In this edition of Brookings Data Now: more people benefit from EITC expansion; debunking myths about homework; high child-marriage rates in Africa; low voter turnout in congressional midterm elections; high percentage of African-Americans among the long-term unemployed.
Rate of child marriage in Niger
This is the highest rate in the world of girls under 18 years of age entering into marriage. Guinea (63 percent) and Mali (55 percent) follow.
Estimated number of people who will benefit from the president’s expanded EITC proposal
By expanding EITC eligibility to workers without qualifying children, those covered by the credit would expand from 7.6 million tax filers.
Percent of 9-year-old students who reported having no assigned homework
According to NAEP data, this figure is down from 32 percent in 1992, but slightly up from 18 percent in 2008.
Turnout of voting-age population in 2010 congressional primaries
This rate is slightly higher than the other most recent non-presidential election years of 2002 and 2006 (5.4 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively).
Percent of the long-term unemployed who are African-American
Yet African-Americans are 10 percent of the employed population.
Mingwei Ma contributed to this post.
[The exchange of threats and military posturing between the United States and North Korea] raises the stakes. With the United States and others talking far too loosely about the prospects of a pre-emptive strike, that’s what would trigger retaliatory actions by North Korea.
[With the current level of tensions over North Korea,] [w]e could stumble needlessly into what would be the biggest crisis in East Asia since the United States intervened in the Korean War in 1950