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Strings AttachedUntangling the Ethics of Incentives$
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Ruth W. Grant

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151601

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151601.001.0001

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Getting Down to Cases

Getting Down to Cases

(p.75) Chapter Six Getting Down to Cases
Strings Attached

Ruth W. Grant

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores in more detail four very different domains where incentives have been controversial: plea bargaining, recruiting medical research subjects, the loan policies of the International Monetary Fund, and motivating children to learn. Each of these cases illuminates a web of concerns surrounding the ethics of incentives and illustrates how legitimate and illegitimate incentives can be differentiated. The chapter argues for the usefulness of taking up the question of the ethical use of incentives in very different contexts. Sensitivity to context increases the complexity of the issues but never in exactly the same ways in every case. Despite this diversity, the controversies in each case revolve around the same central questions identified in the last chapter on evaluating incentives.

Keywords:   incentives, plea bargaining, medical research subjects, loan policies, International Monetary Fund, children, motivation

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