The interpersonal comparison is a general problem across psychology- not merely a specific problem about comparing welfare

EDIT: Today I happened to reread Angner's "Is it possible to measure happiness" and it's probably important to mention that all the basic elements of my argument can be found in Angner's article, though it isn't spelt out in quite the same way by Angner. If you're bored and want something to read check out … Continue reading The interpersonal comparison is a general problem across psychology- not merely a specific problem about comparing welfare

The conscientious conservatives?

1.The relationship between conscientiousness and conservatism is very small I was talking with a friend the other day when I casually mentioned that there are no large correlations between big-five personality traits and political beliefs. He jumped in to correct me saying that obviously I didn’t mean to include conscientiousness, which was strongly correlated with … Continue reading The conscientious conservatives?

The relationship between self-enhancement and inequality is high, and that means the relationship between inequality and unhappiness is almost certainly larger than it appears.

In a study in Psychological Science a large (R=.79) correlation was found between self-enhancement as measured by higher ratings of your own abilities against others in your society and inequality, as measured by the Gini Index. In layman's terms, economic inequality is associated with people talking big game about themselves. Now this is a very … Continue reading The relationship between self-enhancement and inequality is high, and that means the relationship between inequality and unhappiness is almost certainly larger than it appears.