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Strings Attached: Untangling the Ethics of Incentives

Ruth W. Grant


Incentives can be found everywhere—in schools, businesses, factories, and government—influencing people's choices about almost everything, from financial decisions and tobacco use to exercise and child rearing. So long as people have a choice, incentives seem innocuous. This book demonstrates that when incentives are viewed as a kind of power rather than as a form of exchange, many ethical questions arise: How do incentives affect character and institutional culture? Can incentives be manipulative or exploitative, even if people are free to refuse them? What are the responsibilities of the pow ... More

Keywords: incentives, power, exchange, manipulation, exploitation, plea bargaining, medical research subjects, International Monetary Fund loans, student motivation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151601
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth W. Grant, author