Friday, April 3, 2015


Can incentives be coercive?

If by coercive we mean "induce people to do something they would not otherwise do" then all incentives seems coercive.  But that's a dumb definition (IMHO) of coercive.

Here's a three part definition of "incentives" I had not seen before.

And that led me to this quite interesting paper.  A little too dismissive of Olson, but an interesting treatment of incentives.

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Do you have suggestions on where we could find more examples of this phenomenon?