2 min read.Updated: 01 Jun 2018, 10:58 PM ISTDipti Jain
Genes related to educational attainment can explain variations in the wealth of retired Americans, a new study shows
Bengaluru: Economic inequality may in part be driven by genetic factors, argues a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper by Daniel Barth of the University of Southern California and co-authors. The authors show that genes related to educational attainment can explain variations in the wealth of retired Americans. The authors use an existing database of more than a million persons that links educational attainment with specific genes and then use that relationship to rank the genes of a different sample of people—more than 7,000 retired Americans — to arrive at their results. The results seem to suggest that economic inequality may be more difficult to tackle than previously thought, given that genes are passed down generations.