The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI CHIBE) provides an academic home for behavioral economics research that makes significant contributions to reducing the disease burden from major U.S. public health problems, such as tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence.
Behavioral economics is an academic field that uses principles of economics and psychology to examine how individuals make choices in complex contexts--such as personal finances and health--and seeks ways to improve their decisions and behaviors.
LDI CHIBE faculty apply concepts from the field of behavioral economics to design, implement and evaluate interventions that improve health and build knowledge about efficacy, cost and effectiveness.
Founded in 2008, the Center was one of the first dedicated to the implementation of behavioral economics research in health. To date, LDI CHIBE has received funding and developed partnerships with a mix of private and public sector entities that are well-positioned to influence change in the delivery of health care.