July 16, 2008
According to the EPA, that's the current value for a human life (their value estimate has dropped over the last year.) The estimate is for the "value of a statistical life", a number used in cost-benefit calculations. But before you brag you're worth more than the $6 Million Man, note that other agencies have different figures for your value, so you may be worth more or less than that. Time magazine recently noted that the value of one year of human life was approximately $50,000. A different estimate, based on parting you out for transplants and biological reagents, puts the value at over $45 million. And of course there's the old estimate that if broken down to basic elements, you're worth a grand total of $4.50... But I prefer to think the value of an individual human life is, as the commercial says, priceless!