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Personalities and Public Sector Performance: Evidence from a Health Experiment in Pakistan

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  • Callen, Michael

    (Harvard University)

  • Gulzar, Saad

    (NYU)

  • Hasanain, Ali

    (University College, Oxford and Lahore University of Management Sciences)

  • Khan, Yasir

    (Lahore University of Management Sciences)

  • Rezaee, Arman

    (University of CA, San Diego)

Abstract

This paper provides evidence that the personality traits of policy actors matter for policy outcomes in the context of two large-scale experiments in Punjab, Pakistan. Three results support the relevance of personalities for policy outcomes. First, doctors with higher Big Five and Perry Public Sector Motivation scores attend work more and falsify inspection reports less. Second, health inspectors who score higher on these personality measures exhibit a larger treatment response to increased monitoring. Last, senior health officials with higher Big Five scores are more likely to respond to a report of an under-performing facility by compelling better subsequent staff attendance.

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  • Callen, Michael & Gulzar, Saad & Hasanain, Ali & Khan, Yasir & Rezaee, Arman, 2015. "Personalities and Public Sector Performance: Evidence from a Health Experiment in Pakistan," Working Paper Series rwp15-023, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecl:harjfk:rwp15-023
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    JEL classification:

    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • D02 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Institutions: Design, Formation, Operations, and Impact
    • D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives

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