WEBINAR: Aspirations, trust, and poverty reduction

Understanding the psychological dimensions of poverty is critical for understanding how to alleviate it. This webinar with Dr. Katrina Kosec on Dec 19 will 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?

The presentation will be illustrated with examples from case studies in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Pakistan.

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