Dual-donor organ exchange

Ergin, Haluk, Sönmez, Tayfun and Unver, M. Utku 2017, Dual-donor organ exchange, Econometrica, vol. 85, no. 5, pp. 1645-1671, doi: 10.3982/ECTA13971.

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Title Dual-donor organ exchange
Author(s) Ergin, Haluk
Sönmez, Tayfun
Unver, M. Utku
Journal name Econometrica
Volume number 85
Issue number 5
Start page 1645
End page 1671
Total pages 27
Publisher The Econometric Society
Place of publication New Haven, Conn.
Publication date 2017-09
ISSN 0012-9682
1468-0262
Summary Owing to the worldwide shortage of deceased‐donor organs for transplantation, living donations have become a significant source of transplant organs. However, not all willing donors can donate to their intended recipients because of medical incompatibilities. These incompatibilities can be overcome by an exchange of donors between patients. For kidneys, such exchanges have become widespread in the last decade with the introduction of optimization and market design techniques to kidney exchange. A small but growing number of liver exchanges have also been conducted. Over the last two decades, a number of transplantation procedures emerged where organs from two living donors are transplanted to a single patient. Prominent examples include dual‐graft liver transplantation, lobar lung transplantation, and simultaneous liver‐kidney transplantation. Exchange, however, has been neither practiced nor introduced in this context. We introduce dual‐donor organ exchange as a novel transplantation modality, and through simulations show that living‐donor transplants can be significantly increased through such exchanges. We also provide a simple theoretical model for dual‐donor organ exchange and introduce optimal exchange mechanisms under various logistical constraints.
Language eng
DOI 10.3982/ECTA13971
Field of Research 1401 Economic Theory
1403 Econometrics
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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