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A sample of completed demographic data projects that have been conducted at the TRDC.

Exposure to Television and the American Family: Historical evidence from the United States

Recent studies in developing countries indicate that exposure to television affects individual behavior and roles, and find that women change their fertility behavior and attitudes as a result of exposure to television. We will add a historical component to this … Read More

Race in rural America: differentials in teenage motherhood and high school completion

We study differences in teenage motherhood and high school completion between races, and in particular how such differences relate to differences in housing. This research uses a combination of restricted-access data from the American Community Survey and Decennial Census, plus … Read More

The incidence of a local labor demand shock with one-sided migration: American Indian-owned casino gaming

This research will use the unique nature of American Indian reservations, which constitute clearly defined local labor markets, to produce estimates describing how labor markets, housing markets, and migration respond to labor demand shocks in the context of limited in-migration. … Read More

How Does Geography Matter in Ethnic Labor Market Segmentation Process?

In the context of continuing influxes of large numbers of immigrants to the United States, the urban labor market segmentation along the lines of race/ethnicity, gender, and class has drawn considerable growing attention. Using a confidential dataset extracted from the … Read More

Demographic Individuals and Neighborhoods: A Reciprocal Relationship and its Consequences for Change over Time

This study will look at how neighborhoods change over time, how this change affects residents’ perceptions and actions, and how residents’ actions impact on the neighborhood change. Using longitudinal data, it will test two competing theories explaining the relationship between … Read More

Starting School at Four: The Effects of Universal Pre-Kindergarten on Children and Mothers

Publicly subsidized universal prekindergarten (pre-K) programs have received considerable attention in recent years as an avenue for both promoting school readiness and providing childcare. In this study, we will estimate the effects of Pre-K programs on children’s enrollment in preschool … Read More

Should my car move or should I? A model of residential and commuting choices

Communities across the country are implementing policies to address their increasing commuter congestion. These policies are relatively new and vary from city to city, so not much is known about their full effects. To evaluate different congestion reduction policies, this … Read More

Community Hazard Mitigation and the Community Rating System of the National Flood Insurance Program

Little empirical evidence exists to shed light on what factors influence the establishment of local hazard mitigation projects. One objective of this study is to provide such evidence through an examination of patterns in the Community Rating System (CRS) scores … Read More

Housing Values and Eminent Domain

This study will use data from the American Community Survey (ACS), American Housing Survey (AHS), and Decennial Censuses to examine the impact of eminent domain takings decisions on housing values in geographic areas affected by those decisions. Most of the … Read More

Demographic Generating A Geographic Wage Comparison Index

This research will create a new implementation of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) comparable wage index (CWI), based on confidential data from the 2005-2009 American Community Survey (ACS). The CWI is an annual measure of uncontrollable variation in … Read More