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Money, fame and the allocation of talent: Brain drain and the institution of science
Jeon, Doh-Shin; Menicucci, Domenico
Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa
The earning structure in science is known to be flat relative to the one in theprivate sector, which could cause a brain drain toward the private sector. In thispaper, we assume that agents value both money and fame and study the role ofthe institution of science in the allocation of talent between the science sector andthe private sector. Following works on the Sociology of Science, we model theinstitution of science as a mechanism distributing fame (i.e. peer recognition). Weshow that since the intrinsic performance is less noisy signal of talent in the sciencesector than in the private sector, a good institution of science can mitigate thebrain drain. We also find that providing extra monetary incentives through themarket might undermine the incentives provided by the institution and therebyworsen the brain drain. Finally, we study the optimal balance between monetaryand non-monetary incentives in science.
2005-09-15
Microeconomics
fame
science
brain drain
incentives
asymmetric information
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