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Economic Brief, October 2018, No. 18-10 - Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Inequality in the United States has an important spatial component. More-skilled workers tend to live in larger cities where they earn higher wages. Less-skilled workers make lower wages and do not experience similar gains even when they live in those cities. This dynamic implies that larger cities are also more unequal. These relationships appear to have become more pronounced as inequality has increased. The evidence points to externalities among high-skilled workers as a significant contributor to those patterns.
cities  income  incomeinequality  size  population  USA  research  FederalReserveBankofRichmond  2018 
october 2018 by inspiral
The Myth of the Sustainable City - Scientific American
Urban areas are usually celebrated for their energy efficiency and low per capita carbon dioxide emissions, but such accounting ignores how and where they acquire their resources
cities  energy  emissions  climatechange  population  density  review  research  USA  ScientificAmerican  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Why Most Cities Will Never Be All They Used to Be |
Three points I was unable to expand on in the Forbes piece.  First, now that the pendulum is swinging back in favor of cities, their influence is ascending faster than their population growth.  Cities are leading discussions now the economy, on infrastructure, on energy, on housing.  For the latter third of the 20th century the suburbs led that discussion.  But today, cities have reclaimed that role.  Their actual size, in terms of population, matters less today than it did 60 years ago.  

Second, the American preference for new over old has nearly as much to do with this shift as shrinking household size.  For nearly 50 years the suburbs (and by extension, the Sun Belt) was new, and that was a main feature of their attraction.  But there's also that saying, "everything old is new again."  Cities are the new thing, and while they're not everyone's cup of tea, they are doing better than at any time in the last 50 years.

Third, it's conceivable that many suburbs and/or Sun Belt cities may find themselves impacted by emerging demographic or social shifts.  Having a huge inventory of single family homes in a world that is asking for multifamily options?  A strong auto-oriented landscape when more people are looking for walkable environments?  
cities  population  growth  decline  USA  review  gentrification  NewGeography  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Trump, Brexit ... Is New Zealand your escape route too? | Eleanor Ainge Roy | Opinion | The Guardian
Billy Crystal has threatened to move to New Zealand if Trump wins power and post-Brexit, ‘move to New Zealand’ became a top Google search term. Please consider moving here, but do so with your eyes wide open
immigration  NewZealand  review  opportunity  population  qualityoflife  Guardian  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Six wealthiest countries host less than 9% of world's refugees | World news | The Guardian
The six wealthiest countries in the world, which between them account for almost 60% of the global economy, host less than 9% of the world’s refugees, while poorer countries shoulder most of the burden, Oxfam has said.

According to a report released by the charity on Monday, the US, China, Japan, Germany, France and the UK, which together make up 56.6% of global GDP, between them host just 2.1 million refugees: 8.9% of the world’s total.

Richest 62 people as wealthy as half of world's population, says Oxfam
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Of these 2.1 million people, roughly a third are hosted by Germany (736,740), while the remaining 1.4 million are split between the other five countries. The UK hosts 168,937 refugees, a figure Oxfam GB chief executive, Mark Goldring, has called shameful.

In contrast, more than half of the world’s refugees – almost 12 million people – live in Jordan, Turkey, Palestine, Pakistan, Lebanon and South Africa, despite the fact these places make up less than 2% of the world’s economy.
refugees  population  statistics  country  USA  China  Japan  Germany  France  UK  Turkey  Palestine  Pakistan  Lebanon  SouthAfrica  Oxfam  critique  Guardian  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
Where America Is Moving - Bloomberg View
What is one to make of these population shifts? I see three main causes:

Aging baby boomers -- the generation's leading edge will begin turning 70 next month -- are moving to where it's warmer.
People are moving away from economically depressed places (Puerto Rico, West Virginia) to where there's more opportunity (Texas, Colorado).
People are moving from places where real estate is expensive to where it's cheaper.
demographics  census  trends  population  states  migration  USA  Bloomberg  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
How Demographics Rule the Global Economy - WSJ
The developed world’s workforce will start to decline next year, threatening future global growth
ageingpopulation  population  demographics  developedworld  economy  employment  consumerspending  investment  USA  Japan  China  WallStreetJournal  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
The Future of London at Peak Population - CityLab
The U.K. capital is set to break its population record. Is the city doing enough to prepare?
London  demographics  population  growth  housing  critique  CiyLab  TheAtlantic  2015 
january 2015 by inspiral
The Dying Russians by Masha Gessen | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books
If this is true—if Russians are dying for lack of hope, as they seem to be—then the question that is still looking for its researcher is, Why haven’t Russians experienced hope in the last quarter century? Or, more precisely in light of the grim continuity of Russian death, What happened to Russians over the course of the Soviet century that has rendered them incapable of hope?
Russia  mortality  death  critique  population  NYReviewofBooks  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
Concise Report on the World Population Situation in 2014
The present report provides a demographic perspective on how the world has changed over the past 20 years. The world has witnessed many profound social, economic and political changes since the International Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo in 1994. Few factors will shape the future global development agenda as fundamentally as the size, structure and spatial distribution of the world’s population. Ongo- ing demographic transitions associated with changing levels and patterns of fertility, mortality and migration continue to bring about important changes in the size, structure and spatial distribution of families, households and communities around the world, creating both opportunities and challenges for the design of policies that aim to promote the well-being of current and future generations.
demographics  population  World  fertility  rural  urban  growth  forecast  mortality  migration  ageingpopulation  urbanisation  UN  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
We must kill the McMansion! Good riddance to an American embarrassment -
Our homes dwarf those in every country on Earth. We can't control our environmental impact until that changes
housing  trends  urbandevelopment  population  density  sustainability  Salon  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral

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