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Efficient Kidney Exchange: Coincidence of Wants in a Structured Market

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  • Alvin E. Roth

    (Harvard University)

  • Tayfun Sönmez

    ()
    (Boston College)

  • M. Utku Ünver

    (Koç University)

Abstract

Patients needing kidney transplants may have willing donors who cannot donate to them because of blood or tissue incompatibility. Incompatible patient-donor pairs can exchange donor kidneys with other such pairs. The situation facing such pairs resem- bles models of the double coincidence of wants, and relatively few exchanges have been consummated by decentralized means. As the population of available patient-donor pairs grows, the frequency with which exchanges can be arranged will depend in part on how exchanges are organized. We study the potential frequency of exchanges as a function of the number of patient-donor pairs, and the size of the largest feasible exchange. Developing infrastructure to identify and perform 3-way as well as 2-way exchanges will have a substantial effect on the number of transplants, and will help the most vulnerable patients. Larger than 3-way exchanges have much smaller impact. Larger populations of patient-donor pairs increase the percentage of patients of all kinds who can find exchanges.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 621.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 23 May 2005
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Publication status: published as "Efficient Kidney Exchange: Coincidence of Wants in Markets with Compatibility-Based Preferences", American Economic Review, 97(3): 828-851, 2007.
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:621

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Keywords: efficient exchange; transplants; double coincidence of wants;

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  2. Alvin E. Roth, 2006. "Repugnance as a Constraint on Markets," Levine's Bibliography 321307000000000629, UCLA Department of Economics.
  3. Nejat Anbarci & Mustafa Caglayan, 2005. "Cadaveric vs. Live-Donor Kidney Transplants: The Interaction of Institutions and Inequality," Working Papers 0517, Florida International University, Department of Economics.

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