Health Affairs

The Secret to Weight Loss, According to Behavioral Economics

Losing weight is incredibly difficult, but behavioral economics may come to the rescue.

How to Keep Santa from Making Our Kids Gain Weight

The key to combating America’s obesity problem is to prevent children from developing obesity in the first place.

Why Rich People Hate Taxes (It's Not for Reasons You Think)

It is important for us to recognize and be humbled by the fact that most of us are not deeply grounded, rigorously consistent political philosophers.
University of Chicago Journals

The Power of Watching Yourself Eat

Making ourselves self-conscious about our food choices can help us reduce temptations by making those temptations less tempting.

Does Having Too Much Money Make Us Stupid ?

The quality of our decisions hinges in part on our ability and inclination to consider the trade-offs.
Journal of the Association for Consumer Research

Surprise! Nagging Your Spouse to Lose Weight Backfires

Sometimes the worst way to keep people from engaging in harmful behaviors is to tell them to avoid those behaviors.
Health Affairs

What Do Calorie Labels Mean for America's Waistline?

We need to find better ways to help translate dietary information into healthy behavior.
Journal of the Association of Consumer Research

Eating Too Much? Your Table Made You Do It

The key to healthy eating is to make self-control effortless.
Health Affairs

The Downside of Financial Nudges

We should tax people for smoking, not for receiving health insurance.

The Morality of Monetary Motivation

In a perfect world, we would not need to reward anyone for taking their kid to the doctor. In the imperfect world we live in, such rewards are far better than the alternative.
Psychological Science

Hugs, Tweets, and Physician Reimbursement

As for those of us not in the healthcare reimbursement business, we should focus our energy on hugging people we care about. And minding our tweets.
David Gal/University of Chicago Press

Eating When Not Hungry Could Be More Harmful than You Think

If possible, wait until you’re hungry to eat. If you’re going to snack while hungry, try something with a low glycemic index, like nuts or cheese. Your pancreas will thank you!
Health Affairs

A Force More Powerful Than Anti-Vaxxers? Economics!

Price negotiations need to set a balance between protecting public purses and promoting public health.
Health Affairs

Housing the Homeless Could Eventually Pay For Itself

The cost of running supportive housing facilities for the homeless might be paid for through healthcare savings.
Psychological Science

The Secret to Successful Aging—Subliminal Messaging?

If people become fatalistic about aging, their performance could potentially decline.
Psychological Science

The Psychology of Wellness Nudges

Fairness often depends as much on perception as reality.
HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 25: Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Donald Trump argue during the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images)

Reluctance to Blame the System

If we voters don’t demand that candidates lay out specific ideas of how to change our healthcare system to promote efficient spending, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

Extremists Less Influenced by Psychological Anchoring

Our political divisions are not simply a result of political differences. They also result from variations in the way we form our judgments.

The Behavioral Economics of Stage Fright

When something changes the way we feel about a decision, it will probably change the way we think about it, too.
Psychological Science

The Power of Thinking About Your Legacy

The policies we embrace today should promote the promise of tomorrow.

Does the Thought of Money Make Us Dishonest?

Our moral backbones are often quite pliable, bending to the social norms of things like our workplace.
Kaiser Health News

Bribing Good Behavior

If $10 here and $20 there will cancel out some of these losses and improve these people’s health at the same time — I’m all for it.

Is Homoeconomicus a Psychopath?

Now we have a better sense not only of how poorly the neoclassical economic view of human nature characterizes most humans, but also of how poorly behaved the people are who act according to this caricature.
Is a Red Light Effective to Stop People from Drinking Coke?

Is a Red Light Effective to Stop People from Drinking Coke?

We have a long distance to travel, before we arrive at Nutritional Facts labels that quickly inform consumers about what is good and bad for them to ingest.

Why We Cannot Trust Political Pundits, or Ourselves

None of us perceive the world objectively. Our sense are contaminated by our hopes. Our vision is clouded by our biases.

When It Comes to Sex, We Are all Animals

Our behavior is influenced by unconscious forces programmed into our DNA.

Is [Favorite Politician] Narcissistic Enough to Be President

Is the kind of extroversion that helps people succeed in modern political campaigns also helpful in making our presidents better leaders once elected?

How to Trick People Into Caring About Healthcare

Experts often refer to three aims for a modern healthcare system – to offer access, quality, and cost: a possibly unachievable set of goals. If you were to prioritize any one of these items, what would it be? How much of this decision do you think would be rooted in moral values?

Can Circular Reasoning Make You Rich?

Do you think circular reasoning or linear reasoning leads people to save more money?

Do People on the Right Feel Superior to Those on the Left?

Are opinionated conservatives more certain of the superiority of their views than opinionated liberals?