Category: Population

Not nice places to live: Part 2, boys to men

15 November, 2012 (09:30) | Apartments, Birth order, China, Demographics, Gender equity, Global news, Housing, Pension funds, Population, Speculation |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] In yesterday’s post, using a good compilation story on the science fiction Web site IO9 (October 3, 2012), we explored the demographic consequences of over three decades of China’s ‘one-child policy’ and its resulting massive oversupply of men, and how it is now coming to […]

Not nice places to live: Part 1, babies to boys

14 November, 2012 (11:30) | Apartments, Birth order, China, Demographics, Gender equity, Global news, Housing, Pension funds, Population, Speculation | 2 comments

By: David A. Smith   I used to think that real estate was a society’s longest-lived asset, and therefore that the most important elements of public policy were those affecting property development – but now I realize there’s a longer-lived asset, whose public-policy impacts are even greater:   Better hope he’s a boy   That […]

Housing demography: what, you’re leaving?

31 May, 2006 (09:52) | Massachusetts, Population, Weather |

Any doubt that Massachusetts‘ population loss is tied to its high housing prices has been eliminated by a recent Boston Globe poll (statistically valid and professional done; full data here), which found why people left:   Why are you leaving? What’s your hurry?   73% of those surveyed said they live in a home that […]

Pricing blue states bluer?

16 May, 2006 (09:47) | Massachusetts, Politics, Population |

What two states are facing the highest rates of emigration?    “Boston!”  “New York!”   From the Boston Globe:   Massachusetts lost more residents than it attracted in recent years, at a greater rate than any other state but New York, according to Census Bureau estimates released today.     The estimates show that between […]

The evolving modern home

14 April, 2006 (10:56) | Communities, Construction, Population |

Have you ever returned to the old neighborhood, to see the house you grew up in?  Are you shocked at how it’s changed, or horrified at how small it is?  Can you really have grown up with all those siblings in that shoebox?   And there was an insect problem too ….   You’re not […]