The market of kidneys

Matching Kidney Donors with Those Who Need Them—and Other Explorations in Economics

Each year, more than 100,000 people in the United States need a kidney transplant. Less than 20 percent of them get one. On average, 13 people die each day waiting for a kidney. Often relatives and friends who are eager to donate are told their blood type or immune systems are incompatible. An unrelated volunteer donor could be a life-saver, but finding those donors can be a struggle; there’s no nationwide system to match patients and potential donors. Though this might sound like a medical problem, it’s actually exactly the kind of problem an economist can help solve through an innovative use of social science. ….[READ]

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