Monthly Archive for December, 2011

Unauthorized Immigrants: Length of Residency, Patterns of Parenthood

By: Paul Taylor, Mark Hugo Lopez, Jeffrey Passel, and Seth Motel
Source: Pew Hispanic Center

From Overview:

Nearly two-thirds of the 10.2 million unauthorized adult immigrants in the United States have lived in this country for at least 10 years and nearly half are parents of minor children, according to new estimates by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

These estimates are based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s March 2010 Current Population Survey, augmented with the Center’s analysis of the demographic characteristics of the unauthorized immigrant population using a “residual estimation methodology” that the Center has employed for many years.

Complete Report (PDF)

Africa’s New Engine

Africa looks to its middle-class consumers to drive prosperity
By: Calestous Juma
Source: Finance & Development, 48(4) — International Monetary Fund

From article:

Following African countries’ independence, the continent has struggled with a seemingly endless array of development challenges, from civil war and political instability to chronic food insecurity, droughts, disease, and pervasive poverty and corruption.

But in recent years, Africa has started to see an economic resurgence. Better economic policies, governance, and use of natural resources, coupled with more business-friendly policies and stronger demand for Africa’s commodities from emerging economies such as Brazil, China, India, and South Africa, have led to consistently high growth levels in Africa, despite the global downturn.

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Social Security State Quick Fact Sheets: 2011

By: AARP Research & Strategic Analysis (Surveys and Statistics)
Source: AARP

From the summary:

This set of fact sheets provides a one-page overview of quick facts on Social Security for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Information is provided about each state’s older population, average personal income, Social Security beneficiaries, Social Security benefits, Social Security’s role in lifting retirees out of poverty, and Social Security’s income percentages among older residents’ income.

State Fact Sheets (2011)
2005; 2008

Coming Feb 1, 2012: Canada to make census/CANSIM data free

A data wonk’s dream: STATSCAN to drop pay wall
Tavia Grant | Globe and Mail
December 1, 2011

If Canada is to morph into a knowledge-based economy, its citizens need better access to reliable, unbiased information.

With that in mind, Statistics Canada will make all of its standard data available for free on its website, starting next year. As of Feb. 1, all data known as Canadian Socio-Economic Information Management System (or CANSIM) will be posted freely on the agency’s website. Census and geography data will also become free.

Statistics Canada to make all online data free
Carl Meyer | Embassy
December 6, 2011
Canada takes a page out of the US playbook – open access to public data. Follow US lead and make your National Household Survey (NHS) mandatory.

“As of February 1, 2012, Statistics Canada will begin to implement a new dissemination model. Standard products readily available on its website—including CANSIM data, census data and geography products—will be offered free of charge,” reads one letter sent to a distributor dated Aug. 23, and obtained by Embassy.

The letter acknowledged the impact the change would have on businesses. But the purpose of making all these products free, it said, is “to provide users with maximum benefit from statistical information about Canada’s economy and society.”

But Mr. Frayne said the decision to make Statistics Canada online data free was part of a years-long strategy by the agency, and while it “aligns with the principles” of the open data initiative, it was not a result of it.

He also said the move was not related to the decision to get rid of the long-form census.

The impact of that decision is still reverberating in the public sphere. On Nov. 23, the Canadian Council on Social Development appeared in federal court arguing that the new short-form census should include more questions on subjects such as ethnicity, religion and disability status.

Mortgage Meltdown and the Future of Suburbia

Death of the Fringe Suburb
Christopher B. Leinberger | New York Times
November 25, 2011
This Op-Ed piece describes the confluence of empty nesters downsizing and millenials who favor urban downtowns increasing the demand for housing in walkable neighborhoods. He suggests that we should be investing in carless transit options.

To Rethink Sprawl, Start with Offices
Louise A. Mozingo | New York Times
November 25, 2011
This Op-Ed piece discusses the unsustainable suburban office complexes. The author suggests that suburban jurisdictions should demand transit links to the adjacent residential developments – not just plentiful parking. Likewise, some corporations will re-occupy the city centers they abandoned several generations ago.

Animal McMansion: Students Trade Dorm for Suburban Luxury
Patricia Leigh Brown | New York Times
November 12, 2011
The downturn in the real estate market in Merced, Calif., has presented an unusual housing opportunity for thousands of students attending the University of California.