An incentive is something that motivates an individual to perform an action. The study of incentive structures is central to the study of all economic activities (both in terms of individual decision-making and in terms of co-operation and competition within a larger institutional structure). Therefore, economic analysis of the differences between societies (and between organizations within a society) amounts to characterizing the differences in incentive structures faced by individuals involved in these collective efforts. Incentives aim to provide value for money and contribute to organizational success. As such the design of incentive systems is a key management activity.
To provide incentives for; to encourage.
"The US government seeks to incentivize home ownership through a favorable tax system."
To provide incentives to.
"They effectively incentivized people to overinvest in home ownership."
To provide an incentive to (a person or organization).
"We need to incent people to innovate more."
To provide an incentive for (something).
"We need to incent more innovation."
provide with an incentive
"it makes sense for the government to incent people to invest in research and development"