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Increasing Organ Donation via Changes in the Default Choice or Allocation Rule

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  • Danyang Li

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    (Experimental Economics Center and Department of Economics, Georgia State University)

  • Zackary Hawley

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    (Department of Economics, Texas Christian University)

  • Kurt Schnier

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    (Experimental Economics Center and Department of Economics, Georgia State University)

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    Abstract

    This research utilizes a laboratory experiment to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative public policies targeted at increasing the rate of deceased donor organ donation. The experiment includes treatments across different default choices and organ allocation rules inspired by the donor registration systems applied in different countries. Our results indicate that the opt-out with priority rule system generates the largest increase in organ donation relative to an opt-in only program. However, sizeable gains are achievable using either a priority rule or opt-out program separately, with the opt-out rule generating approximately 80% of the benefits achieved under a priority rule program.

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    Paper provided by Texas Christian University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 201302.

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    Length: 45 pages
    Date of creation: Mar 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:tcu:wpaper:201302

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    Keywords: Health; Organ Donation; Laboratory Experiment; Government Policy; Public Health;

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