Frabjous Times

Quantitative Utilitarianism

"While walking in Pittsburgh one afternoon, [Carnegie Mellon economist George] Lowenstein tells me that he doesn't see how anybody could study happiness and not find himself leaning left politically; the data make it all too clear that boosting the living standards of those already comfortable such as through lower taxes, does little to improve their levels of well-being, whereas raising the living standards of the impoverished makes an enormous difference."
Jon Gertner, "The Futile Pursuit of Happiness," New York Times Magazine, September 7, 2003
Last modified: 15 Dec 2004
Removed some errant letters.