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Heather Royer

Associate Professor

Heather Royer's research focuses primarily on health economics. Her current research focuses on trying to disentangle the causal effect of education on health and fertility. She also has recently become interested in how information and incentives may affect health behaviors such as eating healthy and exercising regularly. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 2012-2014. “Improving the Structure of Financial Incentives for Exercise: Insights from Behavioral Economics” (with Mark Stehr and Justin Sydnor). $100,000.

National Institutes of Health. 2012-2014. “Commitment Contracts for Health-Behavior Change” (with Mark Stehr and Justin Sydnor). $447,000.

National Institute of Health. 2012-2017. R01 for “Community Care for All? Health Centers' Impact on Access to Care and Health” (with Martha Bailey (PI) and Mireille Jacobson). $1,600,000.

University of Pennsylvania/Carnegie Mellon University Roybal Center. 2015-2016. "Can the endowment effect be used to increase the power of health incentives?" (PI) $17,000.00.

Broom Center Publications
Royer, Heather with Mark Stehr and Justin Sydnor. 2015
"Incentives, Commitments and Habit Formation in Exercise: Evidence from a Field Experiment with Workers at a Fortune-500 Company. "
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 7(3): 51-84.
Kelly Bedard (with Philip Babcock, Gary Charness, John Hartman, and Heather Royer). 2015. 
"Letting Down the Team? Evidence of Social Effects of Team Incentives. "
The Journal of the European Economic Association. October 2015, 841-870.
Royer, Heather and Allison Witman. 2014.
"Intergenerational Effects on Health - In Utero and Early Life "
for the Encyclopedia of Health Economics produced by Elsevier. 
Royer, Heather with Silvia Prina. 2014. 
"The Importance of Parental Knowledge and Social Norms: Evidence from Weight Report Cards in Mexico. "
Journal of Health Economics, 37: 232-247.
Clark, Damon and Heather Royer
"The Effect of Education on Adult Health and Mortality: Evidence from Britain"
Working Paper 16013 2012
Jacobson, Mireille, Heather Royer
"Aftershocks: The Impact of Clinic Violence on Abortion Services"
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2011, 3(1): 189-223.
McCrary, Justin, Heather Royer
"The Effect Of Female Education On Fertility And Infant Health: Evidence From School Entry Policies Using Exact Date Of Birth"
American Economic Review, 2011, 101(1): 158-195.