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Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets

Debra Satz


The idea of free exchange of child labor, human organs, reproductive services, weapons, life saving medicines, and addictive drugs, strike many as toxic to human values. What considerations ought to guide the debates about such markets? What is it about the nature of particular exchanges that concerns us to the point that some types of markets are problematic? How should our social policies respond to these more noxious markets? Categories previously used by philosophers and economists are of limited help, because they assumed markets to be homogenous and of limited scope. This book develops a ... More

Keywords: markets, noxious markets, morals and markets, market policy, motivation and institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195311594
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311594.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Debra Satz, author
Stanford University
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