Johannes Haushofer

Johannes Haushofer’s research interests lie at the intersection of neurobiology, behavioural economics, and development economics. His research asks whether poverty has particular psychological and neurobiological consequences, and whether these consequences, in turn, affect economic behaviour. To answer these questions, he combines laboratory experiments with randomised controlled trials of development programmes in areas such as health insurance and unconditional cash transfers in Kenya and Sierra Leone. In 2011 Johannes started the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Nairobi, a research facility for behavioural economics studies with respondents from the Nairobi slums. Johannes has a BA in Psychology, Physiology and Philosophy from Oxford, a PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard, and a PhD in Economics from Zurich.

Content by Johannes Haushofer
  • Project

    Spatial equilibrium effects of positive wealth shocks

    From the perspective of urban economics, a core constraint facing rural populations is likely their inability to concentrate purchasing power geographically. This is driven by the fact that (i) most primary export products (agricultural goods) require a lot of land, relative to labour for production, and (2) are exports are typically low-margin commodities.  We propose to...

    25 Feb 2016 | Edward Miguel, Paul Niehaus, Johannes Haushofer, Michael Walker

  • Blog post

    Cash: A simple remedy for domestic violence?

    In South Asia, 42% of women experience intimate parent violence. In Sub-Saharan Africa, that number ranges from 30% up to 66%. Research from Kenya shows that simple direct cash transfers to households can significantly reduce domestic violence

    23 Apr 2015 | Johannes Haushofer, Catherine Thomas