A general test for distortions in performance measures

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dc.contributor.author COURTY, Pascal
dc.contributor.author MARSCHKE, Gerald
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-23T13:39:51Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-23T13:39:51Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Review of economics and statistics, 2008, XC, 3, 428-441
dc.identifier.issn 0034-6535
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/17369
dc.description.abstract Results from the incentive literature suggest that performance measures are often distorted, eliciting dysfunctional and unintended responses. The existence of these responses, however, is difficult to demonstrate in practice because this behavior is typically hidden from the researcher. We present a simple model showing that one can test for the existence of distortions by estimating the change in the association between a performance measure and the true goal of the organization with the measure's introduction. Using data from a public-sector organization, we find evidence consistent with the existence of distortions. We draw implications for the selection of performance measures.
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Statistical methods
dc.subject Job performance
dc.subject Measurement
dc.subject Personnel management
dc.subject Human resources
dc.subject Economic indicators
dc.title A general test for distortions in performance measures
dc.type Article
dc.neeo.contributor COURTY|Pascal|aut|EUI70003
dc.neeo.contributor MARSCHKE|Gerald|aut|
dc.identifier.volume XC
dc.identifier.startpage 428
dc.identifier.endpage 441
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dc.identifier.issue 3

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