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

85 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2016

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James Andreoni

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Michael Callen

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Muhammad Yasir Khan

University of California, Berkeley, Students

Karrar Jaffar

University of Southern California; Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

Charles Sprenger

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

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Date Written: February 2016

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.

Suggested Citation

Andreoni, James and Callen, Michael and Khan, Muhammad and Hussain, Karrar and Sprenger, Charles, Using Preference Estimates to Customize Incentives: An Application to Polio Vaccination Drives in Pakistan (February 2016). NBER Working Paper No. w22019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2739545

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Michael Callen

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

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Muhammad Khan

University of California, Berkeley, Students ( email )

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Karrar Hussain

University of Southern California

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Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) ( email )

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Charles Sprenger

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ( email )

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La Jolla, CA 92093-0112
United States

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