The writer will decide* (find and using demographic data to answer a question of your choosing) *The writer will decide* (find and using demographic data to answer a question of your choosing)
Do a research using demographic data to answer a question of your choosing. While regression models are not necessary, cross tabulations, charts, correlations, and other data analysis techniques are useful. The topic of the paper must involve demography.
This paper is not a literature review or critique. This is to be a brief paper based on an original analysis of primary data. Do not take your data from a published paper or report which has already analyzed it. You should draw your own conclusions from your own analysis of the data.
Choosing a Topic: There is a wide range of possible topics for your paper. Papers could focus on fertility, mortality, migration, education, occupation, marriage, divorce, labor force participation, earnings, wealth holdings, country of birth, or special subpopulations such as those of prisons, universities, or military bases; and so on. Here are titles of three of the best papers done last year: ?Racial Diversity and Hate Crime in The United States 2009,? ?Modeling Cohabitation and Teenage Pregnancy Trends: Linear Regression Analysis Based on National Data,? and ?Patterns of Small for Gestational Age Births in the United States.?
Finding and Analyzing Data:
Census Web Site. Also, you can access the 1990 Census. In addition, you can access the Great American History Machine, which has data from all US censuses back to the first in 1790, at the geographic level of counties. This data set is best for looking at maps showing how the geographic distribution of variables you choose change from decade to decade over the past 200 years. Another useful data set is IPUMS, which has individual level data from US censuses going back to 1850 and similar data for many other industrial and Third World nations.