The impact of direct cash payments on whole blood supply

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

Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: SSRN Working Paper Series
Place of publication: Rochester, NY
Edition: Revised Jan. 2018
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL u. Bankbetriebslehre (Seniorprofessur) (Weber 2017-)
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: D01 , D47 , D64 , I18,
Keywords (English): Blood donations , altruism , monetary incentives
Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of monetary incentives on whole blood donations. We take advantage of a quasi-natural experiment in Germany, in which one blood donation site changes its payment scheme from remunerated to non-remunerated. All other donation sites in the same geographical area maintain their payment schemes. We show that donation volumes drop significantly after the pay drop and do not recuperate. At the same time, donation volumes increase at other paid donation sites, which is partly due to donor migration to these sites after the pay drop. Direct monetary compensation should be reconsidered as a tool to mitigate blood shortages that all collection agencies predict for the future.

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