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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

 Behavioral Economics and the Promotion of Health Among Aging Populations: A Workshop
 Behavioral EconomicsThis publication summarizes the workshop and discusses behavioral economics research and how to expand such research to be of benefit to older and middle-aged adults. The workshop looked at successful applications of the research; how to make them more effective; and focused on identifying approaches that could generate long-term benefits in areas of interest to the National Institute on Aging, such as decreasing sedentary behavior, promoting volunteering and social engagement, improving medical regimen adherence, and reducing inappropriate use of opioids and using opioids when medically necessary.

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An ad hoc committee will organize an open, two-day workshop to be held in Washington, DC to discuss behavioral economics research with the goal of extending the research to be of benefit to older populations.
Specifically, there will be a focus on consid
ering interventions that could generate long term benefits in area such as (1) decreasing sedentary behavior; (2) promoting volunteering and social engagement; (3) reducing inappropriate use of opioids and using opioids when medically necessary; and (4) improving medical regimen adherence. Additionally, ideas about modifications that might be required to make interventions “work” in middle-aged or older adults will be included in the workshop.

A proceedings of a workshop in brief will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.

Sponsor: National Institute on Aging


Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D., NAM - Chair
Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr Professor, Public Policy
Department of Psychology
Stanford University

Eric J. Johnson, Ph.D.
Norman Eig Professor of Business´╗┐
Center for Decision Sciences, Director
Columbia University

Kevin Volpp, M.D., Ph.D.
Janet and John Haas President’s Distinguished Professor of Medical
    Ethics and Health Policy
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Health Care Management
Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the Leonard David Institute, Director
University of Pennsylvania 

Workshop Date

June 4-5, 2018



Staff Information

Krisztina Marton, Study Director

Garret Tyson
, Program

Adrienne Stith Butler,
Associate Board Director, Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, DBASSE


For more information, please contact:

Garret Tyson,




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