Fact Tank Jul. 2, 2014

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.

Jan. 29, 2014

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.

Fact Tank Dec. 27, 2013

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.

Dec. 16, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Dec. 9, 2013

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.

Nov. 25, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Oct. 21, 2013

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.

Oct. 17, 2013

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 […]

Fact Tank Oct. 16, 2013

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.

Oct. 15, 2013

Crime rises among second-generation immigrants as they assimilate

Second-generation immigrants are just “catching up” with the rest of us, a new study says.