America’s ability to draw high quality human capital from abroad is one of the lynchpins of its economic strengths and probably goes some ways to explaining why it’s GDP per capita is significantly higher than would might be predicted from its national IQ.
Alexander Kruel recently had a Twitter thread about precisely which groups of immigrants contribute to that innovation:
From The Demographics of Innovation in the United States (page 26-27).
Nothing surprising there. But it’s spelled out just in case:
Then it cites the composition of the US Math Olympiad team. The International Math Olympiad has indeed long become a Chinese vs. Chinese-American contest.
Now the underrepresentation of NAM (non-Asian minority) immigrant achievement is something that’s in the “those who know, know” category, to be surreptitiously noticed if not publicly acknowledged .
But there’s a much more obscure but also rather important, and arguably more interesting, HBD observation to be teased out from behind these three examples.