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November 30, 2011

Inequality makes us less happy

Via reader Norm, I learned about a new study using brains scans that suggest that people are aren't nearly as self-interested as some might think and that inequality makes people unhappy. "The scientists speculate that people have a natural dislike of inequality. In fact, our desire for equal outcomes is often more powerful (at least in the brain) than our desire for a little extra cash. It's not that money doesn't make us feel good — it's that sharing the wealth can make us feel even better."

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