Philip Cohen, writing for the Family Inequality blog, has some concerns about the Case and Deaton paper showing that the mortality rate for middle-aged white men is rising: “My concern is that changes in the age and sex composition of the population studied could account for a non-trivial amount of the trends they report.”
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The U.S. Census Bureau released a new interactive visualization which shows how race and ethnicity categories have changed since the first census.
From the Random Samplings blog post:
Over the years, the U.S. Census Bureau has collected information on race and ethnicity. The census form has always reflected changes in society, and shifts have occurred in the way the Census Bureau classifies race and ethnicity. Historically, the changes have been influenced by social, political and economic factors including emancipation, immigration and civil rights. Today, the Census Bureau collects race and ethnic data according to U.S. Office of Management and Budget guidelines, and these data are based on self-identification.
H/T: Data Detectives
The Pew Research Center released it’s new report “U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious“.
The Pew Research Center has published many articles over the last few weeks on immigration, drawing from their new report, Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Million to U.S., Driving Population Growth and Change Through 2065:
- Key takeaways on U.S. immigration: Past, present and future by Anna Brown
- Future immigration will change the face of America by 2065 by D’Vera Cohn
- Today’s newly arrived immigrants are the best-educated ever by Richard Fry
- Cuban immigration to U.S. surges as relations warm by Jens Manuel Krogstad
- From Germany to Mexico: How America’s source of immigrants has changed over a century by Jens Manuel Krogstad and Michael Steen
- How U.S. immigration laws and rules have changed through history by D’Vera Cohn
- On views of immigrants, Americans largely split along party lines by Jens Manuel Krogstad
- Statistical Portrait of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States, 1960 – 2013 by Anna Brown and Renee Stepler
- Selected U.S. Immigration Legislation and Executive Actions, 1790 – 2014
- From Ireland to Germany to Italy to Mexico: How America’s Source of Immigrants Has Changed in the States, 1850 – 2013
- Catholics, especially Hispanics, echo pope’s call to embrace immigrants by Michael Lipka and Jessica Martinez
- What Americans, Europeans think of immigrants by Jens Manuel Krogstad
Ana Swanson of Wonkblog examines a new study by Nolan McCarty, John Voorheis and Boris Shor that shows that the growing ideological gap between Republicans and Democrats may be due in part to the widening gap between rich and poor.
By looking at extensive data on U.S. states over the last few decades, the researchers show that the widening gap between the rich and the poor in recent decades has moved state legislatures toward the right overall, while also increasing the ideological distance between those on the right and those on the left.
The Internal Revenue Service released migration data based on year-to-year address changes based on income tax returns filed with the IRS.
They present migration patterns by State or by county for the entire United States and are available for inflows—the number of new residents who moved to a State or county and where they migrated from, and outflows—the number of residents leaving a State or county and where they went.
H/T Data Detectives
The World Bank Open Data blog examines recent data from the United Nations Refugee Agency about the 60 million people currently forcibly displaced from their homes.
As we continue to see headlines and editorials almost every day about migrants and refugees, it’s not surprising when UNHCR reports that the number of forcibly displaced people has reached 60 million worldwide for the first time since World War II. This figure includes internally displaced people, refugees, and asylum seekers.
While many are on the move as refugees, others migrate willfully at rates that have also reached unprecedented levels. Below, I’ve explored some trends in regional, country- and economic-level migration and refugee data.
Anne Sutherland of the Family Studies blog writes about why women are so scarce in certainly STEM fields. In the article, she examines a 2009 study (PDF) by Vanderbilt scholars Kimberley Ferriman, David Lubinski, and Camilla P. Benbow which looked at the work preferences, lifestyle values, personal views, and life satisfaction of more than 500 young people who, in 1992, were first- and second-year graduate students in the country’s top 15 math and science departments.
Here is a round-up of some of the reporting on New Orleans 10 years after Katrina:
- Katrina Washed Away New Orlean’s Black Middle Class
- We Still Don’t Know How Many People Died Because of Katrina
- Why The Plan To Shrink New Orleans Failed
Eric Kelderman of the Chronicle of Higher Education writes about the context and history of Scott Walker’s views and policies on higher education in Wisconsin:
In January, when Governor Walker released his proposed budget for the next two years, he put the finances and mission of Wisconsin’s university system front and center. He recommended granting the system autonomy from several state regulations, but as part of the deal he proposed to cut $300 million from the University of Wisconsin budget over two years while freezing tuition. In addition, he pushed to remove protections for tenure and shared governance from state law.
Note: this article is behind a paywall. University of Michigan readers may use this link to access the article.
See also Sarah Brown’s article on Washington States’s plan to cut tuition rates for public colleges.