Waiting Time as a Price for Deceased Donor Kidneys

9 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2011

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David H. Howard

Emory University - Department of Health Policy and Management

Date Written: July 2011

Abstract

Kidney transplant candidates can obtain organs immediately from living donors or wait for deceased donor organs. I hypothesize that as waiting time for deceased donor organs increases, more patients will seek living donors. I estimate the impact of the availability of deceased donor organs on the use of living donor transplantation. The model, which is identified using within‐region variation in the demand for and supply of kidneys, shows evidence of a substitution effect. A five unit increase in the supply of deceased donor kidneys will result in one fewer living donor transplant for a net increase of four transplants.

JEL Classification: I18, H44, D45

Suggested Citation

Howard, David H., Waiting Time as a Price for Deceased Donor Kidneys (July 2011). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 29, Issue 3, pp. 295-303, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1871537 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2010.00230.x

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