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: Volpp / Loewenstein
Deposit contracts are pre-commitment devices that are used in various non-health-related areas such as retirement savings investment, which help people overcome their present-biased tendencies. This is a randomized, controlled trial which tests the association between various types of deposit contract incentive schemes and weight loss among overweight volunteers in a workplace setting.
Funded by: McKinsey & Company, Inc.