Unemployment Across Time and Space: Will the State Differences Stay Around Forever?

R.T. Young

R.T. Young, Ph.D. Business Economics

It is an often-heard discussion point: why do states such as California or New York have such high unemployment rates?

Observers have pointed to various causes, including high tax rates, generous welfare programs and high regulation. How big of an effect these factors have on state unemployment rates is not the point of discussion here. Rather, the discussion point is whether high unemployment rate states today will be low unemployment rate states five years from now (i.e. is there a reversion to the mean?).

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The fastest-growing sector in the West is dominated by one company

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

We have already looked into the changes in regional business profiles in the Southern and Midwestern United States. Today we focus on studying the changes in the most recent County Business Patterns data in the western states and find out which is the fastest-growing sector.

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How Does Weather Affect Crime Rates?

Alfredo Llorente

Alfredo Llorente, Ph.D. Student Human Geography

Since the beginning of the past century, geography has tried to expand its research areas to explore new fields where spatial analysis and data production could merge in new geographic correlations.

In the 1920s, Chicago schools tried to manage this correlation between crime and geography and start a new way to spatially analyze delinquency, principally in the urban areas. It was the beginning of the geography of crime.

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Well-being in the United States

Kristine Barseghyan

Kristine Barseghyan, Ph.D. (ABD) Social Sciences

When people perceive that their lives are going well due to good living conditions, high income, affordable healthcare, a good education system, safe neighborhood or other well-functioning systems of the society, they a have high level of well-being. There are several approaches to measuring well-being that focus on objective indicators such as access to education, living conditions, life expectancy or healthiness. Most of them fail to measure what people think and feel about their lives, how they evaluate their relationships, their resilience, or overall satisfaction with life. Well-being is more than our income; it is the way we experience our life in general, and if we are positive or negative about the general state of our being.

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Poverty problem in the USA

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The issue of poverty is a hot topic in almost every country of the world, and America is not an exception. According to Census data, the official poverty rate in the U.S. was 14.5 percent in 2013. Two years ago, more than 45 million people were in poverty. The annual rates are not significantly different for the third year. The number of children under 18 in poverty fell to 19.9 percent in 2013 from 21.8 percent in 2012.

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