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    About CHIBE

    The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) is the leading scientific organization using behavioral economics to improve health.

    Drawing on the expertise of faculty from across the University of Pennsylvania and beyond, CHIBE conducts behavioral economics research aimed at reducing the burden of disease from major public health challenges, such as tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence and seeks to advance health equity worldwide.

    Our mission is to advance the science of applied behavioral economics in pursuit of knowledge, interventions, and policies that lead to higher-value health care, equal access to health care, and healthier lives for all.

    A healthier and more equitable world powered by behavioral economics

    CHIBE was originally founded in 2008 as part of the nation’s first health services research center, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with faculty from the Center for Behavioral Decision Research at Carnegie Mellon University. LDI was established in 1967, just two years after Congress enacted Medicare, and it was created to fill fundamental gaps in the evidence base that could inform policies critical to the financing and management of the nation’s increasingly costly and complex health care system.

    CHIBE leads the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit together with the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.

    Our Center has worked with a variety of individuals and groups, including health systems, payers, employers, consumer companies, governments, and communities.

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    CHIBE researchers have received funding from several institutes within the National Institutes of Health, a variety of corporate partners, and foundations. If you would like to make a gift to the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, reach out to a member of our Development team about making a gift.