Discussion Paper of the Institute for Organisational Economics 11/2017

Kommerzieller Organhandel aus ökonomischer Sicht
Alexander Dilger
November 2017



Commercial Organ Trade from an Economic Point of View

Organ transplantations are permitted and desired in Germany. However, organ trade is forbidden. This needs an explanation at least for economists. Thereto different kinds of organs are analysed separately. If the scarcity of transplantable organs can be overcome with financial incentives they should be used. Otherwise undesired distributional effects can be an argument against commercial organ trade and for rationing by only medical criteria.