10 things we learned at Brookings in July

The Communications team here at Brookings mined nearly 300 pieces of new research and commentary published on in July to identify 10 interesting findings. Visit to discover what interests you.

1. The Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan drew three times more viewers than game six of the Stanley Cup finals.

Andrew Zimbalist, author of the new book, Circus Maximus,” discusses what this means for FIFA, countries that host major sporting events, and women’s soccer.

2. Filmmaker George Lucas wants to build 224 affordable housing units in an affluent San Francisco neighborhood.

As Lucas’ plans spark backlash from residents in Marin County,
Jonathan Rothwell addresses
the controversy and explains how a recent Supreme Court ruling on the Fair Housing Act affects the situation.

3. Since the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, Bosnia and Herzegovina has lost a third of its population.

Wolfgang Fengler
breaks down the country’s changing demographics and suggests four policy solutions that can ensure a bright future for the coming generations.

4. 41.6 percent of black children in Baltimore grow up in poverty—and only 13.7 percent of the city’s black residents have a bachelor’s degree.

In a new video,
Jennifer Vey highlights
the economic gaps between white and black children in the city.

5. Scores on an intelligence test administered to Marine Corps officers dropped by 6.6 percent over the last 35 years.

According to
Michael Klein and Matthew Cancian
, the drop may be related to a corresponding increase in the number of Americans obtaining bachelor’s degrees.

6. There has been a 22 percent increase in U.S. exports to “Developing Africa” since 2008.

Amadou Sy says movement to promote trade and investment between the U.S. and Africa is inconsistent and
highlights areas of focus for continued improvement

7. Over 80 percent of elderly Greek and Hungarian natives have negative attitudes toward immigrants.

Hernan Winkler writes
that this trend is paradoxical, as the elderly disproportionately benefit from strong immigration numbers. He also notes that these data points may change in coming years: “[A]ging societies may become more—not less—open to immigration as the elderly increasingly represent a larger fraction of the population and newer more cosmopolitan generations replace the current more immigration-adverse generation.”

8. The gap in child poverty rates between black and white children is not closing—and in fact may be slowly getting wider.

While all other racial groups have seen steady declines in child poverty in recent years,
Richard Reeves points out
that African-American children have actually experienced a slight uptick in rates.

9. Between 2000 and 2010, whites contributed only 9 percent of suburban population growth in the 100 largest metropolitan areas.

According to William Frey
, “As the nation’s white population ages and stagnates, the childbearing population is increasingly made up of minorities, who are increasingly drawn to the suburbs.” In fact, more than a quarter of the largest metropolitan areas saw losses in city and suburban white populations, while only 45 “followed the traditional patterns of white city losses and suburban gain.”

10. Washington, D.C. has the third-highest median wage of any U.S. metropolitan area.

By comparing Washington to its neighbors and economically comparable areas across the country,
Alan Berube argues
that D.C. is in perhaps a better position to absorb this wage hike without significant negative effects than any other jurisdiction in the country.

Nicholas Buchta contributed to this post.