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Because I'm Worth It: A Lab-Field Experiment on the Spillover Effects of Incentives in Health

Paul Dolan and Matteo Galizzi

CEP Discussion Papers from Centre for Economic Performance, LSE

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.

Keywords: Incentives in health; spillover effects; licensing; hidden costs of incentives (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 C93 D03 I10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-cta, nep-exp and nep-hea
Date: 2014-07
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