Love the Job… or the Patient? Task vs. Mission-Based Motivations in Health Care [book]

Sheheryar Banuri, Philip Keefer, Damien de Walque
2018 Policy Research Working Papers   unpublished
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doi:10.1596/1813-9450-8338 fatcat:d4a6sjyyyvcn3pqa4tm6chdtli