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The Causes of Poverty (71): Poverty of Willpower and of Self-Control, Revisited

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causes of poverty / economics / poverty

(source) Almost as old as the problem of poverty itself is the story that poverty is caused by insufficient self-control and willpower. Never mind that things may just as well be the other way around: poverty drains the will. And never mind that the most famous study cited by proponents of the willpower story is apparently misleading: For the past four decades, the “marshmallow test” has served as a classic experimental measure of children’s self-control: […]

The Causes of Poverty (46): Poverty of Willpower and of Self-Control

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(source) Conservatives often argue that the absence of certain mental goods such as self-control and willpower are to blame for the absence of material goods: poverty of the mind and of the will leads to material poverty. Now it seems that things are actually the other way around. Psychological experiments have shown that an individual’s capacity for exerting willpower [is] finite—that exerting willpower in one area makes us less able to exert it in other […]