Expanding Beyond Maternal and Child Health
New evaluation Results: Long Run Effects of Temporary Incentives on Medical Care Productivity
The panel will also discuss the findings of a recent paper, which used a randomized field experiment to examine the effects of temporary financial incentives paid to medical care clinics for the initiation of prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy. Researchers found that the rate of early initiation of prenatal care was 34 percent higher in the treatment group than in the control group while the incentives were being paid, and that this effect persisted at least 15 months and likely 24 months or more after the incentives ended. This finding suggests that temporary incentives may be effective at motivating improvements in long run provider performance.