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Should there be a legal market for transplant kidneys from live donors?

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James Mee

London School of Economics, GB
About James
MSc Economics and Philosophy student (2013-2014). His main areas of interest are the differing philosophical theories of wellbeing and the morality of markets. After graduating, he hopes to pursue a career in economic policymaking.
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Abstract

Since markets expand choice and promote individual liberty, many economists have claimed that a market for human kidneys should be permitted. In contrast, this essay argues why such a market should remain illegal. This is because: it is unclear whether a kidney market would increase the supply of good quality kidneys; such a market would exploit the poorest members of society; if a market were permitted it would exacerbate existing inequalities based on income; and allowing such a market would impose unfair costs on those who decided to keep both kidneys. A system of ‘mandated choice’ is presented as a viable alternative solution to the kidney shortage problem.

How to Cite: Mee, J., 2014. Should there be a legal market for transplant kidneys from live donors?. Rerum Causae, 6(2), pp.147–156.
Published on 01 Jul 2014.
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