Human Capital and the Wellbeing of Nations
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|Format: ||Paperback, 615 pages|
|Other Information: ||57 b/w illus. 47 tables|
Nations can vary greatly in their wealth, democratic rights, and the well-being of their citizens. These gaps are often obvious, and by studying the flow of immigration, one can easily predict people's wants and needs. But why are there also large differences in the level of education and disparities in a population's cognitive ability? How are cognitive ability and a country's economic development related? In this book, Heiner Rindermann establishes a new model to find an answer for these hotly-debated issues. This new model is based on studies of cross-country differences in cognitive capital, exploring how levels of education are linked to a nation's economic development. This is an important text for graduate students and researchers in a wide range of fields, including economics, psychology, sociology and political science, and those working on economic growth, human capital formation and cognitive development.
Table of Contents
1. Large wealth differences across time and nations; 2. The wellbeing of nations; 3. Human capital, cognitive ability and intelligence; 4. International ability differences and their development; 5. Why some are richer, freer and more democratic; 6. History, culture and the burgher-civic world; 7. Why cognitive factors are important - a theory of cognitive capitalism; 8. The impact of cognitive-intellectual classes; 9. Methodological research problems and solutions; 10. Causes for national and historical differences in cognitive ability - and reciprocal effects; 11. Global models for education, cognitive capital, production, wealth and wellbeing; 12. Challenges of future development and first predictions; 13. Models for cognitive and wealth development in twenty-first century; 14. Summary, comparisons and suggestions; References.
Advance praise: 'In an era where most intelligent people are poorly informed about intelligence, Heiner Rindermann's book is especially welcome. The title of the book effectively summarizes what is most crucial for the economic well-being of a people: Cognitive Capitalism. The author, who grew up in East Germany at a time when the Berlin Wall still stood, is the best-qualified person to integrate intelligence research with the literature on the determinants of economic growth.' Gregory Christainsen, Professor Emeritus, California State University, East Bay Advance praise: 'Cognitive Capitalism is a tour de force of the science of country level differences in cognitive ability. It raises important questions about the role of cognitive ability for culture, health, economics, education, technology, immigration and government. The theory of cognitive capitalism promises to inform our understanding of country level differences just as Darwin's theory informed our understanding of individual differences.' Thomas R. Coyle, University of Texas, San Antonio
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