THE ALLOCATION OF STATE SAFETY FUNDS TO ROADS IN FRANCE: AN INVESTIGATION OF THE UNDERLYING RATIONALITIES

Mobilizing public resources in order to save human lives (determining how much money should be spent in order to save a human life on the roads) amounts to ascribing a certain unit value to the lives in question. This article considers the allocation of state safety funds to roads in France. The author first describes the scientific value scale obtained by various economic methods. The second part of the paper gives both an account of the official value scale in a number of countries and presents the implicit value scale from local politicians' decisions. This scale is extracted from expenditure on a sample of road safety improvement projects that were conducted in France between 1986 and 1990. The third part compares these three value scales by applying different cost-effectiveness filters to the implicit values. The author highlights the differences between the official values and the spontaneous values based on social demand. The results show that 30% of the projects would have been deemed cost-effective with the French official values, against 94% (Finland), 88% (Sweden), 67% (United Kingdom), 39% (Austria), 30% (Belgium), and 21% (Luxembourg).

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  • Authors:
    • Bagard, V
  • Publication Date: 2004-10

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00986575
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 28 2005 12:00AM