Map & Data Resources

By Mike Alberti | Reproductive health services
More and more women are more and more effectively denied access. Tools allow user to make custom assessment of impact in each state. More
By Mike Alberti | Role of government
When taking into account the growing size of the population, most parts of the federal civilian workforce are effectively much smaller than they were in 1978. More
By Mike Alberti | Corporate influence, Health care, Insurance
If employers move away from providing a specific basket of health insurance benefits (the defined benefits model) to providing employees with the equivalent of a voucher and then forcing them to buy their own health insurance (the defined contribution model), it seems likely that each employees’ out-of-pocket costs will rise substantially over time. More
By Meade Klingensmith | Banking, Economy
America’s largest corporations are holding lots of cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments. This viz breaks it down for 2012, 2006, and 2000. More
By Mike Alberti, By Lori Bikson | Elections
New data viz allows you to create demographic composites — using race and ethnicity, sex, age, and educational attainment — to get detailed portraits of national voter turnout and registration since 2006. More
By Craig Gurian | Elections, Politics
A review of Presidential voting patterns reminds us of regional differences between the states of the former Confederacy and the rest of the country that have had material impact. We looked at the popular vote in the last 11 Presidential elections (starting with 1968). We created three categories: the U.S. as a whole, the former Confederate states as a whole, and the balance of the U.S. taken as a whole (that is, all U.S. states other than the former Confederate states). More
By Mike Alberti | Employment, Labor, Poverty
As observed in recent news coverage, "lawmakers are facing growing pressure to raise the minimum wage, which was last increased at the federal level to $7.25 an hour in July 2009." Looked at in historical perspective, today's minimum wage is significantly less in real terms than it was in 1968. The shortfall between the annual earnings of one person working full-time and the poverty threshold for a family of four is also much larger now than it was then, albeit not as great as it was in 1990 and 2007. More
By Mike Alberti | Pensions, State government
The woes of public pension funds have generally been placed squarely at the feet of public employees. But much of the damage to pension fund account balances occurred as a result of losses incurred during the collapse of the bubble in 2008 to 2009. Who has been responsible for fund performance? Most funds retain “investment consultants” who advise them on how to allocate their assets. The fees paid to these consultants in many cases are equal to a sizable portion of the amount of money that pension funds pay to their own employees. More