Infant Mortality Rates: Finding Developing World Rates in the U.S. and Canada

Infant mortality rates (IMR), which measure the number of deaths to infants less than one year of age per one thousand births, are an often-quoted measure of the resources countries commit to their health care system and the emphasis that we place on ensuring a healthy population. The 2017 version of the Population Reference Bureau’s … More Infant Mortality Rates: Finding Developing World Rates in the U.S. and Canada

On the Relevance of the Census Long Form

In 2011, the Canadian government announced that it would scrape the census long form and replace it with a voluntary National Household Survey (NHS), citing privacy concerns. Other countries, and notably the United States, had also dropped their census long form in favor of other mechanisms to collect data on their populations. Due to its … More On the Relevance of the Census Long Form

Boomerang Children and the Failure to Launch: Implications for Their On-Going Support

  Over the past decade, we have seen an increasing number (and proportion) of children who continue to live with their parents, either because they have returned home after leaving (“boomerang” children) or because they have never left the parental home (“failure to launch”). In the U.S., for example, the percentage of young men aged … More Boomerang Children and the Failure to Launch: Implications for Their On-Going Support

Refugees: Net Fiscal Burden or Benefit?

One of the most vexing immigration questions that policy makers and academics are asked is whether immigration is a net benefit or cost to the receiving country. The question is particularly important at a time when the U.S. (and other governments) is considering restricting immigration flows into their countries. Often times, the high cost of … More Refugees: Net Fiscal Burden or Benefit?

The Life and Death of DACA: Was DACA Responsible for the Surge in Undocumented Migrants?

Starting in 2008, the number of unaccompanied alien children crossing into the U.S. grew dramatically, with origins including Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. The surge in the number of arrivals appeared to coincide with legislative changes, including the Bush Administration’s 2008 Williams Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2012 Deferred Action … More The Life and Death of DACA: Was DACA Responsible for the Surge in Undocumented Migrants?