Why many are running on empty

Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. Allen Lane, €25.20. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

21st September, 2013
Scarcity is more widespread than assumed, according to a new book.

Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much

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George Orwell famously wrote that when he was a boy, his teachers told him: "The lower classes smell." This book makes an argument that is almost as provocative. Co-written by a Harvard economist and a Princeton psychologist, it uses a variety of case studies to claim that poverty "makes us dumber" - which helps to explain why so many government anti-poverty strategies are doomed to failure.

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