Blog RSS Blog.

Author Archive: Peter Ubel

About Peter Ubel

12/17/2014

How Healthy Food Could Make You Fat

Have you ever eaten a healthy meal, maybe some brown rice and stir-fried veggies, and found yourself ready for another meal just a short while later? Or, more often couldn’t overcome a hankering for a satisfying dessert to top off … Continue reading

Full Article

12/16/2014

Follow-Up on My Stoplight Musings

Recently, I posed some thoughts about why the stoplight warning symbols about to be used for food products in United Kingdom might be misleading. A blogger at BigThink.com picked up on my train of thought. Here is her piece: Color-Coded … Continue reading

Full Article

This entry was posted in Health Care and tagged , , , . Posted by Peter Ubel. Bookmark the permalink.

12/15/2014

Is Homo Economicus a Psychopath?

In what academics call neoclassical economics, human beings are largely rational, self-interested decision-makers. This stereotypical human, often referred to as Homo economicus, is a creature of coldly calculated selfishness, dispassionately maximizing its best interests even if that comes at the … Continue reading

Full Article

This entry was posted in Health Care and tagged , , , . Posted by Peter Ubel. Bookmark the permalink.

12/12/2014

The Ulysses Strategy

As the University of Chicago economist Richard Thaler tells the story, a group of fellow-graduate students in economics were at his house one night in the late nineteen-seventies, socializing before the dinner hour. Thaler saw how much they were snacking, and … Continue reading

Full Article

12/10/2014

Will A “Red Light” Be An Effective Nudge To Stop People From Drinking Coke?

So many foods beckoning us from the grocery store shelves – but which ones are healthy for us to consume? We could study Nutritional Facts labels, but that feels as challenging as the math portion of the SAT, with so … Continue reading

Full Article

12/09/2014

Medicaid Expansion is Good for Hospitals

The ever reliable Sarah Kliff recently posted a nice graphic, showing a dramatic decline in the number of hospital visits for which hospitals received little to no money, because the patients have no insurance. But this decline occurred almost exclusively … Continue reading

Full Article

This entry was posted in Health Care and tagged , , , , , . Posted by Peter Ubel. Bookmark the permalink.

12/08/2014

Debates About the Use of Behavioral Economics in India

Here is the start of a great essay exploring the promise of using behavioral economics in India to promote social goals. Thought you might want to see it. In his book ‘The Theory of Moral Sentiments’, Adam Smith wrote: “How … Continue reading

Full Article

This entry was posted in Health Care and tagged , , . Posted by Peter Ubel. Bookmark the permalink.

12/05/2014

Putting the Sin in Sin Tax

With Thanksgiving behind us, many Americans will not assemble together for a home-cooked meal again for a while. By some estimates, people living in large cities consume the majority of their meals outside the home — at restaurants, coffee shops, bars … Continue reading

Full Article

12/04/2014

Obamacare 2.0—Better than Version 1.0?

Paige Rentz, an excellent reporter at the Fayetteville Observer, recently posted a question and answer piece, exploring some of the pressing issues facing the second round of insurance enrollment, on the Obamacare health insurance exchanges. I suggest you look at … Continue reading

Full Article

12/04/2014

The Age Of Electronic Medical Records Is Upon Us

The United States is finally catching up to the rest of the developed world by integrating electronic medical records (EMRs) into our healthcare systems.  I thought I would share a couple pictures illustrating just how quickly the U.S. healthcare system … Continue reading

Full Article

This entry was posted in Health Care and tagged , , , . Posted by Peter Ubel. Bookmark the permalink.