Economic Incentives, Risk Behaviors, and HIV
- Sandra G. Sosa-RubíSandra G. Sosa-RubíCentro de Investigación y Evaluación de Encuestas, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública
- and Omar GalárragaOmar GalárragaSchool of Public Health, Brown University
Conditional economic incentives are a theoretically grounded approach for eliciting behavior change. The rationale stems from present-biased preferences, by which individuals attach greater value to benefits in the present and heavily discount long-term health. A growing literature documents the use of economic incentives in the HIV field. Small and frequent conditional economic incentives offered to vulnerable populations can contribute to behavior change. Economic incentives accompanied with other strategies can help overcome obstacles to access health services and in general seem to improve linkage to HIV care, prevention interventions, and adherence to HIV treatment. Future identification of promising combinations of intervention components, modalities, and strategies may yield maximum impact.