Monday, June 19, 2017

More High School Genetic Diversity = Better Later-life Student Outcomes

A novel hypothesis posits that levels of genetic diversity in a population may partially explain variation in the development and success of countries. 

This paper extends evidence on this novel question by subjecting the hypothesis to an alternative context that eliminates many alternative hypotheses by aggregating representative data to the high school level from a single state (Wisconsin) in 1957, when the population was composed nearly entirely of individuals of European ancestry. 

Using this sample of high school aggregations, the authors find a strong effect of genetic diversity on socioeconomic outcomes. 

Additionally, he authors check an existing mechanism and propose a new potential mechanism of the results for innovation: personality traits associated with creativity and divergent thinking. 

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