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Intermediation by aid agencies

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  • Colin Rowat

    (University of Birmingham)

  • Paul Seabright

    (Id'EI, Toulouse)

Abstract

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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  • Colin Rowat & Paul Seabright, 2004. "Intermediation by aid agencies," Industrial Organization 0412007, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:0412007
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    Keywords

    signalling; non-profit; wage differential; donations; altruism; two-sided market;

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