Incentivizing Organ Donation Through a Non-Monetary Posthumous Award

21 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2018 Last revised: 7 Oct 2018

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Mascia Bedendo

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Linus Siming

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano - Faculty of Economics and Management

Date Written: April 7, 2018

Abstract

Since 2013, The Order of St John Award for Organ Donation is offered to the families of deceased solid organ donors in the United Kingdom to honor the donors and inspire others to donate. We evaluate the effects of this award using a difference-in-differences approach that builds on the fact that solid organ donors are eligible for the award, while cornea-only donors are not. We find that the introduction of the award led to an increase in the number of deceased solid organ donors, as well as in the general willingness to register as solid organ donors when alive.

Keywords: Organ donation, Incentives for Organ Donation, Posthumous Awards

JEL Classification: I18

Suggested Citation

Bedendo, Mascia and Siming, Linus, Incentivizing Organ Donation Through a Non-Monetary Posthumous Award (April 7, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3158210 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3158210

Mascia Bedendo

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Via Capo di Lucca 34
Bologna, Bologna 40126
Italy

Linus Siming (Contact Author)

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano - Faculty of Economics and Management ( email )

Via Sernesi 1
39100 Bozen-Bolzano (BZ), Bozen 39100
Italy

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