from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or fact of being useless or counterproductive.
- n. Something that is inefficient or counterproductive: an analysis of the relative disutilities of the two plans.
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- n. uselessness, a lack of utility
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of producing harm, hindrance, injury, or other undesirable conditions: the opposite or negative of utility.
From the point of view of the workman, it is a 'disutility'; to work is to make a sacrifice of one's leisure and comfort, and wages are a kind of compensation for the sacrifice.
In the authors 'view, those decisions are shaped by students' finances, their beliefs about their future earnings, and by the amount of misery - "disutility," in econospeak-that they suffer when they do academic work.
A common way of assessing potential dangers if to multiply the probability of something happening, if known, by some measure of the scale of the impact (be it general 'disutility' or a more specific measure such as potential fatalities).
"disutility," a nasty and distasteful thing, engaged in only for the consumption it makes possible.
From the point of view of the workman, it is a 'disutility'; to work is to make a sacrifice of one's leisure and comfort, and wages are a kind of compensation for the sacrifice. "
One one side of the comparison, it's bogus to treat the pay earned by the holder of a newly created job as a pure benefit -- that is, unless someone's discovered that there's no such thing as disutility of labor after all, and I'm late getting the word.
It also seems many people get disutility from living in a society with large and permanent differences in living standards.
If I derive disutility from supporting a political platform that contains some planks I disagree with, then is it irrational to change my mind so as to experience less cognitive dissonance?
For the Classical Economists the length of the working day was a key variable by which the worker (self-employed yeoman or artisan) balanced the marginal disutility of labor with the marginal utility of income and of leisure so as to maximize enjoyment of life.
It might decide to suffer the disutility of living in a smaller house rather than buying a bigger house.