Justin White, PhD

Assistant Professor
Institute for Health Policy Studies
+1 415 476-8045

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.


Incentives in workplace wellness programmes.

The lancet. Diabetes & endocrinology

White JS

Does breastfeeding duration decrease child obesity? An instrumental variables analysis.

Pediatric obesity

Modrek S, Basu S, Harding M, White JS, Bartick MC, Rodriguez E, Rosenberg KD

Long-term effects of neighbourhood deprivation on diabetes risk: quasi-experimental evidence from a refugee dispersal policy in Sweden.

The lancet. Diabetes & endocrinology

White JS, Hamad R, Li X, Basu S, Ohlsson H, Sundquist J, Sundquist K

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

Dow WH, White JS, Bertozzi SM

Intertemporal choices for health

In Behavioral Economics and Public Health, edited by C.A. Roberto and I. Kawachi. Boston, MA: Oxford University Press

White JS, Dow WH

Commitment contracts and team incentives: a randomized controlled trial for smoking cessation in Thailand.

American journal of preventive medicine

White JS, Dow WH, Rungruanghiranya S

The unintended consequences of intended pregnancies: youth, condom use, and HIV transmission in Mozambique.

AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education

Speizer IS, White JS

Association between contraceptive discontinuation and pregnancy intentions in Guatemala.

Revista panamericana de salud publica = Pan American journal of public health

Barden-O'Fallon JL, Speizer IS, White JS

Can family planning outreach bridge the urban-rural divide in Zambia?

BMC health services research

White JS, Speizer IS

Managed care rebound? Recent changes in health plans' cost containment strategies.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Mays GP, Claxton G, White J

The puzzling popularity of the PPO.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Hurley RE, Strunk BC, White JS

Getting along or going along? Health plan-provider contract showdowns subside.

Issue brief (Center for Studying Health System Change)

White JS, Hurley RE, Strunk BC