Value of human life

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Value of life (also known as value of statistical life).

In the U.S., one human life is worth roughly $10 million.[1][2] Folks who contributed to this measure:

  • Kenneth Feinberg
  • Kip Viscusi, economist at Vanderbilt University


  1. Sarah Gonzalez. "How Government Agencies Determine The Dollar Value Of Human Life." NPR, April 23, 2020.
  2. Stephen J. Dubner. "Who Decides How Much a Life Is Worth?" Freakonomics, Ep.344, August 8, 2018.