From multiracial children to gender identity, what some demographers are studying now
The nation’s largest annual demography conference, the Population Association of America meeting, featured new research on topics including couples who live in separate homes, children of multiracial couples, transgender Americans, immigration law enforcement and how climate change affects migration.
Facebook’s experiment causes a lot of fuss for little result
The controversy over what the Facebook researchers did may be overshadowing other important discussions, specifically conversations about what they really found—not much, actually—and the right and wrong way to think about and report findings based on statistical analyses of Big Data.
New academic study links rising income inequality to ‘assortative mating’
The income gap between couples with relatively high and those with relatively low levels of education had widened substantially since 1960, according to a new study.
Men more likely than women to compromise values for career success
Another possible explanation why there are so few cracks in the corporate glass ceiling.
Who men and women prefer as their co-workers
Most Americans say it doesn’t matter if their co-workers are men or women. But for those with a preference, men say they would rather work with men—and women say the same.
Study on twins suggests our political beliefs may be hard-wired
Everyone knows that our genes predispose us to be tall or short, blue-eyed blonds or brown-eyed brunettes, smart or not-so-smart. Now new research finds that, to a surprisingly large degree, our genes also shape our political beliefs and orientation.
Study: Having daughters makes parents more likely to be Republican
Two sociologists have found that parents who have daughters are more inclined to support the GOP and turn a cold shoulder to Democrats.
Is divorce contagious?
A new study suggests that the divorce of a friend or close relative dramatically increases the chances that you too will divorce.
The ‘leisure gap’ between mothers and fathers
In America, fathers, on average, have about three hours more leisure time per week than mothers. This “leisure gap” has been consistent at least over the past decade. What are dads doing with their extra time? For the most part, they’re watching TV, according to new Pew Research Center analysis of data from the government-sponsored […]
A downside to an up economy? Mortality rates increase in better times
A new study finds that mortality rates increase during upward cycles in the economy, and decrease during downward cycles.