Kevin G. Volpp


  • Kevin G. Volpp (PSC/PARC Research Associate) co-authored an article in JAMA Cardiology that was featured in Penn Today and Penn Medicine NewsTheir research finds when people set their own exercise goals and pursue them immediately, it's more likely to result in lasting positive changes.

  • Kevin Volpp (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in Politifact article about the success of lotteries to incentivize vaccination uptake. Academic studies of early vaccine lotteries do provide reason for skepticism about how successful such programs have been. However, the studies so far have produced mixed findings, rather than unanimously negative ones. Two studies of Ohio’s lottery found a positive impact while two found no impact or a negative impact. Experts say that even in the most optimistic case, any gains from lotteries are likely to be small and would need to be supplemented by other efforts.

  • Kevin Volpp (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in Penn Today and Penn Medicine News about the behavioral economics behind vaccine lotteries. "Monetary incentives have universal appeal, and for that reason they typically will work better,” Volpp says.

Director, LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
Vice Chairman for Health Policy, Dept. of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Janet and John Haas President's Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Professor, Health Care Management

Ph.D., Health Economics, Public Policy and Management, University of Pennsylvania, 1998
M.D., Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 1998


  • Penn Medical Ethics and Health Policy Online: Kevin G. Volpp on Behavioral Economics and Decision Making
  • NEJM Catalyst Event: Kevin G. Volpp on Hardwiring Patient Engagement to Deliver Better Health
  • BX2016 Public Health Breakout: Kevin G. Volpp on Public Health