Gene Expression

I was curious about a few social variables which often associate across generations, and also within families. So I looked in the General Social Survey for denomination, highest degree and socioeconomic index, which I knew were surveyed for the individual (respondent), their parents and their spouse. Below the fold are the correlation matrices generated. Remember that if you assume a linear dependency you square the correlation (e.g., 0.50 → 0.25) to find out how much of the variation in X can be accounted for by variation in Y.

Religious denomination Denomination Father’s Denom. Mother’s Denom. Denom. Raised Spouse Denom. Spouse Denom. Raised
Denomination - 0.63 0.59 0.68 0.80 0.48
Father’s Denom. - - 0.84 0.89 0.47 0.40
Mother’s Denom. - - - 0.87 0.41 0.39
Denom. Raised - - - - 0.48 0.42
Spouse Denom. - - -   - 0.67
Spouse Denom. Raised - - - - - -

Highest level of education Degree Father’s Degree Mother’s Degree Spouse Degree
Degree - 0.43 0.41 0.57
Father’s Degree - - 0.57 0.37
Mother’s Degree - - - 0.35
Spouse Degree - - - -

Socioeconomic index SEI Father’s SEI Mother’s SEI Spouse SEI
SEI - 0.26 0.23 0.33
Father’s SEI - - 0.38 0.22
Mother’s SEI - - - 0.20
Spouse SEI - - - -

Comments

  1. #1 Ian Tindale
    July 30, 2008

    This seems restricted to a specific foreign country, therefore is it really useful to anyone other than those in that particular country?

  2. #2 bgc
    July 30, 2008

    This is very interesting indeed – and the opposite to what most people would predict – because people ‘choose’ (or at least they *think* they choose) their denomination but not their SES.

  3. #3 Jason Malloy
    July 30, 2008

    If you looked at adopted children, denomination would be about the same, while SES would be 0.