Monthly Archives: August 2014

Kessler and Roth on Opt-in Versus Active Choice in Organ Donation

Judd Kessler and Al Roth have a new paper available in the NBER working paper series, “Don’t Take ‘No’ For An Answer: An Experiment With Actual Organ Donor Registrations.”  From the abstract:

Over 10,000 people in the U.S. die each year while waiting for an organ. Attempts to increase organ transplantation have focused on changing the registration question from an opt-in frame to an active choice frame. We analyze this change in California and show it decreased registration rates. Similarly, a “field in the lab” experiment run on actual organ donor registration decisions finds no increase in registrations resulting from an active choice frame. In addition, individuals are more likely to support donating the organs of a deceased who did not opt-in than one who said “no” in an active choice frame.

I’ll be back with more to say about this very interesting paper shortly.

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Another HKU Summer, and Students As Colleagues

IMG_0716 IMG_0717 IMG_0679 IMG_0684 IMG_1800 IMG_1797As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was in China this summer on a variety of work-related activities, including attending a conference in Shanghai, visiting alumni in China and Taiwan, and teaching at the Duke-HKU Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law in Hong Kong. This was my second summer at the Institute, and I always have a great time there.

Hong Kong is such a wonderful city and HKU is, to my mind, a gorgeous urban campus, with harbor and peak views, koi ponds and other cool landscaping, easy access to the peak, and a fabulous new building with the latest classroom technology. This year, though, was especially fun because I was able to co-teach a mini-course on financial derivatives with one of my former financial derivatives students, Shinichi Yoshiya, now at Davis Polk’s Tokyo office. Shin was already an experienced lawyer, and particularly experienced with derivatives regulation, when he was a student at Duke, having worked at both Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Securities before coming to Duke for his LL.M. I did a post about a paper he did on central clearing when he was a student, here.

It was great to be back in one of my favorite cities and even better to be there teaching with one of my favorite (former) students!

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