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.

Using behavioral economics and incentives to promote child nutrition and healthy eating
Investigator University City/state Title Year awarded Award 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
*Award amounts are rounded to the nearest thousand.

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