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Personalities and public sector performance: evidence from a health experiment in Pakistan

Callen, Mike, Gulzar, Saad, Hasanain, Ali, Khan, Yasir and Rezaee, Arman (2018) Personalities and public sector performance: evidence from a health experiment in Pakistan. NBER Working Paper Series (21180). National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.

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Abstract

This paper provides evidence that the personalities of policymakers matter for policy. Three results support the relevance of personalities for policy. First, doctors with higher Big Five and Perry Public Sector Motivation scores attend work more and falsify inspection reports less. Second, health inspectors who score higher on these measures exhibit larger treatment responses to increased monitoring. Last, senior health officials with higher personality scores respond more to data on staff absence by compelling better subsequent attendance. These results suggest that interpersonal differences matter are consequential for state performance.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: https://www.nber.org/papers
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2020 14:54
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 00:57
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103035

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