Johannes Haushofer

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs

427 Peretsman-Scully Hall
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08540


Johannes Haushofer

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  1. Haushofer, J. (2019). Psychological origins of the industrial revolution: why we need causal methods and historians. In press, Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

  2. Tol, W., Murray, S. M., Lund, C., Bolton, P., Murray, L., Davies, T., Haushofer, J., Orkin, K., Witte, M., Salama, L., Patel, V., Thornicroft, G., & Bass, J. (2018). Can mental health treatments help prevent or reduce intimate partner violence in low- and middle-income countries? A systematic review. BMC Women's Health 19, 34. PDF

  3. Baranov, V., Haushofer, J., & Jang, C. (2018). Can Positive Psychology Improve Psychological Well-being? Experimental Evidence from Kenya. Economic Development and Cultural Change, advance online publication. PDF

  4. de Quidt, J., Haushofer, J., & Roth, C. (2018). Measuring and Bounding Experimenter Demand. American Economic Review 108, 3266-3302. PDF 
     Online appendix: PDF 

  5. Haushofer, J., Riis-Vestergaard, M., & Shapiro, J. (2019). The Social Cost of Randomization. Social Choice and Welfare 52, 1-31. PDF

  6. 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. (2018). Social Determinants of Mental Health Disorders and the Sustainable Development Goals: A systematic review of reviews. Lancet Psychiatry 5, 357-369. PDF
  7. Haushofer, J., & Reisinger, J. (2018). Atheist Primes Reduce Religiosity and Subjective Wellbeing. In press, Religion, Brain, and Behavior 2018, 1-17. PDF

  8. Riis-Vestergaard, M. I., Ast, V. van, Cornelisse, S., Joëls, M., & Haushofer, J. (2018). The effect of hydrocortisone administration on intertemporal choice. Psychoneuroendocrinology 88, 173-182. PDF

  9. 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. (2018). Measuring self-efficacy, executive function, and temporal discounting in Kenya. Behaviour Research and Therapy 88, 30-45. PDF

  10. Riis-Vestergaard, M. I., & Haushofer, J. (2017). Stuff goes wrong, so act now. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, e340. PDF

  11. 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

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

  13. 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

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

  15. 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

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

  17. 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

  18. 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

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

  20. 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

  21. 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

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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

Working Papers

  1. Christensen, D., Dube, O., Haushofer, J., Siddiqi, B., & Voors, M. (2018). Healthcare Delivery during Crises: Experimental Evidence from Sierra Leone’s Ebola Outbreak. Revise-and-resubmit, Quarterly Journal of Economics.

  2. Balakrishnan, U., Haushofer, J., & Jakiela, P. (2015). How Soon Is Now? Evidence of Present Bias from Convex Time Budget Experiments. Revise-and-resubmit, Experimental Economics. PDF

  3. Haushofer, J., Chemin, M., Jang, C., & Abraham, J. (2018). Economic and Psychological Effects of Health Insurance and Cash Transfers: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Kenya. Revise-and-resubmit, Journal of Development Economics. PDF

  4. Esopo, K., Derby, L., & Haushofer, J. (2018). Interventions to improve adherence to antenatal andpostnatal care regimens among pregnant women in Sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review. Resubmitted, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. PDF

  5. Haushofer, J., & Graff, T. (2019). Psychological well-being is related to income, not inequality. Under review.

  6. Esopo, K., Haushofer, J., Kleppin, L., & Skarpeid, I. (2019). Acute Stress Decreases Competitiveness Among Men. Under review. PDF

  7. Almås, I., Haushofer, J., & Shapiro, J. (2019). The Income Elasticity for Nutrition: Evidence from Unconditional Cash Transfers in Kenya. NBER Working Paper 25711. Under review. PDF

  8. Haushofer, J., John, A., & Orkin, K. (2019). Can Simple Psychological Interventions Increase Preventive Health Investment? NBER Working Paper 25731. Under review. PDF

  9. Haushofer, J., Ringdal, C., Shapiro, J., & Wang, X.-Y. (2019). Income Changes and Domestic Violence: Evidence from Unconditional Cash Transfers in Kenya. NBER Working Paper 25627. PDF

  10. de Quidt, J., & Haushofer, J. (2016). Depression for Economists. NBER Working Paper 22973. PDF

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

  12. 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.

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

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

  15. 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

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

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

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

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

  20. 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. 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