Don't Take 'No' for an Answer: An Experiment with Actual Organ Donor Registrations

41 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2014

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Judd B. Kessler

University of Pennsylvania - Business & Public Policy Department

Alvin E. Roth

Dept. of Economics, Stanford University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: August 2014

Abstract

Over 10,000 people in the U.S. die each year while waiting for an organ. Attempts to increase organ transplantation have focused on changing the registration question from an opt-in frame to an active choice frame. We analyze this change in California and show it decreased registration rates. Similarly, a "field in the lab" experiment run on actual organ donor registration decisions finds no increase in registrations resulting from an active choice frame. In addition, individuals are more likely to support donating the organs of a deceased who did not opt-in than one who said "no" in an active choice frame.

Suggested Citation

Kessler, Judd B. and Roth, Alvin E., Don't Take 'No' for an Answer: An Experiment with Actual Organ Donor Registrations (August 2014). NBER Working Paper No. w20378, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2482141

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Alvin E. Roth

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