Failures aside, Haushofer reaches across disciplines to tackle poverty

Friday, Jul 15, 2016
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications

The ultimate goal of Johannes Haushofer's work: alleviating poverty.

Haushofer, an assistant professor of psychology at Princeton University, works toward that goal with a combination of lab and field research that explores the relationships among poverty, psychological well-being and economic decision-making. 

"In particular I've been interested over the past few years in the question of whether poverty causes stress and whether stress might lead to economic decision-making that is short-sighted and risk-averse, which keeps people trapped in poverty," said Haushofer, who joined the faculty in 2014. 

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