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A case study of a workplace wellness program that offers financial incentives for weight loss

John Cawley and Joshua Price ()

Journal of Health Economics, 2013, vol. 32, issue 5, 794-803

Abstract: Employers are increasingly adopting workplace wellness programs designed to improve employee health and decrease employer costs associated with health insurance and job absenteeism. This paper examines the outcomes of 2635 workers across 24 worksites who were offered financial incentives for weight loss that took various forms, including fixed payments and forfeitable bonds.

Keywords: Obesity; Behavioral economics; Incentives; Weight loss; Time-inconsistent preferences; Hyperbolic discounting; Health; Workplace wellness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D03 I1 J01 J3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2013.04.005

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