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July 27, 2006

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James Higham

Not sure what is meant by this assortive mating? Does it mean selective?

Tim Worstall

Assortive mating: marrying in group. Rich to rich, poor to poor. Simon Baron-Cohen thinks that assortive mating of geeks to geeks (although he calls them highly systemizing personalities) is behind the rise in autism.

Ujang

Marrying in group is also referred to as positive assortative mating. "Opposites attract" is referred to as negative assortative mating. One of the early Becker's models on the marriage markets predict negative assortative mating on wages (high wage marry low wage), which comes from an assumption of specialization within marriage. Then in the 80s, David Lam came up with a model of marriage with household public good, and one of the predictions is that there will be positive assortative mating in wealth (wealthy marry wealth).

dearieme

Inequalities of power would matter less if we extended liberty so that there was less power about, and if we arranged that what survived was subject to checks and balances; classical liberalism rather than leftism.

dearieme

Sage advice from my father when I went to University: "Take out English girls - you can't afford whisky."

Mr Free Market

" governments should worry more about inequalities of wealth and power, and less about inequalities of opportunity" ??

Poor blighty would be a lot better place if the government (of whatever colour) worried & stuck its nose in a lot less.

FreeDem

A society cannot build a Meritocracy on Nepotism and Cronyism. A sure measure of a society's health is what steps they take to avoid doing so.

John Thacker

A society cannot build a Meritocracy on Nepotism and Cronyism. A sure measure of a society's health is what steps they take to avoid doing so.

Rather missing the point here, I must think. What happens when successful, intelligent, intellectually curious types-- the kind that have the most merit under most definitions-- tend to mostly marry each other? You don't have to believe that merit is genetic to believe that it's inherited; believing that parents make a social contribution is enough.

So a "sure measure of a society's health," if such a situation were to occur, would be mandating that people marry others from different social groups? Quite an interesting scheme, that.

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