Incentives for Participation


For programs that require high participation rates, it is important to establish proper incentives for the correct behavior. These incentives should at once be a reflection of common human psychology but also the unique cultural and socioeconomic conditions of any one particular environment. For Kamikatsu's recycling program, the incentive's for participation are varied. For one, the town is small is there is a feeling of collective responsibility for the problem of pollution. Downstream effects, while present are diminished compared to the immediate effects of incinerating trash. The size of the town also creates a social incentive. If a group or individual is found to be not cooperative, the town will know about it, and the unspoken judgement this generates further incentivizes the proper behavior. A question to consider is whether or not these same incentives are transferable to other environments.

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