Tehran Institute for Advanced Studies (TeIAS)

/ Kidneys for Sale: Empirical Evidence from Mashhad __ Mehdi Feizi


Kidneys for Sale: Empirical Evidence from Mashhad

December 26, 2018


Khatam University, Building No2.
Address: Mollasadra Blvd., North Shirazi St., East Daneshvar St., No.17. See location on Google map


Dr. Mehdi Feizi

Assistant Professor of Economics at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad 


The kidney market in Iran is the only legal market of this sort in the world. For the very first time, we obtained data on kidney donors and recipients from the Kidney Foundation in Mashhad (April 2011 up to March 2018), and, assess how individualistic characteristics affect the price of a kidney. Our findings indicate that each year of education for both donors and recipients reinforces the kidney price. Moreover, old patients reimburse young vendors as well as donors with blood type O with a higher price. We provide some policy implication to improve the efficiency of kidney allocations. Insights from this paper could shed some light to improve functions of other organ markets as well.


Mehdi Feizi received his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (FUM), his M.Sc. in Socio-economic System Engineering from Institute for Management and Planning Studies, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Geothe University Frankfurt. Since 2013, he has been an assistant professor of economics at FUM. His research focuses mainly on behavioral economics and economic theory particularly matching markets. Lately, he has been working on the kidney market in Iran.