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Ultimate Price

The Value We Place on Life

Howard Steven Friedman

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Sozialwissenschaften, Recht, Wirtschaft / Wirtschaft

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How much is a human life worth? Individuals, families, companies, and governments routinely place a price on human life. The calculations that underlie these price tags are often buried in technical language, yet they influence our economy, laws, behaviors, policies, health, and safety. 

These price tags are often unfair, infused as they are with gender, racial, national, and cultural biases that often result in valuing the lives of the young more than the old, the rich more than the poor, whites more than blacks, Americans more than foreigners, and relatives more than strangers. This is critical since undervalued lives are left less-protected and more exposed to risk.

Howard Steven Friedman explains in simple terms how economists and data scientists at corporations, regulatory agencies, and insurance companies develop and use these price tags and points a spotlight at their logical flaws and limitations. He then forcefully argues against the rampant unfairness in the system. Readers will be enlightened, shocked, and, ultimately, empowered to confront the price tags we assign to human lives and understand why such calculations matter.

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laws, public policy, poverty, wealth inequality, legal settlements, economics, philosophy, parenting, health, safe water, social policy, undervalued lives, death, nonfiction, human life, health insurance, corporations, inequality, insurance, science, abortion, value, morality, healthcare, social issues, economy, race, reproductive rights, legal system, social justice, political science, ethics, toxic waste, compensation, politics, criminal justice, precarity, corporate dumping, lawsuits