Subsidizing Altruism in Living Organ Donation

26 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2017

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Kurt Schnier

University of California, Merced

Robert M. Merion

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Nicole Turgeon

Emory University

David H. Howard

Emory University - Department of Health Policy and Management

Date Written: January 2018

Abstract

The current supply of deceased donor organs is insufficient to meet the growing demand for transplantable organs. Consequently, candidates for kidney transplantation are encouraged to find a living donor. In 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services began to reimburse donors' travel‐related expenses via the National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC). Using variation in transplant centers' applications for donor assistance, we use a difference‐in‐difference model to estimate the relationship between the NLDAC and living donor kidney transplants. We find that among participating transplant centers, the program increased the number of living donor kidney transplants by approximately 14%.

JEL Classification: I12, I18, D64

Suggested Citation

Schnier, Kurt and Merion, Robert M. and Turgeon, Nicole and Howard, David H., Subsidizing Altruism in Living Organ Donation (January 2018). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 56, Issue 1, pp. 398-423, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3079072 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12488

Kurt Schnier (Contact Author)

University of California, Merced ( email )

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Robert M. Merion

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( email )

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Nicole Turgeon

Emory University ( email )

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David H. Howard

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

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Atlanta, GA 30322
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