Public Essays

Interpretations of research for the benefit of policy makers and mainstream audiences, these essays are relatively short “demographic narratives” that build off detailed studies available on the PopDynamics website.

An Open Letter to Demographers of Racial Change  > Open Letter (pdf)
by Dowell Myers, July 4, 2018

The Demise of the White Majority is a Myth  > Washington Post op-ed
Washington Post (featuring biracial Meghan Markel, published by the Post on her wedding day)
by Myers, Dowell and Morris Levy, May 18, 2018

Why California Needs the Young if It’s to Thrive: Age, not race or ethnicity, matters most for the state’s future prosperity  > LA Times op-ed
by Dowell Myers, February 25, 2014

California’s Demographic Challenge: As the state ages, nurturing a new generation is crucial  > LA Time op-ed
by Dowell Myers, July 22, 2012

California Futures: New Narratives for a Changing Society
> Boom: A Journal of California (pdf)
by Dowell Myers, July 2012

Is Prop 13 Behind the Times? The Housing Market Assumptions of 1978 Don’t Work in 2012  > Planetizen Article about Sacramento Bee op-ed
by Dowell Myers, July 15, 2012

We’re Still Here, Still Golden: Don’t Believe the Tales of Gloom. Californians aren’t Fleeing.  > Zocalo Public Square essay
by Dowell Myers, May 2012

The Next Immigration Challenge  > NY Times op-ed
by Dowell Myers, January 11, 2012

Housing Market Links Older Whites, Young Latinos  > Sacramento Bee op-ed (pdf)
by Dowell Myers, July 31, 2011