Thursday 13 October 2016

Has Europe been enriched by contemporary immigration?


In a wish to show I am capable of building up dramatic tension, here is one slide from a talk by Prof Heiner Rindermann which shows the correlations between cognitive ability, institutions and the wealth of nations, arranged in a Structural Equation Model. The loadings have been removed just to make the picture clearer, but the fuller version can be found in the conference slides.  This is the trailer, to be gazed at while eating popcorn and waiting for the main feature.

Cognitive ability and wealth of nations


The main feature is in two formats, so split screen would probably be the best way to see things.

First, here is the link to the whole conference slide show “Has Europe been enriched by contemporary immigration?”

(Check out the SEM on page 12, to see whether you prefer the simplified version or the original)

Here is the link to the talk itself:


  1. I am disinclined to read anyone who uses "contemporary" in the American sense.

  2. The big surprise is the centrality of government effectiveness. How was that defined, I wonder? No matter how, it is where the rubber meets the road. (Average cognitive ability being the engine, top cognitive ability the transmission in this analogy.) No minority such as those with high intelligence can accomplish things on a national scale without governmental power to implement their will. Equally, those of the majority, those of lower intelligence, must be excluded from the exercise of power to have effective government. This means changes in the system of government away from democracy and equality toward meritocracy are ethically mandatory since ineffective government is so harmful to all the members of a nation. Further, there need to be explicit goals, coherent policy and law for government to be effective, which requires formal coordination among those controlling the government rather than factions working at cross-purposes, which in turn implies purges of those with incompatible goals. Unfortunately, those who would rule best not only have little power now, they are far too aware of their own fallibility and solicitous of the opinions of others to take power and purge those who should not have it, even though the results of not doing so are predictably catastrophic. This reluctance may change as the ever-greater costs of allowing finks and fools to rule are constantly rubbed in the faces of intelligent people who care for their nations and posterity.


    Your question answered, a couple of years beforehand.