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The elusive constellations of poverty

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 November 2017

Seger M. Breugelmans
Affiliation:
Department of Social Psychology and Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research (TIBER), Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg, The Netherlands. s.m.breugelmans@uvt.nl https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/webwijs/show/s.m.breugelmans/
Arnoud Plantinga
Affiliation:
Department of Social Psychology and Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research (TIBER), Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg, The Netherlands. a.plantinga@tilburguniversity.edu https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/webwijs/show/a.plantinga/
Marcel Zeelenberg
Affiliation:
Department of Social Psychology and Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research (TIBER), Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg, The Netherlands. M.Zeelenberg@uvt.nl https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/webwijs/show/m.zeelenberg/
Olga Poluektova
Affiliation:
Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), Jacobs University, 28759 Bremen, Germany. olga_poluektova@hotmail.com https://www.hse.ru/en/org/persons/101542231
Maria Efremova
Affiliation:
The International Scientific Educational Laboratory for Socio-Cultural Research, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Volgogradsky Prospect, 109316 Moscow, Russia. dulphine@yandex.ru https://www.hse.ru/en/org/persons/2781332

Abstract

Pepper & Nettle describe possible processes underlying what they call a behavioral constellation of deprivation (BCD). Although we are certain about the application of evolutionary models to our understanding of poverty, we are less certain about the utility of behavioral constellations. The empirical record on poverty-related behaviors is much more divergent and broad than such constellations suggest.

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