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Social Science Research Network, February 27, 2015
Edited by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Norman Daniels, Nir Eyal

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Identified Versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2015) is an edited volume that addresses the identified lives effect, which describes the fact that people demonstrate a stronger inclination to assist persons and groups identified as at high risk of great harm than those who will or already suffer similar harm, but endure unidentified. As a result of this effect, we allocate resources reactively rather than proactively, prioritizing treatment over prevention. Such bias raises practical and ethical questions that extend to almost every aspect of human life and politics. Such bias raises practical and ethical questions that extend to almost every aspect of human life and politics. This volume is the first book to tackle the effect from all necessary perspectives: psychology, public health, law, ethics, and public policy.

The introduction of "Identified Versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective" is now available for free download on SSRN.  Read it online now!

This book is based on the 2012 conference "Identified vs. Statistical Lives: Ethics and Public Policy," cosponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School; the Harvard Global Health Institute; the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics; the Center for Health Decision Science at the School of Public Health; and the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

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