Lichand’s inaugural lecture

April 2018: Guilherme Finkelfarb Lichand gave his inaugural lecture at the University of Zurich on April 30, 2018.

Professor Lichand is Associate Professor for Child Wellbeing and Development at the University. The topic of his lecture was the psychology of poverty. In this lecture, he proposed a linkage between the two mindsets about why the poor are poor: one saying that the poor are victims of their own decisions and the other saying that the poor face constraints that keep them poor. He explained about cognitive load and focus and talked about how risk plays a key role in the decision making of the poor. Introducing various experiments to the audience, Lichand suggested different ways through which we can incorporate new methods in policy in order to better the condition of children in developing countries. Professor Lichand concluded his lecture by mentioning the important work of the Centre for Child Well-being and Development.

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