Cost of intelligence: from psychological to economical categories



The article presents a model explaining connection between personal capabilities and prosperity of a country. For that, the authors suggest considering economic development as fulfilling tasks by people. At that, prosperity depends on how the educational system allows developing capacities into competences, and economy allows developing competences into economic achievements. The model is formalized and used to assess economic outcome of implementing gifted youth support programs.

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Keywords: intelligence, giftedness, mathematical modeling, gross domestic product

Journal rubric: Educational Psychology

For citation: Ushakov D.V., Lobanov A.G. Cost of intelligence: from psychological to economical categories. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2009. Vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 15–30. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Dmitry V. Ushakov, Doctor of Psychology, Head of the Laboratory, “Psychology and Psychophysiology of Creativity”, First Vice-President of Eurotalent, Head of the Center for Research and Development of Giftedness, Moscow University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

A. G. Lobanov, PhD student, the Centre for Giftedness Research and Development, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia



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