A Game Theoretic Analysis of Voluntary Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide

19 Pages Posted: 14 May 2020

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Rodrigo Harrison

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.

Francisco Silva

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Date Written: April 2020

Abstract

In countries/states where voluntary euthanasia (VE) or physician‐assisted suicide (PAS) is legal, the patient's decision about whether to request VE or PAS heavily relies on the information others provide. We use the tools of microeconomic theory to study how communication between the patient, his family and his physician influences the patient's decision. We argue that families have considerable power over the patient and that the amount of information that is transmitted from physician to patient might be severely diminished as a result of legalizing VE or PAS. We discuss our main results in the context of the ongoing normative debate over the legalization of VE and PAS.

JEL Classification: D8, I12

Suggested Citation

Harrison, Rodrigo and Silva, Francisco, A Game Theoretic Analysis of Voluntary Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide (April 2020). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 58, Issue 2, pp. 745-763, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3596451 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12859

Rodrigo Harrison (Contact Author)

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. ( email )

Francisco Silva

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile ( email )

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Chile

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