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


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.