Millennials Use of Public Transit: Context or Cohort Differences?

The media – whether mainstream or social media platforms – have often portrayed millennials, or those born between  the early 1980s and the early 2000s) as having different preferences and attitudes toward work, leisure, spending, and driving as compared to older generations.  In terms of driving, millennials have been characterized as being more reluctant to … More Millennials Use of Public Transit: Context or Cohort Differences?

Can Climate Change Influence Fertility Choices?

The decision to have a child is often influenced by factors such as age, marital status, timing between children, the financial and social costs of raising a child, social pressures to have children (or not), and contraceptive use. But what about the role of the environment? That is, could the environment and climate change more … More Can Climate Change Influence Fertility Choices?

DACA Redux: Dreamers Poised to Contribute to US Economy if the Government Allows

In early September of 2017, President Trump suspended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA, or more commonly known as the ‘Dreamers Act’), with Congress given six months to enact new legislation. DACA shielded young undocumented migrants from deportation from the U.S. (on a two-year renewable basis) and enabled their security by enabling education … More DACA Redux: Dreamers Poised to Contribute to US Economy if the Government Allows

Millennial Delay

We often hear about how millennials are different from older generations: They are less likely to own a car, delay marriage, home buying and having children. Part of the problem is expensive housing markets that have priced millennials out of home buying in many markets. But it’s more than that. In Canada, the proportion 15 … More Millennial Delay

Why the International Community Won’t Recognize Environmental Refugees

Last week (January 19) I wrote about the increasing number of environmental refugees: people who have been physically displaced from their homes and livelihoods by the effects of climate change, and noted that these individuals were not covered recognized under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol … More Why the International Community Won’t Recognize Environmental Refugees

The Growing Number of Environmental Refugees

Based on data from the United Nation’s High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR), some 65.6 million people are displaced from their homes globally, including nearly 22.5 million refugees.  Their plight was highlighted in 2015 as hundreds of thousands of refugees made their way out of Africa and the Middle East into Europe. While civil war, violence, … More The Growing Number of Environmental Refugees