August 03, 2006

A Business Professor's Take on Assisted Reproduction

Alta found this great piece by Debora Spar, Spangler Family Professor of Business at Harvard Business School, that reframes ART in terms of the metaphors of economics, without replacing the analysis with simple economics:
To those who suffer from it, however, infertility is a wretched curse — a disease that isn’t really a disease, with an outcome that seems to defy nature. Some resign themselves to their fate; others adopt. But many infertile couples become consumed with the desire to conceive, and are willing to do whatever it takes to create a child of their own. For most of these would-be parents, the economic value of their desire — the price of a child — is literally inestimable.

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