Incentives and Ethics in the Economics of Body Parts
NBER Working Paper No. 22673
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I wrote this paper following my participation to the Symposium “Law and Markets: Regulating Controversial Exchange” at the Osgoode Law School of York University, Toronto, in September of 2015. I thank Mitu Gulati, Kim Krawiec and Poonam Puri for inviting me to the Symposium and encouraging me to write this essay, and for providing insightful comments to a previous draft. I also greatly benefited from conversations with Al Roth. The essay builds on my joint work and almost daily interactions with Julio Elías and Mario Macis; I want to express my gratitude to them, and to claim only partial ownership over (but full responsibility for) what I wrote. In addition to the recent work with Julio and Mario and to previous studies conducted with Mario, I extensively refer to my research in collaboration with Victor Iajya, Robert Slonim, and Sarah Stith. The content and structure of this paper partially follows a cycle of lectures that I gave at the Center for Economic Studies of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in July 2016; I am thankful for the hospitality of the University and the Center during my visiting period, and to the colleagues and students there for their comments. I dedicate this paper to the memory of my friend Julia Fletcher, whose life could have been longer if a bone marrow match were found for her. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.