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Spring 4-24-2015

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This article analyzes the use of monetary incentives to increase the supply of cadaver organs. The research focuses on whether a waiver of a driver's license fee can increase the proportion of society declaring to be a cadaver organ donor. In addition, the dynamics of organ donation are addressed using a bivariate regression to test if being a college student, religion, age, gender, income, and overall knowledge of donation has a significant impact on whether one chooses to be cadaver organ donor. Finally, the concern that a monetary and altruistic market can coexist is addressed in this research. Utilizing sample Z-statistics, it is found that a small incentive has the potential to significantly impact the number of cadaver organ donors. A significant finding is that students are more likely to become cadaver organ donors when offered the $30 fee waiver, whereas religion, gender, and income do not statistically impact ones decision.



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