Karrar H. Jaffar
USC Department of Economics
Institutional Affiliation: University of Southern California
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|February 2016||Using Preference Estimates to Customize Incentives: An Application to Polio Vaccination Drives in Pakistan|
with James Andreoni, Michael Callen, Yasir Khan, Charles Sprenger: w22019
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.