National IQ and National Productivity: The Hive of Minds Across Asia

Posted: 30 Jun 2011

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Garett Jones

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Date Written: June 30, 2011

Abstract

A recent line of research demonstrates that cognitive skills - IQ scores, math skills, and the like -have only modest influence on individual wages, but are strongly correlated with national outcomes. It this largely due to human capital spillovers? This paper argues that the answer is yes. It presents four different channels through which intelligence may matter more for nations than for individuals: 1. Intelligence is associated with patience and hence higher savings rates; 2. Intelligence causes cooperation; 3. Higher group intelligence opens the door to using fragile, high-value production technologies, and 4. Intelligence is associated with supporting market-oriented policies. Abundant evidence from across the ADB region demonstrating that environmental improvements can raise cognitive skills is reviewed.

Suggested Citation

Jones, Garett, National IQ and National Productivity: The Hive of Minds Across Asia (June 30, 2011). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 11-31, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1875245

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