Friday, June 15, 2007

Such a pleasurable thing

Paying taxes feels good, say researchers.

I am so glad we have researchers to tell us these things. I never new this. Now I can enjoy working until the middle of May just to give it all away.

Bill Harbaugh at the University of Oregon in Eugene, US, and colleagues gave 19 female university students $100, and told them some of this money would have to go towards taxes.

Each volunteer then read a series of 60 separate taxation scenarios involving $0 to $45 in taxes, knowing that one of the scenarios would be selected at random and the related amount be subtracted from their $100.

How could any serious person consider this a reasonable research scenario? First, you GIVE them $100 and then have them read a "taxation scenario." Maybe they were just happy it wasn't the whole $100.


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