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Johannes Haushofer



Abdul Latif Jameel
Poverty Action Lab
30 Wadsworth St., E53-379
Cambridge, MA 02142

Tel. 617 360 1605
joha [at] mit.edu





Johannes Haushofer's research interests lie at the intersection of neurobiology, behavioral economics, and development economics. His research asks whether poverty has particular psychological and neurobiological consequences, and whether these consequences, in turn, affect economic behavior. To answer these questions, he combines laboratory experiments with randomized controlled trials of development programs 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 behavioral 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. He maintains a personal/research website at http://web.mit.edu/joha/www.


Principal Publications

Eisenegger C, Haushofer J, Fehr E (2011)." The Role of Testosterone in Social Interaction," Trends in Cognitive Sciences 15, 263-271.

Haushofer J, Biletzki A, Kanwisher N (2010)." Both Sides Retaliate in
the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict," PNAS 107, 17927-32.

Haushofer J, Fehr E (2008). "You shouldn't have: your brain on others' crimes," Neuron 60, 738-740.

Haushofer J, Livingstone MS, Kanwisher N (2008)." Multivariate Patterns in Object-Selective Cortex Dissociate Neural and Perceptual Similarity," PLoS Biology 6, e187.

Haushofer J, Baker CI, Livingstone MS, Kanwisher N (2008). "Sensitivity to Object Parts in Human Object-Selective Cortex," J Neurophysiol 100, 753-762.

Saxe R, Haushofer J (2008). "For Love or Money: A Common Neural
Currency for Social and Monetary Reward," Neuron 58, 164-165.

Op de Beeck H, Haushofer J, Kanwisher N (2007)." Interpreting fMRI
data: Maps, modules, and dimensions," Nature Reviews Neuroscience 9, 123-135.

Haushofer J, Kanwisher N (2007)." In the Eye of the Beholder: Visual Experience and Categories in the Human Brain," Neuron 53, 773-775.

Schiller PH, Haushofer J (2005)." Express saccades: What is coded for their production?" Experimental Brain Research 22, 1-9.

Schiller PH, Haushofer J, Kendall G (2004). "How do target predictability and precueing affect the production of express saccades in monkeys?" European Journal of Neuroscience 19, 1963 1968.

Schiller PH, Haushofer J, Kendall G (2004). "An examination of the variables that affect express saccade generation," Visual Neuroscience 21, 119-127.