Power of Incentives with Motivated Agents in Public Organizations
AbstractPublic service motivation is often considered as an argument for low- powered incentive schemes in the public sector. In this paper, we characterize the optimal contract between a public regulator and an altruistic agent according to the degree of public service motivation, when the type of the public service consumer is privately observed. We show that the requested effort is non decreasing with and can be higher than the first best level. Moreover we show that the agent is put on a high powered contract when some customers are served but that this contract is associated with different types of consumers according to : In contrast, the agent is never put on a cost-plus contract. Finally, we show that the first best allocation can be achieved under budget balance for a degree of altruism higher than a threshold that we characterize.
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Volume (Year): 13 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (06)
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- Naegelen, Florence & Mougeot, Michel, 2011. "Power of incentives with motivated agents in public organizations," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/5991, Paris Dauphine University.
- L3 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise
- D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
- D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations
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