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The article cites Claudia Senik and her work
`The French unhappiness puzzle: the cultural dimension of happiness'.
It is mostly a summary of that study.
by das monde on Sat Dec 28th, 2013 at 12:58:51 AM EST
Worth noting that like most economists she knows very little about culture.

The paper is largely just an exercise in random correlation between some stats and her pre-conceived (and frankly ignorant) notions about what drives culture and how culture drives psychology.

I take personal offence (since culture is my area) at how ill-informed, under-educated and ignorant this economist is about culture.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Tue Dec 31st, 2013 at 11:14:55 AM EST
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Economics and Political Science have a fundamentally different orientation towards culture than the social sciences. They are power disciplines and are much more about imposing what is favorable to incumbent power holders than about any aesthetic concerning culture.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 1st, 2014 at 01:12:08 AM EST
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And since culture has no power, there is no need to understand its dynamics before shoe-horning it into the model.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Jan 2nd, 2014 at 09:47:12 AM EST
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