American Consumers Newsletter

The Seven Trends of 2007

Demographic trends usually move at a glacial pace. Several factors have quickened that pace lately. Globalization has boosted immigration and business competition, transforming our population and economy. The aging of the baby-boom generation is...

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Demographic Trend of the Year

Move over Academy Awards, Grammies, Emmys, Tony Awards, Nobel Prizes, and Time Magazine Man of the Year. Make room for the Demographic Trend of the Year Award, given in recognition of the demographic trend that has caused the most consternation...

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It Is the Economy, Stupid

The economy ranked third as a concern on voters’ minds in last week’s midterm election, according to CNN exit polls. Thirty-nine percent of voters said the economy was extremely important to their vote. This share was close behind...

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If Cell Phones Could Talk

Eighty-two percent of Americans say they have been annoyed by the cell phone use of others in public places, according to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. But for demographers and others who love to track the trends...

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The Decade of Retreat

If the 1990s are known as the Decade of Affluence because household incomes reached a peak, then the first years of the twenty-first century may well be called the Decade of Retreat– especially for the American worker. Hardly a day goes by...

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And the Winners Are…

On August 29, 2006, the Census Bureau will unveil the latest snapshot of where we stand economically, based on the Current Population Survey’s Annual Social and Economic Supplement taken each March. From this survey we learn how much our...

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The One-Third Rule

The immigration debate is nothing new. Every decade or so, the public and the politicians engage in a heated discussion of immigration and what to do about it. This time around, however, immigrants themselves have joined the debate to an...

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The Weightiest Generation

Why have Americans gained so much weight? The number of people trying to answer the question almost rivals the number wanting to lose weight. Perhaps the most interesting attempt at an explanation is a study by the National Bureau of Economic...

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Gold Found in Wealth Survey

It’s here. The Federal Reserve board has released the long-awaited 2004 Survey of Consumer Finances (see link in Cool Research Links below), and number crunchers are drooling over the tables. The Survey of Consumer Finances, taken every three...

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Teenagers on the Phone

Ithaca College recently hosted the first cellular phone film festival, receiving 178 entries from high school and college students across the country. Each submitted a 30-second film produced entirely with a cell phone camera. Dianne Lynch...

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Are Boomers Over the Hill?

You’ve heard the news. The oldest boomers, born in 1946, began to turn 60 on January 1. The Census Bureau has issued the obligatory press release with a list of facts about what it calls perhaps the “most celebrated...

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