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Donor registries, first-person consent legislation, and the supply of deceased organ donors

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  • Callison, Kevin
  • Levin, Adelin

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In this paper, we exploit the varied timing in state adoption of organ donor registries and first-person consent (FPC) legislation to examine corresponding changes in the supply of deceased organ donors. Results indicate that the establishment of a state organ donor registry leads to an increase in donation rates of approximately 8%, while the adoption of FPC legislation has no effect on the supply of organ donors. These results reinforce the need to encourage individuals to communicate their donation preferences, either explicitly via a registry or by discussing them with family.

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  • Callison, Kevin & Levin, Adelin, 2016. "Donor registries, first-person consent legislation, and the supply of deceased organ donors," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 70-75.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jhecon:v:49:y:2016:i:c:p:70-75
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2016.06.009
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    Keywords

    Organ donation; Donor registry; First person consent; Policy evaluation; Difference-in-differences;

    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • K32 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Energy, Environmental, Health, and Safety Law

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