Applying economic models to physiology seems really obvious. For instance:
- Surely the body uses price signals to match production to consumption of various metabolites. Insulin as a price signal for glucose is one example.
- Presumably such price signals coordinate between spatially-separated organs with specialized roles in various physiological "supply chains". That should lead to general equilibrium models, and questions of convexity and stability.
- Can we back out an implied discount rate for the body's long-term energy stores?
Yet when I run a google search for the obvious phrase "econophysiology", I get back five results, most of which appear to be misspellings. (I feel like I ought to write something right now just to call dibs on the name.)
Does anyone know of sources on this sort of thing? Is there a name for it?