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Measuring Wellbeing across Racial Groups using Data and Statistics part of Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This set of assignments exposes students to statistics and data pertaining to economic well-being over time across racial categories. Assignment 1 asks students to examining data on height and other characteristics (including skin color) of antebellum convicts and to evaluate whether these data are useful in assessing economic well-being. Assignment 2 requests students to retrieve several tables of statistical information concerning income, education, life expectancy, and other potential measures of well-being from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources, and to analyze various simple statistics over time and across racial categories. Assignment 3 requires students to work with ipums census data from 1940, 1970, and 2000 to answer a series of questions exploring racial differences in labor-market outcomes over time. Assignment 4 asks students to compile information obtained in earlier assignments (as well as in class readings) and write a paper exploring racial differences in well-being in the U.S. at various points in time and over time.