Dr. Volpp’s work focuses on developing and testing innovative ways of applying insights from behavioral economics in improving patient health behavior and affecting provider performance. He has done work with a variety of employers, insurers, health systems, and consumer companies in testing the effectiveness of different behavioral economic strategies in addressing tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence. These studies have been funded by the National Institutes of Aging as well as the National Heart Lung, Blood Institute; the National Cancer Institute; the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders; the CDC;VA Health Services Research and Development; the US Department of Agriculture; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Hewlett Foundation; the Commonwealth Foundation; the Aetna Foundation; Mckinsey; CVS Caremark; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield; Humana; Aramark; and Discovery (South Africa).
PhD, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 1998; MD, University of Pennsylvania 1998; AB, Harvard College, 1989
Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management, Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Leonard Davis Institute, Director, Penn CMU Roybal P30 Center in Behavioral Economics and Health
Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
Leonard Davis Institute
General Internal Medicine
Asch D. A., Troxel A. B., Stewart W. F., Sequist T. D., Jones J. B., Hirsch A. G., …Volpp K. G. (2015). Effect of financial incentives to physicians, patients, or both on lipid levels: A randomized clinical trial, Journal of the American Medical Association, 314, 1926-1935.
Friedberg MW, Rosenthal MB, Werner RM, Volpp KG, Schneider EC (2015). Effects of a Medical Home and Shared Savings Intervention on Quality, and Utilization, and Costs of Care, JAMA Internal Medicine.
Haff N, Patel MS, Lim R, Zhu J, Troxel AB, Asch DA, Volpp KG (2015). The Role of Behavioral Economic Incentive Design and Demographic Characteristics in Financial Incentive-Based Approaches to Changing Health Behaviors: A Meta-Analysis, American Journal of Health Promotion, 29(5), 315-324.
Volpp KG, Troxel AB, Long J, IBrahim S, Appleby D, Smith JO, Doshi J, Jaskowiak J, Zhu J, Tao Y, Yang W, Holmes JH, Frosch DL, Armstrong K, Helweg-Larsen M, Kumanyika S, Enge K, Townsend RR, Joshi N, Kimmsel SE (2015). A Randomized Controlled Trial of Negative Copayments: The CHORD Trial, American Journal of Health Promotion.
Volpp KG, Troxel AB, Long J, Ibrahim S, Appleby D, Smith JO, Jaskowiak J, Helweg-Larsen M, Doshi J, Yang W, Holmes JH, Frosch DL, Armstrong K, Enge K, Townsend RR, Kimmel SE (2015). A Randomized Controlled Trial of Copayment Elimination: The CHORD Trial, American Journal of Managed Care.
Madison, H. Schmidt, K.G. Volpp (2014). Using Reporting Requirements to Improve Employer Wellness Incentives and Their Regulation, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.
Sen, A.P., Sewell, T.B., Riley, E.B., Stearman, B., Bellamy, S.L., Hu, M.F., Tao, Y., Zhu, J., Park, J.D., Loewenstein, G., Asch, D.A., Volpp, K.G. (2014). Financial incentives for home-based health monitoring: A randomized controlled trial, Journal of General Internal Medicine, 29(5), 770-777.
Rogers, K.L. Milkman, and K.G. Volpp (2014, April 28). Commitment Devices: Using Initiatives to Change Behavior, JAMA online.
Kolstad, Jonathan; Volpp, Kevin; Loewenstein, George; Friedman, Joelle Y; McGill, Barbara; Ahmad, Sarah; Linck, Suzanne; et al. (2013). Consumers’ Misunderstanding of Health Insurance, Journal of Health Economics, 32.5, 850.
Polsky, Dan, JT Kullgren, and KG Volpp (2013). Are The Health Behaviors of U.S High-Deductible Health Plan Enrollees Driven By People Who Choose Those Plans? Smoking As A Case Study, PLoS One., 8(2).
Asch, David A., and Kevin Volpp (2012). What business are we in? The emergence of health as the business of health care, New England Journal of Medicine, 367(10), 888-9.
Volpp, Kevin, David A. Asch, and G. Loewenstein (2012). Evaluating Health Care Programs: Asking the Wrong Question, JAMA.
Volpp, Kevin, David A. Asch, and G. Loewenstein (2012). Assessing value in health care programs, JAMA, 307(20), 2153-4.
Madison, KM, Kevin Volpp, SD Halpern (2011). The Law, Policy, and Ethics of Employers’ Use of Financial Incentives to Improve Health, Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, 39(3), 450-468.
Volpp, Kevin, David A. Asch, R Galvin, and G. Loewenstein (2011). Redesigning Employee Health Incentives – Lessons from Behavioral Economics, New England Journal of Medicine, 2011, 365, 388-390.