Improving Health Decisions and Outcomes for Chronic Diseases

The Impact of Incentives and Information

by Haijing Crystal Huang

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This dissertation assesses the impact of policies designed to address the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases in the context of HIV and obesity, using a range of causal inference and quantitative methods.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Moving the Goalpost Closer: Do Flexible Targets Improve the Impact of Incentive Interventions? Evidence from Uganda

  • Chapter Two

    Context Changes How People Respond to Calorie Information on Menus: Results from a Discrete Choice Experiment

  • Chapter Three

    Predicting Chronic Disease Outcomes Using Microsimulation: An Application to Menu Labeling

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This document was submitted as a dissertation in August 2018 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Sebastian Linnemayr (Chair), Roland Sturm, and Peter Glick.

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