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Intrinsic Motivation in Public Service: Theory and Evidence from State Supreme Courts

Elliott Ash, W. Bentley MacLeod

NBER Working Paper No. 20664
Issued in November 2014, Revised in June 2015

---- Acknowledgments ----

We thank Yisehak Abraham, Ankeet Ball, Josh Brown, Josh Burton, Matthew Buck, Eammonn Campbell, Seth Fromer, Gohar Harutyunyan, Archan Hazra, Montague Hung, Dong Hyeun, Mithun Kamath, James Kim, Michael Kurish, Jennifer Kutsunai, Steven Lau, Sharon Liao, Sarah MacDougall, Justin McNamee, Sourabh Mishra, Arielle Napoli, Bryn Paslawski, Olga Peshko, Quinton Robbins, Ricardo Rodriguez, Carol Shou, Alex Swift, Tom Verderame, Sam Waters, Sophie Wilkowske, John Yang, Geoffrey Zee, and Fred Zhu for their meticulous help in assembling data and other research assistance. We thank Matthew Freedman, Levon Barseghyan, and Adam Lavecchia for discussant comments on previous drafts. Columbia University’s Program for Economic Research and the National Science Foundation Grant SES-1260875 provide financial support for this research. 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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