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Soc 2070: Problems in Contemporary Society Race, poverty and inequality Tuesday, September, 9th, 2008
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Assignment instructions Due in class on Thursday September 18th Please complete the following table. Use ONLY official statistics from the census bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Justice Bureau of Statistics. These can all be found online in their respective websites. You can use online tables AND reports. Pay attention to the units of analysis (individuals/ households/families) and years of reference. Paste the hyperlinks of the documents in the table. Describe and relate the main trends for median income and gender found in Graph 2 below. Describe the trend for each variable (earnings of men, earnings of women and ratios) and then relate the trends to each other. By description, I mean you need to identify the general patterns in the data. Did trend go down or up? When did it peak or hit its lowest point? Are the trends parallel or do they run in opposite directions? Maximum length: two paragraphs. If you need models, download any of the census reports and see how they describe statistical trends. 3) From what you have read so far for the class and your general knowledge, elaborate a hypothesis to explain the trends you described in Question 2. That is, what factors could explain the changes you described. Use no more than one paragraph. No need to do research.
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Written Assignment 1 1999 Hyperlink 2006 Hyperlinks Official poverty rate (for individuals) Median income (for households) August 1998 August 2008 Unemployment rate 1996 2006 Total incarcerated population at yearend (state, federal and local jails) Incarceration rate (state, federal and jail per 100,000)
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Why did poverty and inequality rise in the last quarter of the century? Skill mismatch hypothesis: Lower demand for workers at the lower end of the economic spectrum Declining wages Fewer manufacturing jobs Explanations:
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