The Revival of Quantification

In November, our fearless leader, Steve Ruggles, gave his presidential address at the annual Social Science History Association (SSHA) conference in Chicago. It was titled “The Revival of Quantification.” Ruggles describes long-run trends in quantification in history. He also focused on the relationship of historical quantification to political activism, relativism (no absolute truth), and objectivism (one Truth and that Truth is reached through empirical observation). 

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Travel in the ATUS: Where You Are or What You’re Doing?

It’s that time of year again! The weather is getting colder by the day, and it’s the perfect time to travel. Wait, before you click away, this is not a travel ad (though maybe you would like it to be? Stay tuned…). Instead, this is a piece about measuring travel in the American Time Use Survey (IPUMS ATUS)

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