Organ Allocation Policy and the Decision to Donate
Organ donations from deceased donors provide the majority of transplanted organs in the United States, and one deceased donor can save numerous lives by providing multiple organs. Nevertheless, most Americans are not registered organ donors despite the relative ease of becoming one. We study in the laboratory an experimental game modeled on the decision to register as an organ donor, and investigate how changes in the management of organ waiting lists might impact donations. We find that an organ allocation policy giving priority on waiting lists to those who previously registered as donors has a significant positive impact on registration.
The authors are grateful for financial support from the National Science Foundation, the CLER staff and Harvard Business School, and acknowledge helpful conversations with Alexandra Glazier and Frank Delmonico of the New England Organ Bank, and with Kieran Healy, Kim Krawiec and seminar participants at Duke Law School. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
- The "priority rule," which grants priority on organ waiting lists to those who have previously registered as organ donors, can...
Judd B. Kessler & Alvin E. Roth, 2012. "Organ Allocation Policy and the Decision to Donate," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 102(5), pages 2018-47, August. citation courtesy of