Barry Schwartz: Does Having Options Make Us Happier?

Barry Schwartz

"There's no question that some choice is better than none," says Barry Schwartz, "but it doesn't follow from that, that more choice is better than some choice."

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Dorwin P. Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action Barry Schwartz's work explores the social and psychological effects of free-market economic institutions on moral, social, and civic concerns. In Practical Wisdom (2011), which Schwartz co-wrote with Kenneth Sharpe, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Political Science, the authors argue that without such wisdom, neither detailed rules nor clever incentives will be enough to solve the problems we face. He is also the author The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less and The Costs of Living: How Market Freedom Erodes the Best Things in Life.