Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Image via WikipediaSteven Levitt, author of the provocative book Freakonomics, is an economist who tries to explain social phenomena through statistics. A piece he wrote last fall focused on the subject of Women's Unhappiness. Levitt, borrowing from the work of two other economists, is puzzled by a strange coincidence: as women have gained more power (in measures such as education, pay, and reproductive rights) their happiness has gone down. The author offers four possible explanations for this surprising result. Click on the title above or HERE to read the full (one page long) piece. How plausible do you find his explanations?