December 2, 2015 | NPR

A Bad Night's Sleep Might Do More Harm Than You Think

Just a few steps from Anjalai's spot is the office of an unusual social science lab that is testing an intriguing theory: Could the sleep deprivation experienced by so many poor people without a proper home actually be keeping them trapped in poverty?

Heather Schofield, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania, helped found the lab in Chennai along with MIT economist Frank Schilbach five years ago as a kind of base camp for on-the-ground research on the root causes of poverty.

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