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Behavioral Economic Awards

Since fiscal 2011, ERS's competitive grants and cooperative agreements program has made awards to fund research on using behavioral economics and incentives to promote child nutrition and healthy eating.

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Using behavioral economics and incentives to promote child nutrition and healthy eating
InvestigatorCity/StateTitleYear awardedAward amount*
Dr. David Just
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (additional funding) 2011 $571,000
Dr. Gregory Madden
Utah State University
Logan, UT Long-term Effects of Incentivizing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption 2011 $155,000
Dr. Joseph Price
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT Using Nudges and Incentives to Promote Long-Run Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables in Children 2011 $244,000
Dr. Anastasia Snelling
American University
Washington, DC Behavioral Economics-Based Strategies for Improving Consumption of Healthy Foods provided as part of NSLP School Meals 2011 $100,000
Dr. Amit Sharma
Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA Investigating the Effects of School Menu Choice Options on Student Food Selection 2012 $60,000
Dr. Timothy Beatty
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN Incentivizing Healthful Food Purchase by SNAP Recipients 2013 $100,000
Dr. Collin Payne
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM Setting Up for Success: Developing Strategies to Nudge Low-Income Shoppers to Make Healthier Grocery Store Purchases 2014 $125,000
*Note: Award amounts are rounded to the nearest thousand.

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Last updated: Friday, January 16, 2015

For more information contact: Joanne Guthrie