Unsure if this is off topic but have there been any attempts to look at the "economics of nature"? I mean this in the sense of measuring the "economic activities" of the animal kingdom.
An economy (From Greek οίκος – "household" and νέμoμαι – "manage") is an area of the production, distribution, or trade, and consumption of goods and services by different agents in a given geographical location.
we can see all of these activities in a bee hive (other than trade I guess). It seems like it can work very well with alot of the inter-temporal models we see in intermediate macroeconomics.
Practical questions for analysis include:
- How is "income" or food distributed in a colony
- what is the Lorenz curve in a colony
- what is the MRS between present and future consumption in a colony
It would be interesting for the sake of real world policy application, much like engineers design from nature can we create economic policy from it?