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An Economic Model of Behaviour: Attitudes Towards Altruistic Blood and Organ Donations

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The aim of this research is to model altruistic blood and organ donors behaviour. First, we make an analysis of the decision of to be or not to be a donor for any individual. We propose a model where individuals compare the expected utility of deciding to become a donor, with the utility of the alternative decision (not to become a donor). Second, we continue with the identification of the variables having influence over this decision, the expected effects of such a donation (positive and negative) and the importance of the expectations over individuals well-being and the subsequent decision. We work with rational individuals that behave altruistically when making a decision. The model is specific because the goods we consider can only cover vital needs. We posed hypothesis about some variables for each kind of the donations considered (blood and organ donations). This hypothesis can be useful to identify which are the variables having influence actually over this decision. We propose a pilot survey to test our model. First results from a university students survey show the relevant variables influencing blood an organ donations, and seem to confirm the model.

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  • Juan M. Cabasés Hita & María Errea Rodríguez, 2009. "An Economic Model of Behaviour: Attitudes Towards Altruistic Blood and Organ Donations," Documentos de Trabajo - Lan Gaiak Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra 0901, Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra.
  • Handle: RePEc:nav:ecupna:0901
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    altruism; interdependent utility functions; attitudes; blood/organ donations and behaviour;

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