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My Latest Research and Analysis
A complete analysis of demographic change in Fairfax County Virginia from 1990 through 2013. Including a mapping of arrival of Unaccompanied Children by area in Northern Viriginia and an analysis of potential impact on local education budgets. Updated with most current information. Customized data analysis also available.
The recently enacted (Dec. 17, 2014) U.S. government Appropriations Act has important information on funding for critical community initiatives as well as international development programs. See my analysis of this legislation which includes a review of the different aspects of the bill that will impact local school systems in communities that have received sponsored "Unaccompanied Alien Children" over the last year. Customized data analysis also available.
These analyses are available for $20 each. If you have specific questions or need customized analysis on demographics mapping, economic development issues, or any other program design and implementation quesions, please contact me at Maxey Information Services or use the email link at the bottom of this page.
Read my latest article published at Devex.com -
Grass-roots democracy as the way forward on water resource management in Yemen.
Undocmented children from Central America's Northern Triangle -- Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador -- will probably enroll in US public schools while their deportation cases are being considered. Preventing children from attending school could result in a surge in youth gang populations along with increased costs to society from gang related crime. Follow this link --Support for US Communities -- to see maps regarding the demographic change that could be affecting immigrant receiving communities.
Coffee leaf rust disease in Central America is causing job loss now in chronically poor and food insecure areas now and the threat is for a greater increase over the next two years. The potential impact could be an increase in out migration from this region to the US.
International issues sometimes directly affect local communities in the US. Immigration is an example of the need to address the triggers of out migration in key geographic regions such as Central America. We need to understand what conditions contribute to significant changes in demographics and plan how we will address these changes.
Social and economic development in Yemen is critically important to addressing stability and peace in the Middle East, and agriculture, employing over 50% of the national work force, is critical. Yemen's unique Arabica coffee could provide an opportunity for sustainable development and a better future.
"The past is not dead, it's not even past."
William Faulkner - "Requiem for a Nun"
Historical impact of slavery is an interesting topic of discussion. The book "Why Nations Fail" by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson posited that extractive institutions such as slavery created cultural norms that had historical impacts. The map below presents information from the 1860 US Census showing slave population in Mississippi. The higher the population of slaves the darker the map on the left. This is compared to poverty levels as measured by the 2010 Census. The darker green areas have the higher poverty levels.
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