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The Data game: controversies in social science statistics

Author: Maier, Mark Publisher: Sharpe, 1999.Language: EnglishDescription: 332 p. : Graphs ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0765603764Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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The Data Game Controversies in Social Science Statistics Contents List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes Preface to the Third Edition Acknowledgments 1. Introduction The Purpose of This Book How to Use This Book 2. Demography Data Sources U.S. Census Vital Statistics Controversies The Population Undercount Undocumented Immigrants Costly Immigrants? A Birth Dearth? Race and Ethnicity Households and Families "Oh No, I Forgot to Get Married!" Divorce Summary Case Study Questions 3. Housing Data Sources U.S. Census xi xiii xv 3 3 5 10 11 11 14 14 14 17 18 18 19 27 29 30 32 33 35 35 35 American Housing Survey Price Data Controversies Housing Quality Is There an Affordability Crisis? Racial Discrimination by Banks The Homeless Geographic Units Segregation Is Seattle the Best Place to Live? Summary Case Study Questions 4. Health Data Sources Controversies Infant Mortality Are We Living Longer? Cancer AIDS Is Slower Safer? Benefit-Cost Analysis Summary Case Study Questions 5. Education Data Sources National Center for Education Statistics U.S. Census Bureau Other Surveys Controversies Poor Data High School Dropouts Illiteracy Black Educational Progress School Desegregation: What Has Happened? Testing Summary Case Study Questions 6. Crime Data Sources Uniform Crime Reports National Crime Victimization Survey 36 39 40 40 41 44 45 47 49 50 52 53 55 55 59 59 62 65 68 69 71 74 75 77 77 77 78 78 81 81 82 84 85 87 89 94 95 96 96 96 97 Controversies How Much Crime Is There? Is the Crime Wave Over? Rape Will You Be a Crime Victim? Does Poverty Cause Crime? Why Is the Black Crime Rate So High? Does Prison Pay? Does Capital Punishment Deter Murder? What About White-Collar Crime? Summary Case Study Questions 7. The National Economy Dam Sources U.S. Commerce Department U.S. Labor Department U.S. Federal Reserve Board Private Sector Controversies Which GDP? Adjusting GDP Growth for Inflation Problems with GDP Underground Economy lntercountry Comparisons Measuring Productivity The Savings Rate International Statistics Summary Case Study Questions 8. Wealth, bicorne, and Poverty Data Sources Wealth Income Controversies Are the Rich Getting Richer? What Is Wealth? Who 1s the Richest of Them All? Are We Better Off? Disappearing Middle Class What Is Poverty? Summary 100 100 105 106 108 110 111 112 114 115 117 119 121 121 121 125 126 126 127 127 128 129 131 132 133 137 139 141 143 144 144 144 148 149 149 151 153 153 157 159 164 Case Study Questions 9. Labor Statistics Data Sources U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Census Bureau Controversies Unemployment Better Jobs? The Minimum Wage and Jobs Unions Is the Workplace Safe? Squirrel Cage or Easier Times? International Labor Statistics Summary Case Study Questions 10. Business Statistics Data Sources Public Corporations Privately Held Corporations Small Businesses Aggregate Statistics Controversies Who Is the Biggest of Them All? Are the Big Too Big? The Urge to Merge--Are the Big Getting Bigger? Is Small Beautiful? Line-of-Business Reporting How Much Profit? How Now Dow? Picking Stock Winners Summary Case Study Questions 11. Government Data Sources U.S. Budget Money Prices Controversies How Much for the Military? How Much for Welfare? 165 167 167 167 168 171 171 176 178 180 181 182 184 186 186 188 188 188 192 193 193 194 194 199 202 203 205 207 209 209 212 213 214 214 214 215 218 218 218 220 How Big Is the Deficit? A Debt Monster? Taxes Measuring Money Inflation Currency Rates Summary Case Study Questions 12. Public Opinion Polling Data Sources Private Polling Organizations Media Poils Research Centers Controversies Predicting Elections Polling Standards Horserace Journalism Question Wording Question Order Moral Majority: Agree or Strongly Agree? Don't Knows: Ignorance or Honesty? What Do Women Want? Summary Case Study Questions 13. Conclusions Headline Makers Truth by Repetition What's Missing? What's "Social" in Social Science Statistics? The Mathematics of Social Science Statistics What's a Researcher to Do? Notes Index About the Author 222 224 226 228 231 232 236 236 238 238 238 239 240 241 241 246 248 250 253 254 255 258 259 261 263 263 264 266 267 270 272 275 321 333

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