Understanding reported changes in median income

This is the time of year when the Census Bureau releases data on the income and health in the United States. It is also a time when in the rush to tell the American people what is happening in the nation and in their own communities that the media gets the story very badly wrong. […]

Recession has further polarized families

Such was the title of a piece in the Washington Post on a report by Zhenchao Qian in the Department of Sociology of The Ohio State University titled: “Divergent Paths of American Families” The title was actually used in the print edition of the article. The online edition title was “Children suffer from growing economic […]

Income Mobility

This past week there were a number of stories on income mobility in the United States. The work these reports were based on was a paper titled: “The Economic Impacts of Tax Expenditures: Evidence from Spatial Variation Across the U.S.” out of Harvard and the University of California. Interestingly, based on the title, the main […]

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