Intrinsic Motivation

Leonard, Kenneth L., Serneels, Pieter and Brock, J. Michelle (2013) Intrinsic Motivation. In: The Labor Market for Health Workers in Africa : New Look at the Crisis. The World Bank, pp. 255-284. ISBN 978-0-8213-9555-4

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Employs a literature review to describe intrinsic motivation as the force behind pro-social behavior, or when individuals willingly engage in behavior that is costly to them but benefits others. Regarding health workers, motivation stems from possible appreciation of provision of health care, experiencing a warm glow from helping people, or earning esteem from being seen to have helped people. A typology, focusing on the sources of motivation and social preferences, leads to classification of eight categories of intrinsically motivated physicians ranging from status seeking to altruistic and to approval seeking. Intrinsic motivation plays an important role in the decision to become a health worker, what sector to work in, whether to exert effort, and what services to provide, while questions remain about extrinsic incentives' possibly negative effect on intrinsically motivated workers.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Experimental Economics (former - to 2017)
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Impact Evaluation
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences
University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
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Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2017 05:05
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2023 01:28
DOI: 10.1596/978-0-8213-9555-4


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