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Evidence on the Efficacy of School-Based Incentives for Healthy Living


Harold Cuffe


Victoria University of Wellington

William T. Harbaugh


University of Oregon - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jason M. Lindo


University of Oregon - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Giancarlo Musto


University of Lyon 2 - Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE)

Glen R. Waddell


University of Oregon - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

October 2011

NBER Working Paper No. w17478

Abstract:     
We analyze the effects of a school-based incentive program on children's exercise habits. The program offers children an opportunity to win prizes if they walk or bike to school during prize periods. We use daily child-level data and individual fixed effects models to measure the impact of the prizes by comparing behavior during prize periods with behavior during non-prize periods. Variation in the timing of prize periods across different schools allows us to estimate models with calendar-date fixed effects to control for day-specific attributes, such as weather and proximity to holidays. On average, we find that being in a prize period increases riding behavior by sixteen percent, a large impact given that the prize value is just six cents per participating student. We also find that winning a prize lottery has a positive impact on ridership over subsequent weeks; consider heterogeneity across prize type, gender, age, and calendar month; and explore differential effects on the intensive versus extensive margins.

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Date posted: October 5, 2011  

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Cuffe, Harold and Harbaugh, William T. and Lindo, Jason M. and Musto, Giancarlo and Waddell, Glen R., Evidence on the Efficacy of School-Based Incentives for Healthy Living (October 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w17478. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1938901

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Harold Cuffe (Contact Author)
Victoria University of Wellington
William T. Harbaugh
University of Oregon - Department of Economics ( email )
Eugene, OR 97403
United States
541-346-1244 (Phone)
541-346-1243 (Fax)
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Jason M. Lindo
University of Oregon - Department of Economics ( email )
Eugene, OR 97403
United States
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Giancarlo Musto
University of Lyon 2 - Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE) ( email )
93, chemin des Mouilles
Ecully, 69130
France
Glen R. Waddell
University of Oregon - Department of Economics ( email )
Eugene, OR 97403
United States
541-346-1259 (Phone)
541-346-1243 (Fax)
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
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