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The Economics of the Baby Shortage: A Horrifying Counter-example

In Landes and Posner’s famous, The Economics of the Baby Shortage, the authors consider the possibility that baby buyers are likely to self-selecting monsters.  Not so, they argue, as “Moreover, concern for child abuse should not be allowed to obscure the fact that abuse is not the normal motive for adopting a child.  And once [...]

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IRBs and Mission Creep?

I’ve written several times in the past about the intersection of IRBs and the legal academy. (Blogging; Caselaw Research; Zach Schrag interview) Consider this an update in that series. My university (Temple) has an interesting set of new IRB guidelines. Essentially, Temple’s IRB (for all subjects) is now requiring department head sign-off for all protocols: “In [...]

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