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Cadaveric vs. Live-Donor Kidney Transplants: The Interaction of Institutions and Inequality

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  • Nejat Anbarci

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    (Department of Economics, Florida International University)

  • Mustafa Caglayan

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    (Department of Economics, University of Glasgow)

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In 1991, the World Health Assembly approved a set of Guiding Principles which emphasize voluntary donation, non-commercialization and a preference for cadavers over living donors” (World Health Organization). We investigate whether factors such as inequality, rule of law and religion have any effect on the ratio of cadaveric transplants to all transplants. Using an unbalanced annual dataset from 64 countries over 1993-2004, we show particularly for developing countries that an improvement in equality and rule of law encourage cadaveric kidney transplants. Religion also plays an important role in that relationship.

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Paper provided by Florida International University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0517.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2005
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Handle: RePEc:fiu:wpaper:0517

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Keywords: Cadaveric and live-donor kidney transplants; rule of law; religious beliefs; inequality;

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  1. Everton Nunes da Silva & Ana Katarina Campelo & Giacomo Balbinotto Neto, 2007. "The Impact Of Presumed Consent Law On Organ Donation: An Empirical Analysis From Quantile Regression For Longitudinal Data," Anais do XXXV Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 35th Brazilian Economics Meeting] 047, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pósgraduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].

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