Monday, 16 May 2011


In Germany the official reward when you find and return something is 3%. In Russia it is 25%. Let's think about this...

We all have an intrinsic motivation to do the right thing, e.g. to return something that does not belong to us. A reward adds external incentive to the internal motivation to ensures the right thing is really done --> reward substitutes moral.

Obviously the German lawmakers consider 3% a reasonable incentive. In Russia 25% is needed. Very interesting, especially considering that this 25% were already used in sovjet (pre-capitalistic) times.

Personally I think the 25% are ridiculous high. But then, it explains why people were so surprised when I found in RU their wallets/cells and returned it.

Anybody knows, how much rewards are usual in other countries?


Lisa said...

Hi I just found your blog and I am enjoying it very much. I want to ask you what is the reward for? For returning what? Something you found, like a wallet? We have nothing like this in Canada.

Anonymous said...

Always return wallets/cells w/o any reward. It's just a question of ur heart.
p.s. born in moscow and live here for 23 years.

Anonymous said...

I think it'll be great to specify a few things:
1) it Russia the reward is capped by the 20% of the price of the item, not equals to. The exact amount of reward is supposed to be the question of negotitations between owner and founder.
2) in Germany the reward equals to 3 % for things tat cost less than 500 euros and to 5% for things that it's more than 500 euros+ th founder has the right to ask for compensation expenses for keeping the thing and finding the owner.

Anonymous said...

In Poland - 10% :)

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