Moral Psychology and Poverty Alleviation

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The Opportunity:

Many individuals in affluent nations are aware that a vast number of people live in conditions of severe poverty.

The Problem:

The individuals that are aware of the conditions of poverty around the world are far less likely to spend money or donate services towards humanitarian aid than they are likely to go to the movies or buy an expensive sweater.

The Project:

We believe that we can answer the question: How can individuals be motivated to act on their own duties to aid the global poor?

This project aims to answer this question by bringing together academics who work in areas such as cognitive science, moral philosophy, and political science to discover more effective means of motivating individuals to act on their obligations to alleviate global poverty.