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Using preference estimates to customize incentives: an application to polio vaccination drives in Pakistan

Callen, Mike, Andreoni, James, Khan, Yasir, Jaffar, Karrar and Sprenger, Charles (2018) Using preference estimates to customize incentives: an application to polio vaccination drives in Pakistan. NBER Working Papers (22019). National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.

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Abstract

We use structural estimates of time preferences to customize incentives for polio vaccinators in Lahore, Pakistan. We measure time preferences using intertemporal allocations of effort, and derive the mapping between these structural estimates and individually optimized incentives. We evaluate the effect of matching contract terms to discounting parameters in a subsequent experiment with the same vaccinators. This exercise provides a test of the specific point predictions given by structural estimates of discounting parameters. We demonstrate that tailoring contract terms to individual discounting moves allocation behavior significantly towards the intended objective.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: https://www.nber.org/papers
Additional Information: © 2018 National Bureau of Economic Research
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2020 15:39
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2020 23:08
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103038

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