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The Market for Surrogate Motherhood Contracts


  • Gillian Hewitson

    (Department of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University)


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

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  • Gillian Hewitson, 1996. "The Market for Surrogate Motherhood Contracts," Working Papers 1996.17, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ltr:wpaper:1996.17

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