Worksite Wellness: A Field Experiment on Participation Incentives & Selection into Worksite Wellness Programs

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Early Career Research Award


The number of employers offering workplace wellness programs has grown rapidly over the past ten years. Yet, there is little available evidence on whether the purported productivity and health benefits of these programs exist. Even less is known about what kinds of employees benefit the most. We propose to implement a randomized field experiment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We will randomly assign approximately 5,000 employees to either a control group or a treatment group where they will be offered the opportunity to participate in a high-quality workplace wellness program. Employees will be offered incentives to complete a follow-up survey and biometric screening one year later.

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Jones, Damon, David Molitor, and Julian Reif. 2018. "What Do Workplace Wellness Programs Do? Evidence From the Illinois Workplace Wellness Study." NBER Working Paper No. 24229.