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Crowding Out in Blood Donation: Was Titmuss Right?

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Title: Crowding Out in Blood Donation: Was Titmuss Right?
Authors: Johannesson, Magnus
Mellström, Carl
Issue Date: 2005
University: Göteborg University. School of Business, Economics and Law
Extent: 35 pages
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Publication type: Report
Series/Report no.: Working Papers in Economics, nr 180
Keywords: Crowding out; monetary incentives; field experiments; altruism
Abstract: In his seminal 1970 book, The Gift Relationship, Richard Titmuss argued that monetary compensation for donating blood might crowd out the supply of blood donors. To test this claim we carry out a field experiment with three different treatments. In the first treatment subjects are given the opportunity to become blood donors without any compensation. In the second treatment subjects receive a payment of SEK 50 (≈ $7) for becoming blood donors, and in the third treatment subjects can choose betw... more
ISSN: 1403-2465
Description: Version updated 2008-02-08
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