Monthly Archive for February, 2012

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Young, Underemployed and Optimistic

Coming of Age, Slowly, in a Tough Economy
Source: Pew Research Center, Social & Demographic Trends

From the Executive Summary:

This report is based on findings from a Pew Research Center survey conducted Dec. 6-19, 2011, among 2,048 adults nationwide, including 808 young adults (ages 18 to 34). The report also draws on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here is a summary of the key findings:

  • Young adults hit hard by the recession.
  • Public says today’s young adults have it harder than their parents did.
  • Tough economic times altering young adults’ daily lives, long-term plans.
  • Adulthood begins later than it used to.
  • For young adults, bad times don’t trump optimism.
  • Older adults have maintained their standard of living.
  • Among the employed, job satisfaction has remained steady.
  • But young workers feel more vulnerable than they used to.
  • Few young workers see their current job as a “career.”
  • Most young workers say they don’t have the education and training to get ahead.
  • College enrollment rates are tied to employment declines among the young.

Full report (PDF)

New Working Papers from the NBER

The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers: Teacher Value-Added and Student Outcomes in Adulthood
by Raj Chetty, John N. Friedman, Jonah E. Rockoff
Abstract; PDF

The Effect of Providing Breakfast on Student Performance: Evidence from an In-Class Breakfast Program
by Scott A. Imberman, Adriana D. Kugler
Abstract; PDF

Do High-School Teachers Really Matter?
by C. Kirabo Jackson
Abstract; PDF

Technology and the Changing Family: A Unified Model of Marriage, Divorce, Educational Attainment and Married Female Labor-Force Participation
by Jeremy Greenwood, Nezih Guner, Georgi Kocharkov, Cezar Santos
Abstract; PDF

Education and Health: Insights from International Comparisons
by David M. Cutler, Adriana Lleras-Muney
Abstract; PDF

Demand and Reimbursement Effects of Healthcare Reform: Health Care Utilization and Infant Mortality in Thailand
by Jonathan Gruber, Nathaniel Hendren, Robert Townsend
Abstract; PDF

The Housing Wealth Effect: The Crucial Roles of Demographics, Wealth Distribution and Wealth Shares

by Charles W. Calomiris, Stanley D. Longhofer, William Miles
Abstract; PDF

Aligning Student, Parent, and Teacher Incentives: Evidence from Houston Public Schools
by Roland G. Fryer, Jr
Abstract; PDF

Child Care Subsidies, Maternal Well-Being, and Child-Parent Interactions: Evidence from Three Nationally Representative Datasets
by Chris M. Herbst, Erdal Tekin
Abstract; PDF

Valuing the Vote: The Redistribution of Voting Rights and State Funds Following the Voting Rights Act of 1965

by Elizabeth U. Cascio, Ebonya L. Washington
Abstract; PDF

Positive and Negative Mental Health Consequences of Early Childhood Television Watching
by Michael Waldman, Sean Nicholson, Nodir Adilov
Abstract; PDF

How Do the Top 100 Metro Areas Rank on Racial and Ethnic Equity?

Source: The Urban Institute
Commentary by Margery Turner

Abstract:

The Urban Institute’s MetroTrends research team has created an interactive report card on racial and ethnic equity in the nation’s top 100 metropolitan areas. A brief commentary by Margery Austin Turner, the Institute’s vice president for research, accompanies the map.

Commentary (html)
Interactive Map

The Future for National Statistics

National Statistical Offices: Independent, Identical, Simultaneous Actions Thousands of Miles Apart
Robert M. Groves | Census Bureau [Director's Blog]
February 2, 2012

This blog post is very reminiscent of the keynote that Groves presented for PSC’s 50th anniversary celebration. In short:

[My Summary] Lots of data being produced outside the federal statistical system; survey data are expensive & not as timely in this instant data world; need to find ways to blend the two systems.