Question: I was assigned to find data for a research question about housing having a diverse and intense [sic] subcultures directly or indirectly impact a city’s financial success; and I am having trouble find data on this subject. Is there a certain website that would help me find this information?
- The first thing I did was go to the SVSU Online Library [here].
- I searched for the journal “Social Problems”
- Within that journal on JSTOR, I typed in the search phrase “city financial success”
- One of the first good looking journal articles I found was: Elliott, J. R., & Sims, M. (2001). Ghettos and Barrios: The Impact of Neighborhood Poverty and Race on Job Matching among Blacks and Latinos. Social Problems, 48(3), 341–361.
- I read the abstract that said “In this study, we use data from the Multi-City Survey of Urban Inequality”
- I googled “Multi-City Survey of Urban Inequality” which led me to this website
- That website reminded me that the best place for data was from ICPSR which is a program of the University of Michigan
Or, you can simply pull some data from the article (of course, citing it properly):
- “While it is widely acknowledged that social networks play an important role in the job acquisition process, recent research suggests that this role is not evenly experienced across racial and ethnic lines.”
- In other words, if you want to build an economy with a lower unemployment rate, it is probably a good idea to increase the use of social networks in helping minorities obtain jobs.
- “Among blacks, the use of personal contacts to look for work increases from 70 percent in mostly white, non-poor neighborhoods to 80 percent in ghettos (p , .01).”
- What are the implications of this data? We’ll talk about that in the next stage but I’ll say now that it means social networks are more important to blacks in the ghetto who are looking for jobs. If we were making policies to help lower the unemployment rate, perhaps we could first nurture the social networks of minorities.
This answer provides several ways to obtain data on the subject:
- Look for journal articles
- Find secondary data sources mentioned in the articles (like ICPSR)
- Pull the data from the article itself