Area Director, Education and Health Theme
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:
National Institute of Health R21. 2019-2021. "Drinking Water Contaminants and Infant Health." (with Katherine Grooms, Kevin Schnepel) Co-PI. $400,000.
UCSB Faculty Senate Grant. 2017-2019. "Effects of Drinking Water Quality on Infant Health." $10,000.
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.
Penn Roybal Center award for Can Financial Incentives. 2015-2017.Help People Trying to Establish New Habits? $39,000. (with Justin Sydnor).
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.