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Análisis del mercado de órganos para trasplante: evaluación de la introducción de incentivos en la Argentina

Calabria, Alejandro A. (2011): Análisis del mercado de órganos para trasplante: evaluación de la introducción de incentivos en la Argentina.

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Abstract

Since its expansion in the late 60s to the present the amount of transplant performed has increased slowly but steadily. However, the demand for organs to be transplanted has risen at a considerably higher rate creating a widening gap between the demand and supply for organs. In several cases, average time on the waiting list even exceeds life expectancy of the patient who needs the transplant. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the introduction of monetary incentives in the market for kidneys and livers. In theory, these incentives would significantly increase the supply. Literature that refers to the statistic value of life and other tools of economic analysis will be used so as to estimate the equilibrium price of organs that will eliminate the current gap and save lives without excessively increasing the total cost of transplant surgery.

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