Mike Eber Receives SRA Student Merit Award

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Doctoral student Mike Eber received the 2020 Student Merit Award from the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group. The award is given to the best student abstract at the SRA Annual Meeting in the area of economics and benefits analysis.

Eber’s presentation, “The Modest Effects of Fact Boxes on Cancer Screening,” reported on an internet experiment that provided a general population sample with published fact boxes on the benefits and harms of breast and prostate cancer screening procedures. The study found that the fact boxes led individuals to modestly update their assessments of the net benefits of these procedures yet had little observed impact on individuals’ intentions to seek screening. The fact box intervention appeared to have stronger effects on individuals with higher numeracy.

CHDS faculty James Hammitt and Jennifer Yeh were coauthors on the study, along with Harvard Professor Cass Sunstein. Eber’s research was supported by an AHRQ T32 Fellowship.

Learn more: Read about the SRA Student Merit Award in Economics and Benefits Analysis

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