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Heather Schofield Explains How Mental Bandwidth Impacts Poverty

Source: Knowledge@Wharton, December 28, 2016

In a recent American Economic Review paper, Heather Schofield, PhD reviews research on cognitive bandwidth and how it may affect the psychology around poverty. Schofield tells Knowledge@Wharton, "There are often stereotypes of people who make bad choices, and we’re really trying to understand what’s driving that. Is it the person or their circumstances?” 

Heather Schofield Study Shows Muslims Less Productive During Ramadan

Source: The Economist,  July 2, 2016

An Economist article discussing Ramadan's negative economic effect on Muslim countries mentions Heather Schofield's research suggesting that Muslims are less productive during Ramadan. The study found  that fasting by Indian agriculture workers led to a 20-40% drop in productivity when the holy month fell in the planting or harvesting season. Office workers are said to put off meetings and decisions until after Ramadan, during which trading activity tends to decline on stockmarkets in the Middle East.

Heather Schofield Featured in NPR Story Examining the Economic Consequences of Poor Sleep in India

Source: NPR, December 2, 2015

Heather Schofield's research was recently featured in a NPR story entitled "A Bad Night's Sleep Might Do More Harm Than You Think." In the story, Heather discusses the real-world impact that chronic sleep deprivation could have on how people make decisions

The Economics of Sleep, Part 2

Source:, July 16, 2015

Listen to new Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy faculty member, Heather Schofield, discuss the economics of sleep with Stephen J. Dubner in the latest installment of Freakonomics Radio.

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