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Mediation of the gravitational influence of intelligence on socio-economic outcomes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
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
Abstract [en]

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.

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2015. Vol. 53, 8-15 p.
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Education, Gravitational hypothesis, Income trajectory, Intelligence, Occupational trajectory, Socio-economic background
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124770DOI: 10.1016/j.intell.2015.08.006ISI: 000366077700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-124770DiVA: diva2:891072
Available from: 2016-01-05 Created: 2016-01-04 Last updated: 2016-01-05Bibliographically approved

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