American Economic Journal: Microeconomics: Vol. 6 No. 3 (August 2014)

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Sequential Kidney Exchange

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Ausubel, Lawrence M., and Thayer Morrill. 2014. "Sequential Kidney Exchange." American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 6(3): 265-85.

DOI: 10.1257/mic.6.3.265

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The traditional literature on kidney exchange assumes that all components of the exchange must occur simultaneously. Unfortunately, the number of operating rooms required for concurrent surgeries poses a significant constraint on the beneficial exchanges that may be attained. The basic insight of this paper is that incentive compatibility does not require simultaneous exchange; rather, it requires that organ donation occurs no later than the associated organ receipt. Using sequential exchanges may relax the operating-room constraint and thereby increase the number of beneficial exchanges. We show that most benefits of sequential exchange can be accomplished with only two concurrent operating rooms.

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Ausubel, Lawrence M. (U MD)
Morrill, Thayer (NC State U)

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D47: Market Design
I11: Analysis of Health Care Markets

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