Seminar Series, Han Bleichrodt, PhD

Presentation Title: Incentives in Surveys

Han Bleichrodt, PhD, will present at the Schaeffer Center as part of the Spring 2020 Seminar Series.


Surveys typically use hypothetical questions to measure subjective and unverifiable concepts like happiness and quality of life. We test whether this is problematic using a large survey experiment on health and subjective well-being. We use Prelec’s Bayesian truth serum to incentivize the experiment and defaults to introduce biases in responses. Without defaults, the data quality was good and incentives had no impact. With defaults, incentives reduced biases in the subjective well-being questions by inducing participants to spend more effort. Incentives had no impact on the health questions regardless of whether defaults were used.

Event Date
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Pacific
University of Southern California
Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall (VPD) 116
Los Angeles, CA

Han Bleichrodt is professor of behavioral economics at the Erasmus School of Economics and at the Research School of Economics of the Australian National University, Canberra. He does both theoretical and experimental research into decisions under uncertainty and over time. He is particularly interested in decisions involving health.