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Harold E. Cuffe

School of Economics and Finance
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand

E-Mail: harold.cuffe@vuw.ac.nz

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October 2011Evidence on the Efficacy of School-Based Incentives for Healthy Living
with William T. Harbaugh, Jason M. Lindo, Giancarlo Musto, Glen R. Waddell: w17478
We analyze the effects of a school-based incentive program on children's exercise habits. The program offers children an opportunity to win prizes if they walk or bike to school during prize periods. We use daily child-level data and individual fixed effects models to measure the impact of the prizes by comparing behavior during prize periods with behavior during non-prize periods. Variation in the timing of prize periods across different schools allows us to estimate models with calendar-date fixed effects to control for day-specific attributes, such as weather and proximity to holidays. On average, we find that being in a prize period increases riding behavior by sixteen percent, a large impact given that the prize value is just six cents per participating student. We also find that winn...

Published: Cuffe, H.E. & Harbaugh, W.T. & Lindo, J.M. & Musto, G. & Waddell, G.R., 2012. "Evidence on the efficacy of school-based incentives for healthy living," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(6), pages 1028-1036. citation courtesy of

 
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