Sep. 30, 2013

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

Blame “social desirability” bias.

Sep. 25, 2013

At 42 months and counting, current job “recovery” is slowest since Truman was president

42 months after U.S. payrolls bottomed out, the economy still hasn’t recovered all 8.7 million jobs wiped out in the Great Recession — the longest and slowest recovery in the postwar era.

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.

Sep. 24, 2013

The odds that you will give birth to a boy or girl depend on where in the world you live

Research over hundreds of years has consistently found that boys naturally outnumber girls at birth. The speculation is that this is nature’s way of countering the relatively high mortality rates of males, and creating more of a gender balance in the population.  While historically, there have been about 105 boys born for every 100 girls […]

Sep. 24, 2013

The growing economic clout of the college educated

For the first time on record, nearly one out of every two dollars in aggregate U.S. household income went to the college educated.

Sep. 18, 2013

Four takeaways from Tuesday’s Census income and poverty release

On Tuesday the Census Bureau released its annual trove of data on income, poverty and health insurance in 2012. Here were some of the key findings on household income: New data show that median household income has stagnated for the longest period since the government began collecting such data in 1967. In 2012 the median […]

Sep. 18, 2013

After recession, more children living with Grandma or Grandpa

In 2011, about 3 million U.S. children were living with and being primarily cared for by a grandparent.

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 […]

Aug. 30, 2013

Black incomes are up, but wealth isn’t

Although household-income growth for African-Americans has outpaced that of whites since the 1960s, those gains haven’t led to any narrowing of the wealth gap between the races.