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Poverty and Intelligence: Evidence Using Quantile Regression

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  • Oasis, Kodila-Tedika
  • Remy, Bolito-Losembe

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This study revisits the conclusion of Lynn and Vanhanen (2006) which suggests that countries with a high IQ on average are those with low poverty rates. We go beyond the simple bivariate correlation by controlling for other variables and using alternative econometric techniques. Our findings confirm that the conclusions of Lynn and Vanhanen (2006) remain robust. Moreover, the mitigating incidence of intelligence is higher in bottom quantiles than in top quantiles, which supports the greater relevance of knowledge economy in poorer countries.

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  • Oasis, Kodila-Tedika & Remy, Bolito-Losembe, 2014. "Poverty and Intelligence: Evidence Using Quantile Regression," MPRA Paper 56467, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Oasis Kodila-Tedika & Simplice Asongu, 2015. "The Effect of Intelligence on Financial Development: A Cross-Country Comparison," Working Papers 15/002, African Governance and Development Institute..
    2. Oasis Kodila-Tedika & Simplice Asongu, 2014. "Does Intelligence Affect Economic Diversification?," Working Papers 14/039, African Governance and Development Institute..
    3. Oasis Kodila-Tedika & Simplice A. Asongu, 2016. "Genetic distance and cognitive human capital: a cross-national investigation," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 18(1), pages 33-51, April.
    4. Kodila-Tedika, Oasis & Asongu, Simplice & Azia-Dimbu, Florentin, 2015. "Statistics and IQ in Developing Countries: A Note," MPRA Paper 68323, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Kodila-Tedika, Oasis & Rindermann, Heiner & Christainsen, Gregory, 2014. "Cognitive capital, governance, and the wealth of nations," MPRA Paper 57563, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Duc Hong Vo & Thach Ngoc Pham, 2017. "Systematic Risk in Energy Businesses: Empirical Evidence for the ASEAN," International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, Econjournals, vol. 7(1), pages 553-565.
    7. Oasis Kodila-Tedika & Simplice Asongu & Florentin Azia-Dimbu, 2016. "The Sensitive Nature of Social Trust to Intelligence," Working Papers 16/005, African Governance and Development Institute..
    8. Simplice Asongu & Oasis Kodila-Tedika, 2018. "This one is 400 Libyan dinars, this one is 500: Insights from Cognitive Human Capital and Slave Trade," Working Papers 18/016, African Governance and Development Institute..
    9. Oasis Kodila-Tedika & Simplice Asongu, 2015. "Intelligence, Human Capital and HIV/AIDS: Fresh Exploration," Working Papers 15/027, African Governance and Development Institute..

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    Poverty; Intelligence;

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    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics
    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education

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