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Cognitive abilities and sustainable development: a global analysis

Solieva, Mastura (2017): Cognitive abilities and sustainable development: a global analysis.

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Abstract

Existing studies explore the hypothesis that nations IQs explain cross-national differences in economic development. However, the conclusions of these findings are also rather limited as GDP per capita, a proxy for economic development, does not account social and external costs associated with economic activities and fails to capture the environmental degradation or resource depletion. In this study, we offer novel evidence on the effect of intelligence on genuine income that addresses the shortcomings of GDP per capita as a better proxy for inclusive development. Moreover, we also provide compelling evidence that intelligence is causal to genuine development processes.

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