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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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The psychology of scarcity: Why having too little means so much

by CIFAR
Sep 19 / 13
Featuring insights from research published in his book, Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much (Mullainathan & Shafir, 2013), CIFAR Senior Fellow Shafir delves into the psychology that comes from not having enough.

Scarcity in various forms, from poverty and scheduling pressures to hunger and loneliness, concentrates the mind, focuses on alleviating pressing shortages and thus reduces the mental bandwidth available to address other important needs.

A presentation by CIFAR Senior Fellow Eldar Shafir, Princeton University, at CIFAR's Building Better Lives & Communities symposium on September 19, 2013.