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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.



Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics Research Studies

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Can Calorie Labels Increase Caloric Intake?

Principal Investigator:  Loewenstein

Research on the effectiveness of calorie and nutrition labeling of food in propelling individuals toward healthier food choices has revealed weak and inconsistent findings.  Four potential mechanisms to induce perverse effects -- causing people to increase calorie intake -- are tested in this pilot study.

Funded by:  National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Aging