The Data Game: Controversies in Social Science Statistics / Edition 2

The Data Game: Controversies in Social Science Statistics / Edition 2

by Taylor and Francis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1563244810

ISBN-13: 9781563244810

Pub. Date: 05/31/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This text has been updated for this second edition to include material on AIDS, homelessness, abortion, education and other critical issues. It also includes a new chapter on the use and misuse of polling data.

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This text has been updated for this second edition to include material on AIDS, homelessness, abortion, education and other critical issues. It also includes a new chapter on the use and misuse of polling data.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563244810
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/31/1995
Series:
Habitat Guides Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
65.00(w) x 95.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Boxesxi
Preface to the Third Editionxiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
1.Introduction3
The Purpose of This Book3
How to Use This Book5
2.Demography10
Data Sources11
U.S. Census11
Vital Statistics14
Controversies14
The Population Undercount14
Undocumented Immigrants17
Costly Immigrants?18
A Birth Dearth?18
Race and Ethnicity19
Households and Families27
"Oh No, I Forgot to Get Married!"29
Divorce30
Summary32
Case Study Questions33
3.Housing35
Data Sources35
U.S. Census35
American Housing Survey36
Price Data39
Controversies40
Housing Quality40
Is There an Affordability Crisis?41
Racial Discrimination by Banks44
The Homeless45
Geographic Units47
Segregation49
Is Seattle the Best Place to Live?50
Summary52
Case Study Questions53
4.Health55
Data Sources55
Controversies59
Infant Mortality59
Are We Living Longer?62
Cancer65
AIDS68
Is Slower Safer?69
Benefit-Cost Analysis71
Summary74
Case Study Questions75
5.Education77
Data Sources77
National Center for Education Statistics77
U.S. Census Bureau78
Other Surveys78
Controversies81
Poor Data81
High School Dropouts82
Illiteracy84
Black Educational Progress85
School Desegregation: What Has Happened?87
Testing89
Summary94
Case Study Questions95
6.Crime96
Data Sources96
Uniform Crime Reports96
National Crime Victimization Survey97
Controversies100
How Much Crime Is There?100
Is the Crime Wave Over?105
Rape106
Will You Be a Crime Victim?108
Does Poverty Cause Crime?110
Why Is the Black Crime Rate So High?111
Does Prison Pay?112
Does Capital Punishment Deter Murder?114
What About White-Collar Crime?115
Summary117
Case Study Questions119
7.The National Economy121
Data Sources121
U.S. Commerce Department121
U.S. Labor Department125
U.S. Federal Reserve Board126
Private Sector126
Controversies127
Which GDP?127
Adjusting GDP Growth for Inflation128
Problems with GDP129
Underground Economy131
Intercountry Comparisons132
Measuring Productivity133
The Savings Rate137
International Statistics139
Summary141
Case Study Questions143
8.Wealth, Income, and Poverty144
Data Sources144
Wealth144
Income148
Controversies149
Are the Rich Getting Richer?149
What Is Wealth?151
Who Is the Richest of Them All?153
Are We Better Off?153
Disappearing Middle Class157
What Is Poverty?159
Summary164
Case Study Questions165
9.Labor Statistics167
Data Sources167
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics167
U.S. Census Bureau168
Controversies171
Unemployment171
Better Jobs?176
The Minimum Wage and Jobs178
Unions180
Is the Workplace Safe?181
Squirrel Cage or Easier Times?182
International Labor Statistics184
Summary186
Case Study Questions186
10.Business Statistics188
Data Sources188
Public Corporations188
Privately Held Corporations192
Small Businesses193
Aggregate Statistics193
Controversies194
Who Is the Biggest of Them All?194
Are the Big Too Big?199
The Urge to Merge--Are the Big Getting Bigger?202
Is Small Beautiful?203
Line-of-Business Reporting205
How Much Profit?207
How Now Dow?209
Picking Stock Winners209
Summary212
Case Study Questions213
11.Government214
Data Sources214
U.S. Budget214
Money215
Prices218
Controversies218
How Much for the Military?218
How Much for Welfare?220
How Big Is the Deficit?222
A Debt Monster?224
Taxes226
Measuring Money228
Inflation231
Currency Rates232
Summary236
Case Study Questions236
12.Public Opinion Polling238
Data Sources238
Private Polling Organizations238
Media Polls239
Research Centers240
Controversies241
Predicting Elections241
Polling Standards246
Horserace Journalism248
Question Wording250
Question Order253
Moral Majority: Agree or Strongly Agree?254
Don't Knows: Ignorance or Honesty?255
What Do Women Want?258
Summary259
Case Study Questions261
13.Conclusions263
Headline Makers263
Truth by Repetition264
What's Missing?266
What's "Social" in Social Science Statistics?267
The Mathematics of Social Science Statistics270
What's a Researcher to Do?272
Notes275
Index321
About the Author333

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