The Effect of Cadaveric Kidney Donations on Living Kidney Donations: An Instrumental Variables Approach

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Jose M. Fernandez

University of Louisville

David H. Howard

Emory University - Department of Health Policy and Management

Lisa Stohr

University of Louisville - College of Business - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 2013

Abstract

Transplantation is notable for the degree to which resources are allocated via administrative rather than market mechanisms. However, non‐monetary incentives still permeate the system. Using instrumental variable regression, we estimate the substitution patterns between cadaveric and living kidney donations in the United States from 1988 to 2008. On average, a decrease of two to five cadaveric donations causes living kidney donations to increase by one. Disaggregating living donors into blood‐related and non‐blood‐related donors, the strongest effect is found among non‐blood‐related donors known to the organ recipient. A 1% increase of cadaveric donations decreases living donations from this group by 1.54%.

JEL Classification: D62, D64, I1

Suggested Citation

Fernandez, Jose M. and Howard, David H. and Stohr, Lisa, The Effect of Cadaveric Kidney Donations on Living Kidney Donations: An Instrumental Variables Approach (July 2013). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 51, Issue 3, pp. 1696-1714, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2261573 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7295.2012.00500.x

Jose M. Fernandez

University of Louisville ( email )

College of Business
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
United States
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David H. Howard

Emory University - Department of Health Policy and Management ( email )

1518 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States

Lisa Stohr

University of Louisville - College of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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