PhD defence of Robin Zoutenbier on Thursday 29 January 2015

On Thursday 29 January 2015 Robin Zoutenbier will defend his PhD thesis entitled 'Work Motivation and Incentives in the Public Sector'. Supervisor is Professor Robert Dur), Other members of the Doctoral Committee are Professor Bauke Visser, Professor Dinand Webbink (both Erasmus School of Economics) and Professor Simon Burgess (University of Bristol).

Time and location

The PhD defence will take place in the Senate Hall of Erasmus University Rotterdam (Campus Woudestein) and will start at 15.30 hrs.

About Robin Zoutenbier

Robin Zoutenbier (1985) graduated in Economics at Erasmus School of Economics in 2010. Afterwards, he joined the Tinbergen Institute as a PhD student at the Department of Economics at Erasmus School of Economics. He currently works as a researcher at the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. A part of this thesis has been published in Public Administration Review and another part is forthcoming in German Economic Review.

About thesis 'Work Motivation and Incentives in the Public Sector'

The motivations of public sector employees are important for the performance of public organizations because production is highly labor intensive and, more importantly, because the use of extrinsic incentives is relatively rare in the public sector. The first part of this thesis examines the work motivations of public sector employees. The empirical analysis studies differences in motivations between employees in the public sector and the private sector. In addition, it investigates mission motivation as a source of motivation for government employees. The last part of this thesis examines the use of feedback as an incentive. The effect of students' feedback on the performance of teachers was investigated by conducting a field experiment at a large Dutch school for intermediate vocational education. Both the effect of receiving feedback as well as the relevance of the content of the feedback was investigated.

More information

For more information about this ceremony, please contact Ronald de Groot, Communication Officer of the Erasmus School of Economics phone +31 10 408 1762 or by e-mail:

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