Not all Incentives Wash out the Warm Glow: The Case of Blood Donation Revisited
AbstractThe issue of the nature of the altruism inherent in blood donation and the perverse effects of financial rewards for blood and/or organ donation has been recently revisited in the economic literature with limited consensus. As Titmuss (1970) famously pointed out, providing monetary incentives to blood donors may crowd out blood supply as purely altruistic donors may feel less inclined to donate if a reward is involved - in addition to having the effect of reducing blood quality. In this paper we examine how favouring different types of incentives are related to the likelihood of donating blood by exploiting a large sample representative of the population of fifteen European countries in 2002 containing information on both donation and attitudes towards incentives. Our results show those who have donated are less likely to favour monetary rewards for blood donation but are more likely to favour non-monetary ones. This is consistent with the idea that while monetary rewards may crowd out blood donation, non-monetary rewards do not.
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Altruism; blood donation; incentives; nudging; recursive system; warm glow;
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- Joan Costa-Font & Mireia Jofre-Bonet & Steven T. Yen, 2013. "Not All Incentives Wash Out the Warm Glow: The Case of Blood Donation Revisited," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 66(4), pages 529-551, November.
- Joan Costa-i-Font & Mireia Jofre-Bonet & Steven T. Yen, 2011. "Not All Incentives Wash Out the Warm Glow: The Case of Blood Donation Revisited," CESifo Working Paper Series 3527, CESifo Group Munich.
- Joan Costa-i-Font & Mireia Jofre-Bonet & Steven T. Yen, 2012. "Not all incentives wash out the warm glow: the case of blood donation revisited," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 47679, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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