Economics is often referred to as the "Dismal Science," a label which is not exactly supposed to reflect positively on economists. But is it a fair label? Are economists really dismal people? Does studying economics increase your dismal-rating, or do dismal people self-select into the discipline?
How about the converse? Maybe economists are a happy lot, deriving pleasure from using economic analysis to understand the world around us, and as a result of our outlook on life, gaining insights that are a mystery to most of the world's population.
Marginal Revolution, one of the most popular economics blogs, recently put this question to their many readers. Does studying economics make you happier? Read more and offer your comments here.
My conclusion: Maybe we're not such a dismal lot afterall!