Does Doing Good Give You License to Be Bad?

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A company advertised its charitable work and saw as big an increase in job applications as it did by raising wages 27 percent — and the employees it attracted were more productive and effective. (Photo: Steven L. Shepard/Presidio of Monterey Public Affairs)

Season 7, Episode 42

Corporate Social Responsibility programs can attract better job applicants who’ll work for less money. But they also encourage employees to misbehave. Don’t laugh — you too probably engage in “moral licensing,” even if you don’t know it.

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “Does Doing Good Give You License to Be Bad?” and “The Most Vilified Industry in America Is Also the Most Charitable.”

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