The Rady School Blog

  • The Effectiveness of Financial Incentives in Promoting Cancer Screening

    January 13, 2017
    by Aleena Karamally

    Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. However, motivating individuals to be screened for colorectal cancer, especially those with financial barriers or a fear of screening methods, has proved challenging.

    Principles of behavioral economics show that financial incentives can be used to alter behavior. As such, offering a small financial incentive to vulnerable populations has been suggested as a solution to insufficient colorectal cancer screening rates. Rady School Associate Professor Ayelet Gneezy recently conducted and published a study in which primary care patients were mailed colorectal test outreach, outreach plus a $5 incentive, or outreach plus a $10 incentive.

    The necessary screening completion rates of the groups were 36.9 percent with a financial incentive, compared to 36.2 percent with no financial incentive. These results did not vary significantly based on age, sex, ethnicity, or neighborhood poverty rate. As a result, the study concludes that financial incentives in the amount of $5 or $10 do not have any significant effect on completion of colorectal cancer screening.

    The study was conducted in Fort Worth, Texas on a sample of 10,000 uninsured individuals aged 50 to 64 who had visited their primary care physician at least once in the previous year. Individuals were randomly assigned to be in either the control group with no financial incentive, in the $5 compensation group, or in the $10 compensation group.

    These findings are some of the first regarding small financial incentives and cancer screening. Although they cannot be applied to other types of cancer screening or larger financial incentives, the findings are important in understanding the applications of behavioral economics.

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  • Kriegler Lecture Series Brings Human Longevity Expert to Rady School

    January 12, 2017

    The co-founder of Human Longevity Inc. and a Rady alum will speak at the prestigious lecture.
  • Professor Terrence August Receives ISS Early Career Award

    January 10, 2017
    by Melinda Battenberg

    Award recipients were considered by the awards committee on the impact of their publications on theory, research, and practice; leadership reflected by editorial appointments; and intellectual contributions that provide a platform for future success.
  • Rady School Among Top Three Team in Mama’s Kitchen 2016 Pie Sale

    January 9, 2017
    by Jasmine Rezai

    Rady School students teamed up to sell pies to provide meals for local San Diegans in need.
  • Are Certain Cities More Prone to Financial Misconduct?

    December 20, 2016
    by Melinda Battenberg

    Financial misconduct rates differ widely between major U.S. cities, about as much as between industries
  • New Research Reveals Inequalities Still Exist Among Black Colleges

    December 19, 2016

    The researchers hope to use the insights obtained from the study to make positive changes to the status quo.
  • Five Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

    December 14, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego offers a forward-thinking Master of Science in Business Analytics that teaches its students how to grapple with the reality of big data using business analytics.
  • Just Do It

    December 7, 2016
    by Peter Butler

    This alum co-founded a successful mobile application as a personal project with a friend last year.
  • Why Study Business Analytics

    December 7, 2016
    by Alyssa Walker

    The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego offers a forward-thinking Master of Science in Business Analytics that teaches its students how to grapple with the reality of big data using business analytics.
  • Thanks to You...

    December 1, 2016
    by Hallie Jacobs

    Gifts from donors during the Rady School of Management's Giving Tuesday event support fellowships for future students.
  • The Spirit of Environmental Innovation

    November 30, 2016
    by Hallie Jacobs

    LifeCycled Materials won the fifth annual Triton Innovation Challenge.
  • Invest in a future Rady School Student

    November 28, 2016

    Begin a lifetime of philanthropy with impact.
  • From Engineer to Entrepreneur

    November 10, 2016

    Thoshna D. Arasappa, an MBA student, is looking forward to developing her entrepreneurial skills.
  • Reuniting the Classes of 2006 and 2011

    November 4, 2016
    by Hallie Jacobs

    Alumni from the two classes came together for their 10 and 5 year anniversaries.
  • An Entrepreneur in the Making

    October 27, 2016

    Vidya Chokalingam may be on the path to obtaining her MSBA, but that hasn't deterred her from developing her entrepreneurial strengths.
  • The Power of Referrals

    October 20, 2016
    by Hallie Jacobs

    Pierre Sleiman (MBA ’13) shares why referrals propel the Rady School forward.
  • Finding a Work-School-Life Balance as an MBA Student

    October 19, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    Is it possible to do it all? It may not be easy, but finding a work-school-life balance is attainable with time management and organization.
  • Stories of Success

    October 12, 2016

    Wasim Hajjiri (MBA '18) shares his Rady School experience.
  • Rady [X] Conference Celebrates the Spirit of Innovation

    October 12, 2016

    The third annual conference will feature panels from four companies specializing in the field of innovative technology.
  • An Innovative Challenge for New Students

    October 6, 2016
    by Hallie Jacobs

    First year MBA students are tasked with creating business ventures from the get-go.