Monthly Archive for March, 2008

The National Healthcare Disparities Report 2007

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) describes the quality of and access to care for multiple subgroups across the United States, and also represents a source of information for tracking the Nation’s progress over time. The observed disparities va ry by condition and population.

Older Americans 2008: Key Indicators of Well-Being

Older Americans 2008 provides an updated, accessible compendium of indicators, drawn from the most reliable official statistics about the well-being of Americans primarily age 65 and over. The 160-page report contains data on 38 key indicators—and a one-time special feature on health literacy.

Behavioral Economics [Housing]

Be it Ever so Illogical: Homeowners who won’t cut the price
David Leonhardt | NY TIMES
March 26, 2008
For both economic and psychological reasons, there is no asset more conducive to hopeful overvaluation than real estate.

The Census at ‘High Risk’

Editorial from the New York Times
published: March 25, 2008
To salvage the effort to introduce hand-held computers, the Census Bureau needs an emergency appropriation for 2008.

Social Security Programs Throughout the World: The Americas, 2007

Social Security Programs Throughout the World: The Americas, 2007
Source: Social Security Administration, Office of Policy
The combined findings of this series, which also includes volumes on Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and Africa, are published at 6-month intervals over a 2-year period. Each volume highlights features of social security programs in the particular region.

Re-housing the poor in their original neighborhoods

Washington’s Grand Experiment to Rehouse the Poor
Erik Eckholm
March 21, 2008
New York Times
Citing a “moral goal”,the District of Columbia is preserving low-income housing by replacing dangerous projects with new communities that mix the poor with higher income residents.

For more information on the HOPE VI, program, see:

Popkin, Susan, Bruce Katz, Mary Cunningham, Karen Brown, Jeremy Gustafson, and Margery Turner. 2004. “A Decade of HOPE VI : Research Findings and Policy Challenges.” Urban Institute: Washington, D.C.

Neighborhod Safety and Exercise

Neighborhood Influences Exercise Levels
March 25, 2008
Washington Post
Article based on this study:
Wen, Ming, Christopher Browning and Kathleen Cagney. 2007. “Neighbourhood Deprivation, Social Capital and Regular Exercise During Adulthood: A Multilevel Study in Chicago.” Urban Studies, Vol 44(13): 2651-2671
A related article, based in Boston instead of Chicago:
Bennett, Gary, Lorna McNeill, Kathleen Wolin, Dustin Duncan, Elaine Puleo, and Karen Emmons. 2007. “Safe to Walk? Neighborhood Safety and Physical Activity among Public Housing Residents.” PLoSMedicine (

NLS News

NLS News (Quarterly newsletter)
This issue describes the personal finance variables available in the NLSY surveys as well as information on cohabitation variables across all NLS surveys. The newsletter also provides a few FAQs that may be useful (foreign birth for Hispanics and religious affiliation question for NLSY97).

Long-term implications of premature births

Premature Birth has lasting effects study finds
Los Angeles Times
Thomas H. Maugh II
March 26, 2008
Article that the Los Angeles Times article is based on is:
Swamy, Geeta, Truls Ostbye, and Rolv Skjaerven. 2008 “Association of Preterm Birth with Long-Term Survival, Reproduction, and Next-Generation Preterm Birth.” JAMA Vol 299 (12):1429-1436.

Max Planck Institute: Comparative analysis of mortality patterns

“Regularities and Deviations in Mortality Trends of the Developed World.”