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The Market for Surrogate Motherhood Contracts


  • Hewitson, Gillian


Surrogate motherhood is a controversial subject and has not previously been formally modeled by economists. In this paper, a neoclassical model of the market for surrogate motherhood contracts is developed, based on the utility maximizing decisions of potential surrogate mothers and commissioning parties. The presence of both altruistic and self-interested behavior generates unusual market outcomes. Copyright 1997 by The Economic Society of Australia.

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  • Hewitson, Gillian, 1997. "The Market for Surrogate Motherhood Contracts," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 73(222), pages 212-224, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:73:y:1997:i:222:p:212-24

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    1. Amrita Pramanick & Swapnendu Banerjee, 2016. "Optimal Organization of Surrogacy Contracts and Underinvestment," Journal of Quantitative Economics, Springer;The Indian Econometric Society (TIES), vol. 14(2), pages 217-236, December.
    2. Gillian Hewitson, 2001. "A Survey of Feminist Economics," Working Papers 2001.01, School of Economics, La Trobe University.

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