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Kimball's failed replication of Reinhart-Rogoff finding cited in argument for tempered public response to social science research results

Edin and Shaefer's book on destitute families in America reviewed in NYT

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David Lam is new director of Institute for Social Research

Elizabeth Bruch wins Robert Merton Prize for paper in analytic sociology

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Lisa Neidert

Neidert says mean age at first childbirth varies in the U.S. by state, affecting regional fertility rates

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"Macro mating" - The Economist. 09/14/2013.

This piece on what drives trends in U.S. birthrates looks at shifts toward older ages at first births for American women as a potential cause. Lisa Neidert says it's important to consider average age at childbirth by region. She says that while the most common age to have a first child in the northeastern states is 30-34, in Oklahoma and Arkansas women typically have their first child when they are in their early 20s. Starting younger increases the likelihood of having a bigger family, which is why the fertility rate is significantly higher in the West than in the northeast.

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