Genetic Distance and Cognitive Human Capital: A Cross-National Investigation

15 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2015 Last revised: 28 Nov 2015

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Oasis Kodila-Tedika

University of Kinshasa - Department of Economics

Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Date Written: April 26, 2015

Abstract

This paper explores the determinants of intelligence by focusing on the role played by barriers to the diffusion of competence and human capital. The results based on cross-sectional data from 167 countries consisting of 1996-2009 averages suggest that, genetic distance to global frontiers has a negative relationship with human capital. Countries that are genetically far from leading nations tend to have lower levels of human capital with the negative correlation from the USA frontier higher relative to the UK frontier. The sign is consistent with the relationship of genetic diversity and robust to the control of macroeconomic, geographical, institutional and influential variables. Policy implications are discussed.

Keywords: Intelligence, Human Capital, Genetic distance

JEL Classification: G15, O50, O16, F15, N07

Suggested Citation

Kodila-Tedika, Oasis and Asongu, Simplice, Genetic Distance and Cognitive Human Capital: A Cross-National Investigation (April 26, 2015). Journal of Bioeconomics (November, 2015).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2599243 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2599243

Oasis Kodila-Tedika (Contact Author)

University of Kinshasa - Department of Economics ( email )

Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

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