Erika Deserranno

Erika Deserranno is Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She joined the Kellogg faculty in 2015 after receiving her PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. Her research interests lie at the intersection between development and personnel economics. She is currently working on issues related to the selection, recruitment and motivation of workers both in private and public organisations.

Content by Erika Deserranno
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Financial incentive schemes in public health: Evidence from Sierra Leone

    This brief explores findings from a field study of a community health programme in Sierra Leone seeking to understand how financial incentives can impact public service and public health outcomes.  Sharing incentives equally between Community Health Workers (CHW) and their supervisors generates an increase in household health visits that is 61% larger than the...

    30 Nov 2021 | Erika Deserranno, Stefano Caria, Philipp Kastrau, Gianmarco León, Julia Liborio

  • Blog post

    Building a capable civil service in Liberia: The role of the Performance Management System

    Over the past thirty years, Liberia has encountered a mix of challenges, from negotiating civil war and an Ebola epidemic to welcoming the first democratic transition of power in three-quarters of a century. The recently elected Weah administration has made governance one of the four pillars of its ‘Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development’, including a push to...

    29 Apr 2019 | Patience Coleman , Erika Deserranno, Ignatius A. Geegbae , Jennifer Ljungqvist, Vincent Pons, Daniel Rogger

  • Project

    How to increase the adoption of civil service reform? The role of training and incentives

    Many developing countries suffer from ineffective public service delivery. A growing literature sheds light on reforms which can improve public service quality. For instance, existing studies focus on showing how performance‐based incentives can improve the performance of frontline civil servants working in health facilities, schools, or collecting taxes. Also, a large...

    22 Jan 2018 | Vincent Pons, Daniel Rogger, Erika Deserranno, Jennifer Ljungqvist