What’s the Value of Your Life Really Worth?

Amanda Claypool
16 min readSep 26, 2023
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What is economics exactly?

According to Merriam-Webster, economics is:

a social science concerned chiefly with description and analysis of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.

But when you look to academia to get an understanding of what economics is really all about, economists can’t seem to agree.

The University of Buffalo provides the best example that ranks the highest in a Google search. They state:

Economics is the study of scarcity and its implications for the use of resources, production of goods and services, growth of production and welfare over time, and a great variety of other complex issues of vital concern to society.

Meanwhile, the economics department at Harvard argues that economics is an oracle that can provide solutions to myriad problems in the world:

Economics helps provide answers for some of the world’s most pressing questions, from the future of work to ending global poverty to improving the environment.

And if you’re looking for the University of Chicago to help you understand what economics is, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a working definition on their website. To do so, you’ll have to sift through copious amounts of ideological…



Amanda Claypool

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