I'll start with some examples.

State-level analysis of variation in infant mortality rate: A socio-ecological approach

73% of infant mortality explained in the US by just a few variables.

Exponential correlation of IQ and the wealth of nations

69% of GDP per capita explained by IQ.

Estimating Suicide Rates in Nations that Do Not Report Suicide Statistics

78% of variance in suicide rates explained in Model 2, table 3.

What are some more examples of models with a lot of explanatory power for large scale social phenomena?

  • $\begingroup$ What exactly constitutes "impressive" and "very high"? $\endgroup$ Feb 27 '16 at 3:14
  • $\begingroup$ I dunno. ....... $\endgroup$
    – D J Sims
    Feb 27 '16 at 3:21
  • $\begingroup$ Then I suppose my point will be clear; the question is difficult to answer and its quality questionable given the degree of ambiguity. $\endgroup$ Feb 27 '16 at 3:26

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