Vaguely interesting (Jan 27)

(1)  “In sum, while it is often said that self-interest is of minimal importance to issue attitudes, the case is weak. Such claims rely on a narrow definition of self-interest and on viewing what are surely closely related phenomena (like demographic effects and group interest) as irrelevant or even as evidence against self-interest. In addition, the list of exceptions is substantial, growing, and seems to cut to the heart of the narrowed definition of self-interest. And, further, when we look at self-interest-minimizing examples on their face, accepting for purposes of the exercise the narrow definition of self-interest, many of the specific supporting claims are arguably misleading.” (That’s me and Kurzban in the latest Advances in Political Psychology (edited by Howie Lavine), which also has new papers from Dan Kahan, Felicia Pratto, Brendan Nyhan, and others.)

(2)  “Americans are more upbeat about their personal finances today than at any time in the past 10 years.”

(3)  “American history, contemporary demographics, and any philosophy that pretends to care about human equality all reject the proposition that issues important to white men are neutral, while issues important to women and minorities are ‘identity politics.’”

(4)  “Leading up to the November election, AP worked with GfK Custom Research and the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago to examine new ways to survey voters.”

(5)  “[I]ntergenerational fertility associations strengthen late in the fertility transition, due to the alignment of the education-fertility relationship across generations. As fertility approaches the replacement level, the strengthening of these associations reweights the population to raise aggregate fertility rates, pushing back against aggregate fertility decline.”