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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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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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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Acquiring immigrant scores on the Belgian military test? Nope, denied for unexplained ‘ethical reasons’

These are the Google Translated versions of the original French. We are trying to obtain regional data for Belgian communes to use for our study, as well as nationality or group level data for general interest. You can see the preliminary analyses here. Needless to say, it is hard to find out what is actually…

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AI stereotype accuracy too

Identity between humans of all groups and non-human AI demonstrates IAT reflects statistical pattern detection rather than bias t.co/h6S2PChi0N — Timothy Bates (@timothycbates) April 14, 2017 Humans have stereotypes, that is, they hold beliefs about groups of people. When examined, these beliefs tend to reflect reality quite well, sometimes very well (for review, see Jussim’s…

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