Generosity and Prosocial Behavior in Healthcare Provision: Evidence from the Laboratory and Field
J. Michelle Brock,
Andreas Lange and
Kenneth Leonard ()
Journal of Human Resources, 2016, vol. 51, issue 1, 133-162
Do health workers sometimes have intrinsic motivation to help their patients? We examine the correlation between the generosity of cliniciansâ€”as measured in a laboratory experimentâ€”and the quality of care they provide (1) in their normal work environment, (2) when a peer observes them, and (3) six weeks after an encouragement visit from a peer. We find that clinicians defined as generous in the laboratory provide 8 percent better care in their normal work environment. On average, all clinicians provide 3 percent and 8 percent better care when observed by a peer and after encouragement, respectively. Importantly, generous clinicians react to peer scrutiny and encouragement in the same way as ungenerous clinicians.
Note: DOI: 10.3368/jhr.51.1.133
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