Mediation of the gravitational influence of intelligence on socio-economic outcomes
Number of Authors: 4
2015 (English)In: Intelligence, ISSN 0160-2896, E-ISSN 1873-7935, Vol. 53, 8-15 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The 'gravitational hypothesis' posits that the strength of the association between intelligence and occupational position should increase with age. Here, it is tested in an age-homogeneous, population-representative sample of Swedish men (N = 49,246). Intelligence had a positive effect on occupational and income trajectories, supporting the hypothesis. Although weaker, socio-economic background also had a positive effect on occupational and income trajectories. Both the effect of intelligence and of socioeconomic background was to a large extent mediated by subjects' education level. Intelligence, socio-economic background, and level of education were also found to have a positive association with a deceleration of the increase in occupational position and income with age.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 53, 8-15 p.
Education, Gravitational hypothesis, Income trajectory, Intelligence, Occupational trajectory, Socio-economic background
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124770DOI: 10.1016/j.intell.2015.08.006ISI: 000366077700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-124770DiVA: diva2:891072