Johannes Haushofer

The psychological consequences of poverty

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About Johannes Haushofer

Johannes Haushofer is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Lying at the intersection of neurobiology, behavioral economics and development economics, Johannes’s research explores whether poverty has particular psychological and neurobiological consequences, and whether these consequences, in turn, affect economic behavior. His research combines laboratory experiments with randomized controlled trials of development programs, such as health insurance and unconditional cash transfers in Kenya and Sierra Leone. Johannes holds a PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard University and a PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich. Prior to his Princeton position, he was a Prize Fellow in Economics at Harvard and the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT. 

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Johannes Haushofer, an assistant professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University, conducts research at the intersection of neurobiology, behavioral economics, and development economics. In Johannes’s 2016 Talk, he explores the psychological and neurobiological toll of poverty, and sheds light on how experiencing poverty can affect an individual's economic behavior.

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