Keynote at the Annual Meeting of German Health Economists


Gerald Pruckner, head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory “Aging, Health and the Labor Market”, gave this year’s keynote at the annual meeting of the german health economists about economic insights into health prevention and asked the question whether prevention is an efficient health care service or expensive programs without any effect.

In several studies Gerald Pruckner and co-authors dealt with the role of incentives. They were able to show that financial incentives lead to greater participation in prevention programs, but as soon as the reward is discontinued, the efforts of individuals are waning.
Further readings:
Hackl, Halla, Hummer and Pruckner 2015, HE The Effectiveness of Health Screening”
Halla, Pruckner and Schober 2016, JHE “Cost savings of developmental screenings: Evidence from a nationwide program