The Impact of Low, Average, and High IQ on Economic Growth and Technological Progress: Do All Individuals Contribute Equally?

Nik Ahmad Sufian Burhan et al., Science Direct, May 12, 2014

Abstract

Individuals that reside in the highest social stratum of intelligence (i.e., those that have a high IQ) have been shown to generate relatively more national income and are more innovative, with those that have the lowest levels of IQ being less influential on economic development. However, the degree to which all levels of IQ influence economic growth and technological innovation remains unclear. By assuming that the IQ of a population is modeled based on a bell curve, we arrange IQ into three strata, namely intellectual class, average ability citizens, and non-intellectual class, which are represented by the 95th, 50th, and 5th percentiles of cognitive ability, respectively. Our multiple hierarchical regression analysis of a sample of over 60 countries shows that the intellectual class has the greatest impact on economic growth followed by average ability citizens and the non-intellectual class in that order. Moreover, we find evidence that the impact of the intellectual class on technological progress is exceptionally more significant than even the number of professional researchers engaged in R&D activities, with average ability citizens and the non-intellectual class not significant. These findings allow us to suggest that the government and private institutions should not only employ professionals with good experiences and high academic credentials, but also those who have excellent IQ levels to work in their R&D sectors. However, in order to foster economic growth, governments should invest in facilities that benefit all societal groups of intelligence level, with highest priority given to the intellectual class, followed by the average ability citizens and the non-intellectual class respectively.

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  • dd121

    The libs think wealth creates high IQs. The truth is that high IQ creates wealth.

  • JohnEngelman

    I hope the people who performed this study and reported on it keep their jobs.

  • revilo evola

    It is not important that everyone be a high IQ creator. What is important, though, is that enough folks of suitable intelligence are available in order to maintain what higher quality people create. This is where America is doomed. The White replacements (Mexicans, Africans, etc.) are simply incapable of maintaining high culture. In groups people will always revert to type.

    What saddens me is that many younger Whites have devolved, embracing a regressive Black/Brown mode of life.

  • MekongDelta69

    “The top 5 percent have more impact than the other 95 percent”

    If I can regress for one minute… Duhhhhhhhhhh

    • IBWHITE

      They forgot to mention that the top 5% are created from the 95%.

  • IstvanIN

    The low-intellect people work for the high and average intellect people. The high intellect people advance society. The average intellect maintain society. In fact a country with a majority of average intellect people is probably a country with a large, stable middle-class. A country that is largely low intellect is most likely to be poor, backward and ill-suited to democracy (obvious I suppose). We will become a poor, unstable country due to the importation of low intellect immigrants.

    We already had more than enough low intellect to fill the jobs that need those types of people. Rather than employ our home-grown Low IQ people we put them on welfare and brought in outsiders.

    • Sick of it

      Where is this country? I’d like to move there. Here in America you’ll find highly intelligent people working for retarded affirmative action hires.

  • with average ability citizens and the non-intellectual class not significant

    I don’t agree with that. I think that the intellectual class of a given society is better off and more productive if the average IQ of the average ability citizen class is higher, even if the average IQ of the intellectual class isn’t higher. Let me spell this out another way: Let’s say there are three countries with 300 million people apiece. Country A has a million intellectuals (IQ 150), the other 299 million people have a Gaussian distributed median IQ of 85. Country B ditto except the median is 100. Country C ditto except the median is 115. I bet that country C’s intellectuals will be more productive than country B’s intellectuals, who will in turn be more productive than country A’s intellectuals, in spite of all the intellectuals having IQs of exactly 150.

    Wherefore? I don’t have a Ph.D. level brain between my ears, so that will be a topic for a future doctoral dissertation at the future Samuel T. Francis University in our future ethnostate.

    As far as the rest of this, I’ve said all along that one of the prime determinants of national prosperity is average national IQ, especially verbal IQ. It’s just confirmation of what I’ve thought all along.

    • Kenner

      Precisely. Most African nations have an educated, articulate elite, but the mass of the population is on the wrong side of the Bell Curve.

    • JP Rushton

      It doesn’t matter how smart the top 5% are in a country, if the rest of the country is constantly at conflict and trying to kill you, you can’t produce anything worthwhile.

      If you are a non violent criminal just going about your daily life, helping out your friends and family when they need it, you are contributing to a great society.

    • Sick of it

      Historically speaking, Germany has been an excellent proof of what you are saying with regards to average IQ. Of course, Germany had plenty of high level geniuses contributing in addition.

  • Exceptional people create exceptional living conditions. So, why do we do everything in the former USA to exterminate these people through demonization, miscegenation, and socialization? It’s a death wish that the West has, imposed on it by Cultural Marxists who hate themselves and us.

    • JohnEngelman

      Jews and Chinese create civilized communities everywhere in the world that they live.

      • Ahnenerbe

        Yes the jew Bolsheviks were very civilized inducing famines killing millions of people.

        • JohnEngelman

          We have been through this before. Marxism appealed to many Jews who lost their religious faith because the Marxian idea of the classless society after the Revolution resembled the Jewish idea of live after the coming of the Messiah. There will be no war, crime, or poverty.

          Moreover, the Czarist government sponsored pogroms against Russian Jews to deflect hostility against itself, so many Russian Jews were attracted to the various revolutionary parties, including the Bolsheviks.

          The percentage of Jews in the Bolshevik Party, and later the Russian Communist Party, was higher than the percentage of Jews in the Russian population. Nevertheless, Jews were always a fairly small minority in the Bolshevik Party and the Russian Communist Party. No Jew was ever dictator of the Soviet Union. The Soviet government persecuted religious Jews.

          • Ahnenerbe

            Please enlighten me on any synagogues razed by the Bolsheviks? The only ones I know that were destroyed was during the German NS invasion.

          • Ahnenerbe

            Your comment is not able to reply but you list closed synagogues not destroyed like the orthodox Christian Churches by the Bolsheviks. Why only close synagogues and not destroy them like the Churches. Seems like their hatred of religion was not marxist equal

          • Strike_Team

            In point of fact the Czar was guilty of trying to stop pogroms and initiate stability. But don’t mention that. It doesn’t sit well with those who worship traitorous murderers, people who relish in the murder of women and children, as in the execution of the Czar’s family. But quick, pull out the myth of jews being persecuted in Soviet Russia while being the largest ethnic group in the Duma during those “horrible years” in which people you can’t mention enjoyed privilege above and beyond most real Russians.

          • Ahnenerbe

            Why did the Bolsheviks just commit famine genocide to Volga German, Tatars, Ural peoples. Why was there no famines of the jews?

          • FeuerSalamander

            When the Bolsheviks were deporting native Baltic peoples out of their countries, the jews in those areas were not being deported. The deportations were to Siberia, where survival was not at all certain. IT was , in short, a genocide, by a jewish elite. It was carried out by a heavily jewish police force, officiated over by jews, and it scrupulously left the jews in the Baltic countries alone. Only Hitler’s invasion of the Baltic Sates saved the Baltic peoples from certain oblivion. IT is an irony of history that the man who committed one genocide, prevented another. I do not for a moment think his invasion of the Baltic States had anything to do with saving the Baltic Peoples, yet that is one of the results of the invasion.By the end of the war, the Bolsheviks had been eliminated from the power structure of the Soviet Union, many ending up in the very gulags where they were intent on sending their victims.

          • Grantland

            “Out of 556 important functionaries of the Bolshevik State. . .
            There Were in 1918-1919: 457 Jews 17 Russians, 2 Ukrainians, 11 Armenians, 35 Letts, 15 Germans, 1 Hungarian, 10 Georgians, 3 Poles, 3 Finns, 1 Karaim.”

            The Last Days of the Romanovs, by Robert Wilton. Introduction by Mark Weber. Institute for Historical Review, 1993. Softcover. 194 (+ xvii) pages. Photographs. Map. Index. ISBN 0-939484-47-1. (Available from the IHR for $12.95, plus $2 shipping.) >

            “The whole record of Bolshevism in Russia is indelibly impressed with the stamp of alien invasion. The murder of the Tsar, deliberately planned by the Jew Sverdlov (who came to Russia as a paid agent of Germany) and carried out by the Jews Goloshchekin, Syromolotov, Safarov, Voikov and Yurovsky, is the act not of the Russian people, but of this hostile invader.”
            ibid

          • FeuerSalamander

            off topic again

        • Strike_Team

          The Jews have never, ever created a civilization of note. Every country of atomized independent peoples they take over via group oriented tactics and nepostism falls apart. Every single one of them. Then they cry and say the countries failed because they were kicked out.

          They try and take credit for creating civilizations, and they make up history that’s gobbled down by their boot lickers. But facts are facts.

          Why is it that so many losers spend time defending them? Is it because the tribe has successfully inculcated these tools with maximum self-hate?

          • Bossman

            Jews are so smart that they were able to impose Christianity on all of Europe. If Greco-Roman culture had survived what we would have now is nude statues of men on every block in the big cities of the world. Of course, all these statues of naked men would be representative of gods that do not exist. Brutality and homosexuality would be rampant.

          • SlizzardAjeosshi

            If Christianity wasn’t around islam (intentional lower case) would probably have taken over the whole Mediterranean basin

          • Bossman

            That would’ve been impossible since Islam is a bastardized and plagiarized form of Christianity and Judaism.

          • SlizzardAjeosshi

            Fair enough point, it owes more to the latter than the former though. Anyway let’s imagine a world where Christianity remained some obscure Middle eastern sectarian cult and never gained widespread popularity, would have Islam, or something equivalent, arisen nonetheless ? Hard to say but i believe (sorry for being such an historical determinist) at that specific moment in history the rise of the Arabs was somewhat inevitable.

            So yes let me rephrase my statement, in absence of Christianity there would be no Southern Europe: the whole area would be arabised

          • Bossman

            My own feelings about this issue is that Greco-Roman culture would’ve remained supreme and would be the culture of Europe and the Middle East.

          • SlizzardAjeosshi

            That’s interesting, may i ask you why ?

          • Bossman

            It is all ideas. The pen can be mightier than the sword.

          • SlizzardAjeosshi

            That’s also what I tell my Chinese coworkers and acquaintances when they get all Imperial Hubris on me πŸ™‚

            (the pen and the sword part)

          • Sick of it

            One could say that Christian nations carried forward the inventiveness and love of the arts found within Greek culture better than the backward Roman barbarians did. Romans were excellent soldiers, decent builders, not much else.

          • Strike_Team

            The Jews have never created a civilization of note. You can’t refute this.

            We are NOW surrounded by homosexuality, courtesy of the jews. Brutality is rampant, courtesy of the jewish destruction of our laws and law enforcement.

            The Talmud gives the OK for Jews to engage in pedophile activity, to steal from people, to murder people, for all kinds of fun-filled activities. As long as the perps of said crimes are jews and the victims non-jews. Which is what we’re heading toward right now, the push for “gay rights” just another lead campaign for the usual suspects’ dream of pedophilia being sanctioned as OK. We have hate crime laws that aren’t really used against anyone but whites, jews themselves are excluded from being charged with them, according to good ol’ Mr. Holder himself.

            I don’t need to go on. Basically jews came in as a cohesive, behind the scenes group on the attack against whites in the US, who had no idea they were being attacked. That’s why we have jews running the show, at the moment.

            As for all of the claims of homosexuality in Greco-Roman culture as you put it, I’ve started to believe that a lot of it is exaggerated in order to keep people’s attention off the perversions OK’d in the Talmud, as long as the people on the “receiving end” of those perversions aren’t the usual suspects themselves. It’s cover to keep from wondering if the whole circumcision “ritual”, the mohel using his teeth, has it’s origins in pedophilia, if a pedophile came up the with entire ritual in order to gain access to children to satisfy his bizarre fetish.

            S in the end, we NOW have homosexuality surrounding us courtesy of the Jews. Rams fans must be proud.

            One reason the jews support homosexuality is because it goes against the norm, it can be used to attack the culture. The other reason is that with their scatological bent, I’m not sure that a high percentage of them, even those who are “straight” as an arrow, wouldn’t dabble, so to speak. Similar to so many “straight” black men engaging in homosexual activity while keeping it on the “downlow”.

            No matter what anyone believes about the ancient Greeks or Romans, they would never have put up with the brutality in our streets – courtesy of criminals – that is now an ordinary part of US life.

          • SlizzardAjeosshi

            I’m a little perplexed by what you said: how a demographic that amount to something like 10-12 mllion people globally can take over and pick apart sophisticated societies comprising hundreds of millions of individuals ?

            Also i am sincerely curious about this (not trying to pick an arguement): when you say jews are not white, what you mean ? Genetically or culturally (or both ) ? My maternal Hungarian Ashkenazi grandma looked like she could have been born in Estonia or Norway, she passed her genes to me and well thanks to her I look more white than a good 90% of Italians.

          • Strike_Team

            If you have an atomized population, like whites in the US, and you come in as a cohesive group dedicated to certain goals, like the destruction of the US and the genocide of whites, you will be able to gain a lot control and power. Too many people are incapable of actually believing that the mental process of other peoples might be very different from their own. They assume that people think along the same lines, have the same innate drives. After dealing with criminals daily for years, I KNOW that some people are inherently evil. And I’m not only referring to street criminals, murderers, burglars, con artists. I’m referring to the lawyers who defend them, judges who coddle them. Many of those “respectable” lawyers and judges have an innate hatred of (white) society at large, they want to see it destroyed. They are evil sociopaths, every bit as vile as some street thug but in many ways more dangerous.

          • FeuerSalamander

            There is the creative force, the preserving force and the destructive force, according to hinduism anyway. I am not a hindu although I find the theology interesting. I think the jews prove to be a destructive force to any country that harbors them.

          • Sick of it

            Usually they just buy them off.

        • IBWHITE

          They also brought us militant feminism, civil rights laws, 1965 immigration act, the homosexual lobby, affirmative action and a host of other parasitical programs and laws. And after all that and monetary and intellectual support for their country they spy on us.

      • Bossman

        So John, would you like to replace all Americans with Chinese? Jews are internationalists.

        • JohnEngelman

          No, and that’s not the issue. What matters is that Chinese and Chinese immigrants tend to perform and behave well.

          • Bossman

            You seem to forget that East Asians were excluded from the USA for almost 100 years. It is only since the end of the cold war that we see more of them entering the USA. Why were they excluded in the first place? The East Asian comunity in the USA is still very small. But I’ve to agree with you, compared to USA Blacks, they would make much better citizens.

          • FeuerSalamander

            He is off topic, the article is about whites wanting to remain in a white majority country. We are talking about the civilized community called America, and also Europe. This is what white have created and it is better than what asians have created.

          • FeuerSalamander

            Do we want a more competent hostile ethnicity at our throats? Do we want a more threatening enemy? Let us not forget the article about asian americans spying for china even without payment, for no other motive than ethnic loyalty. Let us not forget about the fact they voted over 90% for a black president, not because they liked him, but because they correctly saw his administration as hostile to the white majority. Yes, they may commit less crime, but that does not mean they are not hostile and will not someday mobilize against whites when their numbers are high enough. Chinese history is riddled with massive slaughters and massacres. At one time, the whole province of Sichuan was depopulated through massacre. The people living there today are descendants of Chinese from other regions.

          • Sick of it

            Xinjiang’s modern population also came about through genocide. To ensure that the people living there were more Chinese, of course.

          • FeuerSalamander

            then why do you bring an off topic subject up? The article was about white people and how they want to remain in a white majority country. Why do you bring up jews and chinese?

            “Exceptional people create exceptional living conditions. So, why do we do everything in the former USA to exterminate these people through demonization, miscegenation, and socialization? It’s a death wish that the West has, imposed on it by Cultural Marxists who hate themselves and us.”

            I see nothing inn the original post about jews and chinese.

          • JohnEngelman

            This is the topic of the article at the top of this thread: ”
            The Impact of Low, Average, and High IQ on Economic Growth and Technological Progress: Do All Individuals Contribute Equally?”

            Because American Jews and Chinese Americans tend to have higher IQ’s than white Gentiles, they contribute more than their share to economic growth and technological progress in the United States..

          • FeuerSalamander

            I had two windows open at the same time and got my responses to articles confused.

          • FeuerSalamander

            YOU AINT’S GOT NO FENG SHUI!

          • FeuerSalamander

            A quote from Jarred Taylor

            ” However, whatever anyone may choose say about my views, I certainly do not want whites to be replaced by Asians.”

          • JohnEngelman

            This is what I got when I did a Google search for that:

            No results found for “However, whatever anyone may choose say about my views, I certainly do not want whites to be replaced by Asians.”.

          • FeuerSalamander

            IT was in a personal email he sent to me when I questioned him about what the purpose of this site is when there is an individual who is allowed to demoralize whites and to try to twist the meanings of what Jarred has said in the past. I was questioning him on whether he believes whites should be replaced based on certain grounds. You can ask him to verify it if you wish. There was another email in which you were discussed but I do not feel I should relate that in a public setting. The quote I gave you was so similar to what he has said , in other words and in videos, that I did not think it was a breach of confidence to post it.

          • JohnEngelman

            The U.S. population’s distribution by race and ethnicity in 2010 was as follows; due to rounding, figures may not add up to the totals shown.[51]

            Race / Ethnicity Number

            Percentage of U.S. population

            Asian American – 4.8 percent

            4.8 percent of Asians will not “replace” whites.

            It is true that far more than 4.8 percent of Asians are present in our best universities and corporations. In an interview Jared Taylor explained why this is true: “we have a considerably less than one standard deviation difference between Asian IQ β€” North Asian IQ β€” and white IQ. I think that, too, is a result of genetics, and I think that that is what explains the dominance of Asians in certain fields, and their lower rates of illegitimacy compared to whites, their lower crime rates, their better achievement in school, their higher average incomes.”

            Now, before you claim that Jared Taylor’s comment is “off topic,” I would like to remind you that this thread is about the impact of low, average, and high IQ on economic growth.

          • FeuerSalamander

            YOU AINT GOT NO PANCAKE MIX!!!

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        Most of China is hardly civilized.

        • JohnEngelman

          Taiwan and Singapore certainly are. If the mainland of China adopts a democratic government, and I believe it will, mainland China will be “civilized” by any respectable criterion.

          • FeuerSalamander

            off topic

          • JohnEngelman

            Perhaps, but so was this:

            A quote from Jarred Taylor

            ” However, whatever anyone may choose say about my views, I certainly do not want whites to be replaced by Asians.”

          • FeuerSalamander

            NO, that is the whole purpose of Amren. Every article on here is posted for the express purpose of preventing the replacement (genocide) of whites. It is the underlying premise behind every article.

          • JohnEngelman

            This is at the top of this and every page here: “We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate.:

            So is this passage from Thomas Jefferson, “There is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.”

            I do not claim to be a white nationalist. I am a race realist. The two are not synonymous.

            I love to add information and perspective. I love polite debate.

      • FeuerSalamander

        off topic

        • SlizzardAjeosshi

          Where i believe white societies are severely lagging is in implementing the right incentives to stop the dumbest 10%-15% of the population from procreating, while at the same time making damn difficult for their smartest specimens to start a family. I think the excesses of the welfare state have been one of the most detrimental phenomenon Western societies have inflicted upon themselves.

          (On top of the immigration issue, but that’s another story)

  • Marcus

    pl fear of life is the cause of all our anti-social, self-destructive, neurotic habits of behavior and relationship with one another, and with the earth itself. We have found that a simple act that we call ‘looking at yourself’ washes away the fear of life and heals the mind of anyone who will try it just once:

    1. Close your eyes. Notice the symphony of sensations and thoughts about sensations rising and falling within you.

    2. Notice that you can move your attention to one or another sensation or thought at will.

    3. Now use that same beam of attention to look for the feel of what you would call ‘me’ – a faint sensation that is what you feel like to yourself.

    4. Try to ‘look at yourself’ whenever the thought of it comes to you. You cannot fail if you just try.

    That’s it, you’ve done all that needs to be done to bring you home to the beauty and satisfaction that are to be found in a human life lived without fear.

    • Martel

      The best method to live in a free, tolerant and peaceful society is to live in a homogeneous society, where obvious differences between racial categories do not cause inequality and ethnic tensions.

    • Spikeygrrl

      Please note that the above poster is cutting-and-pasting this New Age nonsense EVERYWHERE. It has nothing whatsoever to do with any of the threads in which it appears.

      • IstvanIN

        And my posts get deleted tout de suite!

        • dd121

          I say a lot of things here on AmRen that I don’t regard as inflammatory that get instantly deleted. Go figure.

          • FeuerSalamander

            the site is compromised

    • captainc

      tell us what do you see when you look at yourself then? emptiness?

    • FeuerSalamander

      close your eyes, stop breathing, and remain that way

  • Ike Eichenberg

    The world needs ditch diggers too, the US just doesn’t need 30 million of them.

    • Kenner

      They’re our grave diggers.

    • MBlanc46

      You’re right, but we’d be better off putting them to work digging ditches then filling them in again than we are putting them on the dole and having them attack us on the streets just for fun.

    • FeuerSalamander

      why does a ditch digger have to be a mexican? Do the contractors that plow our driveways and do yard work need to be also working on a superstring theory? Do the clerks at the grocery store need to be writing the next great novel? Do they all need to be replaced with non whites since they are not in the top 5%?

      • Ike Eichenberg

        Where did I say ditch diggers need to be Mexican?

      • Sick of it

        Considering the sheer number of white Americans who are unemployed or underemployed, I’m sure many would be willing to work as ditch diggers. I’ve dug a few ditches and it isn’t very fun, but you do what needs doing.

  • WR_the_realist

    The recommendation to prioritize investment to the highest IQ portion of the population may be wise, but it will never happen, because it will have disparate impact. Nowadays disparate impact is deemed somewhat worse than pedophilia.

    • IstvanIN

      It is worse than murder!

  • Adolf Verloc

    In practically every field, the greatest achievements come from a very small number of tremendously brilliant and tremendously productive people. Charles Murray in his excellent but underappreciated “Human Accomplishment” quantified this phenomenon in great detail. In the physical sciences, the area I am most familiar with, this is obvious. Murray demonstrates that it is also the case in art, literature and even professional golf.

  • captainc

    from the phone number of the contributor and the names of the scientists, they are Malays (Muslims) from Malaysia.

  • scutum

    So? What else is new? The fact is that the majority in this country are now “dis-savers” who are supported by the 40%+ who are employed. The only thing that has kept this country afloat is the Federal Reserves Ponzy Scheme. If, no wait. When, the dollar loses it’s reserve currency status, the federal reserve will no longer be able to export the inflation they create by printing money out of thin air. In addition, all those dollars that are presently floating around the world will come home and infaltion will go through the roof. At the same time domestic demand for goods and services will plummet as the dollar loses all of it’s buying power and the price of foreign goods skyrockets.. Think Weimar Germany.

  • Sick of it

    Considering that the rulers of this world are trying to get rid of smart people (i.e. a threat to their power), I don’t think this guy’s ideas will be put into motion.