DP4781 Intermediation by Aid Agencies

Author(s): Colin Rowat, Paul Seabright
Publication Date: December 2004
Keyword(s): altruism, donations, non-profit, signalling, two-sided market, wage differential
JEL(s): D21, D64, J31, L31
Programme Areas: Public Economics, Industrial Organization
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This Paper models aid agencies as financial intermediaries that do not make a financial return to depositors, since the depositors' concern is to transfer resources to investor-beneficiaries. This leads to a significant problem of verification of the agencies' activities. One solution to this problem is for an agency to employ altruistic workers at below-market wages: workers can monitor the agency's activity more closely than donors, and altruistic workers would not work at below-market rates unless the agency were genuinely transferring resources to beneficiaries. We consider conditions for this solution to be incentive compatible.