Quotation Dickert, Stephan and Västfjäll, Daniel and Kleber, Janet and Slovic, Paul. 2015. Scope Insensitivity: The Limits of Intuitive Valuation of Human Lives in Public Policy. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 4 (3), 248-255.


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A critical question for government officials, managers of NGOs, and politicians is how to respond to situations in which large numbers of lives are at risk. Theories in judgment and decision making as well as economics suggest diminishing marginal utility with increasing quantities of goods. In the domain of lifesaving, this form of non-linearity implies decreasing concern for individual lives as the number of affected people increases. In this paper, we show how intuitive valuations based on prosocial emotions can lead to scope insensitivity and suboptimal responses to lives at risk. We present both normative and descriptive models of valuations of lives and discuss the underlying psychological processes as they relate to judgments and decisions made in public policy and by NGOs.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Scope Insensitivity: The Limits of Intuitive Valuation of Human Lives in Public Policy
Volume 4
Number 3
Year 2015
Page from 248
Page to 255
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211368114000795
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jarmac.2014.09.002

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Dickert, Stephan (Former researcher)
Kleber, Janet (Former researcher)
External
Slovic, Paul (Decision Research, United States/USA)
Västfjäll, Daniel (Linköping University, Sweden)
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Marketing and Consumer Research IN (Details)
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