Tag: behavioral economics

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November 11, 2016

Why Charging Smokers More for Health Insurance Costs All of Us Money

Cigarette smokers have rights. No one should be able to tell an adult that she can’t spend her hard earned money on cigarettes. But non-smokers have rights, too. Specifically, they shouldn’t have to pay to subsidize health care costs of … Continue reading

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November 4, 2016

Is It Fair to Reward Medicaid Patients for Receiving Flu Shots?

My son was underperforming at school, and I was gently encouraging him to try harder (if gesticulating like an over caffeinated Italian qualifies as gentle encouragement). He could not understand why I was upset: “Dad, most of my friends are … Continue reading

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August 31, 2016

Do You Overeat? Blame Childhood Stress

Lots of us eat when we are stressed. But did you know that even when we are not currently under stress, the amount of food we eat might be influenced by the stress we experienced as children? That’s the conclusion … Continue reading

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August 26, 2016

How to Stop Over-Eating — Lessons from Brain Science

Put our brains into the modern food environment, and you have a recipe for disaster. Our brains are hardwired to crave calorie-dense foods, this craving no doubt arising from our evolutionary time spent on the Tundra where calories were often … Continue reading

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July 17, 2016

What Behavioral Economics Get Wrong About Improving Healthcare

It is notoriously difficult to change physician behavior. When it’s discovered that primary care physicians are, say, prescribing too few cholesterol pills or too many antibiotics, it will not be easy to change those behaviors. Physicians are strong-willed people, with … Continue reading

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July 5, 2016

How Supermarkets Influence Shoppers

Here is a great graphic from the Center for Science in the Public Interest laying out how supermarkets lay out food to encourage impulse purchases: So much for “free” markets!    

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May 19, 2016

Peer Comparison Can Reduce Antibiotic Prescribing

Very interesting article in the Lancet recently, from the nudge unit in the United Kingdom. They give physicians feedback on how much they prescribed antibiotics compared to their peers, and found that such feedback reduced antibiotic prescriptions. I hope to … Continue reading

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March 8, 2016

Absolutely Hilarious Nudge

I have absolutely no confidence that this approach will work, but I don’t even care because it is so hilarious. Thanks to Pelle Hansen (@Peguha) for tweeting this image.

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February 11, 2016

Financial Disparities and Abdominal Girth  

I recognize that correlation does not prove causation. But here is a picture illustrating the correlation between income inequality and the percent of a country’s population that is obese. The findings are provocative, to say the least. Making the relationship … Continue reading

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February 8, 2016

Beware of Large Pizza Slices!

Pizza is pizza, and a full stomach is a full stomach. But when restaurants slice pizza into smaller pieces, you are probably likely to consume less pizza: The post Beware of Large Pizza Slices! appeared first on PeterUbel.com.

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