Social Science and Public Policy
Paul Volcker Lecture in Behavioral Economics
March 30, 2023 at 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Eggers Hall, 220
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Dr. Kevin Volpp (University of Pennsylvania) will present “Behavioral Economics and Health” at the annual Paul Volcker Lecture in Behavioral Economics.
Dr. Volpp is the founding Director of the Center for Health Incentives
and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) and the Mark V. Pauly President’s
Distinguished Professor at Perelman School of Medicine and Health Care
Management at the Wharton School. He is also the Health Policy Division Chief
for the Department of Medical Ethics and Policy.
His work focuses on developing and testing innovative ways of
applying insights from behavioral economics in improving patient health
behavior and affecting provider performance. He has done work with a variety of
employers, insurers, health systems, and consumer companies in testing the
effectiveness of different behavioral economic strategies in addressing tobacco
dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence. He has competitively been
awarded more than $98 million to lead or co-lead studies funded by the NIH; the
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation; the CDC; VA Health Services
Research and Development; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Hewlett
Foundation; the Commonwealth Foundation; the Aetna Foundation; Mckinsey; CVS
Caremark; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield; Hawaii Medical Services Association;
Merck; Humana; Aramark; WW; and Discovery (South Africa).
Dr. Volpp has published over 300 articles including work in journals such as
the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical
Association, and Health Affairs, and has been covered by media
outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The
Economist, Good Morning America, BBC, National Public Radio, Der Spiegel, Freakonomics
and Freakonomics MD, and Australian National Radio.
Dr. Volpp earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in biology
from Harvard and was a Rotary Scholar at Freie Universitat in Berlin, Germany,
where he studied the organization of health care delivery in the former East
Germany. He earned an MD from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School
of Medicine and a PhD from Wharton.
This event was first published on January 12, 2023 and last updated on January 19, 2023.
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