Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/230986
Authors: 
Charness, Gary
Cobo-Reyes, Ramón
Eyster, Erik
Katz, Gabriel
Sánchez, Ángela
Sutter, Matthias
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Papers of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods No. 2021/1
Abstract: 
We present a field experiment to study the effects of non-monetary incentives on healthy food choices of 282 children in elementary schools. Previous interventions have typically paid participants for healthy eating, but this often may not be feasible. We introduce a system where food items are graded based on their nutritional value, involving parents or classmates as change agents by providing them with information regarding the food choices of their children or friends. We find parents' involvement in the decision process to be particularly beneficial in boosting healthy food choices, with very strong results that persist months after the intervention.
Subjects: 
Healthy eating
children
parents
non-monetary incentives
field experiment
JEL: 
C93
I12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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