Informed choice or regulated risk?

F. R. Johnson, A. Fisher, V. K. Smith, W. H. Desvousges

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This article reports some preliminary results of a recent social experiment designed to test the senstivity of people's responses to alternative presentations of the same facts about radon risks. Ethical issues enter the experiment in two ways. First, it was found that the way risk information is presented does matter and therefore involves ethical judgements. Second, ethical issues arose in the design of the social experiment itself. Discussed here are ways in which these two concerns limited the acceptable range and character of the experiment. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-15,30-35
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Water Science and Technology


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