The Healthy Nudge
May 2022
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.

A Financial Times article citing Nick Chater, PhD, and CHIBE's George Loewenstein, PhD

"Is behavioral public policy a distraction from finding systemic solutions? Two leading behavioral scientists, Nick Chater and George Loewenstein, have published an academic working paper suggesting that the [nudge] movement has lost its way." Read the article here.

CHIBE researchers share which tools from behavioral economics such as temptation bundling, commitment devices, and financial incentives that they use with their kids and families. Read the article here.

A paper by T. Bradford Bitterly, PhD; and CHIBE-affiliated faculty members Eric VanEpps, PhD; and Maurice Schweitzer, PhD, MA, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

"Critically important phenomena, from credit card debt to COVID-19, to nuclear reactions, to climate change, are characterized by exponential relationships. We introduce a novel measure to assess exponential numeracy and show that exponential numeracy varies widely across individuals and profoundly influences the forecast accuracy of exponential phenomena." Read the paper here.

An episode of Freakonomics, MD, featuring CHIBE Associate Director Christina Roberto, PhD

Taxes on alcohol and tobacco promise to make people healthier and raise public funds. But can they backfire? Bapu Jena, MD, PhD, looks at the complicated economics of sin taxes and speaks with CHIBE Associate Director Dr. Christina Roberto.

A JAMA Network Open research letter by Anish K. Agarwal, MD, MPH, MS; CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Daniel Lee, MD, MS; Zarina Ali, MD, MS; Yaxin Wu, MS; Mary Cognilio, MBA; Tanya Uritsky, PharmD; M. and CHIBE Associate Director Kit Delgado, MD, MS

"Opioid disposal remains important, but motivating disposal remains challenging. In this randomized clinical trial, a mailed at-home disposal kit increased self-reported opioid disposal rates after common surgical procedures." Read the paper here.
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Work-in-Progress Research Seminar
May 26, 2022
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Join us for a Work-in-Progress Research Seminar with Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, PhD, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. This event is hosted by CHIBE and the Perelman School of Medicine’s Division of Health Policy.
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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.