WEBINAR: Aspirations, trust, and poverty reduction

When: December 19, 2018, 10-11 AM EST
Presenter: Katrina Kosec, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
Moderator: Frank Place, Director, PIM

Understanding the psychological dimensions of poverty is critical for understanding how to alleviate it. The goal of this webinar is to highlight novel research on two psychological phenomena that are closely linked with experiencing poverty and economic vulnerability: 1) having low aspirations, or ambitions, for the future, and 2) having low levels of trust or confidence in one’s government.

What are aspirations, why do they matter, and how are they formed? How can they be affected by development interventions, or by negative shocks—which the poor frequently face? And how are aspirations and trust in government linked?