24 Jun 2017

General News & Items of Interest to DemographersRSS


NY Times Census News

Clues to a Jane Doe’s Beginning 30 Years Before Her Violent End

A reporter travels to rural South Carolina to trace the roots of a murdered drug dealer who had worked the streets of Harlem long ago.

The Census and Diversity

A Brookings fellow writes that older whites are troubled by a demographic change.

Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss

Read about how the other side thinks: the pitfalls of using a special prosecutor, the pros and cons of the Resistance movement, and the perils of Trumponomics.

The Census and Right-Wing Hysteria

Predictions about the end of the white majority are misleading.

The Census Won’t Collect L.G.B.T. Data. That’s a Problem.

If we aren’t counted, we can’t be seen or understood.

Max Planck Inst for Demographic Research

Coming in to stay?


In the new issue of “Demografische Forschung aus Erster Hand,” read about the values, goals, and perceptions of refugees in Austria, and about why the birth rate of German men is lower than the birth rate of German women. 

Puzzling mortality

The probability of not reaching the next year of life is not the same at every moment of life. MPIDR-scientist Marcus Ebeling provides likely reasons for varying values ​​in different age groups at Rostock’s Eleven, which takes place on June 9.

Mother´s age doesn´t matter

New MPIDR study: A mother’s advanced age at childbirth is not the reason for the elevated risks of low birth weight or preterm birth, but may instead be related to individual circumstances and behavioral patterns of the mother.

Better prospects for small babies

Many studies have demonstrated that the cognitive abilities of children with low birth weight are generally lower than those of their normal-birth-weight peers. A MPIDR-study shows that these disadvantages have shrunk significantly over the past decades.

MPIDR data on life expectancy for web tool of the insurance industry

MPIDR researchers have calculated data on German cohort life expectancy for the German Insurance Association (GDV), which has now been published in a web tool by the GDV. Background information on the collaboration.

Demography Matters

Hans Rosling, in memoriam

I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death earlier this week of Gapminder's Hans Rosling. 68 was too young for anyone, certainly too young for someone so dedicated to helping the world know itself through the truth. Scott Gilmore's article in MacLean's is one I recommend. From Davos, to the White House, to the offices of the World Bank, Rosling could be found tirelessly preaching the

On Max Roser's A history of global living conditions in 5 charts and the future

Some days ago, I saw shared on Facebook an essay, Max Roser's "A history of global living conditions in 5 charts" at the Our World in Data project. In this essay, Roser makes the argument--contrary to the zeigeist of 2016--that, in fact, in the longue durée things have been getting decidedly better for people. Extreme poverty and premature mortality have faded, rates of literacy and education

Nature's Amy MaxMen on the achievements of Gapminder's Hans Rosling

In January 2011 and June 2013, I linked to two videos by Swedish statistician and popularizer Hans Rosling demonstrating different demographic trends. Today, via 3 Quarks Daily, I came across Amy Maxmen's excellent long-format article on Rosling and his accomplishments, "Three minutes with Hans Rosling will change your mind about the world". It does a great job of explaining just what Rosling,

"Census still vulnerable to political meddling, says former chief"

Canadian newsmagazine MacLean's hosts Jordan Press' Canadian Press article "Census still vulnerable to political meddling, says former chief". Wayne Smith warns that the Canadian census is still vulnerable to political interference, even with new legislation. The federal government’s bid to protect Statistics Canada from political interference has a significant oversight that exposes the census

The Globe and Mail on the Syrian refugee population in Canada

In The Globe and Mail, journalist Joe Friesen's data-driven analysis "Syrian exodus to Canada: One year later, a look at who the refugees are and where they went" takes a look at how the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees resettled Canada are doing. The initial surge of arrivals was fuelled primarily by privately sponsored refugees whose applications were already in the pipeline under the

The Economist

City of cars: Paying for public transport in Los Angeles

Print section Print Rubric:  The money for public transport is there, but plenty of barriers remain Print Headline:  City of cars Print Fly Title:  Transport in Los Angeles UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  How to have a better death Fly Title:  City of cars Location:  LOS ANGELES Main image:  20170429_usp507.jpg WHEN the Los Angeles transit authority extended a railway to link the city’s towering downtown to Santa Monica, a swanky seaside neighbourhood, last May, Angelenos rushed to experience it as if to glimpse a celebrity. For six decades, there had been no rail connection from the centre to the Westside beaches. So exciting was the concept that queues formed at 9.30am to catch the first train at noon. A year later Los Angeles is gearing up to build a rail link to the ...

Condoms v conservatives: The problems of family planning in Nigeria

Print section Print Rubric:  Faith and tradition favour high fertility. Education pulls the other way Print Headline:  Condoms v conservatives Print Fly Title:  Birth control in Nigeria UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  How to have a better death Fly Title:  Condoms v conservatives Location:  KADUNA Main image:  Not a plot Not a plot NOT everyone thinks birth control is a blessing. Boko Haram, a jihadist group that terrorises north-eastern Nigeria, deems artificial contraception to be a product of infidel learning, and therefore forbidden. Its ideologues also believe that females should avoid school, marry early (sometimes while still children) and have lots of babies. In the dwindling areas the jihadists control, women have no choice. Even outside those areas, contraception is ...

Fewer hombres: The big hole in Trump’s wall

Main image:  FEW of Donald Trump’s campaign promises are as memorable as his pledge to build a “big, beautiful wall” along America’s southern border. But while the planned barrier may play well with Mr Trump's base, it addresses a problem that has largely abated. Illegal immigration has been declining since 2007. A new study by economists Gordon Hanson, Chen Liu and Craig McIntosh of the University of California, San Diego argues that it will fall further still.During the economic boom of the 1990s and early 2000s, unauthorised immigrants, mainly from Mexico, flocked to America. The total number of undocumented immigrants rose from 3.5m in 1990 to a peak of 12.2m in 2007, but came to a halt after the financial crisis, according to The Pew Research Centre, a think-tank. Part of this decline has been a result of policy: the Obama administration made it a priority to stem the flow of immigrants, while also shielding long-term residents. But economic and demographic trends have also played a part. Flows of legal immigrants are largely fixed because of the visa system. In contrast, flows of illegal immigrants are more dependent on economic considerations. During the financial crisis in American, as wage growth slowed, Mexican workers with lower education levels had less reason to move north. Given ...

Fading echoes: East Germany’s population is shrinking

Print section Print Rubric:  Germany is running out of people, starting in the east Print Headline:  Fading echoes Print Fly Title:  Depopulation in Germany UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  As Turkey votes on a new constitution, it is sliding into dictatorship Fly Title:  Fading echoes Location:  BITTERFELD-WOLFEN Main image:  20170415_fnp502.jpg WERE it not for the graffiti on abandoned buildings, Bitterfeld-Wolfen, two towns north of Leipzig joined as one in 2007, would seem devoid of young people. Pharmacies, physiotherapy surgeries and shops selling garden gnomes line the sleepy streets. In its heyday the place had a booming chemical industry. Today “the air is much cleaner and we can finally hang out laundry,” says an elderly local out on a morning stroll. “But many jobs were lost ...

Daily chart: Migration and labour shortages in Asian countries

Main image:  THE Asian “model” of migration tends to be highly restrictive, and often appears more dedicated to stemming immigration than to managing it. The continent′s governments frequently curtail entry severely, strongly discourage permanent settlement and keep citizenship out of reach. Although Asia is home to half the world′s population, it provides only 34% of the total number of emigrants and hosts a mere 17% of immigrants. Just one-third of Asians who move abroad remain on the continent, and of those, most stick to neighbouring countries. This makes it hard to fill jobs in many countries where they are needed, despite a surplus of labour elsewhere. The imbalance of workers will only grow more dire as populations get greyer. For now, China is still a net exporter of labour. But during the next 30 years its working-age population is set to shrink by 180m, and it will need 20m more domestic workers. Overall, East Asia would have to import 275m people between the ages of 15 and 64 by 2030 to keep the share of its population at working age steady. Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and especially Thailand need workers, while Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines have too many. South Asia, meanwhile, could afford to lose 134m labourers—India alone could send more than 80m abroad—without worsening ...

Urban Institute

Death Rates for US Women Ages 15 to 54 : Some Unexpected Trends

Recent trends in death rates among US women ages 15 to 54 reveal that rates among non-Hispanic whites are rising for many causes of death. These rising causes include accidental poisoning (linked to the epidemic of prescription opioids), suicide, and obesity- and smoking-related diseases. Specific changes in behavior might reduce some of these death rates, but the range of rising causes of death among white women suggests a need for a broader perspective on the social determinants of health. Unhealthy behaviors often arise and persist within certain social and economic contexts, and such behaviors resist improvement or are replaced by other unhealthy behaviors unless those contexts change.

Supporting Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care, Issue Brief 2: Financial Literacy and Asset Building Programs

This issue brief is one of three that focus on programs providing services to youth transitioning out of foster care in three common service domains: education, employment, and financial literacy and asset building. This brief highlights why financial literacy and asset building services are important to youth currently or formerly in foster care, what we know about the current types of programs and services offered in this service area, and the effectiveness of these services. Drawing on a review of existing research and convenings conducted with researchers, program managers, and federal staff, this brief address remaining research gaps and how the available evidence should inform future planning for evaluation activities.

Preparing for a "Next Generation" Evaluation of Independent Living Programs for Youth in Foster Care

Policymakers have long been concerned about the poor outcomes experienced by youth in foster care transitioning to adulthood. Experimental evaluations of independent living programs conducted under the John H Chafee Independence Act found the programs studied showed limited evidence of effectiveness; however, the evaluation made important observations about independent living programs overall and provided guidance for ongoing efforts to improve services for transition-age youth in foster care. This brief presents a conceptual framework, typology, and central conclusions from current planning efforts to develop an agenda for future evaluation activities.

Supporting Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care, Issue Brief 3: Employment Programs

This issue brief is one of three that focus on programs providing services to youth transitioning out of foster care in three common service domains: education, employment, and financial literacy and asset building. This brief highlights why employment services are important to youth currently or formerly in foster care, what we know about the current types of programs and services offered in this service area, and the effectiveness of these services. Drawing on a review of existing research and convenings conducted with researchers, program managers, and federal staff, this brief address remaining research gaps and how the available evidence should inform future planning for evaluation activities.

Supporting Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care, Issue Brief 1: Education Programs

This issue brief is one of three that focus on programs providing services to youth transitioning out of foster care in three common service domains: education, employment, and financial literacy and asset building. This brief highlights why education services are important to youth currently or formerly in foster care, what we know about the current types of programs and services offered in this service area, and the effectiveness of these services. Drawing on a review of existing research and convenings conducted with researchers, program managers, and federal staff, this brief address remaining research gaps and how the available evidence should inform future planning for evaluation activities.

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