Tag Archives: Social Statistics

Where do Mexicans come from?

What I mean is – when you look at the Mexicans who emigrate to the United States, which Mexican states did they originally come from? The background here is that my family was recently in Merida (in the Mexican state … Continue reading

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Colombia’s murder rate in context

Really interesting article in the Washington Post on U.S. involvement in the Colombian government’s war with the rebel FARC and ELN, and how the Colombian murder rate has declined dramatically over the last 10 years. But this quote is a … Continue reading

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The war on drugs, incarceration, and the murder rate

Mandatory minimum drug sentences for non-violent offenders are unfair, unpopular and unaffordable, but they may have prevented many minor drug offenders from becoming homicide victims. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to advise federal prosecutors to charge low-level drug offenders … Continue reading

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A reality check on income and obesity

The Atlantic has a story on the broader health arguments (and growing social stigma) arounds processed foods. The author creatively suggests that there is nothing wrong with processed foods, per se. We should just put better ingredients in them before processing … Continue reading

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Do most travelers tip hotel housekeepers?

Doesn’t look like it. Primary data was hard to find, but Michael Lynn, associate professor at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, collects his own data on this sort of thing and he estimates that about 30% of U.S. … Continue reading

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Physicians, evolution, and religion, Part 2

Are physicians more likely than the general public to believe in evolution? One poll asked the same Gallup Poll questions we saw in Part 1 – and in fact 38% of physicians believe in evolution, compared to 15% of the … Continue reading

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Physicians, evolution, and religion, Part 1

Do you believe in evolution? It appears that most Americans don’t. A 2009 Gallup poll asked “Do you, personally, believe in the theory of evolution, do you not believe in evolution, or don’t you have an opinion either way?” and … Continue reading

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