Poverty Interrupted Applying Behavioral Science to the Context of Chronic Scarcity

Poverty is one of the world’s most complicated problems, and there are no easy answers or magic bullet solutions (if there were, we would not be writing this paper). Global economic trends, including the recent recession, and systemic forces such as racism and classism contribute to the current state of affairs. A true end to poverty will require some combination of widely available jobs that pay living wages, safe and affordable housing, an accessible and affordable healthcare system, widespread access to credit and financial markets, and the elimination of the “poverty traps” that decrease the labor supply. Any one of these changes will require massive amounts of political and financial investment and a significant shift in the way our society understands poverty