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Psychology and Economics of Poverty Convening 2021

Health & Psychology Conference   |  past event  |  Mar 11 2021

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Research at the intersection of psychology and economics is shedding light on the ways in which resource scarcity, volatility and other dimensions of poverty impact economic decision-making, cognition, health and well-being, with far-reaching implications for health and economic development.

On March 10 and 11th, 2021, CEGA’s third annual Psychology and Economics of Poverty (PEP) Convening showcased exciting new work in this space with researchers, implementing partners, and policymakers. Abhijit Banerjee, 2019 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics and Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, engaged in the keynote fireside chat on Day 2 of the conference (Thursday, March 11th).

Keynote Speaker

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 he co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, and he remains one of the Lab’s Directors. Banerjee is a past president of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Associate of the NBER, a CEPR research fellow, International Research Fellow of the Kiel Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a winner of the Infosys Prize. Banerjee is co-recipient of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in development economics research.

 

Agenda and event materials

Recorded presentations and slides are linked below. Click the button to the right to download a PDF of the agenda.  Presenters are denoted by italics and an asterisk. A short Q&A followed each presentation and a general discussion followed each session.

Day 1 – Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Session 1: Aspirations, beliefs, and agency

Aspirations, assets, and anti-poverty policies
Kate Orkin, University of Oxford (Economics)*, Robert Garlick, Mahreen Mahmud, Richard Sedlmayr, Johannes Haushofer, Stefan Dercon

Recording, slides

Solidarity breeds prosperity: Comparing independent versus interdependent initiative interventions on women’s economic development in West Africa
Catherine Thomas, Stanford (Psychology)* , Hazel Markus, Gregory Walton, Soumaila Abdoulaye Sambo, Patrick Premand, Thomas Bossuroy

Recording, slides

Do investments in psychological wellbeing and non-technical skills complement poverty reduction
programs? Evidence from Rwanda
Megan Lang, UC Berkeley (Economics)* , Ed Soule, Catherine Tinsley

Recording, slides

Nurturing personal agency: Aligning beliefs, thoughts and feelings to advance human flourishing in
resource poor settings
Anita Shankar, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Medical Anthropology)*

Recording

Session 2: Methods: New psychometric measurements using data-driven approaches

Overview talk
Aaron Fisher, UC Berkeley (Psychology)*

Application example: Identifying psychological trauma among Syrian refugee children for early
intervention: Analyzing digitized drawings using machine learning
Sarah Baird, Jennifer Muz, Raphael Panlilio, Stephanie Smith, Bruce Wydick, University of San Francisco
(Economics)*

Recording, slides

Application example: Non-cognitive skills development and school-based violence reduction in Central
America
Lelys Dinarte, World Bank Development Research Group ( Economics )* , Pablo Egana-DelSol, Claudia Martinez

Recording, slides

Session 3: Consumption, cognitive constraints and over-optimism

Taxing the poor twice: Poverty, bandwidth, and utility from consumption
Heather Schofield, UPenn School of Medicine (Medical Ethics and Health Policy)* , Atheendar Venkataramani

Are high-interest loans predatory? Theory and evidence from payday lending
Hunt Allcott, Joshua Kim, Dmitry Taubinsky, UC Berkeley (Economics)*, Jonathan Zinman

Budget neglect in consumption smoothing: A Field experiment on seasonal hunger
Ned Augenblick, Kelsey Jack, Supreet Kaur, Felix Masiye, Nicholas Swanson, UC Berkeley (Economics)*

Recording, slides

Day 2 – Thursday, March 11, 2021

Keynote – Fireside chat and Q&A
Abhijit Banerjee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab*

Recording

Session 1: Poverty and attention

Cognitive endurance as human capital
Christina Brown, UC Berkeley (Economics)* , Supreet Kaur, Geeta Kingdon, Heather Schofield

Can ecologically relevant stimuli improve task performance for people living in poverty?
Ethan Young, Utrecht University (Psychology)*, Willem Frankenhuis, Bruce Ellis

Recording, slides

Session 2: Inequality and preferences

Pro-Poor transfers and economic preferences of the rich and poor: Evidence from a four year partial
population experiment
Nicolas Cerkez, Adnan Q.Khan, Imran Rasul, University College London (Economics)* , Anam Shoaib

Recording, slides

Children’s motivated reasoning about social inequalities after being experimentally assigned to a rich or poor social group
Xin Yang, Yale (Psychology)*

Recording, slides

Perceptions of relative deprivation and women’s empowerment
Katrina Kosec, International Food Policy Research Institute (Political Economy)*, Cecilia Mo, Emily Schmidt, Jie Song

Recording, slides

Session 3: Intergenerational transmission: Beliefs and cognition

The Fetal origins of cognitive aging
Landry Kuate, University of Ottawa (Economics)* , Roland Pongou

Recording, slides

Biased memory and intergenerational transmission of fertility norms
Maximilian Mueller, UC Berkeley (Economics)*

Recording, slides

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Slides: Aspirations, assets, and anti-poverty policies (Kate Orkin) (PEP2021)


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Slides: Solidarity breeds prosperity: Comparing independent versus interdependent initiative interventions on women’s economic development in West Africa (Catherine Thomas) (PEP 2021)


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Slides: Do investments in psychological wellbeing and non-technical skills complement poverty reduction programs? Evidence from Rwanda (Megan Lang) (PEP2021)


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Slides: Identifying psychological trauma among Syrian refugee children for early intervention: Analyzing digitized drawings using machine learning (Bruce Wydick) (PEP 2021)


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Slides: Non-cognitive skills development and school-based violence reduction in Central America (Lelys Dinarte) (PEP2021)


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Slides: Budget neglect in consumption smoothing: A Field experiment on seasonal hunger (Nicholas Swanson) (PEP2021)


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Slides: Pro-Poor transfers and economic preferences of the rich and poor: Evidence from a four year partial population experiment (Imran Rasul) (PEP2021)


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Slides: Children’s motivated reasoning about social inequalities after being experimentally assigned to a rich or poor social group (Xin Yang) (PEP2021)


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Slides: Perceptions of relative deprivation and women's empowerment (Katrina Kosec) (PEP2021)


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Slides: The Fetal origins of cognitive aging (Landry Kuate) (PEP2021)


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Slides: Motivated Memory and the Intergenerational Transmission of Fertility Preferences (Max Mueller) (PEP2021)


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Slides: Can ecologically relevant stimuli improve task performance for people living in poverty? (Ethan Young (PEP2021)


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