The Introduction of Paid Plasma in Canada and the U.S. Has Not Decreased Unpaid Blood Donations

26 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2020

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William English

McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Peter Martin Jaworski

Georgetown University

Date Written: July 15, 2020

Abstract

Most countries prohibit compensation for plasma donations, and Canada continues to consider a ban. Foremost among reasons for prohibition is the worry that compensated plasma will decrease uncompensated blood donations. Using difference-in-differences analysis of data containing plasma and blood donations in Canada spanning a period in which the country's only three paid-plasma centers began operating, we examine whether the introduction of paid-plasma decreased blood donations overall and among young donors. We find no evidence of a decrease but rather a small increase. We replicate this finding in U.S. cities that experienced the introduction of paid-plasma over a similar time period.

Suggested Citation

English, William and Jaworski, Peter M., The Introduction of Paid Plasma in Canada and the U.S. Has Not Decreased Unpaid Blood Donations (July 15, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3653432 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3653432

William English (Contact Author)

McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

Peter M. Jaworski

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

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