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The Unintended Costs of Kidney Markets: Do Pecuniary Externalities Count in Favour of Banning Kidney Sales?

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Nico Tank

University of Bayreuth; Rambøll Management Consulting in Berlin, DE
About Nico

For helpful comments I am highly indebted to Julius Koll, Marco Meyer, Janis Schaab and Nhat An Trinh.

BA student in Philosophy and Economics (2010 - 2014). His main areas of interest are in applied ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of science. In October he will start working as a political analyst.

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Abstract

This paper discusses one of Debra Satz’s arguments in favour of banning kidney sales. Satz argues that kidney sales might result in costs for those unwilling to sell a kidney and that this may be seen as morally problematic. In my paper I will develop two objections against Satz’s argument. First, I will argue that it is not wrong to make people pay a cost for their unwillingness to sell a kidney. Second, I will argue that the costs Satz describes are not costs people have to pay for their unwillingness to sell a kidney.

How to Cite: Tank, N., 2014. The Unintended Costs of Kidney Markets: Do Pecuniary Externalities Count in Favour of Banning Kidney Sales?. Rerum Causae, 6(1), pp.11–24.
Published on 01 Jan 2014.
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