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  Improving Healthy Eating in Children: Experimental Evidence

Charness, G., Cobo-Reyes, R., Eyster, E., Katz, G., Sánchez, Á., & Sutter, M. (2021). Improving Healthy Eating in Children: Experimental Evidence.

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Charness, G., Author
Cobo-Reyes, R., Author
Eyster, E., Author
Katz, G., Author
Sánchez, Á., Author
Sutter, Matthias1, Author              
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1Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Max Planck Society, ou_2173688              

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Free keywords: Healthy eating, children, parents, non-monetary incentives, field experiment
 JEL: C93 - Field Experiments
 JEL: I12 - Health Behavior
 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.

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 Dates: 2021-01-11
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Publishing info: Bonn : Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Discussion Paper 2021/1
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 Identifiers: Other: 2021-1
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