Chapter 8: Incentives
Protection of whistleblowers from retaliation provides an incentive for their disclosures. In this sense, protection is the price paid for information whether it is provided to an employer, to a government regulatory or law enforcement agency, to members of the legislature, or to the public through the media or through private organizations. The conception of protection as an incentive invites an evaluation of the balance between the costs of the protections and the value of disclosures. For example, a finding that whistleblowers are likely to make disclosures in ignorance of protections or despite ineffective protections affects the calculus of costs and benefits.
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