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Checklists and Worker Behaviour: A Field Experiment
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (2015)
  • C. Kirabo Jackson, Northwestern University
  • Henry Schneider, Cornell University

We analyze data from a field experiment in which an auto-repair firm provided checklists to mechanics and monitored their use. Revenue was 20 percent higher during the experiment, and the effect is equivalent to that of a 1.6 percentage point (10 percent) commission increase. Checklists appear to boost productivity by serving both as a memory aid and a monitoring technology. Despite the large benefits to the firm, mechanics did not use checklists without the firm directly monitoring their use. We show that a moral hazard can explain why mechanics do not otherwise adopt checklists.

  • Checklists,
  • Worker productivity,
  • Moral Hazard,
  • Monitoring
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C. Kirabo Jackson and Henry Schneider. "Checklists and Worker Behaviour: A Field Experiment" American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (2015)
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