"Covid-19: Can and should we put monetary value on life?"

Press/Media: Expert Comment


Article in the Irish News.


Evaluation of COVID-19 lockdown policy in terms of benefits versus costs. Can and should we attempt to put a cash value on a human life saved? Probably not, but in world where resources always scarce it is morally acceptable (and necessary) to be sensitive to the costs of various public policy options.

Period18 Jun 2020

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  • Northern Ireland economy, political impact on economy, devolution, devolved policies, economic policy, economic growth, UK growth
  • COVID-19
  • COVID-19 response
  • Pandemic
  • cost benefit analysis
  • utilitarianism
  • lives saved
  • value of a human life
  • QALY
  • NICE