Johannes Haushofer

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs

427 Peretsman-Scully Hall
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08540


Johannes Haushofer

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Working Papers

  1. de Quidt, J., Haushofer, J., & Roth, C. (2017). Measuring and Bounding Experimenter Demand. Revise-and-resubmit, American Economic Review. PDF
    Online appendix: PDF

  2. Baranov, V., Haushofer, J., & Jang, C. (2017). Can Positive Psychology Improve Psychological Well-being? Experimental Evidence from Kenya. Revise-and-resubmit, Economic Development and Cultural Change.

  3. Haushofer, J., Riis-Vestergaard, M., & Shapiro, J. (2017). The Social Cost of Randomization. Revise-and-resubmit, Social Choice and Welfare. PDF

  4. de Quidt, J., & Haushofer, J. (2016). Depression for Economists. PDF

  5. Haushofer, J., Jang, C., & Lynham, J. (2015). Stress and Temporal Discounting: Do Domains Matter? PDF

  6. Haushofer, J., Chemin, M., Jang, C., & Abraham, J. (2017). “Peace of Mind”: Health Insurance Reduces Stress – Experimental Evidence from Kenya. PDF

  7. Thomas, C., Jordan, K., Goldstein, E., Tankard, M., Haushofer, J., & Shapiro, J. (2016). The effects of cash on intimate partner violence: qualitative findings from western Kenya.

  8. Haushofer, J., Reisinger, J., & Shapiro, J. (2015). Your Gain is My Pain: Negative Psychological Externalities of Cash Transfers. PDF

  9. Haushofer, J. (2015). The Cost of Keeping Track. PDF

  10. Balakrishnan, U., Haushofer, J., & Jakiela, P. (2015). How Soon Is Now? Evidence of Present Bias from Convex Time Budget Experiments. PDF

  11. Haushofer, J., Collins, M., Giusti, D., Giovanna, Njoroge, J. M., Odero, A., … Hughes, C. (2014). A Methodology for Laboratory Experiments in Developing Countries: Examples from the Busara Center. PDF

  12. Haushofer, J., Fehr, E., & Schunk, D. (2013). Negative income shocks increase discount rates. PDF

  13. Haushofer, J., & Zurlinden, N. (2013). Market Convergence and Equilibrium in a Kenyan Informal Settlement. PDF

  14. Chemin, M., de Laat, J., & Haushofer, J. (2013). Poverty and Stress: Rainfall Shocks Increase Levels of the Stress Hormone Cortisol. PDF

  15. Haushofer, J. (2013). The psychology of poverty: Evidence from 43 countries. PDF

  16. Haushofer, J., Cornelisse, S., Joels, M., Kalenscher, T., & Fehr, E. (2011). Low income is associated with high baseline levels and low stress reactivity of cortisol, but not alpha amylase. PDF


  1. Lund, C., Brooke-Sumner, C., Baingana, F., Baron, E. C., Breuer, E., Chandra, P., Haushofer, J., Herrman, H., Jordans, M., Kieling, C., Medina-Mora, M. E., Morgan, E., Omigbodun, O., Tol, W., Patel, V., Saxena, S. (2017). Social Determinants of Mental Health Disorders and the Sustainable Development Goals: A systematic review of reviews. In press, Lancet Psychiatry.

  2. Haushofer, J., & Reisinger, J. (2017). Atheist Primes Reduce Religiosity and Subjective Wellbeing. In press, Religion, Brain, and Behavior. PDF

  3. Riis-Vestergaard, M. I., Ast, V. van, Cornelisse, S., Joëls, M., & Haushofer, J. (2017). The effect of hydrocortisone administration on intertemporal choice. In press, Psychoneuroendocrinology. PDF

  4. Esopo, K., Mellow, D., Thomas, C., Uckat, H., Abraham, J., Jain, P., Jang, C., Otis, N., Riis-Vestergaard, M., Starcev, A., Orkin, K., & Haushofer, J. (2017). Measuring self-efficacy, executive function, and temporal discounting in Kenya. In press, Behaviour Research and Therapy. PDF

  5. Riis-Vestergaard, M. I., & Haushofer, J. (2017). Stuff goes wrong, so act now. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40. PDF

  6. Braithwaite, J., Bryan, C. J., Dechausay, N., Fishbane, A., Fox, E., Gauri, V., Glennerster, R., Haushofer, J., Jamison, J., Karlan, D., Mazar, N., & Vakis, R. (2016). Overcoming Behavioral Obstacles to Escaping Poverty. Behavioral Science and Policy, 3(1), 81–92. PDF

  7. Haushofer, J., & Shapiro, J. (2016). The Short-Term Impact of Unconditional Cash Transfers to the Poor: Experimental Evidence from Kenya. The Quarterly Journal of Economics 131(4), 1973–2042. PDF
    Online appendix: PDF Pre-analysis plan: PDF Erratum: ZIP Questionnaire: XLSX Data and code: ZIP

  8. Steinbeis, N., Haushofer, J., Fehr, E., & Singer, T. (2016). Development of Behavioral Control and Associated vmPFC–DLPFC Connectivity Explains Children’s Increased Resistance to Temptation in Intertemporal Choice. Cerebral Cortex, 26(1), 32–42. PDF

  9. Haushofer, J., & Fehr, E. (2014). On the psychology of poverty. Science, 344(6186), 862–867. PDF
    Online appendix: PDF

  10. Haushofer, J., Cornelisse, S., Seinstra, M., Fehr, E., Joëls, M., & Kalenscher, T. (2013). No Effects of Psychosocial Stress on Intertemporal Choice. PLoS ONE, 8(11), e78597. PDF

  11. Eisenegger, C., Haushofer, J., & Fehr, E. (2011). The role of testosterone in social interaction. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15(6), 263–271. PDF

  12. Haushofer, J., Biletzki, A., & Kanwisher, N. (2010). Both sides retaliate in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(42), 17927–17932. PDF
    Supplementary Information: PDF

  13. Haushofer, J., Baker, C. I., Livingstone, M. S., & Kanwisher, N. (2008). Privileged Coding of Convex Shapes in Human Object-Selective Cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology, 100, 753–762. PDF

  14. Haushofer, J., & Fehr, E. (2008). You shouldn’t have: your brain on others’ crimes. Neuron, 60(5), 738–740. PDF

  15. Haushofer, J., Livingstone, M. S., & Kanwisher, N. (2008). Multivariate Patterns in Object-Selective Cortex Dissociate Perceptual and Physical Shape Similarity. PLOS Biology, 6(7), e187. PDF

  16. Op de Beeck, H. P., Haushofer, J., & Kanwisher, N. G. (2008). Interpreting fMRI data: maps, modules and dimensions. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 9(2), 123–135. PDF

  17. Saxe, R., & Haushofer, J. (2008). For love or money: a common neural currency for social and monetary reward. Neuron, 58(2), 164–165. PDF

  18. Haushofer, J., & Kanwisher, N. (2007). In the eye of the beholder: visual experience and categories in the human brain. Neuron, 53(6), 773–775. PDF

  19. Schiller, P. H., & Haushofer, J. (2005). What is the coordinate frame utilized for the generation of express saccades in monkeys? Experimental Brain Research, 167(2), 178–186. PDF

  20. Schiller, P. H., Haushofer, J., & Kendall, G. (2004a). An examination of the variables that affect express saccade generation. Visual Neuroscience, 21(2), 119–127. PDF

  21. Schiller, P. H., Haushofer, J., & Kendall, G. (2004b). How do target predictability and precueing affect the production of express saccades in monkeys? The European Journal of Neuroscience, 19(7), 1963–1968. PDF



  1. de Quidt, J., & Haushofer, J. (forthcoming). Depression Through the Lens of Economics: A Research Agenda. NBER Volume on Poverty Traps.

  2. Lawson, G., Haushofer, J., & Crockett, M. (2015). Neurobiological Poverty Traps. Background Paper for World Development Report 2015.

  3. Sheehy-Skeffington, J., & Haushofer, J. (2014). 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. PDF


Popular writing

  1. Haushofer, J., Pomeranz, D., Roser, M., & Schilbach, F. (2017). Daten gegen Armut. DIE ZEIT.

  2. Thomas, C., & Haushofer, J. (2015). Get Happy, Get Rich: The Relationship Between Depression and Poverty. Foreign Affairs. PDF

  3. Thomas, C., & Haushofer, J. (2015). Cash: A simple remedy for domestic violence? International Growth Centre Blog.

  4. Haushofer, J. (2014). The Price of Poverty. Foreign Affairs. PDF

  5. Haushofer, J., & Shapiro, J. (2014). Broadening the Aperture of Measurement. Stanford Social Innovation Review.

  6. Haushofer, J., & Fehr, E. (2009). The Legal Brain: How Does the Brain Make Judgments about Crimes? (with Ernst Fehr). Scientific American Online.


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