3 thoughts on “June Open Thread

  1. More on happiness:

    “In measuring immediate well-being — yesterday’s emotional state — the researchers found that stress declines from age 22 onward, reaching its lowest point at 85. Worry stays fairly steady until 50, then sharply drops off. Anger decreases steadily from 18 on, and sadness rises to a peak at 50, declines to 73, then rises slightly again to 85. Enjoyment and happiness have similar curves: they both decrease gradually until we hit 50, rise steadily for the next 25 years, and then decline very slightly at the end, but they never again reach the low point of our early 50s.”


  2. Yes, these charts tell a story about the dramatic changes in the financial health of the U.S. Of course, it was more than Reagan–there are some dramatic changes since 1992 and 2000 as well. So, the key research question is what were the specific policy changes that took place during the past 30 years that might be associated with these changes?

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