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By Richard Lynn, Tatu Vanhanen

Lynn and Vanhanen try out the speculation at the causal courting among the common nationwide intelligence (IQ) and the space among wealthy and terrible nations by means of empirical proof. in response to an intensive survey of nationwide IQ checks, the result of their paintings problem the former theories of monetary improvement and supply a brand new foundation to guage the customers of monetary improvement during the global. they start by way of reviewing and comparing a few significant prior theories. the idea that of intelligence is then defined and intelligence quotient (IQ) brought. subsequent they convey that intelligence is an important determinant of gains inside international locations, and so they attach intelligence with a number of monetary and social phenomena. The sociology of intelligence on the point of sub-populations in countries is tested, and the self sufficient (national IQ) and established (various measures of according to capita source of revenue and monetary progress charges) variables are outlined and defined. They then supply empirical analyses ranging from the eighty one nations for which direct facts of nationwide IQs is accessible; the research is then prolonged to the realm crew of 185 international locations. The speculation is established via the equipment of correlation and regression analyses. the result of statistical analyses aid the speculation strongly. the result of the analyses and diverse skill to minimize the distance among wealthy and negative nations are mentioned. A provocative research that every one students, scholars, and researchers concerned with financial improvement have to confront.

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The 27 countries with significant negative residuals constitute a more heterogeneous group. Most of these countries are former socialist countries in Europe and Asia (Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). The national IQs of these 18 countries range from 87 to 99. Their national IQs do not differ greatly from those of the nine high technology market economy countries with significant positive residuals.

Political systems have already become democratized in Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Russia. The other nine countries are still in the process of transition or, in the case of Laos, have retained an authoritarian system. We predict that real GDP per capita will probably increase and negative residuals will decrease in the countries that have the most successfully established market economies and democratic institutions, whereas the prospects for economic development are not as good for countries that fail to carry out these reforms.

It is quite possible that Estonia will reach the < previous page page_151 next page > 41 42 < previous page Page 152 page_152 next page > expected level of per capita income within a few years. Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa (Western), and Vanuatu are Pacific island states. , The Far East and Australasia 1999, pp. 816â 946). Therefore, we predict that real GDP per capita in these countries will probably remain lower than expected in relation to their national IQs, but new developments in communications, transportation and tourism may change the situation.

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