05/08/2013: The Asset Price Meltdown and the Wealth of the Middle Class
Edward N. Wolff, Department of Economics, New York University
The collapse of the stock market and home prices has taken an immense toll on the assets of the middle class. The wealth of the average (median) American household in 2010 was at its lowest level since 1969 in constant dollars. Minorities and young adults were especially impacted by the sharp rise in wealth inequality after 2000.
03/20/2013: The Diversity of Hispanic Populations in the United States
John R. Logan, Richard N. Turner, Brown University
The residential separation of most Hispanic groups has sharply declined in the last two decades, despite their continued growth. Hispanics come to the U.S. from many origins, and there are real differences between them. South Americans have the highest education and are the least separated from whites among all Hispanic groups. Dominicans, Central Americans and South Americans are the fastest growing Hispanic groups.
02/20/2013: Great Recession Spurs a Shift to Local Moves
Michael A. Stoll, Department of Public Policy and Luskin School of Public Affairs,UCLA
In the Great Recession long range moves have declined but there has been a jump in moving locally. In 2010, 9% of Americans moved locally, the highest level in a decade. Meanwhile, less than 2% of Americans moved farther afield, the lowest level in this same period. People moved the most in metropolitan areas with the highest unemployment and the highest foreclosures, areas hard hit by the Great Recession. Unlike the past decades, when local movers were moving up economically these movers were moving down economically.
09/07/2012: Racial and Ethnic Diversity Goes Local: Charting Change in American Communities Over Three Decades
Barrett A. Lee, John Iceland, and Gregory Sharp, Department of Sociology and Population Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University
Increasing diversity has long been apparent at the national level and in our nation's largest metropolitan gateways. Since 1980 over nine-tenths of all cities, suburbs, and small towns have become more diverse. And rural communities are following the lead of their urban counterparts. Places where whites make up 90% or more of the population were two-thirds of the total three decades ago; now they are down to only one-third.
8/1/2012: During the Great Recession, More Young Adults Lived with Parents
Zhenchao Qian (The Ohio State University)
Leaving home marks the transition from dependence to autonomy, but the Great Recession has led to economic and personal instability for America’s 20-to-34-year-olds.
3/21/2012: Home Ownership's Wild Ride, 2001-2011
Emily Rosenbaum (Fordham University)
Not everyone benefited from the the housing boom 10 years ago, leading to steep declines when the Great Recession hit.
03/08/2012: A Very Uneven Road: U.S. Labor Markets in the Past 30 Years
Harry J. Holzer (Georgetown University, American Institutes for Research) and Marek Hlavac (Harvard University)
Of the four U.S. recessions that occurred since 1979, two were quite mild while the other two were quite severe – especially the Great Recession of 2008 and beyond. Very large increases in unemployment rates and durations have occurred in the recent downturn, and were experienced primarily by less-educated, younger and/or minority workers – who had already experienced relative declines in their earnings and employment over the past three decades.
11/16/2011: More Unequal and More Separate: Growth in the Residential Segregation of Families by Income, 1970-2009
Sean F. Reardon and Kendra Bischoff, Stanford University
The share of families who live in the poorest and most affluent neighborhoods of the nation's 117 largest metro areas has more than doubled since 1970. Over the same period, the percent of families living in middle-income neighborhoods dropped from 65 percent to 44 percent.
10/31/2011, Global Neighborhoods: New Evidence from Census 2010
John R. Logan, Brown University and Wenquan Zhang, Texas A&M
In the nation's 20 most multiethnic metropolitan areas, nearly 40 percent of the population now lives in global neighborhoods: up dramatically from less than 25 percent in 1980. But this progress is counterweighted: About half the black residents and 40 percent of Hispanics in these metros still live in all-minority neighborhoods.
10/18/2011: Unauthorized Immigrant Parents:Do Their Migration Histories Limit Their Children’s Education?
Mark A. Leach (Pennsylvania State University), Frank D. Bean (University of California, Irvine), Susan K. Brown (University of California, Irvine) and Jennifer Van Hook (Pennsylvania State University)
High school and college are less attainable for 3.8 million Mexican-American children who have unauthorized parent/parents. Whether the parents entered the U.S. illegally matters far less than whether they remained unauthorized.
08/02/2011: Separate and Unequal: The Neighborhood Gap for Blacks, Hispanics and Asians in Metropolitan America
John Logan (Brown University)
The average black or Hispanic household earning more than $75,000 lives in a poorer neighborhood than the average white resident earning less than $40,000.
07/25/2011: Whose Schools Are Failing?
John Logan (Brown University)
No Child Left Behind can't fix the performance disparities between schools attended by whites and Asians and those attended by blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans.
04/26/2011: An Uneven Road, Then a Cliff: U.S. Labor Markets, 2000-10
Harry J. Holzer and Marek Hlavac (Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University)
Following the boom period of 1995-2000, most American workers either treaded water or lost ground on earnings from 2000 to 2007: many with disastrous consequences.
4/12/2011: How Changes in Employment, Earnings and Public Transfers Make the First Two Years of the Great Recession (2007-2009) Different from Previous Recessions and Why It Matters
Richard V. Burkhauser (Cornell University) and Jeff Larrimore (Joint Committee on Taxation
Two factors distinguish the median-income declines and inequality increases in the first two years of the Great Recession from earlier recessions: employment decline, not earnings decline, for women and especially men; and the offset of increased public transfers.
3/24/2011: The Persistence of Segregation in the Metropolis: New Findings from the 2010 Census
John R. Logan (Brown University) and Brian J. Stults (Florida State University)
Since 1980, black-white segregation has continued to reduce slowly, slowly, but the traditional Ghetto Belt cities of the Northeast and Midwest remain extraordinarily segregated. The growth of the Hispanic and Asian populations is creating larger, denser ethnic enclaves around the U.S.