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Can enhancing consciousness of control ideology mitigate the impact of poverty on perseverance?

Seemanti Ghosh

Working Papers from Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow

Abstract: I show that perseverance is affected under the influence of poverty. Further, perseverance among adolescents can be fostered by treating locus of control. However, this treatment can effectively mitigate the impact of poverty only when delivered by a relatable role model. Older participants display significantly less perseverant behaviour when primed with poverty. Perseverance of older participants responds significantly more malleably to treatment sessions facilitated by a role model, relative to younger participants. Females are significantly less responsive to male role models. This evidence comes from evaluating a lab-in-the-field experiment conducted in India with 236 urban poor adolescents.

Keywords: experiment; non-cognitive; grit; perseverance; locus of control; poverty; psychology of poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 C93 D91 I24 I28 I31 J24 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-11
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