Data Game Controversies in Social Science Statistics

ISBN-10: 0765629801
ISBN-13: 9780765629807
Edition: 4th 2013 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/18/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 309
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Designed for undergraduate and graduate courses in Indian civilization and history, this text provides a sweeping look at the long and varied history of India and how this complex legacy has shaped, and is shaping, the nation's modern polity. It offers unique political-historical coverage of India from pre-history into the 21st century. Part I offers an overview of Pre-modern India from pre-history to 1857. Part II covers India under the British from 1859 to 1947. Part III, the major portion of the text, looks at Independent India after 1947. An Epilogue brings the book full circle, with a portrait of modern India contrasted to modern China, mirroring the comparison of traditional India with traditional China in the opening chapters.

List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Purpose of This Book
How to Use This Book
Demography
Data Sources
U.S. Census
American Community Survey
Vital Statistics
Controversies
Population Counts
Privacy in the Census: Double-Edged Sword?
Will There Be a Population Boom?
Undocumented Immigrants
Race and Ethnicity
How Big Is the Gay Population?
Households and Families
Summary
Case Study Questions
Housing
Data Sources
U.S. Census
American Housing Survey
Other Industry Data
Price Data
Controversies
Housing Crisis
Homeownership
Racial Discrimination by Banks
Geographic Units
Segregation
Is Your City the Best Place to Live?
Summary
Case Study Questions
Health
Data Sources
U.S. Health Surveys
Other Government Surveys
Private Surveys
Worldwide Data
Controversies
Infant Mortality
Abortion
Are We Living Longer?
How to Measure Longevity
Cancer
HIV/AIDS
Are Americans Getting Fatter?
Chicago Heat Wave: What Caused the Tragedy?
What's Unsafe on the Road? Speed, Texting, Teens, Motorcycles, or Alcohol?
Drug Use
Benefit-Cost Analysis
Summary
Case Study Questions
Education
Data Sources
National Center for Education Statistics
U.S. Census Bureau
Other Surveys
State Data
Controversies
Poor Data
Educational Attainment
Testing
Charter Schools: Are They More Effective Than Regular Public Schools?
Teacher Compensation
Summary
Case Study Questions
Crime
Data Sources
Uniform Crime Reports
National Crime Victimization Survey
National Incident-Based Reporting System
Controversies
UCR, NCVS, or NIBRS?
Crime Is Down-And We Don't Know Why
Are There More Female Criminals?
Human Trafficking: How Often Does It Occur?
Where Is Crime the Worst?
Rape
Does Poverty Cause Crime?
Why Is the Black Crime Rate So High?
Does Prison Pay?
Hate Crimes
Does Capital Punishment Deter Murder?
More Guns/More Crime of Less Crime?
What About White-Collar Crime?
Summary
Case Study Questions
The National Economy
Data Sources
U.S. Commerce Department
U.S. Labor Department
U.S. Federal Reserve Board
U.S. Small Business Administration
International Statistics
Controversies
Which GDP?
Adjusting GDP Growth for Inflation
Problems with GDP
Underground Economy
Intercountry Comparisons
Has China Caught Up with the United States?
Measuring Productivity
The Savings Rate
Consumer Confidence
International Statistics
Summary
Case Study Questions
Wealth, Income, and Poverty
Data Sources
Wealth
Survey of Income and Program Participation
Indirect Estimates from Tax Records
Direct Counts
Income
Controversies
Wealth
Income
Are We Better Off?
Poverty
Summary
Case Study Questions
Labor Statistics
Data Sources
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
U.S. Census Bureau
Controversies
Unemployment
The Minimum Wage and Jobs
Unions
Is the Workplace Safe?
Squirrel Cage or Easier Times?
International Labor Statistics
Summary
Case Study Questions
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?
Is Small Beautiful?
Were the Bailouts a Success?
How Much Profit?
How Now Dow?
Picking Stock Winners
Summary
Case Study Questions
Government
Data Sources
U.S. Budget
Military Spending
Money
Prices
Voting Data
Controversies
How Much for the Military?
How Much for Welfare?
How Big Is the Deficit?
A Debt Monster?
Taxes
Measuring Money
Inflation
Currency Rates
Fewer Voters?
Summary
Case Study Questions
Public Opinion Polling
Data Sources
Private Polling Organizations
Media Polls
Research Centers
Controversies
Sampling
Survey Design
Predicting Elections
Polling Standards
Summary
Case Study Questions
Conclusions
Poor/Missing Data
Improved Data
Conflicting Definitions
Comparing Apples and Oranges
Comparing Apples and Orangutans
The Mathematics of Social Science Statistics
The Reporting of Controversies
Biased Analysis: Slanting the Numbers
What's a Researcher to Do?
Index
About the Authors

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