What Matters for the Productivity of Kidney Exchange?
Author(s)Agarwal, Nikhil; Ashlagi, Itai; Azevedo, Eduardo; Featherstone, Clayton; Karaduman, Omer
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Kidney exchange platforms serve patients who need a kidney transplant and who have a willing, but incompatible, donor. These platforms match patients and donors to produce transplants. This paper documents operational details of the three largest platforms in the United States. It then uses the framework developed in Agarwal et al. (2017) to examine how practical details influence platform productivity. The results show that reducing frictions in accepting proposed matches, frequent matching, and encouraging altruistic donors are important ways in which a platform can increase its productivity.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Economics; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
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American Economic Association
Agarwal, Nikhil, Itai Ashlagi, Eduardo Azevedo, Clayton Featherstone, and Omer Karaduman. 2018. "What Matters for the Productivity of Kidney Exchange?" AEA Papers and Proceedings 108: 334–340. Copyright 2020 American Economic Association.
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