EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

The Distortionary Effects of Incentives in Government: Evidence from China's "Death Ceiling" Program

Raymond Fisman and Yongxiang Wang

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2017, vol. 9, issue 2, 202-18

Abstract: We study a 2004 program designed to motivate Chinese bureaucrats to reduce accidental deaths. Each province received a set of "death ceilings" that, if exceeded, would impede government officials' promotions. For each category of accidental deaths, we observe a sharp discontinuity in reported deaths at the ceiling, suggestive of manipulation. Provinces with safety incentives for municipal officials experienced larger declines in accidental deaths, suggesting complementarities between incentives at different levels of government. While realized accidental deaths predict the following year's ceiling, we observe no evidence that provinces manipulate deaths upward to avoid ratchet effects in the setting of death ceilings.

JEL-codes: D73 J28 J45 J81 O15 P26 P36 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.20160008
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (3) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/app.20160008 (application/pdf)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles/attachments?retrie ... MWZ2plUnXVMAPXihjeg_ (application/zip)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles/attachments?retrie ... tGJKlMi2R2no7COglRxN (application/pdf)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles/attachments?retrie ... 4yD1-N4KvXUNeYWidwaS (application/zip)

Related works:
Working Paper: The Distortionary Effects of Incentives in Government: Evidence from China's “Death Ceiling” Program (2017) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:aea:aejapp:v:9:y:2017:i:2:p:202-18

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
https://www.aeaweb.org/journals/subscriptions

Access Statistics for this article

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics is currently edited by Alexandre Mas

More articles in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics from American Economic Association Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Michael P. Albert ().

 
Page updated 2019-07-22
Handle: RePEc:aea:aejapp:v:9:y:2017:i:2:p:202-18