Second Annual Conference on Behavioral Economics

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) hosted the second annual conference on Behavioral Health Economics in Berkeley on Friday, October 16, 2015. The conference covered topics on health and behavioral decision making. The agenda for the day included 8 speakers presenting ongoing or completed research in any fields involving health and/or economics. The Berkeley Population Center, Initiative for Behavioral Economics and Finance, the Center for the Economics of Demography and Aging, and the Institute for International Studies  were co-sponsors of this event.

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To access PDF’s of the event’s presentations, please visit the event page on the CEGA website and see “Event Materials” in the righthand margin.


Mushfiq Mobarak, Yale University: “Bolstering Demand for Sanitation in Bangladesh”

Charles Sprenger, UC San Diego: “Using Preference Estimates to Customize Incentives: An Application to Polio Vaccination Drives in Pakistan”

Oliver John, UC Berkeley: “Personality, Psychology, and Health”

Frank Schilbach, MIT: “Alcohol and Self-Control: A Field Experiment in India”

Maya Petersen, UC Berkeley: “The Value of Machine Learning in Public Health Evaluations”

Jonathan Kolstad, UC Berkeley: “Big Data and Health Insurance Product Selection”

Harsha Thirumurthy, UNC Chapel Hill: “The effects of providing fixed compensation and lottery-based rewards on uptake of medical male circumcision in Kenya: a randomized trial”

Berber Kramer, IFPRI: “From awareness to adverse selection: Intra-household allocations of health insurance in Nigeria”

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