Category Archive: Research and Polls

Oct 25

Social Networking Trends Shifting Amongst Teens

Social networking is around us everywhere.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, and LinkedIn are just some of the many social networking sites that are frequented by many of us daily.  Social networking is no doubt a place where people get their information from these days and where advertisers are targeting. A recent study conducted by …

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Oct 22

Buyer Optimism Continues in the Real Estate Market

Real estate is known to go in cycles.  The last downturn, which started at the end of 2007/beginning of 2008, is painfully engraved in most of our memories.  There is hope though.  According to the California Association of Realtors, buyer optimism has dramatically increased in the past 5 years.  The following table summarizes the California …

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Oct 09

#1 Rice, #2 Southern Methodist University…Another Problematic College Ranking

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a new university ranking, the Faculty Media Impact Project, which purports to measure “the degree to which faculty share their research with the broader public” relative to the amount of public funding received. Conducted by the Center for a Public Anthropology (“the Center”), the study quantifies professors’ impact …

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Oct 03

According to a Scrawny Sample, Fatter Applicants are Less Likely to Get into Graduate School

A recently published article on “Weight Bias in Graduate School Admissions” (gated link here) inadvertently highlights the dangers of drawing global conclusions based on inappropriate samples. Based on responses from 97 applicants to one university’s psychology department, the study asserts that graduate applicants with a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) tend to receive significantly fewer …

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Oct 02

It costs $241,080 to raise a child and other reasons why averages can be completely uninformative

A popular news service reported that it costs $241,080 to raise a child and then remarked, “the cost of raising a child is climbing at a rate that many families can’t keep up with.” The news agency cites falling wages and lower employment rates as support for this struggle to keep up. A host of …

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Sep 26

Using Fatalities to Predict Humanitarian Aid

Last Tuesday, an earthquake of magnitude 7.7 shook with such violence that it created a new island off the coast of Pakistan, as well as tragically killing at least 515 people and affecting at least 300,000 more. The international community has attempted to provide relief and humanitarian assistance. A 2013 social science paper indicates that …

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Sep 25

Why Cataloguing Thousands of Essays Still Doesn’t Tell You Whether Student Writing Has Improved

According to a recent article in Canada’s largest national newspaper, students and young adults have not become worse writers since the advent of new(ish) technologies like text messaging, Twitter, and Facebook. If anything, says the article, writers have become better over time in part thanks to new opportunities to write and create with these new …

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Sep 09

Do “Presidential Names” Become More Popular?

An event study captures the impact of a certain event(s) on a marketplace. This technique is most commonly used in the context of the stock market, when analysts study the effects of certain events on stock prices. Analysts look at share prices prior to the event of interest (e.g. a stock split, CEO resignation, etc.) …

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Sep 04

Questions of Fraud and Gender

Are women being unfairly prevented from engaging in corporate fraud?  That seems to the be conclusion espoused by sociologist Darrell J. Steffensmeier of Pennsylvania State University in his recent study published in the journal American Sociological Review: “Typically, women were not part of'[fraud] conspiracy groups. When women were involved, they had more minor roles and made less profit …

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Aug 27

Best Places to Work in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ) just published its list of the best companies to work for in Los Angeles for 2013.  The LABJ ranks the top 100 companies in Los Angeles, and segregates the list into Large (250+ employees), Medium (50-249 employees) and Small (15-49 employees) companies. The best places to work in Los …

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