Johannes Haushofer

Assistant Professor of Economics

Department of Economics
Stockholm University
Universitetsvägen 10 A
106 91 Stockholm, Sweden


Johannes Haushofer

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Publications (Economics and General Science)

  1. Christensen, D., Dube, O., Haushofer, J., Siddiqi, B., & Voors, M. (in press). Building Resilient Health Systems: Experimental Evidence from Sierra Leone and the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Quarterly Journal of Economics. PDF

  2. Haushofer, J., Jain, P., Musau, A., & Ndetei, D. M. (in press). Stress May Increase Choice of Sooner Outcomes, But Not Temporal Discounting. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. PDF
    Online Appendix: PDF

  3. Egger, D., Miguel, E., Warren, S. S., Parkerson, D., Mobarak, A. M., Fink, G., . . . Vernot, C. (in press). Falling Living Standards during the COVID-19 Crisis: Quantitative Evidence from Nine Developing Countries. Science Advances.

  4. Balakrishnan, U., Haushofer, J., & Jakiela, P. (2020). How Soon Is Now? Evidence of Present Bias from Convex Time Budget Experiments. Experimental Economics. PDF

  5. Baranov, V., Haushofer, J., & Jang, C. (2020). Can Positive Psychology Improve Psychological Wellbeingand Economic Decision-Making? Experimental Evidence from Kenya. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 68(4), 1345–1376. PDF

  6. Christensen, D., Dube, O., Haushofer, J., Siddiqi, B., & Voors, M. (2020). Community-Based Crisis Response: Evidence from Sierra Leone’s Ebola Outbreak. American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 110, 260–264. PDF

  7. Haushofer, J., Chemin, M., Jang, C., & Abraham, J. (2020). Economic and Psychological Effects of Health Insurance and Cash Transfers: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Kenya. Journal of Development Economics, 144, 102416. PDF
  8. Haushofer, J. & Metcalf, C. J. E. (2020). Which interventions work best in a pandemic? Science, 368(6495), 1063–1065. PDF

  9. Haushofer, J., Ringdal, C., Shapiro, J., & Wang, X.-Y. (2020). Spousal (dis)agreement in reporting of intimate partner violence in Kenya. American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 110, 620–624. PDF

  10. Haushofer, J., Riis-Vestergaard, M. I., & Shapiro, J. (2019). Is there a social cost of randomization? Social Choice and Welfare, 52(4), 709–739. PDF

  11. de Quidt, J., Haushofer, J., & Roth, C. (2018). Measuring and Bounding Experimenter Demand. American Economic Review, 108(11), 3266–3302. PDF
    Online appendix: PDF 

  12. Bryan, C. J., Mazar, N., Jamison, J., Braithwaite, J., Dechausay, N., Fishbane, A., Fox, E., Gauri, V., Glennerster, R., Haushofer, J., Karlan, D., & Vakis, R. (2017). Overcoming Behavioral Obstacles to Escaping Poverty. Behavioral Science and Policy, 3(1), 81–92. PDF

  13. 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

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

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



  1. Esopo, K., Haushofer, J., Kleppin, L., & Skarpeid, I. (2019). Acute Stress Decreases Competitiveness Among Men. Revise-and-resubmit, Experimental Economics. PDF
  2. Egger, D., Haushofer, J., Miguel, E., Niehaus, P., & Walker, M. (2019). General Equilibrium Effects of Unconditional Cash Transfers: Experimental Evidence from Kenya. NBER Working Paper 26600. Revise-and-resubmit, Econometrica. PDF


Working Papers

  1. Haushofer, J., Mudida, R., & Shapiro, J. (2020). The Comparative Impact of Cash Transfers and Psychotherapy on Psychological and Economic Well-being. Working Paper. PDF

  2. Fetzer, T., Witte, M., Hensel, L., Jachimowicz, J., Haushofer, J., Ivchenko, A., Caria, S., Reutskaja, E., Roth, C., Fiorin, S., Gómez, M., Kraft-Todd, G., Götz, F. M., & Yoeli, E. (2020). Global Behaviors and Perceptions in the COVID-19 Pandemic. Working Paper. PDF

  3. Haushofer, J. (2019a). Correlations Severely Underestimate the Causal Impact of Income on Well-Being. Working Paper. Available upon request.

  4. Haushofer, J. & Fehr, E. (2019). Negative Income Shocks Increase Discount Rates. Working Paper. PDF

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

  6. Bedoya, G., Coville, A., Haushofer, J., Isaqzadeh, M., & Shapiro, J. P. (2019). No Household Left Behind: Afghanistan Targeting the Ultra Poor Impact Evaluation. NBER Working Paper 25981. PDF

  7. Graff, T., Haushofer, J., Reisinger, J., & Shapiro, J. (2019). Psychological well-being is much more strongly related to income than to inequality. Working Paper. Available upon request.
    (Previously circulated as "Is Your Gain My Pain? Effects of Relative Income and Inequality on Psychological Well-being")

  8. Haushofer, J. (2019b). Is there a Psychological Poverty Trap? Working Paper. 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. Haushofer, J., Jang, C., Lynham, J., & Abraham, J. (2018). Stress and Temporal Discounting: Do Domains Matter? Working Paper. PDF

  11. Haushofer, J. & Shapiro, J. (2018b). The Long-Term Impact of Unconditional Cash Transfers to the Poor: Experimental Evidence from Kenya. Working Paper. PDF

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

  13. Haushofer, J. (2015). The Cost of Keeping Track. Working Paper. PDF

  14. 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. Working Paper. PDF

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

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

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

  18. 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. Working Paper. PDF


Publications (Psychology and Neuroscience)

  1. Esopo, K., Derby, L., & Haushofer, J. (2020). Interventions to improve adherence to antenatal andpostnatal care regimens among pregnant women in Sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 20, 316. PDF

  2. Haushofer, J. (2019). Psychological origins of the industrial revolution: Why we need causal methods and historians. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 42, e200. PDF

  3. Haushofer, J. & Reisinger, J. (2019). Atheist primes reduce religiosity and subjective wellbeing. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 9(2), 126–142. PDF
  4. Tol, W. A., Murray, S., Lund, C., Bolton, P. A., Murray, L., Davies, T., Haushofer, J., Orkin, K., Witte, M., Salama, L., Patel, V., Thornicroft, G., & Bass, J. (2019). Can mental healthtreatments help prevent or reduce intimate partner violence in low- and middle-income countries? A systematic review. BMC Women’s Health, 19(1), 728. PDF

  5. 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, 101, 30–45. 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. The Lancet Psychiatry, 5(4), 357–369. PDF
  7. 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

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

  9. 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

  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., Baker, C. I., Livingstone, M. S., & Kanwisher, N. (2008). Privileged Coding of Convex Shapes in Human Object-Selective Cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology, 100(2), 753–762. PDF

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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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. (2019). Depression through the Lens of Economics: A Research Agenda. In The Economics of Poverty Traps (pp. 127–152). Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. PDF

  2. Lawson, G., Haushofer, J., & Crockett, M. (2015). Neurobiological Poverty Traps. In World Development Report (background chapter). Washington, D.C.: World Bank.

  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. & Shapiro, J. (2018a). GiveDirectly Three-Year Impacts, Explained by the Authors. Devleopment Impact Blog. Link

  2. Haushofer, J., Pomeranz, D., Roser, M., & Schilbach, F. (2017). Daten gegen Armut [Data Against Poverty]. DIE ZEIT (Germany). Link

  3. Haushofer, J. (2016). The psychological consequences of poverty. TEDMED Talk. Link

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

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

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

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

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


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