Sep. 30, 2013

Study: Opposition to same-sex marriage may be understated in public opinion polls

Blame “social desirability” bias.

Sep. 25, 2013

Study: Awards may stifle future achievements, at least in math

Do prizes result in more brilliant work from the world’s best and brightest? Apparently not, at least in mathematics.

Fact Tank Sep. 23, 2013

Study: Early voting associated with lower turnout

The country’s most widely adopted reform designed to make voting easier may lower the chances that an individual voter will go to the polls, according to a new study.

Sep. 17, 2013

Study: More men on the ‘daddy track’

More dads than ever before—roughly 550,000 in the past decade and counting—are staying home full-time with their children.

Sep. 16, 2013

Study: Religious people more likely to reject the idea that life has no purpose

Numerous studies have shown that people who are religious are happier in life. Now, a new study has found those who believe in God with no doubts are more likely to strongly disagree with the idea that life does not have meaning. Stephen Cranney of the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania recently […]

Fact Tank Sep. 3, 2013

The disappearing male worker

Are men losing interest in work? Male labor force participation rates in the United States have been in steady decline since at least 1950 while women’s labor market participation steadily rose before leveling off about a decade ago. Two recent analyses of U.S. Census data document this trend and offer some unexpected reasons why this […]

Fact Tank Aug. 27, 2013

Are blacks as financially well off as whites? Depends on whom you ask

Despite large and persistent gaps between blacks and whites on virtually every indicator of economic well-being, about half of all whites say the average black person is about as well off financially or doing better than the average white person, according to a survey released last week by the Pew Research Center.

Fact Tank Aug. 7, 2013

Sign of things to come? Integration without blacks in New York City neighborhoods

In a new study, researchers found nearly a three-fold increase in the share of integrated New York City neighborhoods with a mix of whites, Hispanics and Asians but few, if any, blacks.

Fact Tank Aug. 5, 2013

Even in white collar crime, female crooks face a glass ceiling

A study finds that female white-collar crooks face the same glass ceiling as their law-abiding peers in the corporate world: they typically hold inferior positions to men, rarely are in charge and make significantly less money for their dirty deeds than their male accomplices.

Fact Tank Jul. 18, 2013

The price that politicians pay for scandals

Becoming caught up in a serious ethics scandal isn’t necessarily a career-ender for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. It turns out only about a quarter exit the political stage through resignation or retirement.  The rest choose to seek re-election despite the blot on their records—and two-thirds of them win. This scandal scorecard comes […]