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As part of a plan to relieve you from too much reading, here is another video to watch over the weekend, this time about the difficulties of tracking immigrant outcomes and the reluctance in official quarters to examine whether outcomes are largely determined by intelligence.
Differential immigrant performance: A matter of intelligence?
Emil OW Kirkegaard
Many countries now admit large numbers of foreigners into their midst and consequently have large populations of immigrants. When looking at the non-natives as a whole, in most Western countries they underperform relative to the natives. Why is this so? I argue that most research on this topic suffers from multiple problems. First, most research does not distinguish between immigrants at the country of origin level, but rather lumps them into one big category or a few macro-categories, which prevents one from seeing important differences. Second, as a consequence of the first, most research ignores important differences between countries of origin that may be able to explain the differential performance among groups. Third, most research ignores intelligence research, as well as other differential psychology, despite many decades of evidence showing this trait to be important in explaining social inequality. Fourth, most research does not examine the potential explanatory role of Islam as a cultural-religious factor.
I show using a collection of empirical datasets covering many Western countries that when one approaches the question without the above problems one can in fact explain much if not most variation between country of origin groups. I outline limitations with the current body of research and suggest a research program for further research.
Watch the lecture video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMSRZQ1usDc