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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Symposium #459
The Behavioral Economics of Health and Technology
Monday, May 28, 2018
11:00 AM–12:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom F
Area: OBM/EAB
Chair: Valdimar Sigurdsson (Reykjavik University)
Discussant: Asle Fagerstrøm (Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology)
Abstract: The obesity epidemic has been discussed at different levelsfrom research to health professional policies to general media interest. Arranging the environmental conditions so that people make better decisions, therefore, has the utmost potential for successful obesity prevention. In order to develop successful interventions, it is of vital importance to understand how environmental conditions influence consumers food choices, and how they are constantly being altered through new marketing settings and stimuli. The ongoing digitalization transforms retail grocery to omni-channel retailing where the distinctions between physical and online will vanish, turning the world into a showroom without walls In this symposium, we will discuss recent advancements and possibilities within consumer behavior analysis in order to address challenges related to health. The symposium starts with a theoretical paper that discusses a range of topics relevant to the application of operant behavioral economics to health. In the second paper, the authors will focus on consumer behaviour related to smart carts and key environmental touch points throughout the consumer journey in a real-life grocery store. The third paper explores the opportunities for behavior analysts to examine the interrelationships of multiple variables and socially important choice settings, and to promote desired behaviors. The final paper examines the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) based stimuli, and how it can influence consumers in the grocery choice situation.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Consumer Behavior, Healthy Consumption, Healthy interventions, Technology
 
An Overview of Behavioral Economics of Health
(Theory)
GORDON R. FOXALL (Cardiff University)
Abstract: The term “behavioral economics” covers several different approaches to the merging of psychology with economics. Most present critical view of orthodox economics and a desire to replace at least some of it with a combination of psychology and economics, but above all with an approach that is more descriptive of what people actually do. Operant behavioral economics is less critical of economics than these while including psychology and being in touch with the actual behavior of consumers. I have called this Consumer behavior analysis which draws on microeconomics, behavior analysis, marketing science, and neuroscience. This paper outlines the range of topics relevant to the application of operant behavioral economics to health. It briefly introduces temporal discounting, picoeconomics, neuro-behavioral decision systems, and applies these in the context of health by relating them to problem gambling as it manifests in the socalled near-miss effect. The paper concludes by considering strategies of overcoming health-related behavioral problems.
 
Nudging Healthy Food Consumption With Smart Carts
(Applied Research)
VALDIMAR SIGURDSSON (Reykjavik University), Nils Larsen (UIT-The Arctic University of Norway), Asle Fagerstrøm (Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology), Niklas Eriksson (Arcada University of Applied Sciences)
Abstract: For consumer behavior analysis the store is the main laboratory and the future analysis lies in smart shelves, pricing and carts. The talk provides an introduction to a research program aimed at improving research practices in this laboratory, particularly emphasizing the importance of new behavioural data and experimental opportunities stemming from video surveillance, retail analytics, and the Internet of things. This talk presents a research strategy studying consumer behavior related to smart carts and key environmental touch points throughout the customer journey in a real-life grocery store in Norway. We show how shopping carts are not only used as an aid for the shoppers behaviour, as a device that increases sales, but how their selection and use can be further developed and tested as triggers and reinforcement in relations to healthy food choices.
 
Online Healthy Food Experiments: Capturing Complexity Using Choice-Based Conjoint Analysis
(Applied Research)
VISHNU MENON (Reykjavik University), Valdimar Sigurdsson (Reykjavik University), Asle Fagerstrøm (Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology)
Abstract: The impact of complex environmental factors on consumer choices and preferences can be analyzed through the prism of consumer behavior analysis, whereas variations of marketing attributes and their impact on choice can be measured using conjoint analysis. Considering the case of the constantly growing online food selections, we discuss choice-based conjoint analysis and explore the opportunities for behavior analysts to examine the interrelationships of multiple variables and socially important choice settings, and to promote desired behaviors. We show a few examples of using trade-off analyses in online food retail to understand consumer behavior with respect to healthy food items. As demonstrated in these examples based on our own pilot research, conjoint analysis can be used for complex behaviorthat which is not amenable directly to an experimental analysisor as an efficient initial step before moving into further experiments or analyses using biometrics (e.g., eye-tracking) or web analytics conducted in different settings such as e-commerce, e-mail, social media, or on mobile platforms. This paper summarizes the personalized, data driven economic analysis that is possible with a choice-based conjoint analysis.
 
The Relative Impact of Internet of Things Based Information When Shopping Grocery
(Applied Research)
ASLE FAGERSTRØM (Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology), Niklas Eriksson (Arcada University of Applied Sciences), Valdimar Sigurdsson (Reykjavik University)
Abstract: Internet of Things (IoT) presents an opportunity for retailers to develop an environment that makes physical things such as mobile phone, shopping basket, store shelves, digital display, and, even the product itself smart, allowing real-time interaction with customers in the physical store. The aim of this study is to expand understanding of how IoT can influence consumers in the grocery choice situation. To investigate the impact of IoT-related stimuli, we arranged a conjoint experiment in which participants purchased healthy food in a grocery store using a smart phone app. The results show that, relative to static information, IoT based information related to price, expiry date, quality indicator, and offer was the most salient stimulus related to tendency to interact with the smart phone app, and, the most salient stimulus related to likelihood to buy based on information from the smartphone app. These findings contribute both to researchers and managers within grocery retailing who want to understand how IoT technology influence consumers in the grocery choice situation.
 

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