Demog C175 PS 4

Demog C175 PS 4 - Problem Set 4 Demog/Econ 175 March 10,...

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Problem Set 4 Demog/Econ 175 March 10, 2009 Due: March 19, 2009 by 2:10 p.m. 1. Questions about this problem set Please post your questions on bSpace forums: go to ”Forums” -> ”Problem sets” -> ”Problem set 4”. Click on ”Post new thread” to write your question, together with the ”title” of the question. Once you are done writing your message, click on ”Post Message”. If you see someone asking a question that you have encountered and solved, then feel free to post a response. However, please do not give out answers to the problem set on the forum. If you encounter any problem, please send an email with your question to 175gsi2009@gmail.com . 2. Recent U.S. Immigration Trends You have had some practice manipulating the immigration model already for the midterm, so let’s turn our attention to recent immigration data here. For this question you will look at American Community Survey data on immigration collected since the 2000 U.S. Census. Remember that, like Problem Set 2, this is not difficult but can take some time so you should not leave it until the last minute. Finding the data (this should look familiar): • First, go to http://usa.ipums.org/usa/, the home page for downloading public-use microdata from the Census and several other sources. We will be using their online data analysis system to create tables. • From the links on the left-hand column, choose ’Analyze data online’ from the Data section. • We will be looking at data from multiple censuses simultaneously. From the section ”Use data from multiple years”, choose ”United States 1850-2006.” • A page now opens which asks you which variables you would like in the table it will build for you. 2.1 Recent Immigrants and Education Recall from lecture and readings that immigrants and natives both made substantial educational gains over the second half of the 20 th century but, relative to natives, immigrants still have an educational disadvantage. Let’s compare the educational attainment of non-immigrants and immigrants who arrived within the past five years (just flows, not stocks of all immigrants) for the period since the 2000 U.S. Census. Here are the variables we will need: Year (our x-axis) Educational attainment (our y-axis) Years in the U.S. for immigrants (to get separate trends for natives and recent immigrants) Select the “Codebook” button from the top right corner of the screen, then in the new window or tab which opens, select “Sequential variable list.” Our first variable of interest, year, can be found under Household variables -> technical. Click on the “year” variable to see how it is defined. This one is
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straightforward as the values and labels are the same (e.g. 1980 for 1980). Remember that we will just look at 2001-2006 (the last integrated data available). Our next variable of interest is educational attainment. From the Sequential Variable List, click on
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