About the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics

The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the Leonard Davis Institute (CHIBE) provides an academic home for behavioral economic research that makes significant contributions to reducing the disease burden from major U.S. public health problems, such as tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence. CHIBE’s mission is to inform health policy, improve health care delivery and increase healthy behavior.

Founded in 2008 by University of Pennsylvania faculty in collaboration with faculty from the Center for Behavioral Decision Research at Carnegie Mellon University, CHIBE is one of the first research centers dedicated to the implementation of behavioral economic research in health. We are one of two NIH-funded Centers in Behavioral Economics and Health in the United States. In partnership with the Palliative and Advance Illness Research (PAIR) Center at the University of Pennsylvania, CHIBE supports the Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science (FIELDS) Program. Additionally, CHIBEĀ  leads the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit together with the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.

Our faculty apply concepts from the field of behavioral economics to design, implement, and evaluate interventions that improve health and build knowledge about efficacy, cost, and effectiveness. CHIBE researchers have received funding from several institutes within the National Institutes of Health, a variety of corporate partners, and foundations. A complete list of research projects is available by browsing through our Research page.