On 9 September 2015 Tarmo Strenze will defence his doctoral thesis „Intelligence and socioeconomic success: A study of correlations, causes and consequences“ in the Faculty of the Social Sciences and Education in the University of Tartu.
Supervisor: Associate Professor emeritus Henn Käärik, University of Tartu
Opponent: Professor Robert Erikson, University of Stockholm (Sweden)
Intelligent people are more successful than less intelligent people. The present dissertation shows that intelligence contributes strongly to success in education and work, and a bit less strongly to success in social interaction and health. The impact of intelligence on work related success is not equally strong in all societies. It is stronger in the United States than in Scandinavian countries, Estonia is somewhere in between these two. The impact of intelligence on work related success is an important topic for people personally, but also for societies, because a society can benefit from talented people better if it allows such people to achieve success. The societies that enhance the success of intelligent people experience faster economic growth.