Johannes Haushofer

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs

427 Peretsman-Scully Hall
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08540


Johannes Haushofer

Curriculum Vitae: PDF

CV of Failures: PDF

Publications and Working Papers

The Short-Term Impact of Unconditional Cash Transfers to the Poor: Evidence from Kenya (previously circulated as: Household Response to Income Changes: Evidence from an Unconditional Cash Transfer Program in Kenya) (with Jeremy Shapiro). April 2016. Forthcoming, Quarterly Journal of Economics. PDF                Online appendix: PDF Pre-analysis plan: PDF Questionnaire: XLSX
   Media:, Businessweek, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Economist, Forbes, The New York Times Economix blog, The New York Times editorial blog, NPR Morning Edition, NPR Planet Money, Chris Blattman's blog, David McKenzie's blog

Development of impulse control and associated vmPFC-DLPFC connectivity explains children’s increased resistance to temptation in intertemporal choice (with Niko Steinbeis, Ernst Fehr, and Tania Singer). Cerebral Cortex 26 (2016), 32-42. PDF

Stress and Temporal Discounting: Do Domains Matter? (with Chaning Jang and John Lynham). December 2015. PDF 

The Social Cost of Randomization (with Michala Riis-Vestergaard and Jeremy Shapiro). November 2015. PDF

Your Gain Is My Pain: Negative Psychological Externalities of Cash Transfers (with James Reisinger and Jeremy Shapiro). October 2015. PDF

How Soon Is Now? Evidence of Present Bias from Convex Time Budget Experiments (with Uttara Balakrishnan and Pamela Jakiela). September 2015. PDF

The Cost of Keeping Track. June 2015. PDF

The Price of Poverty: Psychology and the Cycle of Need. Foreign Affairs (2014), 138739. PDF

Get Happy, Get Rich: The Relationship Between Depression and Poverty (with Catherine Thomas). Foreign Affairs (2015), 1114346. PDF

Neurobiological Poverty Traps (with Molly Crockett & Gwen Lawson). Background paper prepared for the World Development Report 2015.

A Methodology for Laboratory Experiments in Developing Countries: Examples from the Busara Center (with Marie Collins, Giovanna de Giusti, Conor Hughes, Conor Hughes, Chaning Jang, Maneesh Kuruvila, Joseph Muiruri Njoroge, and James Vancel). February 2014. PDF

The Behavioural Economics of Poverty (with Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington). In Barriers to and Opportunities for Poverty Reduction: Prospects for Private Sector Led-Interventions. Istanbul: UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (2014). PDF

On the Psychology of Poverty (with Ernst Fehr). Science 344 (2014), 862–867. PDF

Time-Dependent Effect of Hydrocortisone Administration on Intertemporal Choice (with Sandra Cornelisse, Vanessa van Ast, Maayke Seinstra, and Marian Joels). January 2014. PDF

Negative Income Shocks Increase Discount Rates (with Ernst Fehr and Daniel Schunk). July 2013. PDF

Negative Rainfall Shocks Increase Levels of the Stress Hormone Cortisol Among Poor Farmers in Kenya (with Matthieu Chemin and Joost de Laat). July 2013. PDF

The Psychology of Poverty: Evidence from 43 Countries. September 2013. PDF

Market Convergence and Equilibrium in a Kenyan Informal Settlement (with Noémie Zurlinden). September 2013. PDF

No Effects of Psychosocial Stress on Intertemporal Choice (with Sandra Cornelisse, Maayke Seinstra, Ernst Fehr, Marian Joëls, and Tobias Kalenscher). PLoS One 8 (2013), e78597. PDF

Low Income is Associated with High Baseline Levels and Low Stress Reactivity of Cortisol, but Not Alpha Amylase (with Sandra Cornelisse, Marian Joels, Tobias Kalenscher, and Ernst Fehr). December 2011. PDF

The role of testosterone in social interaction (with Ernst Fehr and Christoph Eisenegger). Trends in Cognitive Science 15 (2011), 263–271. PDF

Reply to Golan and Rosenblatt: Revisiting the statistical analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict confirms that both sides retaliate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108 (2011): E55–E56. PDF

Both Sides Retaliate in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (with Nancy Kanwisher and Anat Biletzki). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107 (2010), 17927–17932. PDF
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The Legal Brain: How Does the Brain Make Judgments about Crimes? (with Ernst Fehr). Scientific
American Online

You shouldn’t have: your brain on others’ crimes (with Ernst Fehr). Neuron 60 (2008), 738–740. PDF

Multivariate Patterns in Object-Selective Cortex Dissociate Neural and Perceptual Similarity (with Margaret Livingstone and Nancy Kanwisher). PLoS Biology 6 (2008), e187. PDF

Sensitivity to Object Parts in Human Object-Selective Cortex (with Chris Baker, Margaret Livingstone, and Nancy Kanwisher). Journal of Neurophysiology 100 (2008), 753–762. PDF

For Love or Money: A Common Neural Currency for Social and Monetary Reward (with Rebecca Saxe). Neuron 58 (2008), 164–165. PDF

Interpreting fMRI data: Maps, modules, and dimensions (with Hans op de Beeck and Nancy Kanwisher). Nature Reviews Neuroscience 9 (2007), 123–135. PDF

In the Eye of the Beholder: Visual Experience and Categories in the Human Brain (with Nancy Kanwisher). Neuron 53 (2007), 773–775. PDF

Express saccades: What is coded for their production? (with Peter Schiller). Experimental Brain Research 22 (2005), 1–9. PDF

How do target predictability and precueing affect the production of express saccades in monkeys? (with Peter Schiller and Geoffrey Kendall). European Journal of Neuroscience 19 (2004), 1963–1968. PDF

An examination of the variables that affect express saccade generation (with Peter Schiller and Geoffrey Kendall). Visual Neuroscience 21 (2004), 119–127. PDF


Ongoing Work and Papers in Preparation

Health Insurance, Cash Transfers, and Stress Hormones: A Randomized Controlled Trial in the Slums of Nairobi (with Matthieu Chemin) [endline completed]

Non-financial Awards and Community Monitoring for Clinic Performance: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Sierra Leone (with Oeindrila Dube and Bilal Siddiqi) [endline completed]

"Count your Blessings": Can Positive Psychology Improve Well-Being in Kenya? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial (with Chaning Jang and Linda Kleppin) [baseline ongoing]

Heat Stress and Performance: Evidence from Weather and Test Scores in Kenya (with Simone Schaner)


Pre-Analysis Plans

The effect of fear of violence on cognition and productivity: An experiment in Kenya (with Chris Blattman, Suresh Naiu, Pietro Ortoleva, and Lauren Young). October 2015. Link

Examining Poverty and Anti-Social Behavior in the Lab (US) (with Justin Abraham and Jeremy Shapiro). August 2015. Link

Examining Poverty and Anti-Social Behavior in the Lab (with Justin Abraham and Jeremy Shapiro). August 2015. Link

Poverty and Social Capital (with Alexis Grigorieff and Chris Roth). August 2015. Link

The Effect of Atheism Primes on Self-reported and and Implicit Religiosity (with James Reisinger). July 2015. Link

Poverty and Conformity (with Alexis Grigorieff and Chris Roth). July 2015. Link

Poverty and Cognitive Function (with Justin Abraham, Alexis Grigorieff, Chris Roth, and Michala Iben Riis-Vestergaard). July 2015. Link

Poverty and Cognitive Fucntion II (with Justin Abraham, Alexis Grigorieff, Michala Iben Riis-Vestergaard, and Chris Roth). July 2015. Link

Urban Micro-Insurance Project Evaluation: Pre-Analysis Plan (with Matthieu Chemin and Chaning Jang). March 2015. Link

Mental Health in the Developing World: Using Positive Psychology to Improve Psychological Well-being (with Chaning Jang and Victoria Baranov). February 2015. Link

Welfare Effects of Unconditional Cash Transfers II (with Jeremy Shapiro). December 2014. Link

Welfare Effects of Unconditional Cash Transfers (with Jeremy Shapiro). June 2013. Link


Meanwhile at a recent dinner party...

Is the Chocolate-Eating, Coffee-Drinking, Dog-Walking Red Wine Drinker a Prototype? (With Kathwin Hill!, Matt Karp, Beth Lew-Williams, and Casey Lew-Williams). November 2014. PDF