Conditional Cash Lotteries Increase COVID-19 Vaccination Rates
33 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2021
Date Written: July 26, 2021
Conditional cash lotteries (CCLs) provide people with opportunities to win monetary prizes only if they make specific behavioral changes. We conduct a case study of Ohio's Vax-A-Million initiative, the first CCL targeting COVID-19 vaccinations. Forming a synthetic control from other states, we find that Ohio’s incentive scheme increases the vaccinated share of state population by 1.5 percent (0.7 pp), costing sixty-eight dollars per person persuaded to vaccinate. We show this causes significant reductions in COVID-19, preventing at least one infection for every six vaccinations that the lottery had successfully encouraged. These findings are promising for similar CCL public health initiatives.
Note: Funding: Neither author received any funding specific to this research or paper.
Declaration of Interests: We declare no conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise, related to this research.
Keywords: health policy, financial incentives, behavioral economics
JEL Classification: D78, H41, I18
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