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Because I'm worth it: a lab-field experiment on the spillover effects of incentives in health

Dolan, Paul and Galizzi, Matteo M. (2014) Because I'm worth it: a lab-field experiment on the spillover effects of incentives in health. CEP Discussion Papers (CEPDP1286). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

We conduct a controlled lab-field experiment to directly test the short-run spillover effects of one-off financial incentives in health. We consider how incentives affect effort in a physical activity task – and then how they spillover to subsequent eating behaviour. Compared to a control group, we find that low incentives increase effort and have little effect on eating behaviour. High incentives also induce more effort but lead to significantly more excess calories consumed. The key behavioural driver appears to be the level of satisfaction associated with the physical activity task, which ‘licensed’ highly paid subjects to indulge in more energy-dense food.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/series.asp?...
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
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 > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
JEL classification: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C91 - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C93 - Field Experiments
D - Microeconomics > D0 - General
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I10 - General
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2014 15:18
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 23:03
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60356

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