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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
 While adult life expectancy in the US continues to increase, the rate of increase has recently fallen behind that of almost all other high income nations (and, indeed, life expectancy unexpectedly decreased in 2016). It is widely suspected that the increased prevalence of unhealthy behaviors plays a significant role in this slowing of progress, so there is a greater need than ever before to identify new strategies to encourage the adoption of healthier behaviors. Improvements in supporting sustainable behavior change have the potential not only to improve health, but to improve the cost effectiveness of efficacious interventions.

As a field, behavioral economics leverages psychological insights to understand how human social, cognitive, and emotional factors affect decisions and shape habits and behavior. In addition, behavioral economics acknowledges the important role that a specific context may have on decisions. There is growing evidence that such approaches may hold more promise than approaches based on either conventional theories of behavior change or neoclassical economics for the initiation of change, but there remains a significant challenge in demonstrating the long-term maintenance of behavioral change, which would in most cases be required for healthy aging.

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Sponsor: National Institute on Aging

Committee Members
To be determined.


Upcoming Events
June 4 - 5, 2018

Agenda and registration will be available soon.

Staff Information


Krisztina Marton, Study Director

Garret Tyson, Program Assistant

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



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