This conference examined the effects of poverty and socioeconomic inequality on individuals. How does socioeconomic status affect not just cognitive development, but also the development of personality, identity, preferences and beliefs? What kind of effects does poverty have on individuals’ skills and traits that could constrain their future economic mobility? To answer these questions, the conference brought together scholars doing work in economics, sociology, and psychology.

This conference was supported by the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago, and the Research Network on the Determinants of Life Course Capabilities and Outcomes (R24AG048081), a CEHD initiative funded by the National Institute on Aging.