LA Barometer Livability survey is released! This is the link to the AirTalk appearance (Larry Mantle) with LABarometer Director Kyla Thomas. Kyla explained the significance of the quarterly survey, as well as the likely reasons behind the lower life satisfaction rating in Los Angeles. Fox 5 in San Diego posted an online story from City News Service.
A new write up in the LA Times about Understanding America Study respondents feelings on the leanings of candidates.
USC Dornsife Understanding America Poll included some questions on voter opinion last month. Summarized in this USC article and in the LA Times by David Lauter: "The poll illustrates the steep challenge that Trump faces in winning reelection: A majority of Americans eligible to vote would be unhappy if Trump were reelected, the survey finds. Of those polled, 54% said they would be unhappy, 29% happy, and 16% neither."
On tax day, the LA Times published a story on how Americans are feeling about taxes and refunds under the new tax policy.
Daniel Benjamin was featured in USC's academic minute, discussing the results from a large genetic study which looked for genetic variants which may play a role in educational attainment.
LA Times/Dornsife tracking poll results quoted in article on opinions of high speed rail in California.
A number of articles were released this month in the Los Angeles Times surrounding work on the Understanding America Study poll:
· Prop 10, which would expand rent control, is in 'deep trouble,' poll shows Liam Dillon (October 19, 2018)
· Initiative to repeal gas tax is falling short, according to poll of California voters Patrick McGreevy (October 19, 2018)
· Sen. Dianne Feinstein is a good bet to win reelection, serve a final term and retire reluctantly George Skelton (October 18, 2018)
· De Leon has run against Feinstein from the left, but much of his support comes from Republicans, new poll finds Sarah D. Wire (October 18, 2018)
· Poll shows Newsom with a commanding lead over Cox in final weeks before Californians select their next governor Phil Willon (October 17, 2018)
· Proposition 13 has strictly limited property tax increases since 1978. Voters get a chance to change that Liam Dillon (October 17, 2018)
Jill Darling and Robert Schrum were also featured in The Conversation for their work looking at a historical view of press freedoms.
Dornsife media issued a press release to summarize a new publication in Nature Genetics, about Daniel Benjamin's massive undertaking with the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (link to article FAQs here) to try to find which genes affect educational attainment. Carl Zimmer of The New York Times and Ed Yong of The Atlantic both wrote excellent summaries of their takeaways from the paper.
The Scientist also featured research by Daniel Benjamin of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Economic and Social Research on genetic markers that may predict educational attainment. Although the roughly 1,300 genes identified served as a reliable predictor for some demographics, the conclusions did not hold true for all Americans. Benjamin hopes to grow the study to more than 2 million people and expects to find thousands more genes linked to education. Slate, ABC News (Australia), IANS and Press Trust of India highlighted the study's findings.
USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll featured in the LA Times May 29, 2018, on transportation issues: local poll of 835 voters found that respondents were pretty equally divided over the high-speed rail line, with 48% expressing at least some support and 43% opposed.
New poll finds a volatile race for second place in California governor's contest: Understanding America Study survey is featured in the LA Times, May 22, 2018.
Poll was also mentioned in an article by Arnold Schwartzenegger and Ro Khanna in the Washington Post about the open primary system.
CESR Executive Director Arie Kapteyn was featured on the USC home page and in a press release about his work on international comparisons of physical activity. The piece is published April 11 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. An animation summary gives a quick overview of findings.
Our Executive Director Arie Kapteyn was awarded a sort of Dutch Lifetime achievement award for his work in Economics, The Pierson Penning. He received this honor joint with his advisor Bernard van Praag. This medal is awarded once every three years to one of more Dutch or Netherlands based economists for their contributions to economics or the economy, with a focus on topics Pierson was interested in:(1) methods, (2) social questions; (3) the international monetary system; (4) fair taxation. His award emphasized his work (with van Praag and others) on interdependent preferences and subjective poverty thresholds, but (some of) his other contributions were also mentioned. Congratulations! Tilburg University also announced the event that took place at the University of Amsterdam.
Donna Spruijt-Metz is featured in an article about healthy eating and easing into a vegetarian lifestyle on WalletHub.
Maria Prados and co-authors had a write up in Vox about their paper on the long-term benefits of early childcare. With Jorge Luis García, James Heckman, and Duncan Ermini Leaf.
Marco Angrisani, Maria Cassanova and Erik Meijer presented their paper on working at older ages at a retirement research consortium meeting in Washington D.C. at the National Press Club, which was picked up for a mention in Forbes. One striking finding was evidence that women made a change in their work status when their spouse experienced a health shock. Read the full paper here!
CESR's new brochure wins an award of excellence from the UCDA Design Competition. We think Dornsife publications did an outstanding job as well!
Anna Saavedra's study "Knowledge in Action" was featured in the Dornsife news. The study, funded by the Lucas Educational Foundation, has fielded experiments in schools across the country on ways AP course curriculum is delivered to students. Read full article.
Daniel Benjamin of the Center for Economic and Social Research projects a vision of how analyzing the big data of genetics may improve social policy intervention and life outcomes.
Stone and Spruijt-Metz Keynote SSA2017
We are pleased to announce CESR's partiipation in SSA2017, Society for Ambulatory Assessment in Luxemboug, 15-17 June 2017 by key note speakers Arthur Stone and Donna Spruijt-Metz.
Case and Deaton: Morbidity and Mortality in America
Town and Gown, 10.30am Thursday April 21st, Anne Case and Angus Deaton wil present their groundbreaking work on falling life expectancy.
Conference on Polygenic Prediction and its Application in Social Science
We are pleased to host the largest international gathering to date of experts in the field of poly, with Keynote speaker Kari Stefansson, famous for the Decode study – one of the first large scale efforts to collect genetic information on the population of Iceland. Conference is being held at USC April 13th and 14th.
Our work with the Social Security Administration using the Understanding America Study in a number of studies on retirement deicision making is featured on their Retirement Initiative Website.
Donna Spruijt-Metz is quoted in an LA Times article featuring activity tracking devices such as Fitbits and our obsession with them.
Juan Saavedra's work on remedial education in Peru was featured in an Inter-American Development Bank Publication.
President Trump mentioned our Day Break poll at CPAC, and the LA Times wrote a response touching on what we did right and what we missed.
And so 2016 closed with us getting the prize for "Statistical Fortitude" from 538. There are worse ways to go. Read more about how we were in the news....
Our op ed on The Hill was posted in an attempt to address some of the comments we have received about the poll and how we are different.
CESR is excited to launch our new election poll! We will be tracking participating Understanding America Study respondents each week as they think about the November election. Today we were featured by David Lauter in the Los Angeles times. Bookmark our election site for regular data updates! This month we have been featured numerous places, from the Drudge Report to the The Hill.
CESR research programmer Adrian Montero published work on a study about e-cigarettes. Results: Adult smokers and non-smokers have different perceptions and expectations, so public health messages regarding e-cigarettes may need to be tailored separately for persons with and without a history of using conventional cigarettes to increase impact. Forthcoming!
Jinkook Lee's Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI) makes the news with its ambitious goals to study such a large population in partnership with the Indian Ministry of Health, Harvard School of Public Health, International Institute for Population Sciences, and the National Institute on Aging.
Dan Benjamin and co-author Jim Berger responded to the American Statistical Association's response to solving the debate about the reproduceability of social science studies. See our blog post for his comments.
Princeton University awarded the Albert Rees prize jointly to Silvia Barcellos and Leandro Carvalho for their contribution to Labor Economics!
Carvalho also had a paper recently published in the American Economic Review, Poverty and Economic Decision-Making: Evidence from Changes in Financial Resources at Payday
New video interview posted on our obesity research star, Donna Spruijt-Metz.
Jay Greene presented his work on the effect of public and private schooling on antisemitism at the American Enterprise Institute conference. He used data from the Understanding America Study survey the University of Arkansas had developed, UAS15.
November was a month of Donna Spruijt-Metz, a psychologist who studies the American epidemic of childhood obesity. She has long sought a more effective way to study the family eating dynamics that lead to unhealthy weight gain, and is partnering with a team at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science to construct a new, data-driven method for combatting obesity. Read USC's article as well. Spruijt-Metz also won the Pioneer award for excellence and m-health!
According to psychology professor Donna Spruijt-Metz, who researches ways to combat childhood obesity, Halloween offers parents an opportunity to talk to their kids about healthful eating. Read more
Executive Director Arie Kapteyn add his voice on Social Security's 80th birthday.
Donna Spruijt-Metz and Arthur Stone spent two days at Intel participating in the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) on Mobile and Personal Technologies.
Juan Saavedra finds in his new paper, The Big Sort: College Reputation and Labor Market Outcomes, that the reputation of a college is correlated with their graduates' earning growth.
With co-authors W. Bentley MacLeod, Evan Riehl, Juan E. Saavedra, and Miguel Urquiola. Full paper is found in the CESR working Paper series as well as NBER.
CESR announces its forthcoming conference in Singapore, Frontiers of Behavioral Economics: Choice and Wellbeing in the Asia Pacific in June 2015. See our event site for details!