Publicity and Accepted Standards
One possible effect of increased publicity for performance is on public perceptions of prevailing standards–and this effect will intensify or moderate esteem incentives. As a result, providers of information who wish to preserve high performance may have incentives to withhold certain kinds of information or to distort the information they do provide–and sometimes such withholding/distortion has desirable consequences. This complication may give rise to a certain kind of legitimate public hypocrisy. The normative implications of information provision are explored under the rubric of the ‘whistle-blower’s dilemma’.
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