Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/120987
Authors: 
Thiel, Hendrik
Thomsen, Stephan L.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9334
Abstract: 
This paper investigates whether individual control-perception affects the probability of becoming poor, and vice versa, whether poverty experiences can be detrimental to these traits later on. The former relation is intuitive as control related traits underlay many idiosyncratic determinants of poverty. Though traits like control-perception are known to stabilize towards adulthood, the latter association may be plausible when some plasticity is maintained in case of more vigorous environmental influences like poverty. Such deterioration of control-perception would lead to poor people being literally "trapped". Yet, it is unclear what the underlying mediation paths are and whether control-perception or other potential factors are involved. Our empirical results suggest that poverty experiences affect individual control-perception to some extent. Despite rather modest magnitudes, the findings indicate that no invariance of control-perception is given in adulthood.
Subjects: 
personality traits
control-perception
poverty constitution
poverty experience
JEL: 
C33
C35
J21
J24
J30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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