Internet & TechMay 23, 2016

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.”

MethodsMay 11, 2016

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.

MethodsMay 2, 2016

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?

April 8, 2016

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.

Internet & TechJuly 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.

January 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 TankDecember 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.

December 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 TankDecember 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.

November 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.