Wolfers v. Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich critiqued the recent research by Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers documenting an apparent decline in self-reported happiness among women, and Wolfers is not happy.

One of the things I’ve learned from Levitt is that you need a thick skin if you are going to write about controversial topics. And since Betsey Stevenson and I wrote about “The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness,” we’ve been called everything from left-wing fools to right-wing tools. But it can be a real kick in the guts when you learn that someone you thought you admired turns out to be simply dishonest. And that’s how I felt when I read Barbara Ehrenreich’s “takedown” of our research in today’s LA Times.

Based upon the rest of Wolfers’ post, it would appear his unhappiness is justified.