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A Time-Series Analysis of U.S. Kidney Transplantation and the Waiting List: Donor Substitution Effects and "Dirty Altruism"

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  • T. Randolph Beard
  • John D. Jackson
  • David Kaserman
  • Hyeongwoo Kim

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This paper provides an econometric analysis of the relationship between live and deceased (cadaveric) kidney donations for the United States for the period 1992:IV through 2006:II. We find strong evidence for deceased donor kidneys "crowding out" living donations, potentially undermining conventional efforts to reduce the shortage. We also find evidence for the "dirty altruism" hypothesis of Osterkamp (2006), in which heavy reliance on living donors undermines cadaveric donor transplants.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Auburn University in its series Auburn Economics Working Paper Series with number auwp2010-01.

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Keywords: Kidney Transplantations; Donor Substitution Effects; Dirty Altruism; Cointegration; Vector Error Correction Model;

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