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Recruitment, effort, and retention effects of performance contracts for civil servants: Experimental evidence from Rwandan primary schools

Clare Leaver, Owen Ozier, Pieter Serneels () and Andrew Zeitlin
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Clare Leaver: Blavatnik School of Government University College, https://www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/people/clare-leaver

No 2021-04, Department of Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics, Williams College

Abstract: This paper reports on a two-tiered experiment designed to separately identify the selection and effort margins of pay-for-performance (P4P). At the recruitment stage, teacher labor markets were randomly assigned to a pay-for-percentile or fixed-wage contract. Once recruits were placed, an unexpected, incentive compatible, school-level re-randomization was performed, so that some teachers who applied for a fixed-wage contract ended up being paid by P4P, and vice versa. By the second year of the study, the within-year effort effect of P4P was 0.16 standard deviations of pupil learning, with the total effect rising to 0.20 standard deviations after allowing for selection.

Keywords: pay-for-performance; selection; incentives; teachers; field experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 I21 J45 M52 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 70
Date: 2021-01-27
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cta, nep-dev, nep-exp, nep-hrm and nep-lma
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