Public service hampered by lack of carrot and stick

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2014 by steve

“What do civil service mandarins and senior managers in the public sector think about the Croke Park and Haddington Road reforms? How do they rub along with their political masters? And, most importantly in terms of improving the sector’s performance, do they have the freedom and the incentives to provide the best possible service to the citizens for whom they work? …” (more)

[Dan O’Brien, Independent, 1 June]

[The IPA report to which this refers is here.]

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Does paying for student performance work?

Posted in Teaching on December 12th, 2011 by steve

“People sometimes ask: how do we get students to do better at school? One natural response, from economists anyway, would be to change the incentive structure that students face i.e. pay them to do better …” (more)

[Kevin Denny: Economics more-or-less, 12 December]