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Penn State researchers evaluate 2020 Census data privacy changes

Jun 2, 2020

After the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it was changing how it protects the identities of individuals for the 2020 Census, a Penn State-led research team began to evaluate how these changes may affect census data integrity. The Census Bureau is proposing to use differential privacy, a new…

Take Note: Penn State Prof. Jenny Van Hook On Coronavirus And The Census

May 27, 2020

SSRI cofund and PRI affiliate Jenny Van Hook is interviewed for WPSU's Take Note on the consequences of a Census undercount. Van Hook is the Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography at Penn State and a former member of the Census Advisory Board. She was an expert witness in the legal fight…

Podcast episode explores how the Census impacts public health

Apr 9, 2020

Decisions about where to build hospitals and how to allocate emergency medical equipment are critical during a pandemic, and driven by a source you might not expect. This week’s episode of the Democracy Works podcast, produced by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy and WPSU, examines the role…

Van Hook talks U.S. census on McCourtney Institute podcast

May 8, 2018

The next U.S. census won’t happen until 2020, but it’s already a hot topic of conversation as controversy builds over a proposed question on citizenship.  Jennifer Van Hook, Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography in the College of the Liberal Arts, recently discussed the implications of…

Van Hook interviewed about U.S. 2020 Census and citizenship

Apr 18, 2018

Trump officials claim they can avoid 2020 census problems caused by controversial citizenship question. Experts are very skeptical By Jeffrey Mervis, for Science Magazine The Trump administration’s plan to deal with a possible significant undercount on the 2020 U.S. census is seriously flawed,…
News Topics: CensusImmigration

Why the 2020 census shouldn’t ask about your citizenship status

Feb 21, 2018

By Jennifer Van Hook, Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography, for The Conversation  “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” In Dec. 2017, the Department of Justice formally proposed adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. This question would ostensibly help to enforce…
News Topics: CensusImmigration

News from the Federal Statistical Research Data Center

Jan 18, 2018

The University of Pittsburgh has joined the Penn State Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) consortium. The consortium includes Penn State, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, Temple, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The institutions jointly oversee and fund the operation…