Article out: First Names, Cognitive Ability and Social Status in Denmark

Kirkegaard, E. O. W. (2019). First Names, Cognitive Ability and Social Status in Denmark. Mankind Quarterly, 59(4). Retrieved from mankindquarterly.org/archive/issue/59-4/5 It is well established that general intelligence varies in the population and is causal for variation in later life outcomes, in particular for social status and education. We linked IQ-test scores from the Danish draft…

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Immigrant IQ gains by generation: evidence from PIAAC

Thanks to Chet Robie for sending me his study. There’s been quite a bit of research on immigrant IQs. From within our network, Heiner Rindermann and James Thompson published a long analysis of scholastic achievement data: Rindermann, H., & Thompson, J. (2016). The cognitive competences of immigrant and native students across the world: An analysis…

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“a kind of social paranoia, a belief that mysterious, hostile forces are operating to cause inequalities in educational and occupational performance, despite all apparent efforts to eliminate prejudice and discrimination”

Quoting from Arthur Jensen’s book Educability and group differences (1973). He was being criticized for postulating genetic causes, which some critics think would cause great social harm if they were to be believed. That is, Jensen was replying to the Turkheimers of yesteryear. The scientific task is to get at the facts and properly verifiable…

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Immigrant employment and wages by origin country/region, host country, sex, and generation

Thanks to Trannyporno for sending me this study. Algan, Y., Dustmann, C., Glitz, A., & Manning, A. (2010). The economic situation of first and second‐generation immigrants in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. The Economic Journal, 120(542), F4-F30. A central concern about immigration is the integration into the labour market, not only of the first…

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Pay gap reports from Sweden

Sweden, the land of feminism, of course constantly demands the government produces reports that prove the sex gap in incomes is caused by evil eyes men. So, the bureaucrats attempt to oblige and produce a stream of reports, all of which result conclusions like these: Den statistiska analysen visar att den genomsnittliga löneskillnaden nästan helt…

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Tests of colorism in Pelotas (Brazil) sample for income, wealth and education outcomes

In 2016, a Brazilian PHD student with access to the Brazilian Pelotas dataset was kind enough to run a few regressions for us. We apparently forgot to make the results public, but do so now so others can see. I have also previously analyzed some of this data which was later published in an obscure…

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Country level indicators of altruism

A traditional approach to studying altruism has been to do some kind of economic game. E.g. seeing how nice people are in ultimatum games. One such study: Oosterbeek, H., Sloof, R., & Van De Kuilen, G. (2004). Cultural differences in ultimatum game experiments: Evidence from a meta-analysis. Experimental economics, 7(2), 171-188. Levine, R. V., Norenzayan,…

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Ancestry effects in Brazil: economist approach with person names

I have written a lot about ancestry approaches, generally from a psychometric and genomic angle. However, economists can also play this game. Daniel A. F. Lopes, Geraldo A. Silva Filho, and Leonardo Monasterio. Culture, Institutions and School Achievement in Brazil This paper estimates the impact of culture on the academic performance of Brazilian students in…

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