University of Maryland

CASCI Talk: Carrots or Sticks for Staying Committed to Exercise

November 22nd, 2013 by

Monday, November 25th, 12pm-1pm
2116 Hornbake Building, South Wing

Tracy Xiao Liu
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

An emerging research area in behavioral economics focuses on incentives and commitment to health behavior. In this talk, Tracy Liu will talk about her work in applying methods from behavioral economics to help college students to commit to exercise. Specifically, she will discuss the effect of different incentives on the success of commitment and how the language used in weekly reminders for commitment affects individual behavior.

Speaker Bio:
Tracy Xiao Liu is an assistant professor at the Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University. She graduated from the School of Information, University of Michigan in 2012. As an experimental and behavioral economist, she is interested in using theories from both economics and social psychology to solve real-life problems, e.g., the design of crowdsourcing labor market and behavioral health management. Her work has been accepted in journals including Management Science and Games and Economic Behavior.


This event is sponsored by the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC).