Data and the American Dream

Contemporary Social Controversies and the American Community Survey

Authors: Holian, Matthew J

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  • Provides an accessible discussion of social science research on hot topics like immigration, health care, and climate change
  • Uses the American Community Survey as a way to show the reader how to do research on important social phenomena using powerful software with large data sets 
  • Has a companion website where the replication files are available
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This book paints a portrait of social life in America by providing an accessible discussion of empirical economics research on issues such as illegal immigration, health care and climate change. All the studies in this book use the same data source: individual responses to the American Community Survey (ACS), the nation's largest household survey.

The author identifies studies that clearly illustrate core econometric methods (such as regression control and difference-in-differences), replicates key statistics from the studies, and helps the reader to carefully interpret the statistics. This book has a companion website with replication files in R and Stata format. The Appendix to this book contains a guide to using the free R software, downloading the ACS and other public-use microdata, and running the replication files, which assumes no background knowledge on the part of the reader beyond introductory statistics. By opening up the hood on how top scholars use core econometric methods to analyze large data sets, a motivated reader with a decent computer and Internet connection can use this book to learn not only how to replicate published research, but also to extend the analysis to create new knowledge about important social phenomena. A more casual reader can skip the online supplements and still gain data-driven insights into social and economic behavior. The book concludes by describing how careful empirical estimates can guide decision making, through cost-benefit analysis, to find public policies that lead to greater happiness while accounting for environmental, public health and other impacts.

With its accessible discussion, glossary, detailed learning goals, end of chapter review questions and companion resources, this book is ideal for use as a supplementary volume in introductory econometrics or research methods courses.

 


About the authors

Matthew J. Holian is Professor of Economics at San Jose State University in California where he teaches classes in Econometrics and Research Methods. His scholarly writing has been published in journals like Public Choice, Ecological Economics and the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economics. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Data and the American Dream
Book Subtitle
Contemporary Social Controversies and the American Community Survey
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-64262-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-64262-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-64261-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 205
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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