Science, Vol. 302, pp. 1338-1339, 2003
2 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2009
Date Written: Nov 21, 2003
The article discusses how should policy-makers choose defaults regarding organ donors. First, consider that every policy must have a no-action default, and defaults impose physical, cognitive, and, in the case of donation, emotional costs on those who must change their status. Second, note that defaults can lead to two kinds of misclassification, willing donors who are not identified or people who become donors against their wishes. Changes in defaults could increase donations in the United States of additional thousands of donors a year. Because each donor can be used for about three transplants, the consequences are substantial in lives saved.
Keywords: organ donors, donation of organs, donation of tissues, transplantation
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Johnson, Eric J. and Goldstein, Daniel G., Do Defaults Save Lives? (Nov 21, 2003). Science, Vol. 302, pp. 1338-1339, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1324774
By Saku Aura