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RESEARCH:

Estimating the global economic cost of drowning

UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: RNLI Operations Research Unit

SUBJECT: Cost of Drowning
TYPE: Research Project
DATE: 2015


This research sought to quantify the economic cost of drowning for all countries, with the aim of highlighting the wider burden to society of a so-called hidden epidemic. Drowning mortality figures and approximated values of a statistical life for each country were analysed in order to arrive at a global figure. This is the first piece of research into the economic burden of drowning conducted by the RNLI and the first that we are aware of in global literature. As such, the results of the work should be seen as preliminary estimates, which could be improved through further study and analysis.

 

COUNTRY

United Kingdom

AUTHORS

Nicholas Woolley

Andrea Lövenich

Dan Ryan

JOURNAL / PUBLICATION

N/A

RESPONDENTS

Denmark

Hong Kong

Austria

Bangladesh

Iceland

India

Latvia

Malaysia

Lithuania

New Zealand

Sweden

UK

USA

South Korea

Taiwan

Chile

Australia

Canada

France

Germany

Indonesia

Netherlands

Poland

Singapore

Thailand

Vietnam

China

Mexico

Myanmar

ACTIVITY

N/A

ENVIRONMENT

N/A

AGE

N/A

GENDER

N/A

ETHNICITY

N/A

 

 
 

 

 

 

We are leading the development of customised insights that help explain New Zealand’s drowning problem, and shape interventions for safe play across our waterways.
For information contact the Head of Data, Research and Insights on wsnz@watersafety.org.nz

 
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