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The Economics of Organ Donations

EconTalk Episode with Richard Epstein
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Russ Roberts and Richard Epstein, law professor at the University of Chicago, discuss the market for kidneys. Should people be allowed to buy and sell kidneys? How might a market for kidneys actually work in practice? Should mercenary motives be allowed to trump altruism? Epstein deals with these questions and more.

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  • Here's Looking At You, Kidney: How and why I became an organ donor, by Virginia Postrel. June 2006. Texas Monthly. Sally Satel and a failing kidney. Subscription required. See also
  • The Human and Economic Dimensions of Altruism. Richard Epstein. April 2006. The President's Council on Bioethics.
    • "Altruism and Barter." Richard Epstein. May 8, 2006. The National Law Journal. Subscription required.
    • Kidney Beancounters Richard Epstein. May 15, 2006. The Wall Street Journal Online.
    • "The Benighted Policies of Organ Donations." Letter to the editor of the WSJ by Richard Epstein, beginning "Let me offer a brief answer to both Richard Amerling and Charles Fruit for their letters of May 23, 2006". Subscription required.
    • Organ Donations: Sorting or Queuing? Richard Epstein. May 31, 2006. Faculty Blog at the U. of Chicago.
  • Should the Purchase and Sale of Organs for Transplant Surgery be Permitted? by Gary Becker. Jan. 1, 2006. Becker-Posner Blog.
  • "Have a Heart. We'll Send the Bill. The Case for selling human organs." Richard Epstein. Feb. 24, 2002. WSJ.
    • Sell Your Organs?, Arnold Kling, Feb. 2002. GQE blog entry on Epstein article.
    • Organ Transplant Market? Arnold Kling. March 25, 2003. EconLog blog entry on organ donors, Irwin M. Stelzer, and Richard Titmuss.
  • "Organ Peddling." Richard Epstein and Atul Gawande. June 5, 1998. Slate.
  • "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest." Adam Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations par. I.2.2.
  • Organomics. A blog on living organ donation by J. Heaney.
  • The Choice: Years on Dialysis Brought Joe Mole To a Crossroads. Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Nov. 3, 2005.
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    Lauren writes:

    Here is a related discussion at Levitt and Dubner's Freakonomics

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