Negative Opportunity Cost

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Opportunity cost is the cost of choosing an option over another and is measured by the value of the option not chosen. But what happens if the only other option has a negative value for us? We then get a negative opportunity cost, which is actually a net benefit. For example, having good microbes in our gut is vastly preferable to having harmful ones. This is an example of a negative opportunity cost because there is no positive or zero-value alternative: one can’t have a sterile gut. Read full article here

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