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Perhaps it has to do with NAFTA that creates jobs for Mexicans…in the U.S.  Although Mexico has joined an exclusive club, the average fellow is not making it.

Sophie's choice.

The average fellow I am talking about here is an unemployed mother from the State of Morelos (Mexico). She delivers  a baby and sold it to a midwife for 5,000 pesos ($416). Why? She has a  kid with cancer and she cannot afford the treatment. The  midwife sold the baby for 20,000 pesos to a U.S. citizen who was willing to adopt a kid.

(Vulgar) economics tells us that all we have here is the weighing of the pain of loosing a kid against the satisfaction of saving another from cancer, and a price. So what? There is a choice, possibly a market and if so, don’t mess with it.

(Not-totally vulgar) economics adds: wait a minute. Institutions matter, the most important of all being private property. This mother is not the owner of her kid.  Her deed amounts to treating her kid as a merchandise; it infringes upon his very humanity. What needs to be done is to better define property rights in adoption matters and to regulate adoption.

What vulgar economics and not- totally vulgar economics will never be able to deal with is the regret of this women and of those that are forced to make such choices because of the economic predicament they find themselves in.

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