Johannes Haushofer


What if we could treat the psychological consequences of poverty?


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.


On the psychology of poverty
Haushofer J, Fehr E. Science. 2014;344(862).

The Price of Poverty
Haushofer J. Foreign Affairs. 2014.

The short-term impact of unconditional cash transfers to the poor: Experimental evidence from Kenya
Haushofer J, Shapiro S. 2016.

Get Happy, Get Rich: The Relationship Between Depression and Poverty

Haushofer J, Thomas C. Foreign Affairs. 2015.

Barriers and Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid
Sheehy-Skeffington J, Ali A, Bhawuk D, Blustein DL, Bullock HE, et al. United Nations Development Programme. 2014. 

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