...is not why women are so unhappy, but why economists (and journalists) are so prone to oversell tiny group differences as if they were universal characteristics of the individual group members.Hummm... I am reminded of the Women Like Pink study, among others. The "happiness gap" study is just one more great example of how the most insignificant data is often overstated, included in some folksy article aimed at lending credibility to a common stereotype or myth, and then published in popular journals to create a media stir. "The real effect here, I think, is the public's hunger for 'scientific' evidence about sex roles, as a basis for releasing pent-up negative emotions about personal relationships and social status anxiety," Liberman writes. I would have to say that I agree.