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Do incentives matter? The case of Navy recruiters

  • Beth J. Asch
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    This study examines how Navy recruiters in April-August 1986 responded to a multiperiod incentive plan that included piece rates, quotas, prizes, and standards. Recruiters generally produced more enlistments as they gained experience and as the date of their eligibility for a prize approached. Those with higher past output (who were thus more likely to win a prize), however, produced less as they approached the prize eligibility date. Recruiters also enlisted markedly fewer recruits immediately after winning a prize. This evidence that recruiters varied their effort over time in response to an incentive system, the author suggests, has implications for such private sector jobs as sales and tenure-track teaching. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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    Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

    Volume (Year): 43 (1990)
    Issue (Month): 3 (February)
    Pages: 89-106

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:43:y:1990:i:3:p:89-106
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