Does Staying in School Make You Smarter? The Effect of Education on IQ in The Bell Curve

  • Christopher Winship
  • Sanders Korenman


Can education increase an individual’s IQ? This has been one of the most incendiary and controversial questions in the social sciences in the past few decades. The greatest firestorm occurred after the publication of Arthur Jensen’s 1969 article in The Harvard Education Review, “How Much Can We Boost IQ and Scholastic Achievement?”1 The controversy was further fueled by Richard Herrnstein’s 1971 Atlantic Monthly article, “IQ.”2 Then, after smoldering for two decades, the passion and acrimony reignited with publication in 1994 of The Bell Curve by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray.3


Educational Attainment Family Background Economic Success General Intelligence Mental Ability 
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