This book combines economic theory and design to create tools that economists can use to apply in social, political and institutional application. This book seeks to provide the necessary stepping stones in order to facilitate the diffusion and adoption of this powerful tool for studying incentive structures in economics. The book presents a number of examples, both theoretical and real-life. It also has a chapter that samples the literature that tests mechanisms away from the blackboard, in laboratories and the real world.
This book provides readers (students and applied economists) with the tools to design the rules of economics to harness the power of incentives.