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Moral Economy : Why Good Incentives Are No Substitute for Good Citizens (Hardcover) (Samuel Bowles)

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Should the idea of economic man—the amoral and self-interested ****** economicus—determine how we expect people to respond to monetary rewards, punishments, and other incentives? Samuel Bowles answers with a resounding “no.” Policies that follow from this paradigm, he shows, may “crowd out” ethical and generous motives and thus backfire. But incentives per se are not really the culprit. Bowles shows that crowding out occurs when the message conveyed by fines and rewards is that self-interest is expected, that the employer thinks the workforce is lazy, or that the citizen cannot otherwise be trusted to contribute to the public good. Using historical and recent case studies as well as behavioral experiments, Bowles shows how well-designed incentives can crowdin the civic motives on which good governance depends.
Number of Pages: 272.0
Genre: Business + Money Management, Psychology
Sub-Genre: Applied Psychology, Consumer Behavior, Industrial + Organizational Psychology
Series Title: Castle Lectures
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Author: Samuel Bowles
Language: English
Street Date: May 24, 2016
TCIN: 50647172
UPC: 9780300163803
Item Number (DPCI): 248-09-6507

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