Commitment Contracts and School Competition for Smoking Prevention in Indonesia

Investigator: Justin S. White, PhD
Sponsor: UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP)

Location(s): Indonesia


Our study presents a novel design to test the effectiveness of nonmonetary incentives and peer pressure to enforce a health policy. We will ask students and parents in Kulon Progo District to sign an agreement that commits parents to monitor their children at home and penalizes the students for smoking at school. The penalty is nonmonetary in nature, thereby making it more sustainable and more easily scalable. In a subset of schools, we also introduce group competition to test the effectiveness of peer support and pressure for improving health behavior.