IGEM:Carnegie Mellon University/2009/Notebook/SUCCEED Survey and Peer Incentives/2014/02/13
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Unconditional vs Conditional Incentives
Uconditional: we give $5 upfront to participants in the survey
For the survey, we want data from all three participants. The problem, however, is that we can't directly offer incentives to all three of the participants at once; we rely on the first one to deliver the survey to the second one and the second one to deliver the survey to the third one. Therefore, we must find the best way to get people to take the survey and have others take the survey as well In the conditional incentive scheme, we presume that people pass on the survey because they want more money for themselves and others. In the unconditional scheme, people pass on the survey because it is a free gift for another person. Therefore, the more conditional incentive scheme puts participants more into the mind of a salesperson while the unconditional incentive puts them more into the mind of a gift-giver. In my opinion, the unconditional incentives make it more likely for participants to pass on the survey but it does not guarantee that they will actually complete the survey.