The Market for Kidneys

Bridging Introductory Courses in Economics and Ethics


  • Martijn Huysmans Utrecht University


Interdisciplinarity, Travelling Concepts, Video clip, Economics, Ethics, Value, Voluntariness


This article contributes to the literature on interdisciplinary teaching by describing, analyzing, and evaluating an interdisciplinary intervention while students are still gaining disciplinary grounding. The intervention bridges courses in microeconomics and ethics. It focuses on the travelling concepts of voluntariness and value in a potential market for kidneys, and finds that a 15-minute knowledge clip on travelling concepts can help students build interdisciplinary skills. However, an exploratory survey (N=44) also indicates that students in the control group, who watched a clip only on the specific issue at hand, reported a deeper interdisciplinary grasp of that specific topic. Teaching an issue through travelling concepts can hence be seen as an investment in general interdisciplinary skills.


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Author Biography

Martijn Huysmans, Utrecht University

MARTIJN HUYSMANS, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Economics, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. His research is focused on political economy, and he teaches in an interdisciplinary PPE program (politics, philosophy, economics). Email:


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Huysmans, M. (2023). The Market for Kidneys: Bridging Introductory Courses in Economics and Ethics. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 12(SI), 15–28. Retrieved from

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