This week on Banter, Michael Strain and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach joined the show to discuss the importance of the 2020 census and the challenges to its implementation, including a lack of funding and a controversial proposal to include a question on US citizenship. Dr. Strain is the John G. Searle Scholar and director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Previously, he worked in the Center for Economic Studies at the US Census Bureau. Dr. Schanzenbach serves as director of the Institute for Policy Research and is a faculty fellow and the Margaret Walker Alexander Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Drs. Strain and Schanzenbach contributed to a 2017 report, “In Order That They May Rest Their Argument on Facts: the Vital Role of Government-Collected Data,” and participated in a public event at AEI this week on the significance of the 2020 Census. You can watch the full event video and read the report at the links below.

Learn More:

Making the 2020 census succeed (AEI Event Page)

2020 census: A conservative case against the citizenship question | Michael Strain | In 60 Seconds | April 2, 2018

There’s nothing wrong with a census question about citizenship | Marc Thiessen | The Washington Post | March 30, 2018

“In Order That They Might Rest Their Arguments on Facts”: The Vital Role of Government-Collected Data | Nicholas Eberstadt, Ryan Nunn, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, and Michael R. Strain | AEI and Brookings | March 2017

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