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Organ Allocation Policy and the Decision to Donate

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  • Judd B. Kessler
  • Alvin E. Roth

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Organ donations from deceased donors provide the majority of transplanted organs in the United States, and one deceased donor can save numerous lives by providing multiple organs. Nevertheless, most Americans are not registered organ donors despite the relative ease of becoming one. We study in the laboratory an experimental game modeled on the decision to register as an organ donor and investigate how changes in the management of organ waiting lists might impact donations. We find that an organ allocation policy giving priority on waiting lists to those who previously registered as donors has a significant positive impact on registration. (JEL C91, D64, I11)

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 102 (2012)
Issue (Month): 5 (August)
Pages: 2018-47

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:102:y:2012:i:5:p:2018-47

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Cited by:
  1. Cary Deck & Erik O. Kimbrough, 2013. "Do Market Incentives Crowd Out Charitable Giving?," Discussion Papers dp13-05, Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University.
  2. Lacetera, Nicola & Macis, Mario & Stith, Sarah S., 2014. "Removing financial barriers to organ and bone marrow donation: The effect of leave and tax legislation in the U.S," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 43-56.
  3. Li, Danyang & Hawley, Zackary & Schnier, Kurt, 2013. "Increasing organ donation via changes in the default choice or allocation rule," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(6), pages 1117-1129.
  4. Zackary Hawley & Danyang Li & Kurt Schnier, 2012. "Organ Donation via Changes in the Default Choice or Allocation Rule," Experimental Economics Center Working Paper Series 2012-15, Experimental Economics Center, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.

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