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High status for all? Cheating the zero-sum mechanism of happiness

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  • Igor Galochkin

    (Moscow Institute of International Relations)

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    We state the following hypotheses: 1) Happiness depends on social rank – a term from primatology meaning the place in group hierarchy which determines mating chances, number of offspring and food share; this dependence explains the correlation between relative income and subjective well-being in humans. 2) There are mechanisms of cheating the ranks, which boost happiness of all. 3) Intelligence is a happiness- boosting tool, which should be more developed by low-rank individuals. We report the results of a series of queries, which support hypotheses 1) and 2) and leave 3) unclear.

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    Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Microeconomics with number 0501001.

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    Length: 9 pages
    Date of creation: 03 Jan 2005
    Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpmi:0501001
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