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Hobby Center for the Study of Texas
Rice University
PO Box 1892
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Houston, TX 77251-1892
Phone: 713-348-4208
e-mail: hobbycenter@rice.edu 

Population Change in the United States: Socioeconomic Challenges and Opportunities in the Twenty-First Century 

This new volume maps the complex interplay of demographic and socioeconomic changes in the United States, where rapid aging and ethnic diversification are merely the most salient of the many issues with major long-term implications. Drawing on The United States Census Bureau’s post-2010 detailed projections, as well as a wealth of data distilled from authoritative sources, the authors tackle many of the urgent policy questions raised by America’s changing population. The book explores the ways economic markets are adapting to an older and more diverse customer base, how the projected demographic change will impact public service demand, the growing economic disparities between asset-rich baby boomers and youth struggling for economic security, and how the projected demographic patterns will change the fiscal, economic, education, health, and housing sectors and alter the social structures and processes impacting American households and the diverse array of America’s future population.

A  thorough survey of major demographic patterns in the USA up to 2050 is followed by an assessment of how these will affect socioeconomic, public service, fiscal, economic, and social structures and mechanisms, down to the size and composition of households. The analysis then considers possible variations of outcome predicated on alternative dynamic patterns between demographics and socioeconomics. Cutting through the politics and communal anxieties with hard, cutting-edge data, this study will be a primary source for all those who must use its contents to guide their decisions.


Projections of the Use of the Hazlewood Benefit
The Texas Veterans Commission contracted with the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas in order to project the number of potential users of the Hazlewood Exemption in the coming years. These projections are based on an understanding of the underlying demographic characteristics of the veteran population and their households, now and in the future.  

  Projections of the Use of the Hazlewood Benefit   (August 2015)

 Assessment of the Projections of Hazlewood Benefit Use  (January 2017)

 Changing Texas: Implications of Addressing or Ignoring the Texas Challenge
The Hobby Center for the Study of Texas' latest work explores the challenges of population growth, aging, and racial/ethnic diversification on Texas and the implications of those changes for educational infrastructure, healthcare services, business and economic activity, transportation and other topics.  In a review of the book, Texas Monthly's Michael Ennis writes that, " Changing Texas should be the catalyst for some serious thinking." This work was supported by grants from the Meadows Foundation and the Greater Texas Foundation.

 Changing Texas: Implications of Addressing or Ignoring the Texas Challenge (February 2014).

 The Impact of the Affordable Care Act for Texas
The Hobby Center for the Study of Texas prepared the first county-level estimates of changes in the healthcare uninsured population. Prepared with support from Methodist Healthcare Ministries of San Antonio, these estimates show the likely impacts given the policies of the Affordable Care Act and three different assumptions concerning the implementation and acceptance of the law. 

 Estimates of the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Texas Counties (April 2012).