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Incentives for Basic Research in a Large Institution: Some General Considerations and a Case Study

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Björn Frank

In: Research Evaluation 13 (2004), 2, S. 119-127


Discusses incentives for basic research, which were recently introduced in the German Institute for Economic Research, including both team and individual incentives. Possible problems arise from focussing on the measurable, crowding out intrinsic motivation and undesirable externalities. Furthermore, provides survey evidence on the perception of the incentives by the institute's researchers.