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Title:Curbing cream-skimming: evidence on enrolment incentives PDF Logo
Authors:Courty, Pascal
Kim, Do Han
Marschke, Gerald
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 3909
Abstract:Can enrolment incentives reduce the incidence of cream-skimming in the delivery of public sector services (e.g. education, health, job training)? In the context of a large government job training program, we investigate whether the use of enrolment incentives that set different 'shadow prices' for serving different demographic subgroups of clients, influence case workers' choice of intake population. Exploiting exogenous variation in these shadow prices, we show that training agencies change the composition of their enrollee populations in response to changes in the incentives, increasing the relative fraction of subgroups whose shadow prices increase. We also show that the increase is due to training agencies enrolling at the margin weaker members, in terms of performance, of that subgroup.
Subjects:Performance measurement
enrolment incentives
bureaucrat behavior
public organizations
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2009011924
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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