Joe Biden holds his big lead, and Kamala Harris slides: Here are the latest 2020 Democratic primary polls

cnbc | August 20, 2019

Through all of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary’s early ups and downs, Joe Biden has consistently outpaced the field in polls. The former vice president has led nearly every survey at both the national and early nominating state level. His support dipped following the first Democratic debate in late June, then stabilized in recent weeks. Biden has so far shown staying power at the top of a jammed Democratic field even as his rivals’ polling numbers wax and wane. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has seen her standing change most dramatically: she surged from fourth to second in the RealClearPolitics national polling average after a strong first debate showing, then dropped back to fourth.

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The value of a statistical life (VSL) is the marginal rate of substitution between income (or wealth) and mortality risk. The VSL indicates how much individuals are willing to pay (WTP) to reduce the risk of death. Applied properly, the VSL can be used in the benefit-cost analysis to evaluate the efficiency of government policies designed to reduce risk. The VSL can be estimated via revealed preference data by observing individuals choices that influence both income and risk levels. For example, the wage-risk literature examines the premium paid to workers in more risky occupations after controlling for other factors. The VSL is also sometimes estimated via stated preference data by querying individuals about hypothetical choices over income and risk.

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