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High-powered incentives and communication failure

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  • Mishra, Ajit
  • Sarangi, Sudipta

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This paper uses a donor–provider–agent framework to study the role of provider incentives for the delivery of developmental goods like aid, credit, or technology transfer to the poor. It considers a situation where credible communication by the provider is the key to successful delivery. The study focuses on the interplay between incentives and communications and shows that the use of high-powered incentives can lead to breakdown of communication between providers and agents, leading to undesirable outcomes. However, in many situations motivated providers or state-contingent contracts can be used to achieve the second best outcome.

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  • Mishra, Ajit & Sarangi, Sudipta, 2016. "High-powered incentives and communication failure," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 131(PA), pages 51-60.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:131:y:2016:i:pa:p:51-60
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2016.08.007
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    Keywords

    Incentives; Communication; Motivated provider;

    JEL classification:

    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights

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