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schlingel

i find that very implausible. [...] i also don't think you can't just take your personal interests out of the equation, [...]

Yep, that's true (and what I wrote ;-).

The point is that people in general make fast but stupid decisions.

The reason for that is that thinking costs a lot of energy and if the fast but stupid heuristic works in most cases, it's still a "net-good" for the person.

Kahnemann goes in much further details and lists all his studies with that, but that's the gist.

Which translates perfectly well to getting education. It's hard to get education, especially if you pick it by expected salary.

For that, and reasons like lacking intrinsic motivation, people don't do it and end up without any qualifications allowing them to pick higher paying jobs.

I guess you just misunderstood what I meant and thought I was talking directly about the job, but that's only a function of your qualification.

Which brings us back to supply: The easier it is to get a specific qualification, eg. shuffling snow in the winter, the easier it is to get people doing it. If there are many people who want to do that, the salary goes down.

Don't be the product, buy the product!

Schweinderl