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Poverty and the present bias

It is well documented that people living in material scarcity conditions make different choices from other people. One example of such differences is the behavior in situations of intertemporal choices. A key concept is that of present bias. When subjects … Continue reading

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Child poverty and policies.

In many countries there is a higher incidence of income poverty among children than in the adult population.[1] This is particularly acute in developing areas like Latin America but affects developed nations too.[2] In the United States (US), for instance, … Continue reading

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Psychological frictions and non take-up

Many poor people do not benefit from the transfers and services they are eligible for. Researchers consider this problem, often referred to as the non take-up problem, as a major source of poverty persistence in rich societies. Yet, the reasons … Continue reading

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Angus Deaton’s great escape

Angus Deaton, from Princeton University, was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize of economics “for his analysis of consumption, poverty and welfare.” It was good news for all economists, and researchers from other disciplines as well, devoting their research efforts to … Continue reading

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Coping with stress and poverty: some insights into Martha Wadworth’s work

During the first PoRESP summer school, which was organized from July 6th to July 9th 2015 in Brussels, we had the chance to have Martha Wadsworth as one of our keynote speakers. Martha Wadsworth is an Associate Professor of psychology … Continue reading

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The indirect effect of the EITC program on infant health

Health is undoubtedly an important dimension of well-being. As soon as child well-being is concerned, health is even more important because early life health is a key determinant of future health as well as future economic outcomes. The direct impact … Continue reading

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Spending in education does matter.

While economic intuition points at the relevance of economic resources to improve school performance, the evidence on the impact of school spending on outcomes is far from being set. Rather, some early studies that became seminal references on the subject, … Continue reading

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