Does sub-European genomic ancestry predict outcomes for US states?

Open Quantitative Sociology & Political Science, 2016


Estimates of sub-European ancestry among European Americans by US state were obtained from a recent study of customers of the personal genomics company 23andme (N=148,789). The ancestry estimates were used to attempt to predict cognitive ability and socioeconomic performance across US states (N=50). However, results indicated that they had little or no reliable predictive validity, which was also the case when related ancestries were combined to increase precision.

23andme, admixture, ancestry, cognitive ability, European, general socioeconomic factor, intelligence, LASSO regression, NAEP, S factor, United States, White.

Reviewed by
Bryan J. Pesta, Noah Carl, Gerhard Meisenberg

Review time 48 days.