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Volume 19, Issue 4


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To Be a Blood Donor or Not to Be? Investigating Institutional and Student Characteristics at a Military College

Bing Jiang
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Published Online: 2019-06-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2018-0104


Using data from 21 voluntary blood drives over a five-year period, we establish connections between undergraduate students’ blood donation behaviors and their demographic, academic, leadership, and military characteristics at a military college in the United States. We find that blood donation participation rates for students at this military college are much higher than the national average for the 18- to 24-year-olds. Certain characteristics such as fitness, athletic status, academic performance, and intent to pursue a military career after graduation are significantly correlated with blood donation. We also find that college students’ blood donation behaviors may be influenced by their attitudes toward civic responsibility, time constraints, incentives, peer effects and the characteristics of blood collection agencies. This study provides new insights into individual characteristics that correlate with blood donation. It also highlights the role of unique military education and institutional characteristics in promoting better fitness, the pursuit of a military career, and selfless service among young people, all of which might help explain demonstrated higher blood donation participation than their peers elsewhere.

Keywords: blood donation; military college students; institutional characteristics

JEL Classification: D90; I12; I23; J18


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