Make an Appointment: A More Effective Commitment Device for Health Behaviors

  • Starts4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 20, 2021
  • Ends5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Appointments are ubiquitous in developed-country healthcare systems for logistical reasons. In a new study, Laura Derksen, University of Toronto, Rotman and coauthors assess whether appointments also help address behavioral constraints to healthcare demand. By randomly offering HIV testing appointments and financial commitment devices to high-risk men in Malawi, the study found testing rates doubled. The study also found evidence that appointments operate as social commitment devices, addressing procrastination without the potential drawback of commitment failure.

As part of the Fall 2021 Human Capital Research Seminar, join Laura Derksen for discussion of how appointments have the potential to increase demand for healthcare in the developing world.

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