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Intermediation by aid agencies

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  • Colin Rowat

    (University of Birmingham)

  • Paul Seabright

    (Id'EI, Toulouse)

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This paper models aid agencies as financial intermediaries that do not make a financial return to depositors, since the depositors' concern is to transfer resources to investor-beneficiaries. This leads to a significant problem of verification of the agencies' activities. One solution to this problem is for an agency to employ altruistic workers at below-market wages: workers can monitor the agency's activity more closely than donors, and altruistic workers would not work at below- market rates unless the agency were genuinely transferring resources to beneficiaries. We consider conditions for this solution to be incentive compatible.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Industrial Organization with number 0412007.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 09 Dec 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:0412007

Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 26. University of Birmingham, Department of Economics Working Paper, 04-22 (3 November 2004)
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Keywords: signalling; non-profit; wage differential; donations; altruism; two-sided market;

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  1. Vlassopoulos, Michael, 2007. "Volunteer hiring, organizational form and the provision of mission-oriented goods," Discussion Paper Series In Economics And Econometrics 0707, Economics Division, School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton.
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  3. Maitreesh Ghatak & Hannes Mueller, 2009. "Thanks for Nothing? Not-for-Profits and Motivated Agents," STICERD - Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers Series 014, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, LSE.
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  6. Daniel Traca, 2011. "On the Efficiency Effects of Subsidies in Microfinance: An Empirical Inquiry," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/89989, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  7. Ghosh, Suman & Van Tassel, Eric, 2013. "Funding microfinance under asymmetric information," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 101(C), pages 8-15.
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  9. Ghosh, Suman & Van Tassel, Eric, 2011. "Microfinance and competition for external funding," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 112(2), pages 168-170, August.
  10. Aubert, Cecile, 2006. "Work incentives and household insurance: Sequential contracting with altruistic individuals and moral hazard," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 92(1), pages 82-88, July.
  11. Aubert, Cécile, 2006. "Work incentives and household insurance: Sequential contracting with altruistic individuals and moral hazard," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/13655, Paris Dauphine University.

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