NRE 530 Project: Analysis

Fully capturing a problem is an ongoing challenge to researches and policy-makers. The "theory of second best" warns against making decisions with incomplete information. Too often, well-intentioned solutions to public policy problems have consequences that spill over into another policy arena (for example, economic development decisions can create work for environmental policy makers). While perfect information is not a realistic possibility, approaching the practical limit between perfect and imperfect information should be a goal of anyone working on policy of any kind.

 The analytics of this project are broken up into three parts. Although the first and second elements of the analytical section are largely descriptive, the goal of this project was to produce succint, efficient methods to communicate the current state of the world and the trends driving it. Therefore, the information contained therein will not be found under Problem Definition.

Part 1) Macro (state) level population trends

  • mean and median us population trends
  • state level changes, 1970 to present (lots of tables, etc.)
  • index

Part 2) Micro (county) level population trends

  • population % change breakdowns
  • population dot animation
  • index

Part 3) Potential "friction zones"

  • methodology surrounding breakdown
  • prediction of likely friction zones

Read Project in order or jump to the Potential Friction Index


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