How Much Is A Human Life Actually Worth? • Discoverology

How Much Is A Human Life Actually Worth?

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As a society we have historically been willing to incur costs to save lives. Government forces carmakers to reduce air pollution to help people with asthma, and the price of cars goes up. Laws prevent factories from polluting to save fisheries, and goods cost more. But that kind of tradeoff clearly has limits.

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