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Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics Research

CHIBE researchers 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. 

Basic Science Core Request for Applications

The Basic Science Core aims to support laboratory or low-cost field studies that will shed light on mechanisms that can generate behavior change.  In contrast to previous large-scale field studies, which have often combined multiple mechanisms into one intervention in order to maximize impact on behavior, basic science projects supported by the Core focus on disentangling and precisely identifying the impacts of individual mechanisms.  CHIBE researchers interested in applying for project support can click here for more information.



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A Randomized Trial of Cognitive vs. Behavioral Incentives to Induce Sustained Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits and Improve Oral Health

Principal Investigators: Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA and Iwan Barankay, PhD

Designing cost-effective, time-limited interventions that lead to persistent healthy habits is a pressing public health challenge. In this planned randomized controlled study, we propose to test and compare the effectiveness of two types of financial incentives-behavioral vs. cognitive-for creating better toothbrushing habits and improving the gingival index, an important measure of oral health.

Funder: NIH: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Improving Participation in Vector Control Campaigns

Principal Investigators: Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA; Joanne Levy, MBA, MCP

Peruvian officials have engaged for years in a vector-control campaign to fight Chagas, a potentially fatal, bug-borne disease common in Latin America. Resistance to the voluntary, door-to-door program in Arequipa, however, threatens to undermine the Ministry of Health's effort in that city.  This project will explore the effectiveness of three behavioral economics interventions in persuading Arequipa residents to allow pesticide treatment in their homes.


Retail pharmacy vouchers to promote Tdap vaccination for adults living with infants

Principal Investigators: Alison Buttenheim, Kristen Feemster

The goal of this study is to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and impact of vouchers and a high-salience celebrity PSA  on uptake of Tdap vaccination for adult caregivers of infants.

Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program Research Grants in Population Health and Leonard Davis Institute Health Services Research Pilot Grant

Can policies change norms? Measuring school vaccine exemption norms in the context of regulatory change

Principal Investigator: Alison Buttenheim

The goal of this study is to assess school-level norms related to exemptions from vaccine mandates prior to change in California’s exemption law.

Improving participation in vector control campaigns through behavioral economics

Principal Investigators: Alison Buttenheim, Michael Levy

The goal of this study is to increase participation in a Chagas disease vector control campaign in urban Peru through lotteries, advance commitment responsive scheduling, and peer recruitment. The study takes a  behavioral design approach to identify specific behavioral barriers and address them through novel interventions informed by behavioral economic theory. 

Funder: University of Pennsylvania Global Engagement Fund and University Research Foundation