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A New Approach to an Age-Old Problem: Solving Externalities by Incenting Workers Directly

Greer K. Gosnell, John A. List, Robert Metcalfe

NBER Working Paper No. 22316
Issued in June 2016

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We thank participants at the 2015 EEE and PPE NBER Summer Institute sessions for excellent remarks that considerably improved the research, and seminar participants at Columbia University, Dartmouth College, University of British Columbia, University of Chicago, University of Tennessee, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Omar Al-Ubaydli, Steve Cicala, Diane Coyle, Paul Dolan, Robert Dur, Robert Hahn, Glenn Harrison, Justine Hastings, David Jimenez-Gomez, Matthew Kahn, Kory Kroft, Edward Lazear, Steve Levitt, Bentley MacLoed, Jonathan Meer, Michael Norton, Sally Sadoff, Laura Schechter, Jessie Shapiro, Kathryn Shaw, Kerry Smith, Alex Teytelboym, Gernot Wagner, and Catherine Wolfram provided remarks that helped to sharpen our thoughts. Thanks to The Templeton Foundation and the Science of Philanthropy Initiative at the University of Chicago for providing the generous funds to make this experiment possible. Further thanks to the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the pilots’ unions who took the time to review and approve of the study objectives and material. A special thanks to those individuals at Virgin Atlantic Airways—especially to Paul Morris, Claire Lambert, Emma Harvey, and Captain David Kistruck—and Rolls Royce (especially Mark Goodhind and Simon Mayes) for their essential roles in the implementation of this experiment. These parties are in no way responsible for the analyses and interpretations presented in this paper. We thank Florian Rundhammer and Andrew Simon for their excellent research assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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