Organ trafficking allegations in New Jersey this summer cast a new spotlight on the debate over the best ways to get more people to donate legally. Last year more than 4,500 people in the US died waiting for a kidney, and all sides acknowledge that the need for organs overwhelms the supply. Beyond that, disagreements flare up about which incentives are ethical and practical.Me, I think we should have a market in organs, but many people find the idea of trading such things repugnant. In fact organ markets are one of the classic examples of what Al Roth refers to as "repugnant markets".
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Putting a price on organ donation
An interview including Alex Tabarrok (of Marginal Revolution fame), Sally Satel, and Frank Delmonico, covering the range of viewpoints on the subject of organ donation.