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Justin White, PhD

Address3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights
San Francisco CA 94118
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    Stanford UniversityPostdoctoral2015Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
    University of California, BerkeleyPh.D.2013Health Policy (Health Economics)
    University of California, BerkeleyM.A.2009Economics
    University of North Carolina, Chapel HillM.S.P.H.2007Health Policy

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    Justin White, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Health Economics in the UCSF School of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is also an affiliate of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education and Global Health Sciences at UCSF.

    Dr. White studies how monetary and non-monetary incentives can be used to promote healthy behavior, informed by research from the field of behavioral economics. His main research focus is chronic disease prevention, notably smoking cessation. He is currently testing several incentive-based interventions using randomized designs. This work is being undertaken in several countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, and the US. In other recent and ongoing projects, he is evaluating the health impacts of economic and social policies, including: sin taxes, cash and food assistance programs, and poverty alleviation programs.


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    1. White J, et al. Incentives in workplace wellness programmes. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2016 Aug 8. PMID: 27515529.
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    2. Modrek S, Basu S, Harding M, White J, Bartick MC, Rodriguez E, Rosenberg KD. Does breastfeeding duration decrease child obesity? An instrumental variables analysis. Pediatr Obes. 2016 May 10. PMID: 27161761.
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    3. White J, Hamad R, Li X, Basu S, Ohlsson H, Sundquist J, Sundquist K. Long-term effects of neighbourhood deprivation on diabetes risk: quasi-experimental evidence from a refugee dispersal policy in Sweden. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2016 Jun; 4(6):517-24. PMID: 27131930.
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    4. White J, Basu S. Does the benefits schedule of cash assistance programs affect the purchase of temptation goods? Evidence from Peru. J Health Econ. 2016 Mar; 46:70-89. PMID: 26874596.
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    5. Dow WH, White J, Bertozzi SM. Incentivizing health care utilization and health outcomes. In Handbook of Global Health Economics and Public Policy, Volume 1, edited by R. Scheffler. London, UK: World Scientific Publishing. 2016.
    6. Basu S, Hamad R, White JS, Modrek S, Rehkopf DH, Cullen MR. The EARN-Health Trial: protocol for a randomised controlled trial to identify health effects of a financial savings programme among low-income US adults. BMJ Open. 2015; 5(10):e009366. PMID: 26443663; PMCID: PMC4606428.
    7. Li J, White JS, Hu TW, Fong GT, Yuan J. The heterogeneous effects of cigarette prices on brand choice in China: implications for tobacco control policy. Tob Control. 2015 Jul; 24 Suppl 3:iii25-iii32. PMID: 25855642; PMCID: PMC4480158.
    8. White J, Dow WH. Intertemporal choices for health. In Behavioral Economics and Public Health, edited by C.A. Roberto and I. Kawachi. Boston, MA: Oxford University Press. 2015; 27-68.
    9. White JS, Dow WH, Rungruanghiranya S. Commitment contracts and team incentives: a randomized controlled trial for smoking cessation in Thailand. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Nov; 45(5):533-42. PMID: 24139765; PMCID: PMC3806235.
    10. White JS, Ross H. Smokers' strategic responses to sin taxes: evidence from panel data in Thailand. Health Econ. 2015 Feb; 24(2):127-41. PMID: 24677731; PMCID: PMC3989462 [Available on 02/01/16].
    11. White JS, Li J, Hu TW, Fong GT, Jiang Y. The effect of cigarette prices on brand-switching in China: a longitudinal analysis of data from the ITC China Survey. Tob Control. 2014 Mar; 23 Suppl 1:i54-60. PMID: 23697645; PMCID: PMC4035484.
    12. Speizer IS, White JS. The unintended consequences of intended pregnancies: youth, condom use, and HIV transmission in Mozambique. AIDS Educ Prev. 2008 Dec; 20(6):531-46. PMID: 19072528.
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    13. Barden-O'Fallon JL, Speizer IS, White JS. Association between contraceptive discontinuation and pregnancy intentions in Guatemala. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2008 Jun; 23(6):410-7. PMID: 18644209.
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    14. White JS, Speizer IS. Can family planning outreach bridge the urban-rural divide in Zambia? BMC Health Serv Res. 2007; 7:143. PMID: 17803805; PMCID: PMC2034555.
    15. Mays GP, Claxton G, White J. Managed care rebound? Recent changes in health plans' cost containment strategies. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Jul-Dec; Suppl Web Exclusives:W4-427-36. PMID: 15451964.
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    16. Hurley RE, Strunk BC, White JS. The puzzling popularity of the PPO. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Mar-Apr; 23(2):56-68. PMID: 15046131.
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    17. White JS, Hurley RE, Strunk BC. Getting along or going along? Health plan-provider contract showdowns subside. Issue Brief Cent Stud Health Syst Change. 2004 Jan; (74):1-4. PMID: 14974498.
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