Matthew J. Holian

Nov 2, 2021

Data and the American Dream

Contemporary Social Controversies and the American Community Survey

Palgrave Macmillan 2021

How much do new building codes reduce energy usage? How much and it what ways does it matter for an immigrant to be able to work legally? How has the Affordable Care Act affected people’s work decisions? How did the Great Recession affect women’s childbearing decisions? New statistical and econometric techniques give us better ways of distinguishing correlation from causation even when an experiment would be impossible or unethical. In Data and the American Dream: Contemporary Social Controversies and the American Community Survey (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), economist Matthew Holian provides a practical introduction to these techniques using publicly available data.

Matthew Holian is a professor of economics at San Jose State University whose research focused on urban and energy economics.

Host Peter Lorentzen is an economics professor at the University of San Francisco, where he leads a new digital economy-focused Master's program in Applied Economics.

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Peter Lorentzen is economics professor at the University of San Francisco. He heads USF's Applied Economics Master's program, which focuses on the digital economy. His research is mainly on China's political economy.

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