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The option value of life

Burri, Susanne (2020) The option value of life. Economics and Philosophy. ISSN 0266-2671

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0266267120000061


This paper argues that under conditions of uncertainty, there is frequently a positive option value to staying alive when compared to the alternative of dying right away. This value can make it prudentially rational for you to stay alive even if it appears highly unlikely that you have a bright future ahead of you. Drawing on the real options approach to investment analysis (see e.g. Dixit and Pindyck, 1994), the paper explores the conditions under which there is a positive option value to staying alive, and it draws out important implications for the problems of suicide and euthanasia.

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Additional Information: © 2019 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2019 13:48
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2024 08:42

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