Behavioral Economic Tools for Promotion of Physical Activity

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This book chapter describes two key behavioral economic constructs and four key behavioral economic tools and their application to physical activity.

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Leonard, Tammy & Shuval, Kerem May 10, 2017.

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This book chapter describes two key behavioral economic constructs and four key behavioral economic tools and their application to physical activity.

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Abstract: Habitually engaging in physical activity has been linked to the prevention of numerous chronic diseases. However, most individuals do not meet recommended physical activity levels and trends indicate declining physical activity levels. Behavioral economics can be utilized to better understand the often-complex decision to engage in physical activity, which in turn will provide suggestions for improving implementation of established interventions and indicate why some interventions may be more effective in different contexts. We describe two key behavioral economic constructs (time and risk preferences) and four key behavioral economic tools (default, incentives, precommitment and framing) and their application to physical activity. We also offer some suggestions for future research utilizing cross-disciplinary strategies. Behavioral economics offers the potential for unifying public health and economic approaches to increasing engagement in physical activity.

This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Behavioral Economics and Healthy Behaviors: Key Concepts and Current Research on May 10, 2017, available online: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781315637938

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  • Behavioral Economics and Healthy Behaviors: Key Concepts and Current Research, 2017. London, UK Routledge/Taylor & Francis

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Leonard, Tammy & Shuval, Kerem. Behavioral Economic Tools for Promotion of Physical Activity, chapter, May 10, 2017; London, United Kingdom. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1049735/: accessed January 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.