Monthly Archive for March, 2008

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U-M Retirement Research Newsletter – 2008

Resources on key findings in health and disability.

CMS releases data on Medicare enrollment

National Trends 1966-2007
Medicare State Enrollment 2004-2006
(PDF files)

Report from Urban Institute

“Can Faster Economic Growth Bail Out Our Retirement Programs?”

Population Reference Bureau webcast

“How Older Women Can Shield Themselves From Poverty.”

NIA March 2008 Aging Research Newsletter

Focus on aging research.

Food Stamps and Obesity: What Do We Know?

Food Stamps and Obesity: What Do We Know?
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service

Results from reviewed studies indicate that for most participants in the Food Stamp Program—children, nonelderly men, and the elderly—use of food stamp benefits does not result in an increase in either Body Mass Index (BMI) or the likelihood of being overweight or obese. However, for nonelderly women, who account for 28 percent of the food stamp caseload, some evidence suggests that participation in the Food Stamp Program may increase BMI and the probability of obesity.

Population Estimates released

New estimates from the Census Bureau are available. They show that the New Orleans area is growing; previous hot spots like Florida, Arizona, and Nevada are slowing.

Dropout Data: How is it Measured?

States’ Data Obscure How Few Finish High School
by Sam Dillon
March 20, 2008
NY Times
Federal figures gathered under the No Child Left Behind law hide a severe dropout epidemic, researchers say.

Measuring Innovation

Read the report from the Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Advisory Committee.

Census Tract and Block Group criteria are released

On March 14, the Final Criteria and Program Implementation statements for census tracts and block groups, for the 2010 decennial census, were published in the Federal Register.

Most of the changes proposed in the proposed criteria (published April 7, 2007) were adopted. These include the use of housing unit counts rather than population counts as criteria for tract delineation, permitting delineation of census tracts for special land uses (e.g., airports, large parks), and a change in the approach to tracts within federally recognized American Indian reservations and off-reservation trust lands. The proposal to delineate separate tracts for large water bodies was rejected.

The principle of tract comparability over time is reiterated in the new regulation, including the strong suggestion that changes should involve either splitting tracts (when they have grown too large) or
combining them when they have become too small.