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Can we increase organ donation by reducing the disincentives? An experimental analysis

Zackary Hawley (), Danyang Li, Kurt Schnier () and Nicole Turgeon

Economics & Human Biology, 2018, vol. 29, issue C, 128-137

Abstract: Our research utilizes the experimental economics laboratory to investigate the impact that reducing disincentives has on organ donation. The experiment consists of four treatments across different levels of donation related costs, which reflect the disincentives associated with being an organ donor. Our experimental results indicate that sizable increases in the organ donation rate are achievable if we reduce the level of disincentives present. The largest observed donation rates arise when a financial return is offered for being an organ donor, which is prohibited under the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA), but nearly 80% of the gains observed under the positive financial incentives can be achieved if all of the disincentives are eliminated.

Keywords: Organ donation; Disincentives; Laboratory experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D02 D71 I11 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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