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35 $200 per year. 001) an extra $200,000 must be set aside in wages. And on average one of those workers will die on the job. His or her life is valued at the extra (marginal) $200,000. For on-the-job fatalities, this is the method of valuing life. The fatality is linked directly to the riskiness of the work. It is quite common for governments to organize no-fault insurance for job related injury and death. Employers pay premiums and the compensation board pays benefits from an agreed upon schedule.
Details of the best contract depend on the minutiae of the particular problem in hand and the only general principle which can be asserted is that the best contract shares risk between the principal and the agent and this property tends to dilute the strength of pure incentive for the agent to work hard. There is a fundamental trade-off between risk-sharing and incentives. If the principal could glean more infonnation in advance, the contract would be easier to specify. Thus venture-capitalists seek researchers with proven track records of successful R&D before committing resources up front.
And when it comes to clothing, we would all be fine in those drab pants and jackets that are ubiquitous in China. Whatever money we expend over and above that which would cover the basics must be satisfying some quite deeply rooted psychological needs. To say that we are trying to impress one another is a lame explanation. ') There are more subtle instincts at work involving the need to play and be amused by novelty, the need to attract the attention of prospective partners, of prospective like-minded friends, the need to advertise a place in a hierarchy, the need to signal solidarity with certain people, the impulsion to signal alienation and so on.