University of Pennsylvania
Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
423 Guardian Drive
Blockley Hall, 13th Floor

Phone: 6109576139
Research Area(s): Chronic Disease Management

David Huffman, PhD

Assistant Professor, Swarthmore College

Dr. Huffman’s research is in the area of behavioral economics. About half of his work is basic research on preferences and biases in decision-making. He uses survey methods, lab experiments, and field experiments to measure and understand risk preferences, time preferences, and social preferences. The other half of his work is more applied, focusing mainly on the psychological foundations of incentives in the domains of labor and health. Some of his current research projects include a large-scale field experiment to encourage uptake of flu vaccine and field experiments on reducing the use of low-value care by physicians and patients.