Impact University: Behavioral Economics/Psychology

Behavioral Economics

Having Less, Giving More: The influence of social class on prosocial behavior >

Piff, PK.; Kraus, MW.; Côté, S.; Cheng, BH.; & Keltner, D. (2010-11, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology): "Lower social class (or socioeconomic status) is associated with fewer resources, greater exposure to threat, and a reduced sense of personal control. Given these life circumstances, one might expect lower class individuals to engage in less prosocial behavior, prioritizing self-interest over the welfare of others. The authors hypothesized, by contrast, that lower class individuals orient to the welfare of others as a means to adapt to their more hostile environments and that this orientation gives rise to greater prosocial behavior."

Behavioral Economics/Psychology

Higher Social Class Predicts Increased Unethical Behavior >

Piff, P.; Stancato, D.; Cote, S.; Mendoza-Denton, R.; & Keltner, D. (2012-03-13, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences): "Seven studies using experimental and naturalistic methods reveal that upper-class individuals behave more unethically than lowerclass individuals."

David Bornstein

Rekindling Human Contact in the Digital Age >

Bornstein, D. (2015-05-08, The New York Times): "The emerging research about social isolation is sobering. Among people young and old in the United States and Britain, researchers are finding significant increases in loneliness."

Luck

Are You Successful? If So, You’ve Already Won the Lottery >

Frank, R. (2016-05-20, The New York Times): People tend to underestimate the role sheer luck plays in guiding our career trajectories and recognizing this can have implications for public policy.

Behavioral Economics/Psychology

Total Inequality >

Thompson, D. (2016-04-01, The Atlantic): Researchers know that it's expensive to be poor. But they are only beginning to understand the sum of the financial, psychological, and cultural disadvantages that come with poverty.

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