Societal changes drive public policy.  These shifts include an aging population; the growth of high tech and service sector jobs; evolving views on race, ethnicity, and immigration; and changes in family structure.  Pew studies these attitudes and trends and their impact through the use of original public opinion survey research, along with social, economic, and demographic data analysis.  Pew’s work includes a major study of the millennial generation and the distinct path it is forging toward adulthood, with fewer ties to traditional religious and political institutions and more use of social media to build personal networks.

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  • Gender and Leadership Omnibus

    • May 25, 2016

    Survey Details: Conducted November 2014 | File Release Date: 25 May 2016 Read More

  • Appendix A: References

    • May 24, 2016

    Autor, David and Melanie Wasserman. 2013. Wayward Sons: The Emerging Gender Gap in Labor Markets and Education. Third Way. March. Bailey, Martha J., Melanie E. Guldi, and Brad J. Hershbein. 2013. “Is There a Case for a ‘Second Demographic Transition’? Three Distinctive Features of the Post-1960 U.S. Fertility Decline.” Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of […] Read More

  • Methodology

    • May 24, 2016

    The analysis is based on the 1880 to 2000 decennial censuses and the 2006 to 2014 American Community Survey (ACS). The Census Bureau began collecting the ACS in 2001 and in 2006 expanded its coverage to the entire residential population, thus making it comparable to the earlier censuses. The ACS was designed to collect detailed […] Read More

  • Acknowledgments

    • May 24, 2016

    The author thanks Dr. Steve Ruggles of the University of Minnesota for guidance on the historical comparability of household relationship information in the decennial censuses. This report is a collaborative effort based on the contributions and analysis of the following individuals: Richard Fry, Senior Economist Kim Parker, Director, Social Trends Research Claudia Deane, Vice President […] Read More

  • 4. The job market and young adult living arrangements

    • May 24, 2016

    This section examines the labor market fortunes of young adult men and women and the role the job market may play in understanding the trends in living with parents. The decennial census has consistently inquired about employment status since 1930, and for 18- to 34-year-old men there is a clear-cut pattern between their labor market […] Read More