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Research Seminar Series (RSS)

Getting Clinicians to Do Their Best: Ability, Altruism, and Incentives in Tanzanian Health Care

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Center for Global Development
1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Third Floor
12:00 noon–1:30 p.m.

Kenneth Leonard, Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland-College Park will present Getting Clinicians to Do Their Best: Ability, Altruism, and Incentives in Tanzanian Health Care. Christel Vermeersch, Human Development Department, World Bank will serve as discussant. A light lunch will be served.

Please RSVP to Sarah Dean at events@cgdev.org by December 6th.

ABSTRACT: The quality of health care services is an important factor in health outcomes. To what degree is the quality of care provided by a clinician in consultation limited by ability (capacity) as opposed to motivation? By measuring the ability and actual practice of a sample of clinicians in Tanzania and examining the terms of employment for these clinicians, we show that both ability and motivation are important to quality. Even after controlling for their ability, clinicians who work for organizations that use high–powered incentives are much more likely to properly diagnose and treat patients.

*The Massachusetts Avenue Development Seminar (MADS) series is an effort by the Center for Global Development and The Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies to take advantage of the incredible concentration of great international development scholars in the Metro Washington, DC area. The series seeks to bring together members of this community and improve communication between them.

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