The international general socioeconomic factor: Factor analyzing international rankings

Open Differential Psychology, 2014


Many studies have examined the correlations between national IQs and various country-level indexes of well-being. The analyses have been unsystematic and not gathered in one single analysis or dataset. In this paper I gather a large sample of country-level indexes and show that there is a strong general socioeconomic factor (S factor) which is highly correlated (.86-.87) with national cognitive ability using either Lynn and Vanhanen's dataset or Altinok's. Furthermore, the method of correlated vectors shows that the correlations between variable loadings on the S factor and cognitive measurements are .99 in both datasets using both cognitive measurements, indicating that it is the S factor that drives the relationship with national cognitive measurements, not the remaining variance.

democracy ranking, g-factor, general socioeconomic factor, group differences, Intelligence, method of correlated vectors, national IQ, psychoinformatics, social progress index

Reviewed by
Davide Piffer, Meng Hu, Marc Dalliard

Review time 50 days.