Here's a condensed version of tomorrow's story, about the visit by economist Justin Wolfers to Gonzaga University's econ symposium.
Rich people are happier than poor people, not just according to popular opinion. Wolfers has spent the past several years examining studies that support that claim, plus dozens of other measures that try to explain why some groups of people are happier than others.
Wolfers, 41, is one of the web’s best-known economists. Born in Australia, he’s now a U.S. citizen and has earned respect for his ability to summarize economic issues and relate them to everyday concerns.
Some of his takes:
“It could be that people who are generally happy to start with are those who get married more often,” he said.
Wolfers currently is an economics professor at the University of Michigan, and is a commentator for National Public Radio and the Freakonomics blog. He is also a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution
Asked after the lecture why he pursues the dimensions of happiness, Wolfers said he has an inherent instinct to look at economic factors, and try to find connections to real life.
“I love knowing every day that I’m going to do economics,” he said.
“And economics can be part of the public policy debate. That’s why I became an economist. I don’t want to be grandiose, but we all want to make the world a better place,” he said.