The elusive constellations of poverty

Seger M. Breugelmans, Arnoud Plantinga, Marcel Zeelenberg, Olga Poluektova, Maria Efremova

Research output: Contribution to JournalComment / Letter to the editorAcademic


Pepper & Nettle describe possible processes underlying what they call a behavioral constellation of deprivation (BCD). Although we are certain about the application of evolutionary models to our understanding of poverty, we are less certain about the utility of behavioral constellations. The empirical record on poverty-related behaviors is much more divergent and broad than such constellations suggest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e318
JournalBehavioral and brain sciences
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


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