If We Pay Football Players, Why Not Kidney Donors?

6 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2018

See all articles by Philip J. Cook

Philip J. Cook

Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy; Duke University, Dept. of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Kimberly D. Krawiec

Duke University School of Law

Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

Ethicists who oppose compensating kidney donors claim they do so because kidney donation is risky for the donor’s health, donors may not appreciate the risks and may be cognitively biased in other ways, and donors may come from disadvantaged groups and thus could be exploited. However, few ethical qualms are raised about professional football players, who face much greater health risks than kidney donors, have much less counseling and screening concerning that risk, and who often come from racial and economic groups deemed disadvantaged. It thus seems that either ethicists—and the law—should ban both professional football and compensated organ donation, allow both, or allow compensated organ donation but prohibit professional football. The fact that we choose none of those options raises questions about the wisdom of the compensation ban.

Keywords: organ donation, football, health risks, health and medicine, kidney transplants

JEL Classification: I18, K32

Suggested Citation

Cook, Philip J. and Krawiec, Kimberly D., If We Pay Football Players, Why Not Kidney Donors? (March 2018). Regulation, Vol. 41, No. 1, Spring 2018; Duke Law School Public Law & Legal Theory Series No. 2018-30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3147160

Philip J. Cook (Contact Author)

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Kimberly D. Krawiec

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