Press, 2003), Second Edition (New York: Foundation Press, 2011). Second edition translated into Japanese, 2014.

  1. Regulation through Litigation, Editor (Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise Institute--Brookings Institution, 2002), in hardcover and paperback.

  1. Smoke-Filled Rooms: A Postmortem on the Tobacco Deal (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002).

  1. Punitive Damages: How Juries Decide, with Cass R. Sunstein, Reid Hastie, John W. Payne, and David A. Schkade (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002), in hardcover and paperback.

  1. Calculating Risks?: The Spatial and Political Dimensions of Hazardous Waste Policy, Regulation of Economic Activity Series No. 21, with James T. Hamilton (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999).

  1. Rational Risk Policy (Oxford, U.K.: Clarendon Press, 1998). Winner of the 1996 Arne Ryde Memorial Lectures and Kulp Memorial Award, best book of 2000, American Risk and Insurance Association.

  1. The Mortality Costs of Regulatory Expenditures, Editor (Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1994).

  1. Product-Risk Labeling: A Federal Responsibility (Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise Institute Press, 1993).

  1. Smoking: Making the Risky Decision (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).

  1. Fatal Tradeoffs: Public and Private Responsibilities for Risk (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992); paperback edition, 1995. Winner of the Kulp Memorial Award, best book of 1994, American Risk and Insurance Association.

  1. Informational Approaches to Regulation, Regulation of Economic Activity Series No. 19, with Wesley A. Magat (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1992). Excerpts reprinted in Richard L. Revesz, Foundations of Environmental Law and Policy (New York: Foundation Press, 1997) and Richard L. Revesz, Foundations of Environmental Law and Policy (New York: Oxford Press, 1997).


  2. Economics of Regulation and Antitrust, with John M. Vernon and Joseph E. Harrington, Jr. (Lexington: D.C. Heath & Co, 1992), Second Edition (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1995), Third Edition (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2000). Third edition translated into Chinese, Ukrainian. Fourth Edition (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2005). Fourth edition translated into Chinese, 2010.

  1. Reforming Products Liability (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991). Winner of Kulp Memorial Award, best book of 1993, American Risk and Insurance Association.

  1. Enterprise Responsibility for Personal Injury -- Reporters' Study, Vol. I: The Institutional Framework and Vol.II: Approaches to Legal and Institutional Change, Associate Reporter, with Paul Weiler, et al. (Philadelphia: American Law Institute, 1991).

  1. Compensation Mechanisms for Job Risks: Wages, Workers' Compensation and Product Liability, with Michael J. Moore (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990). Winner of Kulp Memorial Award, best book of 1992, American Risk and Insurance Association.

  1. Learning about Risk: Consumer and Worker Responses to Hazard Information, principal author with Wesley A. Magat (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1987).

  1. Regulating Consumer Product Safety (Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise Institute, 1984), in hardcover and paperback.

  1. Risk by Choice: Regulating Health and Safety in the Workplace (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1983).

  1. Employment Hazards: An Investigation of Market Performance, Harvard Economic Studies No. 148 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1979). Winner of the David Wells Prize for outstanding economics dissertation, Harvard University.

  1. Welfare of the Elderly: An Economic Analysis and Policy Prescription (New York: Wiley-Interscience, 1979).

  1. Damming the West, with Richard Berkman (New York: Grossman Publishers-Viking Press, 1973), in hardcover and paperback.