Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/145217
Authors: 
Singh, Prakarsh
Masters, William A.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10083
Abstract: 
This paper provides evidence of effectiveness for performance pay among government caregivers to improve child health in India. In a controlled study of 160 daycare centers serving over 4,000 children, we randomly assign individual workers to receive either fixed bonuses or incentive payments based on the weight‐for‐age nutritional status of children in their care, and also collect data from a control group receiving only their standard salary. Mothers of children in all three study arms receive nutrition information. We find that performance pay reduces the prevalence of underweight by about 5 percentage points over 3 months, and height improves by about one centimeter. Impacts are sustained in the medium term when incentives are renewed but fade when they are discontinued. Fixed bonuses lead to smaller effects. Both treatments appear to improve worker effort and communication with mothers, who in turn feed a more calorific diet to their children at home.
Subjects: 
performance pay
incentives
malnutrition
undernutrition
underweight
child development
child health
Anganwadis
ICDS
nutrition
JEL: 
O1
I1
M5
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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