Social science archive

Childcare workers’ pay remains stagnant, study shows

Childcare workers’ pay remains stagnant, study shows January 21, 2015:

Costs of early childhood services may have climbed nearly twofold for parents over the last 17 years, but most of these workers have seen no change in real earnings in the same period, according to research led by UC Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Child Care Employment.

Law prof looks at shootings of and by police with audio

Law prof looks at shootings of and by police January 13, 2015:

UC Berkeley Law Professor Franklin Zimring turns up some surprises in his new study of shootings by and of police. He discusses the research, and the incomplete state of data on killings by police, on KQED radio’s “Forum” show.

I School hackathon develops technological aids for Heifer International

I School hackathon develops technological aids for Heifer International December 3, 2014:

Students from across the Bay Area came to the assistance of Heifer International, which fights world hunger and poverty by linking communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a history of poverty.

Study identifies effective communication strategies for voter ID laws

Study identifies effective communication strategies for voter ID laws November 5, 2014:

A new study examining impacts of voter ID requirements finds some effective communications tools to help inform and prepare voters to be prepared when going to the polls.

Bancroft opens stunning California Captured on Canvas exhibit with video

Bancroft opens stunning California Captured on Canvas exhibit October 21, 2014:

The Bancroft Library is providing a window onto California’s unique history and culture with an new exhibit of oil paintings from its pictorial collection, some of which haven’t been publicly displayed before.

They like to watch, yes, but that’s just the beginning with video

They like to watch, yes, but that’s just the beginning October 13, 2014:

Kai Huotari, a sometime filmmaker and former visiting scholar at Berkeley’s School of Information, analyzed thousands of tweets and interviewed 45 “TV live-tweeters” to learn why people would do such a thing. Note to TV producers: It’s not all about you.

Low birth rates can actually pay off in the U.S. and other countries

Low birth rates can actually pay off in the U.S. and other countries October 9, 2014:

As birth rates decline in countries that include parts of Europe and East Asia, threatening the economic slowdown associated with aging populations, a global study from UC Berkeley and the East-West Center in Hawaii suggests that in much of the world, it actually pays to have fewer children. The results challenge previous assumptions about population growth.