Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/190842
Authors: 
Herr, Annika
Normann, Hans-Theo
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
DICE Discussion Paper 306
Abstract: 
Giving registered organ donors priority on organ waiting list can substantially increase the number of donors and save lifes. Evidence for these effects comes from recent experiments that implemented such priority rules in abstract laboratory environments. In these experiments, participants who registered as organ donors were fully prioritized over those who did not. In the field, however, registering as a donor is only one factor affecting the recipient’s score. In this paper, we provide a comparative statics analysis of the priority treatment by varying the number of bonus periods that a registered person can skip on the waiting list. We find that behavior is monotonic: giving more priority to registered donors leads to higher registration rates. Our results also indicate that a medium sized bonus improves registration rates as much as absolute priority (used in the previous literature).
Subjects: 
organ donation
laboratory experiment
priority rule
waiting list
JEL: 
C90
I10
I18
ISBN: 
978-3-86304-305-6
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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