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Beauty and intelligence may - or may not - be related

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In a recent paper, Kanazawa and Kovar (2004) assert that given certain empirical regularities about assortative mating and the heritability of intelligence and beauty, that it logically follows that more intelligent people are more beautiful. It is argued here that this “theorem” is false and that the evidence does not support it.

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  • Kevin Denny, 2008. "Beauty and intelligence may - or may not - be related," Open Access publications 10197/1112, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
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    1. Markus M. Mobius & Tanya S. Rosenblat, 2006. "Why Beauty Matters," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 96(1), pages 222-235, March.
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    Aesthetics; Intellect; Interpersonal attraction;

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