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The Economics of Organ Donations
Jun 5 2006

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.

Transplanting Kidneys in Tehran
There's only one place in the world where individuals can be financially compensated for donating a kidney- Iran. EconTalk host Russ Roberts chatted with New York Times writer Tina Rosenberg, as a follow-up to an earlier episode on matching markets...
Tina Rosenberg on the Kidney Market in Iran
There is only one country in the world where a person can sell a kidney to another citizen who buys it. That country is Iran. Tina Rosenberg of The New York Times talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the...
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Econtalk Extra
By Alice Temnick

Kidney Donations

A special thank you to Alice Temnick for creating this Extra relating to this EconTalk episode. Do you or have you known someone who has donated, is in need of, or has received a transplanted organ? If so, how has...


Richard Epstein on Regulation

Richard Epstein of New York University and Stanford University's Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the current state of the economy, particularly the regulatory climate. Epstein argues the current level of regulation is producing unusually high costs....


Aug 29 2006 at 7:16am

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

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