Q&A: The impact and evolution of the sharing economy
We interviewed Arun Sundararajan, a professor of information, operations and management sciences at New York University, and a leading expert on the sharing economy. Sundararajan is the author of the recently released book “The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism.”
The challenges of polling Asian Americans
Why aren’t Asian Americans shown as a separate group when differences among whites, blacks and Hispanics are discussed in survey reports? It’s a good question, so we put together a summary of some of the methodological and other issues on accurately polling U.S. Asians.
What we learned about online nonprobability polls
The advantages of these online surveys are obvious – they are fast and relatively inexpensive, and the technology for them is pervasive. But are they accurate?
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.