Evaluitis - a New Illness (Evaluitis - Eine Neue Krankheit)

19 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2006

Date Written: June 2006


"Evaluitis" - i.e. ex post assessments of organizations and persons - has become a rapidly spreading disease. In addition to the well-known costs imposed on evaluees and evaluators, additional significant costs are commonly disregarded: incentives are distorted, ossification is induced and the decision approach is wrongly conceived. As a result, evaluations are used too often and too intensively. A viable and often superior alternative to evaluations is a careful selection of persons and afterwards leaving them to pursue their assigned tasks.

Note: Downloadable document is in German.

Keywords: Evaluation, Performance, Selection, Research, Incentives

JEL Classification: D23, D61, H43, M40, M5

Suggested Citation

Frey, Bruno S., Evaluitis - a New Illness (Evaluitis - Eine Neue Krankheit) (June 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=914123 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.914123

Bruno S. Frey (Contact Author)

CREMA ( email )

Südstrasse 11
Zurich, CH 8008
+41 44 380 00 78 (Phone)

University of Basel ( email )

Peter Merian-Weg 6
Basel, 4002

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