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 Investigator: Justin Sydnor, PhD
The specific aims of this study are to (1) estimate the treatment effect of both the standard monetary incentive and the endowment-effect incentive relative to a control in terms of the fraction of members using the gym over time; (2) test whether the endowment-effect treatment increases the fraction of participants meeting the program gym-use goals relative to a standard treatment with the same monetary value; and (3) estimate the size of a standard monetary incentive that is expected to generate the same success rate as the endowment-effect incentive.