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.
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.
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
Principal Investigators: Marina Serper, MD, MS; Iwan Barankay, PhD; Peter Reese, MD
Objectives: 1) To determine whether use of an accelerometer device (Misfit tracker) and financial loss-incentives paired with health trivia information vs. the accelerometer use alone increases walking among kidney and liver transplant recipients, and 2) To evaluate whether the interventions are associated with lower weight and changes in body fat composition.
Funder: CTSA UL1TR000003 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science
Principal Investigators: Kevin Volpp, Iwan Barankay, Peter Reese
The application of conceptual approaches from behavioral economics offers considerable promise in advancing health and health care. In patients with suboptimal cholesterol control who are at high risk for CVD, this study will test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of different behavioral economic techniques to improve statin adherence following discontinuation of the intervention. Investigative team leaders Iwan Barankay, Kevin Volpp and Peter Reese will use a 4-arm randomized controlled trial to compare the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of alternative approaches to inducing habit formation among CVD patients with poorly controlled cholesterol who have been prescribed statins.
Funded by: NIH/National Institute on Aging
Principal Investigator: Barankay
Exploration of whether telling how individuals rank in terms of performance compared to their peers affects productivity in a context where ranking has no impact on monetary compensation.