Behavioral Book Breakdown: “Scarcity”

Year: 2013

Authors: Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir

Well, this one is truly great. It covers every sort of “Scarcity.” Yes, it starts with povery, but it also touches on people who lack time, and even people who lack companionship, and how each of these types of scarcity truly lower fluid intelligence and executive control. The book does not pretend that those who are poor (or busy, or lonely) are actually less intelligent, but instead explains that the experience thereof can render a person with average intelligence below average, even if only induced temporarily.

The book has great implications for any program or person who seeks to help those in need, or even someone who wants to help a lonely friend or relative. In short, I plan to return to it frequently as I study, as I think there’s a lot to be found here. You should check it out too.