The Healthy Nudge
October 2021
Welcome to The Healthy Nudge. Each month, we'll get you up to speed on the latest developments in policy-relevant health behavioral economics research at CHIBE.

CHIBE is pleased to share our 2020-2021 Annual Report. In this report, you’ll find some of our top publications and news articles from the year, information about our COVID-19 research and projects, impact stories, signature programs, awards, funding portfolio, partners, and CHIBE leadership, and our external and internal advisory boards.

A JAMA Internal Medicine investigation led by Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, with additional CHIBE authors: Elizabeth Cooney-Zingman, MPH; S. Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, MA; Catherine Reale, BS; Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD; and Jason Karlawish, MD

"The results indicate that there is no evidence from studies of participation in hypothetical or real randomized clinical trials that incentivizing enrollment is undue or unjust, suggesting that studies that offer participation incentives are not unethical; however, the effects of incentives on enrollment may vary across trials, and studies of the effectiveness and ethics of incentives are needed in high-risk trial settings." (See media coverage in Medscape)

A Washington Post article featuring CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Marissa Sharif, PhD

“What we found is that a moderate amount of free time or discretionary time is kind of the sweet spot that people are happiest with,” says lead author Marissa Sharif, PhD. “Having a moderate amount of discretionary time leads people to be happier than having a small amount, because it relieves that time stress. But perhaps the more interesting part is that a moderate amount of discretionary time leads people to be better off or happier compared to having a large amount of free time. And that’s because with a large amount of free time, people feel this lacking sense of productivity and purpose.”

A Current Cardiology Reports paper led by Allison Hare with CHIBE author Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD

"Principles from behavioral economics have been leveraged to enhance the impact of numerous patient- and clinician-facing interventions to improve cardiovascular health behaviors and outcomes, both in the clinic and through virtual care mechanisms. Future interventions using behavioral economics could amplify their impact by incorporating lessons from non-healthcare industries, as well as the power of AI to tailor interventions towards the right individuals, in the right context, and with the right information."

CHIBE blog post with Torrey Shirk, Senior Research Coordinator

"I’m enjoying my time in the Payment Insights Team researching health care economics because it’s a subject I’ve always wished I understood better, and it’s such a monumentally important issue. Between ever-rising costs, our aging population, obstacles to health care access and of course the pandemic, health care economics is maybe the biggest policy issue of our time and a thrill to be a part of," Shirk told CHIBE.
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The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) at the University of Pennsylvania conducts behavioral economics research aimed at reducing the disease burden from major public health problems. Originally founded within the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, our mission is to inform health policy, improve health care delivery, and increase healthy behavior.