Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/222978
Authors: 
Schmitt, Stefanie Yvonne
Schlatterer, Markus G.
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
BERG Working Paper Series 159
Abstract: 
In this article, we analyze whether the financial strain of poverty systematically alters the allocation of attention. We address two types of attention: attention to unexpectedly occurring events and attention to primary tasks that require focus. We show that the poor are significantly more likely than the rich to notice unexpected events. In addition, we find evidence that the poor notice unexpected events at the expense of attention to the primary task only if the task is sufficiently difficult.
Subjects: 
inattentional blindness
limited attention
poverty
JEL: 
D91
I32
ISBN: 
978-3-943153-80-4
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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