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Distractions Lower Our IQs [Excerpt]

A preoccupation with scarcity diminishes IQ and self-control. Simple measures can help us counteract this cognitive tax

January 1, 2014 — Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir

Scarcity Is Not Always Bad [Excerpt]

In Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, a Harvard economist and a Princeton psychologist show that scarcity causes us to focus on the thing that is in short supply. Sometimes this focus has harmful effects; other times it is beneficial. Here, they demonstrate the good side

September 6, 2013 — Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir

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