An Economic Analysis of Organ Donation Shortage in Canada

An Economic Analysis of the Human Organ Shortage in Canada
Thousands die every year waiting for organ replacements in Canada. Why and what can be done about this tragedy? You are instructed to write an essay on the topic. Your essay must be more than 2500 words but no more than 3000 words (excluding tables, figures, appendices, footnotes or bibliography), must be double-spaced and in 12 point font, and your in-text citations and end- of-essay bibliographic references must be in the Author-Date Chicago Manual of Style. Your essay is due on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and must be submitted in hard copy form as well as electronically to Turnitin on the Assignments page of the course website. The hard copy AND the electronic copy are BOTH due by the end of class on the due date (no later than 4:20pm). Late submissions will not be accepted and will receive a zero grade (meaning BOTH the hard copy and the electronic copy must be submitted no later than 4:20pm on March 18, 2020).
The following questions must be addressed in your essay:
1. Provide evidence (i.e. numbers) of the growing support for organ donations in Canada, yet simultaneously the existence of sizable waiting lists for organ transplants and sadly the many people who die annually while waiting.
2. Discuss how current law, together with advances in technology and improved success rates, has created a growing shortage of transplantable organs in Canada. Provide an economic model (diagram) to aid in your explanation, making sure you identify (by clearly labeling): the demand and supply curves for transplantable organs, the effect of current law on the market price of human organs, and how that law coupled with advances in technology and improved success rates has contributed to a growing shortage and resulting waiting list of transplantable organs.
3. Assess the wisdom of current law by evaluating a policy of allowing payment for organs in a perfectly competitive market. Explain how a competitive market outcome may be efficient (use your diagram in (2) to label the area representing the maximum in net social benefits that can potentially be achievable in a competitive market; and label the area depicting the deadweight loss under current law). While efficient, is the competitive market outcome also equitable? Discuss using ethical and distributive justice arguments. So what do you conclude justifies current law?
4. Discuss how current law in Canada (and similar laws in almost every other country around the world) contributes to a thriving global ‘black market’ in human organ sales. Discuss the host

of abuses in the black market (and hence the justification for minimizing black market
5. Since cash transactions in organ trade are illegal in almost every country around the world,
efforts to promote organ donations must primarily rely on nonmonetary initiatives. Discuss how enhancing public awareness can help reduce Canada’s organ shortage. Illustrate and explain how these initiatives affect the curve(s) AND shortage of organs in your diagram in (2). Provide supporting evidence (i.e. numbers) of the effectiveness of public awareness campaigns in Canada.
6. It is doubtful whether a system that relies solely on altruistic donation can provide enough to meet growing demand. Discuss the ‘free rider’ problem in the organ donation market and explain how in a market that allows free riding a shortage of organs is to be expected.
7. The free rider problem (and its contribution to the organ shortage) inevitably leads to the inefficient practice of harvesting organs from live donors, while generating much smaller benefits (than potentially possible) by providing typically single (rather than multiple) organs for transplant. Discuss how an integrated system for donating and receiving organs (based on the notion of ‘give and you shall receive’) and operated on an opt-out (versus out-in) basis holds promise for minimizing Canada’s organ shortage. Provide supporting evidence (i.e. numbers) of the potential effectiveness of such a system; and use your diagram in (2) to illustrate the targeted possibility of achieving a market equilibrium in such a system under current law (that makes monetary transactions in organ trade illegal).

Don't use plagiarized sources. Get Your Custom Essay on
An Economic Analysis of Organ Donation Shortage in Canada
Get an essay WRITTEN FOR YOU, Plagiarism free, and by an EXPERT!
Order Essay
The Homework Market
Order NOW For A 10% Discount!
Pages (550 words)
Approximate price: -

Why Choose Us

Top quality papers

We always make sure that writers follow all your instructions precisely. You can choose your academic level: high school, college/university or professional, and we will assign a writer who has a respective degree.

Professional academic writers

We have hired a team of professional writers experienced in academic and business writing. Most of them are native speakers and PhD holders able to take care of any assignment you need help with.

Free revisions

If you feel that we missed something, send the order for a free revision. You will have 10 days to send the order for revision after you receive the final paper. You can either do it on your own after signing in to your personal account or by contacting our support.

On-time delivery

All papers are always delivered on time. In case we need more time to master your paper, we may contact you regarding the deadline extension. In case you cannot provide us with more time, a 100% refund is guaranteed.

Original & confidential

We use several checkers to make sure all papers are plagiarism-free and do not share them with third parties.

24/7 Customer Support

Our support agents are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and committed to providing you with the best customer experience. Get in touch whenever you need any assistance.

Try it now!

Calculate the price of your order

We'll send you the first draft for approval by at
Total price:

How it works?

Follow these simple steps to get your paper done

Place your order

Fill in the order form and provide all details of your assignment.

Proceed with the payment

Choose the payment system that suits you most.

Receive the final file

Once your paper is ready, we will email it to you.

Our Services

No need to work on your paper at night. Sleep tight, we will cover your back. We offer all kinds of writing services.


Essay Writing Service

You are welcome to choose your academic level and the type of your paper. Our academic experts will gladly help you with essays, case studies, research papers and other assignments.


Admission help & business writing

You can be positive that we will be here 24/7 to help you get accepted to the Master’s program at the TOP-universities or help you get a well-paid position.


Editing your paper

Our academic writers and editors will help you submit a well-structured and organized paper just on time. We will ensure that your final paper is of the highest quality and absolutely free of mistakes.


Editing your paper

Our academic writers and editors will help you submit a well-structured and organized paper just on time. We will ensure that your final paper is of the highest quality and absolutely free of mistakes.