Project: Can Default Options and Incentives Improve Food Choices at School?
Award Year: 2010
Amount of award, fiscal 2010: $150,000.00
Institution: Brigham Young University
Principal Investigator: Joseph Price
Status: Ongoing
Detailed Objective: This project will test the effectiveness of small, feasible changes in school food choice options in improving children’s food choices. The changes were chosen based on principles of behavioral economics. Specifically, the study will assess (1) the effects on fruit and vegetable consumption of default options and framing of the choice that students make regarding fruits and vegetables as part of their school lunch, (2) longrun impacts of a shortrun rewards program, (3) the effect of the variety of available fruit and vegetable choices at lunch, (4) the effect of the other items offered that day as well as other options available in the school, such as vending machines and school stores, and (5) the degree to which these changes increase the effects of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in participating schools. Experimental interventions will take place in several Utah schools. To the extent possible, similar analyses will also be investigated using data from the School Nutrition Dietary Assessment III and the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K).
Topic: Behavioral Economics, Child Nutrition, Dietary Intake and Quality, School Lunch and Breakfast
Just, D., and J. Price. "Default Options, Incentives and Food Choices: Evidence from Elementary-School Children," Public Health Nutrition, Vol. 16, Issue 12, December 2013.
Just, D., J. Lund, and J. Price. "The Role of Variety in Increasing the Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables Among Children," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Vol. 41, Issue 1, April 2012.