Johannes Haushofer

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology E53-379
Cambridge, MA 02142, USA




CV (Economics format)                             CV (Psychology/Neuroscience format)


Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, Nairobi, Kenya





Job market paper

Household Response to Income Changes: Evidence from an Unconditional Cash Transfer Program in Kenya (with Jeremy Shapiro).

Job market paper: PDF

Policy brief: PDF      Online appendix: PDF       Pre-analysis plan: PDF

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


Publications and Working Papers

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 and Neurobiology of Poverty (with Ernst Fehr). Revise-and-Resubmit, Science.

The Busara Center: A Laboratory Environment for Developing Countries (with Marie Collins, Giovanna de Giusti, Chaning Jang, Maneesh Kuruvila, Joseph Muiruri Njoroge, and James Vancel). October 2012. PDF

Time-Dependent Effect of Hydrocortisone Administration on Intertemporal Choice (with Sandra Cornelisse, Vanessa van Ast, Maayke Seinstra, and Marian Joels). July 2013. PDF

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

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

The Social Cost of Randomization: Evidence from Field and Lab (with Jeremy Shapiro). September 2013. PDF

No Effects of Psychosocial Stress on Intertemporal Choice (with Sandra Cornelisse, Maayke Seinstra, Ernst Fehr, Marian Joëls, and Tobias Kalenscher). Revise-and-resubmit, PLoS One.

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). Revise-and-resubmit, Cerebral Cortex.

 Neurobiological Poverty Traps. PDF

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

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)