Intrinsic Motivations and the Non-Profit Health Sector: Evidence from Ethiopia
AbstractEconomists have traditionally assumed that individual behavior is motivated exclusively by extrinsic incentives. Social psychologists, in contrast, stress that intrinsic motivations are also important. In recent work, economic theorists have started to build psychological factors, like intrinsic motivations, into their models. Besley and Ghatak (2005) propose that individuals are differently motivated in that they have different "missions," and their self-selection into sectors or organizations with matching missions enhances organizational efficiency. We test Besley and Ghatak's model using data from a unique cohort study. We generate two proxies for intrinsic motivations: a survey-based measure of the health professionals’ philanthropic motivations and an experimental measure of their pro-social motivations. We find that both proxies predict health professionals' decision to work in the non-profit sector. We also find that philanthropic health workers employed in the non-profit sector earn lower wages than their colleagues.
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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2010
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Publication status: published in: Personality and Individual Differences, 2011, 51 (3), 309-314
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- Danila Serra & Pieter Serneels & Abigail Barr, 2010. "Intrinsic motivations and the non-profit health sector: Evidence from Ethiopia," CSAE Working Paper Series 2010-04, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford.
- Abigail Barr & Danila Serra and Pieter Serneels, 2010. "Intrinsic motivations and the non-profit health sector: Evidence from Ethiopia," Economics Series Working Papers CSAE WPS/2010-04, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
- Danila Serra & Pieter Serneels & Abigail Barr, 2010. "Intrinsic motivations and the non-profit health sector: Evidence from Ethiopia," Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) 10-01, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..
- C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
- I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
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- NEP-ALL-2010-02-27 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2010-02-27 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EVO-2010-02-27 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2010-02-27 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2010-02-27 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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