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Health Care Analysis

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 11–31 | Cite as

Commercial Agencies and Surrogate Motherhood: A Transaction Cost Approach

  • Mhairi Galbraith
  • Hugh V. McLachlan
  • J. Kim Swales
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Abstract

In this paper we investigate the legal arrangements involved in UK surrogate motherhood from a transaction-cost perspective. We outline the specific forms the transaction costs take and critically comment on the way in which the UK institutional and organisational arrangements at present adversely influence transaction costs. We then focus specifically on the potential role of surrogacy agencies and look at UK and US evidence on commercial and voluntary agencies. Policy implications follow.

Keywords

surrogacy transaction costs agencies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mhairi Galbraith
    • 1
  • Hugh V. McLachlan
    • 2
  • J. Kim Swales
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgow
  2. 2.Division of Sociology and Social Policy, School of Social SciencesGlasgow Caledonian UniversityUK
  3. 3.Fraser of Allander Institute, Department of EconomicsUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgow
  4. 4.Fraser of Allander Institute, Department of EconomicsUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgow

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