Repugnance Management and Transactions in the Body

5 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2017

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Kieran Healy

Duke University

Kimberly D. Krawiec

University of Virginia School of Law

Date Written: March 17, 2017


Researchers have made progress in understanding the role of repugnance in transactions involving the human body. Yet, often, the focus remains on exchange between individuals and how they mentally cope (or not) with repugnance. But these exchanges also entail a “vertical” dimension in which organizational and state actors both directly manage repugnance and also limit the repugnance management tools available to the marketplace. Analyzing repugnance and its management as an organizational and regulatory problem, in addition to an individual one, suggests that a single, harmonized system of exchange in bodily goods is unlikely to emerge with the passage of time.

Keywords: repugnance, gift exchange, markets, organ donation, oocyte markets

JEL Classification: A12, A13, A14, I18, K00

Suggested Citation

Healy, Kieran and Krawiec, Kimberly D., Repugnance Management and Transactions in the Body (March 17, 2017). American Economic Review, (Papers & Proceedings) Forthcoming, Duke Law School Public Law & Legal Theory Series No. 2017-25, Available at SSRN:

Kieran Healy

Duke University ( email )

Durham, NC 27708
United States

Kimberly D. Krawiec (Contact Author)

University of Virginia School of Law ( email )

580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States

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