Why the 'black market' arguments against legalizing organ sales fail

Res Publica 12 (2):163-178 (2006)
One of the most widespread objections to legalizing a market in human organs is that such legalization would stimulate the black market in human organs. Unfortunately, the proponents of this argument fail to explain how such stimulation will occur. To remedy thus, two accounts of how legalizing markets in human organs could stimulate the black market in them are developed in this paper. Yet although these accounts remedy the lacuna in the anti-market argument from the black market neither of them provide reason to believe that legalizing an organ markets would stimulate the black market in organs. Despite its prevalence, then, the argument from the black market should be rejected.
Keywords Black market  Commodification  Kidneys  Market  Organs
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DOI 10.1007/s11158-006-9001-z
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