Whose side are sociologists on?

A very telling paper from 1967 written by a top sociologist called Howard S. Becker. Becker, H. S. (1967). Whose side are we on?. Social problems, 14(3), 239-247. I quote: To have values or not to have values: the question is always with us. When sociologists undertake to study problems that have relevance to the…

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Predicting aggregate intelligence level from non-cognitive data

Follow-up to my recent post on machine learning psychometrics. Some years ago, I read this paper by Gerhard Meisenberg: Meisenberg, G., & Williams, A. (2008). Are acquiescent and extreme response styles related to low intelligence and education?. Personality and individual differences, 44(7), 1539-1550. Several lines of evidence suggest that acquiescent and extreme response styles are…

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New paper out: Are Danes’ Immigration Policy Preferences Based on Accurate Stereotypes?

Yes, I know, images are not working right now. It’s due to site maintenance! Kirkegaard, E. O., Carl, N., & Bjerrekær, J. D. (2020). Are Danes’ Immigration Policy Preferences Based on Accurate Stereotypes?. Societies, 10(2), 29. Stereotypes about 32 country-of-origin groups were measured using an online survey of the adult, non-elderly Danish population (n =…

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New paper out: Human Biodiversity for Beginners: A Review of Charles Murray’s Human Diversity

Kirkegaard, E. O. W. (2020). Human Biodiversity for Beginners: A Review of Charles Murray’s Human Diversity. Mankind Quarterly, 60(3). Journal (gated) Human Diversity is Charles Murray’s latest book. This review evaluates the claims made in the book and places both the author’s theses and their criticisms in their historical context. It concludes that this book…

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New paper out: Public Preferences and Reality: Crime Rates among 70 Immigrant Groups in the Netherlands

Kirkegaard, E. O. W. & de Kuijper, M. (2020). Public Preferences and Reality: Crime Rates among 70 Immigrant Groups in the Netherlands. Mankind Quarterly, 60(3) journal link (gated) We estimated crime rates among 70 origin-based immigrant groups in the Netherlands for the years 2005-2018. Results indicated that crime rates have overall been falling for each…

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Political bias in science: quotes from Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 book

Gunnar Myrdal, who was Swedish, expresses an early version of the views the media repeat endlessly these days. To give some examples: White prejudice and discrimination keep the Negro low in standards of living, health, education, manners and morals. This, in its turn, gives support to white prejudice. White prejudice and Negro standards thus mutually…

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No Swedish refugee miracle: large negative net contributions of immigrants

Recently, I found a Swedish language report that discusses economic consequences of refugee immigration to Sweden. Ruist, Joakim. 2018:3 Tid för integration – en ESO-rapport om flyktingars bakgrund och arbetsmarknadsetablering. The report is published by “Expertgruppen för Studier i Offentlig ekonomi”, expert group for studies in public finances, which is a subunit under the ministry…

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