Publication:
Using an experimental approach to improving the selective reenlistment bonus program

Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Authors
Norton, William J.
Subjects
Advisors
Gates, William
Coughlan, Peter
Date of Issue
2007-06
Date
Publisher
Monterey California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
Abstract
The Selective Reenlistment Bonus program is a powerful force management tool designed to increase retention in undermanned skills. This thesis analyzes many of the theoretical applications of alternative compensation methods, specifically auctions, signaling theory, and experimental economics
and explains how an economic experiment might be applied within the Department of Defense. This experimental approach presents service members a certain scenario which mirrors a choice they might face when posed with a retention decision. Economic experiments are an inexpensive way to make more informed personnel policy decisions. This thesis postulates that economic experiments are an excellent means to capture the human element in the decision-making process. Additionally, economic experiments provide another form of simulation to "wind-tunnel" test policy changes before implementing them across the services. The sample experiment discussed in this thesis combines the theoretical principles of both auction and signaling theory and provides a means to analyze concrete data for which the Department of Defense could use before actually conducting an auction of selective reenlistment bonuses.
Type
Thesis
Description
Series/Report No
Department
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
Identifiers
NPS Report Number
Sponsors
Funder
Format
xiv, 53 p.
Citation
Distribution Statement
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Rights
Collections