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ERIC Number: EJ752966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0160-2896
National Differences in Intelligence and Educational Attainment
Lynn, Richard; Mikk, Jaan
Intelligence, v35 n2 p115-121 Mar-Apr 2007
We examine the correlations between the national IQs of Lynn and Vanhanen (Lynn, R. and Vanhanen, T. (2002). "IQ and the wealth of nations". Westport, CT: Praeger. Westport, CT: Praeger, Lynn, R. and Vanhanen, T. (2006). "IQ and global inequality". Athens, GA: Washington Summit Books.) and educational attainment scores in math and science for 10- and 14-year olds in 25 countries and 46 countries (respectively) given in the TIMSS 2003 reports. It was found that national IQs had (attenuation corrected) correlations of between 0.92 and 1.00 with scores in math and science. The results are interpreted as a validation of the national IQs. They suggest that national differences in educational attainment may be attributable to differences in IQ, or alternatively that national IQs and in educational attainment are both indicators of the mental ability of national populations. It is also shown that national IQs are positively associated with national per capita income (r=0.61). It is proposed that these have a reciprocal positive feedback relationship such that each augments the other.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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