• Economic Analysis Seminar, Marcos Vera-Hernández (University College London, IFS)

  • Start: Wednesday, 27 October 13:00
    End: Wednesday, 27 October 14:30
  • UCM Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Campus de Somosaguas, Pozuelo de Alarcón, España
  • Dept. Economic Analysis

    Research Seminars

    Dear all,

    The following ONLINE SEMINAR  will take place next week.

     Department of Economic Analysis & ICAE Research Seminars:

     WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27th, 2021, 13:00 h. 

    Marcos Vera-Hernández (University College London & Institute for Fiscal Studies)


    Monetary Incentives and Image Motivation: Evidence from a Large-Scale Experiment with Nigerian Midwives (joint with M. Holmlund, World Bank; P Jervis, IFS; F Maniquet, CORE-Louvain, P. Rosa-Dias, Imperial College)


    We test the relevance of image motivation in prosocial jobs through a large-scale experiment involving midwives deployed to needy areas. We randomize incentives to encourage midwife retention and measure midwives' image motivation, and social norms regarding length of service, using lab-in-the-field games. Our motivating behavioral model predicts incentives improve retention, changing the motivational composition of retained midwives by worsening the motivational signal of remaining. Our experimental findings show that incentives improve retention but may backfire as the most highly image-motivated midwives are more likely to leave earlier. Incentives also lengthen the minimum socially acceptable length of service.

    You can join the  seminar through Google Hangout Meets at the following link:

    @ucm accounts are granted immediate access to the webinar. External accounts require explicit approval by the moderators.

    You can find the recording of the talk  as well as previous sessions, papers, and the schedule of upcoming seminars at the seminar’s webpage

    Hope to see you all there.
    Jimenez-Martin, Juan-Ángel 
    Rodríguez Álvarez, Carmelo 
    Rodríguez Hernández, Juan Gabriel
    Sartarelli, Marcello