Evaluating Alternatives Involving Potential Fatalities

Journal Article

A critical aspect of many major decisions involves the possible loss of human life. Thus, in evaluating the alternatives, it is desirable to address this issue. This paper proposes a cardinal utility model for evaluating the potential fatalities and the uncertainty of their occurrence. It separates the overall consequences of fatalities into a personal direct impact and a societal indirect impact. Separate preference models are built for each impact and integrated to provide an overall evaluation of the potential fatalities. An assessment procedure is discussed and illustrated.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Keeney, RL

Published Date

  • February 1, 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 188 - 205

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1526-5463

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0030-364X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1287/opre.28.1.188


  • en