Comparing 4 World Cities

Ricky Burdett of LSE Cities compares the economic, political and environmental shifts in London, Delhi, Tokyo, and Bogota in an article for the Guardian.

Data Demise: ACS 3-year product

The Census Bureau has released its last 3-year ACS product with the 2011-2013 release. This is a cost-cutting move, although the Census Bureau might argue that it never meant for there to be a 3-year product in the first place.

The Census Bureau is not cutting back on data collection – it is eliminating the tabular release of the 3-year data (geographic areas of 20,000+). The 1-year data are for geographies of 65,000+ and the 5-year data have no population limits. These will continue to be released.

The microdata products have share the same release types: 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year. These all share the same geographic limit (PUMAs), but the 3-year and 5-year products are not just concatenations of the 1-year files. They have been re-weighted and income-denominated items are inflated to the last year (e.g., 2013). [See explanatory note from IPUMS].

The ACS 3-year Demographic Estimates are History
Brendan Buff | APDU Blog post
Feb 3, 2015

Census Bureau Statement on American Community Survey 3-Year Statistical Product
Stanford University Libraries | Ron Nakao’s Blog

America’s Middle Class

Both the New York Times Upshot and the Pew Research Center recently examined trends in middle-income households.

The Pew Research report is here.
The Upshot report is here. The related New York Times article is here.

Hispanic Segregation

Ana Swanson at WonkBlog discusses a map by William H. Frey showing the areas of the countries where Hispanics are segregated.

Unemployment and Unemployment Benefits

Ben Casselman of the FiveThirtyEight blog discusses the changing nature of unemployment and the failure of the benefit structure to keep up with those changes.

Read the full article.

The Gap in Public and Scientist’s Views on Science and Society

The Pew Research Center explores the differences between the ways scientists and the public view science and society.

Read the full article
Complete report (PDF)
Topline Questionnaire (PDF)
Interactive graphs

New NBER Working Papers

Efficacy vs. Equity: What Happens When States Tinker with College Admissions in a Race-Blind Era?
by Sandra E. Black, Kalena E. Cortes, Jane Arnold Lincove #20804
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The Effects of Youth Employment: Evidence from New York City Summer Youth Employment Program Lotteries
by Alexander Gelber, Adam Isen, Judd B. Kessler #20810
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The Roles of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills in Moderating the Effects of Mixed-Ability Schools on Long-Term Health
by Anirban Basu, Andrew M. Jones, Pedro Rosa Dias #20811
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Measuring Consumer Valuation of Limited Provider Networks
by Keith Marzilli Ericson, Amanda Starc #20812
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Field of Study, Earnings, and Self-Selection
by Lars Kirkeboen, Edwin Leuven, Magne Mogstad #20816
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Can Health Insurance Competition Work? Evidence from Medicare Advantage
by Vilsa Curto, Liran Einav, Jonathan Levin, Jay Bhattacharya #20818
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Leveling Up: Early Results from a Randomized Evaluation of Post-Secondary Aid
by Joshua Angrist, David Autor, Sally Hudson, Amanda Pallais #20800
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Income-based Inequality in Educational Outcomes: Learning from State Longitudinal Data Systems
by John P. Papay, Richard J. Murnane, John B. Willett #20802
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The Fluidity of Race: “Passing” in the United States, 1880-1940
by Emily Nix, Nancy Qian #20828
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Patronage Politics and the Development of the Welfare State: Confederate Pensions in the American South
by Shari Eli, Laura Salisbury #20829
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The Returns to the Federal Tax Credits for Higher Education
by George B. Bulman, Caroline M. Hoxby #20833
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Cognitive Economics
by Miles S. Kimball #20834
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Medicaid as an Investment in Children: What is the Long-Term Impact on Tax Receipts?
by David W. Brown, Amanda E. Kowalski, Ithai Z. Lurie #20835
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Bounding the Labor Supply Responses to a Randomized Welfare Experiment: A Revealed Preference Approach
by Patrick Kline, Melissa Tartari #20838
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Does Delay Cause Decay? The Effect of Administrative Decision Time on the Labor Force Participation and Earnings of Disability Applicants
by David H. Autor, Nicole Maestas, Kathleen J. Mullen, Alexander Strand #20840
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Technology and Labor Regulations: Theory and Evidence
by Alberto Alesina, Michele Battisti, Joseph Zeira #20841
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Long Run Effects of Free School Choice: College Attainment, Employment, Earnings, and Social Outcomes at Adulthood
by Victor Lavy #20843
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Migration, Congestion Externalities, and the Evaluation of Spatial Investments
by Taryn Dinkelman, Sam Schulhofer-Wohl #20842
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The Effects of School Spending on Educational and Economic Outcomes: Evidence from School Finance Reforms
by C. Kirabo Jackson, Rucker C. Johnson, Claudia Persico #20847
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Student Loans and Repayment: Theory, Evidence and Policy
by Lance Lochner, Alexander Monge-Naranjo #20849
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Borrowing Trouble? Student Loans, the Cost of Borrowing, and Implications for the Effectiveness of Need-Based Grant Aid
by Benjamin M. Marx, Lesley J. Turner #20850
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Accounting for Changes in Between-Group Inequality
by Ariel Burstein, Eduardo Morales, Jonathan Vogel #20855
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What High-Achieving Low-Income Students Know About College
by Caroline Hoxby, Sarah Turner #20861
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Municipal Housekeeping: The Impact of Women’s Suffrage on Public Education
by Celeste K. Carruthers, Marianne H. Wanamaker #20864
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Microeconomic Origins of Macroeconomic Tail Risks
by Daron Acemoglu, Asuman Ozdaglar, Alireza Tahbaz-Salehi #20865
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Sacred Values? The Effect of Information on Attitudes toward Payments for Human Organs
by Julio J. Elias, Nicola Lacetera, Mario Macis #20866
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The Effect of Unemployment Benefits on the Duration of Unemployment Insurance Receipt: New Evidence from a Regression Kink Design in Missouri, 2003-2013
by David Card, Andrew Johnston, Pauline Leung, Alexandre Mas, Zhuan Pei #20869
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PSC Researchers In the News

Daniel Eisenberg discusses U-M program offering mental health services to student athletes. Huffington Post, 1/28/2015. Related journal article. See also Athletes Connected.

William H. Frey says current minority college completion rates predict decline in college-educated Americans. National Journal, 1/14/2015.

Miles Kimball and an anonymous co-author discuss male bias in economics in an article for Quartz.

Lloyd Johnston discusses the decline in teens’ smoking cigarettes and their increasing use of e-cigarettes in several media outlets. Steve Forbes has a different perspective, calling out Johnston specifically in a Forbes commentary.

Martha Bailey and Susan Dynarski’s work cited in story on sending teams of poor kids to college. The Atlantic, 12/11/2014. Related journal article.

Yu Xie’s work on Asian-American children’s school performance cited in story on parenting styles. Deseret News National. 12/08/2014. Related journal article

David Lam says improving U.S. economy may spur higher fertility, but if not, we shouldn’t worry. NPR – Marketplace. 12/04/2014.

Bill Frey says politics are being reshaped by four demographic trends in the U.S. Washington Post. 11/29/2014.

Apoorva Jadhav comments on recent government-sponsored sterilizations in India. “India sterilization deaths spark outcry for change” – CBC Radio. 11/25/2014. Listen to interview: Apoorva at 18:03.

New NBER Working Papers

Does the Environment Still Matter? Daily Temperature and Income in the United States
by Tatyana Deryugina, Solomon M. Hsiang #20750
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One Size does not Fit All: Multiple Dimensions of Ability, College Attendance and Wages
by Maria F. Prada, Sergio S. Urzua #20752
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Accidental Environmentalists? Californian Demand for Teslas and Solar Panels
by Magali A. Delmas, Matthew E. Kahn, Stephen Locke #20754
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Retirement Timing of Women and the Role of Care Responsibilities for Grandchildren
by Robin L. Lumsdaine, Stephanie J.C. Vermeer #20756
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Early Health Shocks, Intrahousehold Resource Allocation, and Child Outcomes
by Junjian Yi, James J. Heckman, Junsen Zhang, Gabriella Conti #20757
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Unilateral Facilitation Does Not Raise International Labor Migration from the Philippines
by Emily Beam, David McKenzie, Dean Yang #20759
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Women Helping Women? Evidence from Private Sector Data on Workplace Hierarchies
by Astrid Kunze, Amalia R. Miller #20761 (LE LS)
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Race, Ethnicity and High-Cost Mortgage Lending
by Patrick Bayer, Fernando Ferreira, Stephen L. Ross #20762
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Medium-Term Health Impacts of Shocks Experienced In Utero and After Birth: Evidence from Detailed Geographic Information on War Exposure
by Richard Akresh, German Daniel Caruso, Harsha Thirumurthy #20763
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The Impact of Education on Health and Health Behavior in a Middle-Income, Low-Education Country
by Resul Cesur, Bahadir Dursun, Naci Mocan #20764
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Racial Differences in Health in Long-Run Perspective: A Brief Introduction
by Leah Boustan, Robert A. Margo #20765
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Demand Analysis using Strategic Reports: An application to a school choice mechanism
by Nikhil Agarwal, Paulo Somaini #20775
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Education, HIV, and Early Fertility: Experimental Evidence from Kenya
by Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas, Michael Kremer #20784
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by Muriel Niederle #20788
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Sources of Geographic Variation in Health Care: Evidence from Patient Migration
by Amy Finkelstein, Matthew Gentzkow, Heidi Williams #20789
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Are the World’s Poorest Being Left Behind?
by Martin Ravallion #20791
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Charters Without Lotteries: Testing Takeovers in New Orleans and Boston
by Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Joshua D. Angrist, Peter D. Hull, Parag A. Pathak #20792
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How financially literate are women? An overview and new insights
by Tabea Bucher-Koenen, Annamaria Lusardi, Rob Alessie, Maarten van Rooij #20793
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How’s Life at Home? New Evidence on Marriage and the Set Point for Happiness
by John F. Helliwell, Shawn Grover #20794 (AG PE)
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Illegal Immigration, State Law, and Deterrence
by Mark Hoekstra, Sandra Orozco-Aleman #20801
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Millennials are projected to outnumber Baby Boomers

Richard Fry of Pew Research Center examines new released Census Bureau population projections. The generation born between 1981 and 1997 continues to grow while the Baby Boom generation (born between 1946 and 1964) is shrinking and they are expected to outnumber the Boomers this year. The comments on the article provide an interesting discussion of the boundaries of generations.

Read the full analysis.