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    Your Chance to Advance Science

    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 5:04 AM

Dan Ariely needs lab rats. 

Our new friend, the renowned behavioral economics researcher, is conducting an experiment to better understand people’s perceptions around wealth inequality. A timely subject, as the wealth gap between rich and poor in many developed countries is now reaching all-time highs.

Following Chris’ recent interview with him, Dan has put together a survey for the CM.com audience to fill out on this topic. Perhaps we’ll become one of the colorful studies Dan is famous for citing in his talks!

If you’re game for it, take 10 minutes to fill out Dan’s survey. And remember, this is for posterity, so please be honest. (Can anyone cite that film reference?)

Here’s a bit more background in Dan’s own words:

Few economic issues incite such heated academic debate as the equality and inequality of wealth, but the reality is that we just don’t know how people view and judge wealth equality and inequality. This is why we are asking for your help.

Take a second to think about it. At what point would you consider the wealth gap to be too great? Would you pay more in taxes to live in a more equal society? Or would you prefer if everyone was responsible for his or her own financial well-being? In an ideal world, how would wealth be distributed?

This survey will show you different possibilities for how wealth could be distributed within a country.  For each example, we’ll ask you whether or not you’d like to live in a country with a similar distribution of wealth.  It should take you approximately 10 minutes.  Please click on the link below to complete the survey, and we’ll share the results soon. Thanks for participating!

Thanks to Dan and his team for valuing our opinion enough to extend this opportunity to us. We’ll publish the results here once they’re available.

If you haven’t done so already, listen to our interview with Dan on his work and how its findings help us better understand the human factor in economic decision-making.

Don’t forget to take the survey! And if you’re comfortable, recruit your friends & colleagues – Dan is hoping for two thousand entries. Let’s see how close we can get.

cheers,
Adam

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