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Organ donation in the lab: Preferences and votes on the priority rule

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  • Herr, Annika
  • Normann, Hans-Theo

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An allocation rule that prioritizes registered donors increases the willingness to register for organ donation, as laboratory experiments show. In public opinion, however, this priority rule faces repugnance. We explore the discrepancy by implementing a vote on the rule in a donation experiment, and we also elicit opinion poll-like views. We find that two-thirds of the participants voted for the priority rule in the experiment. When asked about real-world implementation, participants of the donation experiment were more likely to support the rule than non-participants. We further confirm previous research in that the priority rule increases donation rates. Beyond that, we find medical school students donate more often than participants from other fields.

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  • Herr, Annika & Normann, Hans-Theo, 2016. "Organ donation in the lab: Preferences and votes on the priority rule," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 131(PB), pages 139-149.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:131:y:2016:i:pb:p:139-149 DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2015.09.001
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    1. Herr, Annika & Normann, Hans-Theo, 2016. "How much priority bonus should be given to registered organ donors? An experimental analysis," DICE Discussion Papers 239, University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE).
    2. Bonnet, Céline & Schain, Jan Philip, 2017. "An empirical analysis of mergers: Efficiency gains and impact on consumer prices," DICE Discussion Papers 244, University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE).

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    Keywords

    Organ donation; Laboratory experiment; Vote;

    JEL classification:

    • C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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