Opinion: "The 'private sector' deserves more credit for economic development than is typically acknowledged."
19th Jul 11, 12:48pm
By John Pagani
The smaller the average organ, the faster the rate of economic growth.
I bet he got a grant for this:
the University of Helsinki's Tatu Westling points out a surprising strong correlation between a country's GDP growth rate and average penile length. As the chart above shows, countries that averaged smaller penis sizes grew at a faster rate than their larger counterparts between 1960 and 1985. Every centimeter increase in penis size accounted for a 5 to 7 percent reduction in economic growth.
Explains why I'm so poor.
Correlation is not causation, but here's his stab at an explanatory theory:
Penile length and income are both factors that contribute to an individual's level of self-esteem, and if a person has more of the former, he'll need less of the latter. Or, to put it in layman's terms, some fast-growing countries may be compensating for something. Not a particularly poor argument until you realize, as Westling acknowledges, that half the world's population don't have penises.
For obvious reasons the male organ narrative yields little in terms of feasible policy recommendations.
And the killer quote:
It clearly seems that the `private sector' deserves more credit for economic development than is typically acknowledged.