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

Open Quantitative Sociology & Political Science , Sept. 12, 2016, ISSN: 2446-3868


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.