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Essays on Incentives, Human Capital and Productivity

  • Author(s): Hirshleifer, Sarojini
  • Advisor(s): Dahl, Gordon
  • Muralidharan, Karthik
  • et al.
Abstract

This dissertation describes three field experiments that aim to increase productivity and human capital through incentives, training and access to capital. The first chapter presents the results of a randomized evaluation of the Turkish government's job training programs for the unemployed. The second chapter presents the results of a field experiment in India that relies on a novel design to test effort incentives against output incentives in an education setting. The third chapter presents the design for a field experiment in Uganda that increases small firms' access to networks, incentives, and training.

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