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What is really behavioral in behavioral health policy? And does it work?

Galizzi, Matteo M. (2014) What is really behavioral in behavioral health policy? And does it work? Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 36 (1). pp. 25-60. ISSN 2040-5790

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Identification Number: 10.1093/aepp/ppt036


Across health systems, there is increasing interest in applying behavioral economics insights to health policy challenges. Policy decision makers have recently discussed a range of diverse health policy interventions that are commonly brought together under a behavioral umbrella. These include randomized controlled trials, comparison portals, information labels, financial incentives, sin taxes, and nudges. A taxonomy is proposed to classify such behavioral interventions. In the context of risky health behavior, each cluster of policies is then scrutinized under two respects: (i) What are its genuinely behavioral insights? (ii) What evidence exists on its practical effectiveness? The discussion highlights the main challenges in drawing a clear mapping between how much each policy is behaviorally inspired and its effectiveness.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
JEL classification: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C90 - General
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I10 - General
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2014 10:28
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2024 02:51

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