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Using Preference Estimates to Customize Incentives: An Application to Polio Vaccination Drives in Pakistan

James Andreoni (), Michael Callen, Yasir Khan, Karrar Jaffar and Charles Sprenger

No 22019, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We use structural estimates of time preferences to customize incentives for polio vaccinators in Lahore, Pakistan. We measure time preferences using intertemporal allocations of effort, and derive the mapping between these structural estimates and individually optimized incentives. We evaluate the effect of matching contract terms to discounting parameters in a subsequent experiment with the same vaccinators. This exercise provides a test of the specific point predictions given by structural estimates of discounting parameters. We demonstrate that tailoring contract terms to individual discounting moves allocation behavior significantly towards the intended objective.

JEL-codes: D03 I1 O1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016-02
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