Estimating the global economic cost of drowning
UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: RNLI Operations Research Unit
SUBJECT: Cost of Drowning
TYPE: Research Project
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.
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