Development and Behavioral Economics Lab in Chennai, India

Dr. Schofield leads a lab focused broadly on the determinants of poverty, with a particular focus on the intersection of development, behavioral, and health economics. The current research agenda in the lab has a focus on a variety of aspects of human capital, which are both negatively correlated with living in poverty, and which have the potential to influence economic outcomes as well as cognitive functioning and decision-making. For example, they are currently studying the impact of chronic sleep deprivation, pain, and nutrition on labor market outcomes, cognitive function, and broader decision-making, such as savings choices or the decision to consume tobacco and alcohol. The focus on cognitive as well as physical outcomes will aid in identifying not only the effects of pain, malnutrition, and sleep deprivation on income, but also pathways for potential feedback effects and ways to break cycles of poverty.