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Conference on Behavioral Health Economics


In collaboration with the Behavior Change Research Network (BCRN), the Berkeley Population Center, the Initiative for Behavioral Economics and Finance, and the Center on the Economics and Demographics of Aging (CEDA), CEGA hosted a full day conference on Behavioral Health Economics on Friday, November 14, 2014. The day included presentations of ongoing or completed research at the nexus of behavioral economics and health, both in developing and developed countries. It featured a keynote address from Anna Fruttero, author of the World Development Report 2015, Mind, Society & Behavior

Steering Committee: Paul Gertler, Shachar Kariv, Will Dow

Date and Time

Nov 14, 2014 9:00am — 6:30pm


Blum100, UC Berkeley


8:30 - 9AM: Registration and Welcome Breakfast

9-9:10AM: Opening Remarks, Stefano Bertozzi, Dean, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

9:10 - 11AM: Session 1

Ben Handel: “Self Control and Chronic Illness: Theory and Evidence from a field Experiment” with Liang Bai, Edward Miguel and Guatam Rao 

Daniel Acland: “Naiveté, Projection Bias, and Habit Formation in Gym Attendance” with Matthew Levy

11:30AM - 12:30PM Session 2 (Works in Progress)

Will Dow and Damien de Walque: "CCTs for HIV Prevention among Women at High Risk in Tanzania"

Justin Sydnor: "Understanding Incentives and Habit Formation for Exercise"

12:30 - 2PM Lunch Talk: Anna Fruttero, Senior Economist, World Bank

2-3:30PM: Session 3

David Levine: "Credit Constraints, Present Bias and Investment in Health: Evidence from Micropayments for Clean Water" with Raymond Guiteras, Thomas Polley, Brian Quistorff

Paul Gertler: “Temporary Incentives and Long-Term Medical Care Provider Performance,”with Pablo Celhay, Paula Giovagnoli, Sebastian Martinez and Christel Vermeesch

4 - 5:30PM Session 4 (Works in Progress, Students)

Tadeja Gracner: “Bitter Sweet: How Sugar Prices and Impatience Contribute the Chronic Disease in Mexico”

Jing Li: "Can We Trust (Future) Doctors? Altruistic Preferences and Specialty Choice of Medical Students"

Christopher Whaley: "The Effect of Online Information on Healthcare Prices"

5:30 - 6:30PM Reception


William Dow (UC Berkeley), Paul Gertler (UC Berkeley), Stefano Bertozzi (UC Berkeley)


Center for Economics of Demographics and Aging, Institute for International Studies, Behavior Change Research Network, Berkeley Population Center, Initiative for Behavioral Economics and Finance