We have long known that economic growth was associated with decreasing family size. It appears the increases in IQ may also be associated with decreases in family size. The myriad of ways in which this trivariate correlation could be explained are tantalizing but for now I will leave you with the data itself.
I can't help but mentioned that if low IQ caused larger families then we would expect IQs to decline over time. In fact they have been doing the opposite. What I wouldn't give for good measures of Chinese IQ before the 1-child policy.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Posted by Karl Smith at 12:39 PM