Brother, can you spare a kidney?

June 5, 2007


It turns out that the much publicized Dutch reality tv show, “The Big Donor”, about contestants competing for a kidney donation from a dying woman, was a hoax.

Coincidentally (for me), this post by Harvard economist Greg Mankiw regarding Gov. Spitzer of NY signing a measure to legalize ticket scalping, lead me to this post of his about the economics of organ donation.

It’s something to think about. Is it wrong for an organ donor’s family to be paid when the donor willingly allows his life saving organs to be removed upon his death? Would it help more people or harm more people?


One Response to “Brother, can you spare a kidney?”

  1. elyzabethe Says:

    I love that Virginia Postrel op-ed ….

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