Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71375
Authors: 
Denny, Kevin
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, UCD Centre for Economic Research 09/18
Abstract: 
Kanazawa (2007) offers an explanation for the variation across countries of average intelligence. It is based on the idea human intelligence is a domain specific adaptation and that both temperature and the distance from some putative point of origin are proxies for the degree of novelty that humans in a country have experienced. However the argument ignores many other considerations and is a priori weak and the data used questionable. A particular problem is that in calculating distances between countries it implicitly assumes that the earth is flat. This makes all the estimates biased and unreliable.
Subjects: 
Intelligence
Measurement error
International comparisons
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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