5.1.3 Does the argument follow logically?
As I was making sense of paragraph 3, I did pause to consider whether it was logically possible to say that on average richer people are happier, yet getting richer has not made us happier. Later, when I read that women in the US were less happy since their incomes had come closer to men's, it occurred to me that they would be unlikely to volunteer to revert to previous levels of inequality. This made me question what happiness really means, if it is not necessarily a state that a person would opt for. I then wondered whether the measures of happiness that Layard was quoting were as straightforward as they might seem. That did not stop me from taking a strong interest in his arguments, it just made me a bit more cautious about accepting them. Generally, though, I found Layard's logic stood up very well to the questions I posed.