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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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Behavioral Economics and Aging

Principal Investigator: Karlawish 

This line of research is examining the implications of the psychology and neurology of aging on theories of behavioral economics with attention to the clinical, ethical and policy issues.

Developing Interactive Technologies to Improve Research and Health Behavior

Principal Investigators: Asch / Volpp

Co-investigators:  Bellamy, Halpern, Glanz, Goldberg, Groeneveld, Karlawish, Kimmel, Kuna, Loewenstein, Rozin, Shea, Troxel, Zauberman

David A. Asch, MD, MBA and Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD are developing IT infrastructure that will deploy clinical and behavioral research studies to advance the science at the intersection of behavioral economics and health.  The project is called Way to Health. For more information see:

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

Social Goals and Individual Incentives to Promote Walking in Older Adults

Principal Investigators: Karen Glanz, Jason Karlawish

Evidence from behavioral economics suggests that people have short time horizons and difficulty trading off immediate for delayed health benefits. Little is known, however, about whether financial incentives can be effective in encouraging higher levels of physical activity among older adults, particularly when they are in the form of social goals. The goal of this pilot randomized controlled trial is to test whether a financial incentive of a donation to achieve a social goal is more effective to motivate and sustain a daily walking habit than the same dollar value given to an older adult. This study will recruit adults 65 and older to use Way to Health with a digital pedometer-internet interface. 

Funder: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Donaghue Foundation

Why Join a Walking Program?

Principal Investigator: Jason Karlawish

The federal healthcare reform bill includes provisions for Medicare and Medicaid to provide incentives to beneficiaries to complete behavioral modification programs. This pilot study assesses whether relevant differences exist in different age groups' views on the acceptability of behavioral economic interventions, with particular emphasis on whether differences exist between older versus middle ages to younger adults.

Funder: National Institute on Aging

Awareness of Cognitive Deficits and Quality of Life

Principal Investigator: Karlawish 

The aim of this research is to measure the impact of awareness of cognitive deficits on self-reported quality of life.

Concepts of Late-life Brain Health and Disease

Principal Investigator: Karlawish 

This research involves examining the clinical and policy implications of changing concepts of late-life brain health and disease.