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. Thomas Schelling, a Harvard professor and RAND economist, articulated the concept of the "value of a statistical life" in 1968. W. Kip Viscusi, economist at Vanderbilt University, suggested in 1981 using the VSL to make decisions.
Others who did research / contributed to this thinking:
- Warren Prunella, economics professor at Canisius College, came up with one of the earliest calculations used in regulation in 1978.
- Kenneth Feinberg
- Stefanos Zenios at Stanford Graduate School of Business
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux. "What Should The Government Spend To Save A Life?" FiveThirtyEight, March 27, 2020.
Frank Partnoy. "The Cost of a Human Life, Statistically Speaking." The Globalist, July 21, 2012.
- Sarah Gonzalez. "How Government Agencies Determine The Dollar Value Of Human Life." NPR, April 23, 2020.
- Adam Rogers. "How much is a human life actually worth?" WIRED, May 11, 2020.
- Austin Frakt. "Putting a Dollar Value on Life? Governments Already Do." The New York Times, May 11, 2020.
- Stephen J. Dubner. "Who Decides How Much a Life Is Worth?" Freakonomics, Ep.344, August 8, 2018.
- Kathleen Kingsbury. "The Value of a Human Life: $129,000." Time, May 20, 2008.