To pay or not to pay? Evidence from whole blood donations in Germany

Niessen-Ruenzi, Alexandra ; Weber, Martin ; Becker, David M.

Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2014
Place of publication: Mannheim [u.a.]
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > Business Administration and Corporate Governance (Stiftungsprofessur)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of monetary incentives on whole blood donations. The analysis is based on a uniquely large database containing virtually all voluntary whole blood donations in South-West Germany from 2005 through 2009. The sample comprises several donation sites that offer (do not offer) monetary compensation. We take advantage of a natural experiment caused by the abolishment of monetary compensation at one of the donation sites. We find a sharp decrease in blood donations after the pay drop with several donors switching to a geographically close donation site that still offers monetary compensation. Our results cast doubt on the notion that monetary incentives crowd out intrinsic motivations to donate blood. Rather, they suggest that monetary incentives increase blood supply which can help to meet increasing transfusion demand due to demographic change.

Dieser Eintrag ist Teil der Universitätsbibliographie.

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