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Psychology and Economics of Poverty Convening 2021

Health & Psychology Conference   |   Mar 10 2021 - 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 will showcase exciting new work in this space and engage interested researchers, implementing partners, and policymakers in discussion. Please register to attend by following the link at right, and stay tuned for a full list of speakers in mid-February. Abhijit Banerjee, 2019 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics and Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver the keynote address 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.

Call for Papers

Our call for papers is now open until January 31, 2021. We encourage research submissions in both psychology and economics, relevant to the psychology of poverty. Interested speakers should submit a 100-300 word summary, along with either an extended abstract or paper draft. Suggested topics include:

  • How poverty impacts cognitive load, decision-making, social cognition, health (including mental health), aspirations, and/or economic outcomes
  • The psychological consequences of resource instability or volatility
  • Belief formation, the relevance of belief-based utility, affective adaptations to poverty, and the role of the “psychological immune system”
  • The influence of cultural context and social norms on outcomes related to the above topics

Please follow the link at right to submit a paper and/or register to attend. We encourage attendance by interested faculty, PhD students, researchers, implementing partners, and policymakers. Selected speakers will be notified by February 15, after which we will share a detailed agenda. In the meantime, you can review the agenda and slides from our 2019 PEP Convening here.

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Mar 10 2021 - Mar 11 2021 Pacific Time

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