Determinants of online sperm donor success: How women choose

Whyte, Stephen & Torgler, Benno (2016) Determinants of online sperm donor success: How women choose. Applied Economics Letters, 23(8), pp. 592-596.

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Because the worldwide demand for sperm donors is much higher than the actual supply available through fertility clinics, an informal online market has emerged for sperm donation. Very little empirical evidence exists, however, on this newly formed market and even less on the characteristics that lead to donor success. This article therefore explores the determinants of online sperm donors’ selection success, which leads to the production of offspring via informal donation. We find that donor age and income play a significant role in donor success as measured by the number of times selected, even though there is no requirement for ongoing paternal investment. Donors with less extroverted and lively personality traits who are more intellectual, shy and systematic are more successful in realizing offspring via informal donation. These results contribute to both the economic literature on human behaviour and on large-scale decision-making.

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ID Code: 94379
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Online sperm donor market, Informal market, Offspring, Donor success, Personality traits
DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2015.1090543
ISSN: 1350-4851
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2016 23:57
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 11:02

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