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Performance Measurement and Rewards

Faculty in this area center their research on the challenges of measuring and incentivizing performance, no matter the activity. They pay attention to how major service industries—such as hospitals, universities, and museums—operate in markets where they compete against or collaborate with for-profit and government organizations.

A Message From Burton Weisbrod, Program Chair

Burton Weisbrod

Scholars from economics, law, management, political science, social policy, and statistics have focused policy research on the measurement and rewarding of “performance” in government and nonprofit organizations. They examine how good performance is measured in such areas as education, healthcare and courts—in search of reward mechanisms that provide incentives for efficiency. Research complements IPR’s programs on Education Policy and Urban Policy.

Working Papers

Recently published articles and working papers in this program area include:

Jason Abaluck, Mauricio M. Caceres Bravo, Peter Hull, and Amanda Starc. 2020. Mortality Effects and Choice Across Private Health Insurance Plans (WP-20-37).

Craig Garthwaite, Christopher Ody, and Amanda Starc. 2020. Endogenous Quality Investments in the U.S. Hospital Market (WP-20-32).

Charles F. Manski and Aleksey Tetenov. 2020. Statistical Decision Properties of Imprecise Trials Assessing COVID-19 Drugs (WP-20-25).

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Faculty Experts

Performance measurement faculty come from economics, law, management, political science, social policy, and statistics.

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Network Canvas: A Tool for Capturing Complex Data

Michelle Birkett, Assistant Professor of Medical Social Sciences and Preventive Medicine and IPR Associate