Who Is Likely to Live Alone?

For reasons that range from feminism to technology to urbanization, living alone in the United States has become increasingly typical.

Weekly Roundup: From Area Codes to Toilets

This week’s economic news summary included looking at human capital from a health care and college perspective and at area codes as conspicuous consumption.

Why Do Young Adults Live With Their Parents?

In Slovakia, Bulgaria, Greece, Malta and Italy, young people, age 25-34, live with their parents. But not in Denmark, Finland Sweden, and Norway. Below you can see the country stats: The Reasons Pew Research provided some insight about multigenerational U.S. households. In 2012, returning…

The Green Blog: Why Japan Might Face a Demographic Crisis

By Madeleine Vance, guest blogger and student at Kent Place School. As of late, younger Japanese citizens are choosing to live the single life rather than get married. But why? Seven years ago, Japan’s population climaxed at 128 million, but…

Is Your Home State Popular?

The Erie Canal has always been my favorite. Initiated by a Clinton who wanted to be President (DeWitt Clinton, governor of NYS), the canal was completed in 1825. Because it connected Albany, NY to Buffalo, NY, people and goods in…

Entitlement Spending: Aging Benefits

When you combine better health care with generous pensions you get (choose one):- – happy retirees – happy politicians – insufficiently funded national pension programs – the eurozone – the United States – other To select an answer let’s start…

Entitlements: A Baby Boomer Crisis?

The good news is that many of us are living longer. (Afterwards, we will look at the bad news.) A new study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) tells us that in 2010 the average US woman…

Living Solo: Part 2

Soup and ready-made meals sales are soaring in Brazil. The reason is probably more singles. In the United Arab Emirates, if you are over 30 and female, there is a 60% chance you are unmarried. For Japan, 31.5% of all households…

Election Economics: Aging Challenges

If you lined up everyone in the United States by age, the middle person would be close to 37.1 years old. In 1850, the median age was 19, for 2000 close to 35 and by 2050, we expect that middle…

Aging Populations

Just remember 4-2-1-whenever you think of Chinese demographics. 4 refers to 2 grandmas and 2 grandpas, 2 is their adult children and 1 is the next generation. The social fabric of China is shifting. In rural areas, the elderly population…