Current projects

The role of behavioral economics in management and prevention of type-2 diabetes
Team:Dr. Michael Laxy, PD Dr. Lars Schwettmann, Prof. Holle, Florian Karl
Co-operation partner:Institute of Epidemiology II, Helmholtz Zentrum München
Duration:2016 -  2020
Description:Behavioral economics is a approach in economics with the goal to examine or predict actual decision making under the assumption of defined preferences rather than examine or predict optimal economic behavior. For this purpose, behavioral economics incorporate insights from psychology, such as loss aversion, emotions and self-control, as explanatory decision biases. Researchers suspect that behavioral economic concepts are also relevant for health decision making.
Aim:The goal of this project is to examine the impact of behavioral economic concepts on health decision making in general and in particular on health behavior and adherence in patients with type-2 diabetes. The identification of respective associations would allow us to predict seemingly non-optimal health decisions and behavior.

Additionally, the data provides us with the opportunity to learn more regarding the determinants of such decisions. In combination, we strive to identify new targets and interventional options in treatment and prevention of type 2 diabetes.
Methods:With the use of KORA data, particularly S4, F4, FF4, GEFU4, we will examine the association between behavioral economic phenomena and health behaviors. We will assess cognitive phenomena based on self-reported real-life decisions and behaviors and with questionnaires that we developed for this purpose.

Various behavioral economic modules that have previously been tested in smaller studies will be used in the upcoming KORA fit study.