Working paper 99/016 - Abstract

Incentives in Organisations: A Selective Overview of the Literature with Application to the Public Sector

Simon Burgess and Paul Metcalfe

This paper provides a brief overview of the theoretical literature on how organisations provide employees with incentives to act in its interest and on the suitability of incentive schemes in different environments. Attention is drawn to areas that are appropriate to public sector organisations. A selection of relevant empirical literature is reviewed and related to the theory.

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