Current Demographic Research Report #108, November 7, 2005.

CDERR (Current Demographic Research Reports) is a weekly email report produced by the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that helps researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. This report will contain selected listings of new: reports, articles, bibliographies, working papers, tables of contents, conferences, data, and websites. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

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Index to this issue:

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

U.S.

Census Bureau Compendium, Report, Facts for Features:

National Institutes on Health News Releases

Department of Health and Human Services News Release

Centers for Disease Control Periodical: _Preventing Chronic Disease_ Special Issue

US Government Accountability Office Report, Correspondence:

Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Report: "Availability of HIV Services in Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, 2004"

Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "Low-Skill Employment and the Changing Economy of Rural America"

Government Printing Office Compendium: _Unified Agenda_, October 2005

National Center for Education Statistics Report: "The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate for Public High Schools from the Common Core of Data: School Years 2001-02 and 2002-03"

Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Probation and Parole in the United States, 2004"

Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics Compendium, Factsheet Series, Report

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U.S.--Wisconsin

Department of Health and Family Services Reports

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World Health Organization Periodical, News Release

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United Nations Development Programme International Poverty Center Periodical: _In Focus_

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Australia:

Australian Institute for Health and Welfare Report: "Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions in Australia, 2005"

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Brazil:

Instituto Brasiliero de Geographie e Estatistica (IBGE) Compendium: "IBGE releases CD-ROM with information about Brazilian municipalities"

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Bulgaria:

Bulgaria National Statistical Institute Report: " Crimes with Penalty Inflicted and Persons Convicted by 2004 (Basic Data)"

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report, News Release

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Denmark:

Statistics Demnark Compendium: _Denmark Statistical Yearbook 2005_

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Kenya:

Kenya Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Geographic Dimensions of Well-Being in Kenya: Who and Where are the Poor? A Constituency Level Profile: Vol. II"

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Macao:

Statistics and Census Service of Macao: "Monthly Bulletin of Statistics, October 2005"

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Nordic Countries:

Nordic Council of Ministers Compendium: "The Nordic Countries in Figures 2005"

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia Compendium: _Slovenia in Figures 2005_

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

World Bank Report: "International Migration, Remittances and the Brain Drain"

_Demographic Research_ Article: "Tempo Effect on Age-specific Death Rates"

National Research Council Monograph: _Treating Infectious Diseases in a Microbial World: Report of Two Workshops on Novel Antimicrobial Therapeutics_

Brookings Institution Report: "Katrina's Window: Confronting Concentrated Poverty Across America"

Public Broadcasting System Religion & Ethics Newsweekly Poll: "Americans Idealize Traditional Family, Even as Nontraditional Families Are More Accepted"

Population Reference Bureau Articles

Kaiser Family Foundation Reports

Employee Benefit Research Institute Periodical Article: "2005 Health Confidence Survey: Cost and Quality Not Linked"

_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_ Article Abstract: " Support from the relationship of genetic and geographic distance in human populations for a serial founder effect originating in Africa"

_New England Journal of Medicine_--Various

_British Medical Journal_--Various

_Lancet_--Various

Info for Health Pop. Reporter

WORKING PAPERS

California Center for Population Research
Institute for Research on Poverty (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Population Council Policy Research Institute
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics
World Bank Policy Research Programme
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo)
Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)
National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM)

TABLES OF CONTENTS

Ingenta Other Journals

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

National Institutes of Health: "NIH Loan Repayment Application Cycle"
National Science Foundation: "Ecology of Infectious Diseases (EID)"
Kaiser Family Foundation: "2006 Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program"

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

House Committee on Government Reform Hearing Testimony: "The National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan: Is the U.S. Ready for Avian Flu?"

DATA

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

Kaiser Family Foundation statehealthfacts.org Update

World Bank: RISE-PAK

q-squared: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Poverty Analysis

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

U.S.:

1. Census Bureau Compendium, Report, Facts for Features:

A. _Compendium of Government Finances: 2002_ (CG02(4)-5, 2002 Census of Governments, Vol. 4, No. 5, October 2005, .pdf format, 728p.)

http://www.census.gov/prod/2005pubs/gc024x5.pdf

B. "American Housing Survey: 2004" (November 2005, .pdf format). "Provides data on housing and household characteristics from the American Housing Survey. Data is presents on the total housing inventory including new construction and vacant units; on total occupied housing units; on owner-occupied housing units; on renter-occupied housing units; on occupied housing units with a Black householder, and on occupied housing units with householder of Hispanic origin. In addition, the report covers such subjects as: data on external building conditions; number of rooms; complete bathrooms; kitchen and laundry equipment; main heating equipment; fuel used for heating, cooking, and central air-conditioning; plumbing equipment and failures; and opinions of the structure and neighborhood." Selected reports are available back to 1994.

http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/h170sma.html

C. "Veterans Day 2005: Nov. 11" (CB05-FF.17-2, Nov. 3, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

HTML:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/005696.html

.pdf:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2005/cb05ff17-2.pdf

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2. National Institutes on Health News Releases:

A. "Lung Scarring Diseases Linked to Genes and Smoking," (Nov. 1, 2005).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/nov2005/nhlbi-01.htm

B. "Combination Microbicides Protect Monkeys Against HIV-Like Virus," (Nov. 1, 2005).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/nov2005/niaid-01.htm

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3. Department of Health and Human Services:

A. "HHS Releases Pandemic Influenza Plan: Plan Provides Guidance to Prepare Nation's Health Care System for a Pandemic" (Nov. 2, 2005).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2005pres/20051102.html

B. "Evaluability Assessment of Discharge Planning and the Prevention of Homelessness: Final Report," by by Garrett Moran, Rafael Semansky, Elizabeth Quinn, Rebecca Noftsinger, and Teresa Koenig (September 2005, .pdf format, 191p.)

http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/05/discharge-planning/index.htm

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4. Centers for Disease Control Periodical: _Preventing Chronic Disease_ Special Issue (Vol. 2, Special Issue, November 2005, HTML and .pdf format). The focus of the special issue is "Health Education."

http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2005/nov/toc.htm

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5. US Government Accountability Office Report, Correspondence:

A. "Influenza Vaccine: Shortages in 2004-05 Season Underscore Need for Better Preparation" (report, GAO-05-984, September 2005, .pdf format, 38p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05984.pdf

B. "National Assessment of Educational Progress Exclusion Rates for Students with Disabilities" (correspondence, GAO-06-194R, Oct. 28, 2005, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06194r.pdf

C. . "Childhood Obesity: Most Experts Identified Physical Activity and the Use of Best Practices Key to Successful Programs," (correspondence, GAO-06-127R, October 2005, .pdf format, 76p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06127r.pdf

D. "Private Health Insurance: Number and Market Share of Carriers in the Small Group Health Insurance Market in 2004," (correspondence, GAO-06-155R, October 2005, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06155r.pdf

Note: These are temporary addresses. GAO reports are always available and GAO correspondence may be available at:

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gaoreports/index.html

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6. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Report: "Availability of HIV Services in Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, 2004" (Drug and Alcohol Services Information System (DASIS), November 2004, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k5/HIV/HIV.cfm

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7. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "Low-Skill Employment and the Changing Economy of Rural America," by Robert Gibbs, Lorin Kusmin, and John Cromartie (Economic Research Report ERR10, October 2005, .pdf format, 38p.).

Abstract:

This study reports trends in rural low-skill employment in the 1990s and their impact on the rural workforce. The share of rural jobs classified as low-skill fell by 2.2 percentage points between 1990 and 2000, twice the decline of the urban low-skill employment share, but much less than the decline of the 1980s. Employment shifts from low-skill to skilled occupations within industries, rather than changes in industry mix, explain virtually all of the decline in the rural low-skill employment share. The share decline was particularly large for rural Black women, many of whom moved out of low-skill blue-collar work into service occupations, while the share of rural Hispanics who held low-skill jobs increased.

http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/ERR10/

Link to full text is at the bottom of the abstract

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8. Government Printing Office Compendium: _Unified Agenda_, October 2005: " Unified Agenda" (taken from the US _Federal Register_, October 2005, ASCII text and .pdf format, p. 64079-65823). Agencies publish semiannual regulatory agendas describing regulatory actions they are developing or have recently completed in the Federal Register, usually during April and October each year, as part of the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The Unified Agenda has appeared in the Federal Register twice each year since 1983 and is available electronically on GPO Access from 1994 forward." Agencies that may be of interest to demography researchers include: Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Agency for International Development, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, among others."

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ua/browse1005.html

Earlier UAs:

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ua/index.html

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9. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate for Public High Schools from the Common Core of Data: School Years 2001-02 and 2002-03," by by Marilyn Seastrom, Lee Hoffman, Chris Chapman, and Robert Stillwee (NCES 2006601, October 2005, .pdf format, 11p.).

Abstract:

This report presents the averaged freshman graduation rate for public high school students for school years 2001-02 and 2002-03, based on data reported by state education agencies to the National Center for Education Statistics. Rates are included for the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Department of Defense Dependents Schools (overseas) and four other jurisdictions.

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006601

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10. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Probation and Parole in the United States, 2004," by Lauren E. Glaze and Seri Palla (NCJ 210676, November 2005, ASCII text and .pdf format, 10p., with .zip compressed spreadsheets).

Abstract:

Reports the number of persons on probation and parole, by State, at yearend 2004 and compares the totals with yearend 1995 and 2000. It lists the States with the largest and smallest parole and probation populations and the largest and smallest rates of community supervision, and identifies the States with the largest increases. The Bulletin also describes the race and gender of these populations and reports the percentages of parolees and probationers completing community supervision successfully, or failing because of a rule violation or a new offense.

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/ppus04.htm

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11. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics Compendium, Factsheet Series, Report:

A. _2004 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics_ (2005, Microsoft Excel format only at this time).

http://uscis.gov/graphics/shared/statistics/yearbook/index.htm

B. "Fact Sheet Series": "OIS is proud to present a new publication series that focuses on a variety of immigration-related topics in one to two page (.pdf format) overviews." The first two factsheets in this series are: " Fact Sheet on Employment-Based Legal Permanent Residents," and "Fact Sheet on Family-Sponsored Legal Permanent Residents," both by Kelly Jeffreys (October 2005).

http://uscis.gov/graphics/shared/statistics/publications/index.htm#factsheet

C. "Refugee Applicants and Admissions to the United States: 2004," by Nancy F. Rytina (OIS Annual Flow Report, September 2005, .pdf format, 3p.).

http://uscis.gov/graphics/shared/statistics/publications/refugeeflowreport2004.pdf

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U.S.--Wisconsin:

Department of Health and Family Services:

A. "Wisconsin Life Expectancy Tables (Abridged Three-Year Life Tables) have been updated through 2002-2004

http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/stats/lifeexpectancy.htm

B. "Wisconsin Hospices and Patients, 2004" (November 2005, .pdf format, 31p.).

http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/provider/pdf/04hospice.pdf

C. "Health Counts in Wisconsin: Hospices, 2004 (November 2005, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/provider/pdf/04hospicehc.pdf

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World Health Organization Periodical, News Release:

A. _Bulletin of the World Health Organization_, (Vol. 83, No. 11, November 2005, p. 801-880).

http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/83/11/en/index.html

B. "Measles cases and deaths fall by 60% in Africa since 1999" (Nov. 2, 2005).

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2005/pr55/en/index.html

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United Nations Development Programme International Poverty Center Periodical: _In Focus_ (August 2005, .pdf format, 19p.). "_In Focus_ is an online bulletin of the International Poverty Centre. Its purpose is to present succinctly the results of recent research on poverty and inequality in the developing world." The topic of this issue is "Poverty and the City."

http://www.undp-povertycentre.org/newsletters/infocus7Sep05eng.pdf

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Australia:

Australian Institute for Health and Welfare Report: "Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions in Australia, 2005," by N. Rahman, K. Bhatia, and E. Penm (October 2005, .pdf format, 145p.).

Abstract:

Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions are large contributors to illness, pain and disability in Australia. Highly prevalent, they place a significant burden on the community, both economic and personal, including the use of hospital and primary care services, disruptions to daily life and lost productivity through disability. More than 6.1 million Australians are reported to have arthritis or a musculoskeletal condition. Most commonly reported conditions are back pain and various forms of arthritis. Almost 1.2 million of these are reported to have disability associated with their condition. In view of their large disease burden-the number of people affected and the high disability impact-Australian Health ministers declared arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions were declared a National Health Priority Area (NHPA) in July 2002.

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10139

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Brazil:

Instituto Brasiliero de Geographie e Estatistica (IBGE): "IBGE releases CD-ROM with information about Brazilian municipalities" (November 2005). For more information, including ordering information, see:

http://www.ibge.gov.br/english/presidencia/noticias/noticia_visualiza.php?id_noticia=468&id_pagina=1

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Bulgaria:

Bulgaria National Statistical Institute Report: "Crimes with Penalty Inflicted and Persons Convicted by 2004 (Basic Data)" (October 2005).

http://www.nsi.bg/ZActual_e/BasicCrime04.htm

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report, News Release

A. "The Instability of Family Earnings and Family Income in Canada, 1986 to 1991 and 1996 to 2001," by Rene Morissette and Yuri Ostrovsky (Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper No. 265, November 2005, .pdf format, 49p.). The report is linked to from a Statistics Canada news release: "Study: Family earnings instability" (Nov. 2, 2005).

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/051102/d051102a.htm

Click on the link "11F0019MIE2005265" at the bottom of the page, then on " View".

B. "Study: Socio-economic status and obesity in children," ("The Daily" news release, November 4, 2005).

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/051104/d051104b.htm

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Denmark:

Statistics Demnark Compendium: _Denmark Statistical Yearbook 2005_ (2005, .pdf format).

http://www.dst.dk/Yearbook.aspx

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Kenya:

Kenya Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Geographic Dimensions of Well-Being in Kenya: Who and Where are the Poor? A Constiuency Level Profile: Vol. II"

http://www.cbs.go.ke/Kenya%20Pov%20Atlas%20II%20final%202cl.pdf

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Macao:

Statistics and Census Service of Macao: "Monthly Bulletin of Statistics, October 2005" (November 2005, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 77p.).

http://www.dsec.gov.mo/e_index.asp?src=/english/pub/e_bme_pub.html

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Nordic Countries:

Nordic Council of Ministers: "The Nordic Countries in Figures 2005" (2005, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.norden.org/pub/ovrigt/statistik/uk/ANP2005757.pdf

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia Compendium: _Slovenia in Figures 2005_ (2005, .pdf format, 79p.).

http://www.stat.si/eng/pub_slovenija.asp

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

World Bank Monograph: _International Migration, Remittances and the Brain Drain_ edited by Maurice Schiff and Caglar Ozden (January 2006, ASCII text and .pdf format, 292p.).

Abstract:

The analysis on migrants remittances presented in a new Bank publication, _International Migration, Remittances and the Brain Drain_, shows that migration in general has a positive, poverty-reducing impact on development. Edited by Schiff and Ozden, the study also highlights the more ambiguous picture that emerges when the focus shifts to the so-called " brain drain" or exodus of educated migrants from developing countries. A chapter by Docquier and Marfouk unveils the most comprehensive database on the brain drain to date, based on census and survey data from OECD countries. The new data show that smaller, lower-income countries are the most susceptible to the brain drain. For instance, eight out of ten Haitians and Jamaicans who have college degrees live outside their country. This is in sharp contrast to much bigger countries such as China and India, from which only three to five percent of graduates have emigrated.

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469372&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166322&entityID=000012009_20051021094619

Links to full text are at the bottom of the abstract. .PDF full text can be downloaded in its entirety or by chapter for ease of download.

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United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Monograph: _Towards Knowledge Societies_, by Jerome Binde (October 2005, .pdf format, 226p.).

http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0014/001418/141843e.pdf

More information about the monograph:

http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=29080&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

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_Demographic Research_ Article: Note: _DR_ is "a free, expedited, peer-reviewed journal of the population sciences published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research [Rostock, Germany]. "Tempo Effect on Age-specific Death Rates," by Shiro Horiuchi (Vol. 13, Article 8, November 2005, .pdf format, p. 189-200).

Abstract:

It is widely known that shifts of cohort fertility schedule can produce misleading trends in period TFR. This note shows that such a "tempo bias" can occur in age-specific mortality as well: if the age distribution of cohort deaths shifts toward older (younger) ages, the period age-specific death rate are biased downward (upward).

http://www.demographic-research.org/

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National Research Council Monograph: _Treating Infectious Diseases in a Microbial World: Report of Two Workshops on Novel Antimicrobial Therapeutics_, by the Committee on New Directions in the Study of Antimicrobial Therapeutics: New Classes of Antimicrobials, Committee on New Directions in the Study of Antimicrobial Therapeutics: Immunomodulation, National Research Council (2006, OpenBook format, 66p.). Note: pricing information about a print or .pdf copy is available at the site.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11471.html

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Brookings Institution Report: "Katrina's Window: Confronting Concentrated Poverty Across America," by Alan Berube and Bruce Katz (Brookings Special Analysis in Metropolitan Policy, October 2005, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.brookings.edu/metro/pubs/20051012_concentratedpoverty.htm

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Public Broadcasting System Religion & Ethics Newsweekly Poll: "Americans Idealize Traditional Family, Even as Nontraditional Families Are More Accepted" (October 2005, site includes poll summary, questionnaire, methodology, and demographics, all in .pdf format).

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week908/survey.html

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Population Reference Bureau Articles:

A. "Obstacles Remain to Wide Adoption of Female Condom," by Heidi Worley (November 2005).

http://www.prb.org/Template.cfm?Section=PRB&template=/Content/ContentGroups/05_Articles/Obstacles_Remain_to_Wide_Adoption_of_Female_Condom.htm

B. "The Plight of Internally Displaced Persons," by Sandra Yin (October 2005).

http://www.prb.org/Template.cfm?Section=PRB&template=/Content/ContentGroups/05_Articles/The_Plight_of_Internally_Displaced_Persons.htm

C. "Obesity-Related Diseases Creep Up on Developing Countries," by Rachel Nugent (October 2005).

http://www.prb.org/Template.cfm?Section=PRB&template=/Content/ContentGroups/05_Articles/Obesity_Creeping_Up_on_Less_Developed_Countries.htm

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Kaiser Family Foundation Reports:

A. "Health Coverage in America, 2004 Data Update," (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured chartbook, November 2005, .pdf format, 60p.).

http://www.kff.org/uninsured/7415.cfm

B. Federal Spending on the Health Care Safety Net from 2001-2004: Has Spending Kept Pace with the Growth in the Uninsured?" by Jack Hadley, Matthew Cravens, Terri Coughlin and John Holahan (November 2005, .pdf format, 42p.).

http://www.kff.org/uninsured/7425.cfm

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Employee Benefit Research Institute Periodical Article: "2005 Health Confidence Survey: Cost and Quality Not Linked" (_EBRI Notes_, Vol. 26, No. 11, November 2005, .pdf format, p. 1-10).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=3596

More information on EBRI:

http://www.ebri.org/

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_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_ Article Abstract: " Support from the relationship of genetic and geographic distance in human populations for a serial founder effect originating in Africa," by Sohini Ramachandran, Omkar Deshpande, Charles C. Roseman, Noah A. Rosenberg, Marcus W. Feldman, and L. Luca Cavalli-Sforza (Vol. 102, No. 44, Nov. 1, 2005, p. 15942-15947).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/102/44/15942?etoc

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_New England Journal of Medicine_ Perspective Articles, Book Review Extract:

A. "Beyond Red Lake--The Persistent Crisis in American Indian Health Care," by Yvette Roubideaux (Perspective, Vol. 353, No. 18, Nov. 3, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1881-1883). Note: this article is freely available to the public.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/353/18/1881

B. "Paving the Way--Providing Opportunities for Native American Students," by Thomas D. Sequist (Perspective, Vol. 353, No. 18, Nov. 3, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1881-1883). Note: this article is freely available to the public.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/353/18/1884

C. _The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time_, by John Kelly, reviewed by Raymond J. Dattwyler (book review, Vol. 353, No. 18, p. 1982-1983).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/353/18/1982

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_British Medical Journal_ Editorial Extract, News Extracts, News Roundup Extracts, News Extra Extract, Clinical Review Extract:

A. "Human resources for health in Africa," by Adetokunbo O. Lucas (editorial extract, Vol. 331, No. 7524, Nov. 5, 2005, p. 1037-1038).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/331/7524/1037

B. "UK government is condemned for compromise on smoking ban," by Owen Dyer (news extract, Vol. 331, No. 7524, Nov. 5, 2005, p. 1039).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/331/7524/1039

C. "UK will review partial smoking ban in 2010, MPs' committee told," by Adrian O'Dowd (news extract, Vol. 331, No. 7524, Nov. 5, 2005, p. 1039).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/331/7524/1039-a

D. "Doctors warn of potentially catastrophic flu pandemic in UK," by Lynn Eaton (news extract, Vol. 331, No. 7524, Nov. 5, 2005, p. 1041).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/331/7524/1041-a

E. "Obesity increases risk of several cancers in men and women, study finds," by Roger Dobson (news roundup extract, Vol. 331, No. 7524, Nov. 5, 2005, p. 1042).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/331/7524/1042-c

F. "Romania still faces high abortion rate 16 years after fall of Ceaucescu," by Michael Leidig (news roundup extract, Vol. 331, No. 7524, Nov. 5, 2005, p. 1043).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/331/7524/1043-a

G. "Distribution anomalies hinder access to flu vaccine in the US," by Norra MacReady (news extra extract, Vol. 331, No. 7524, Nov. 5, 2005, p. 1044-c). Note: this article appears only electronically on the web).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/331/7524/1044-c

H. "Influenza pandemics and avian flu," by Douglas Fleming (clinical review extract, Vol. 331, No. 7524, Nov. 5, 2005, p. 1066-1069).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/331/7524/1066

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_Lancet_ Editorials, Perspectives Article, Article Abstract, Series Article: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Crunch time for Summit on Avian and Human Influenza" (editorial, Vol. 366, No. 9497, Nov. 5, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1585). Note: this article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673605676386/fulltext

B. "The long and winding road towards a tobacco-free world" (editorial, Vol. 366, No. 9497, Nov. 5, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1586). Note: this article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673605676398/fulltext

C. "Hitoshi Oshitani: Watching Out for an Influenza Pandemic," by Ned Stafford (perspectives article, Vol. 366, No. 9497, Nov. 5, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1601). Note: this article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673605676507/fulltext

D. "Obesity and the Risk of Myocardial Infarction in 27,000 Participants from 52 Countries: a Case-control Study, by the INTERHEART Study Investigators (article abstract, Vol. 366, No. 9497, Nov. 5, 2005, p. 1640-1649).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673605676635/abstract

E. "Preventing Chronic Diseases: Taking Stepwise Action, by JoAnne E. Epping-Jordan, Gauden Galea, Colin Tukuitonga, and Robert Beaglehole (series article, Vol. 366, No. 9497, Nov. 5, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1667-1671). Note: this article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673605673424/fulltext

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Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (vol. 5, no. 45, Nov. 7, 2005). "The Johns Hopkins University Population Information Program delivers the reproductive health and family planning news you need. Each week our research staff prepares an electronic magazine loaded with links to key news stories, reports, and related developments around the globe."

http://www.infoforhealth.org/popreporter/

Note: January 2004 - present Pop. Reporter is available via CD-ROM. Contact Ghazaleh Samandari at gsamanda@jhuccp.org with your request and complete mailing address.

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WORKING PAPERS:

California Center for Population Research:

A. "Strategic Information Disclosure: The Case of Multi-Attribute Products with Heterogeneous Consumers," by V. Joseph Hotz and Mo Xiao (CCPR-044-05, August 2005, .pdf format, 32p.).

Abstract:

We examine the incentives for firms to voluntarily disclose otherwise private information about quality attributes of differentiated products. In particular, we focus on the case of differentiated products with multiple attributes and consumers that are heterogeneous in their preferences over these attributes. We show that there exist certain configurations of consumer preferences under which a firm producing a high-quality product, even with zero costs of disclosure, may choose not to reveal the quality of its product. This failure of firms to voluntarily disclose the quality of their products will arise when providing consumers with more information results in more elastic demands for these products, which, in turn, triggers more intensive price competition and leads to lower prices and profits for all firms. As a result, the equilibrium in which disclosure is voluntary may diverge from that in which disclosure is mandatory.

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/asp/ccpr_044_05.asp

Click on "Full Text" at the bottom of the abstract for link to full text.

B. "Evaluating the Differential Effects of Alternative Welfare-to-Work Training Components: A Re-Analysis of the California GAIN Program," by V. Joseph Hotz, Guido W. Imbens, and Jacob A. Klerman (CCPR-046-05, October 2005, .pdf format, 53p.).

Abstract:

In this paper, we propose and implement non-experimental regression-adjustment methods in an attempt to isolate one of the potentially important reasons for across-program differences in training effects, namely that programs differ in the mix in and assignment of different types of training to the participants in its programs. The latter source of treatment heterogeneity and its potential consequences for across-program differences in training effects has been noted by Hotz, Imbens and Mortimer (2005) and others who have evaluated the effectiveness of training programs. We show how regression-adjustment methods can be used to estimate such differential effects and how data for a control group generated by random assignment can be use to partially assess the validity of such methods. Substantively, we use these methods and tests to reanalyze data from the MDRC Evaluation of California's welfare-to-work program in the 1990s, namely the Greater Avenues to Independence (GAIN) program. This experimental Evaluation found that, compared to other counties that stressed Human Capital Development (HCD) training strategies, Riverside County's GAIN program, which stressed getting program participants into jobs quickly through a Labor Force Attachment (LFA) training strategy, had relatively larger effects on post-random assignment employment, labor market earnings, and welfare participation. We apply regression-adjustment methods and implement partial tests of these methods noted above to these data to directly assess the short- and long-term differential impacts of these two training strategies and, thus, previous conclusions about the reasons for the success of the Riverside GAIN program.

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/asp/ccpr_046_05.asp

Click on "Full Text" at the bottom of the abstract for link to full text.

C. "Sibship Size, Family Organization and Children's Education in South Africa: Black-White Variations," by Yao Lu (CCPR-045-05, October 2005, .pdf format, 72p.).

Abstract:

Recent studies suggest that the generally observed negative sibsize-education association is much less consistent in developing nations, partly because of different cultural customs reflected in family organization. Using data from a national survey in the early 1990s and from the 1996 census, the present study assesses the effect of number of siblings on education in South Africa. In a multi-level framework, I link family arrangements to the sibship size effect on education for two major population groups with distinctive family arrangements, Whites and Blacks. A negative effect exists for Whites, who have adopted a Western nuclear family system, whereas no effect is shown for Blacks, whose family life operates under extended family organization. The study goes beyond previous efforts by explicitly testing the hypothesis that it is extended family arrangements that protect children from negative sibship size effects: results show that the absence of a negative sibship size effect is restricted to extended households; in Black nuclear and fostering families, by contrast, the negative effect holds just as it does for White families. Sensitivity tests are performed to gauge the extent to which the observed sibship size effect is contaminated by endogeneity and a confounding birth order effect. Results suggest the observed differential sibship size effect is relatively robust for Blacks, whereas for Whites it tends to be exaggerated by endogenous factors.

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/asp/ccpr_045_05.asp

Click on "Full Text" at the bottom of the abstract for link to full text.

D. "Deliberate Fertility Control in Late Imperial China: Spacing and Stopping in the Qing Imperial Lineage," by Cameron D. Campbell and James Z. Lee (CCPR-041-05, July 2005, .pdf format, 21p.). Note: "Presented at the session "Fertility Control in History," International Union for the Scientific Study of Population XXV International Population Conference, Tours, France, July 2005."

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/ccprwpseries/ccpr_041_05.pdf

E. "Pension Income and the Well-Being of Children and Grandchildren: New Evidence from South Africa," by Amar Hamoudi and Duncan Thomas (CCPR-043-05, October 2005, .pdf format, 45p.).

Abstract:

In the early 1990s, the South African Old Age Pension was expanded to cover most black South Africans above a gender-specific age cut-off. This expansion resulted in a substantial and arguably exogenous increase in the income of older South Africans. A series of very creative studies have exploited this source of variation in income to shed light on the ways in which families and households allocate resources among their members. A key assumption underlying these studies is that pension income has no impact on unmeasured characteristics of those people who co-reside with pension recipients. This paper provides empirical evidence on the importance of this assumption. Pension eligible adults are more likely to co-reside with other adults who have lower levels of human capital as measured by height and education. Since height and education are fixed for adults, this cannot be an effect of the pension income but rather reflects the selection of adults who co-reside with older adults when they become eligible for the pension. The paper proceeds to explore the importance of treating living arrangements as endogenous for re- interpretation of results on the impact of the pension in the literature. The evidence highlights the potential value of moving beyond theory and data which are bound by the confines of a spatially determined definition of the household.

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/ccprwpabstracts/ccpr_043_05.htm

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Institute for Research on Poverty (University of Wisconsin-Madison): "Can Administrative Data on Child Support Be Used to Improve the EITC? Evidence from Wisconsin," by V. Joseph Hotz and John Karl Scholz (DP 1310-05, October 2005, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the largest cash or near-cash U.S. antipoverty program, but a large fraction of its payments appear to go to taxpayers who are not eligible for the credit. The most recent study of EITC noncompliance (for tax year 1999) found that of the $31.3 billion claimed in EITC, between $8.5 and $9.9 billion, or 27.0 to 31.7 percent of the total, exceeded the amount to which taxpayers were eligible. Of these errors, the most common problem was that EITC-qualifying children failed to live for at least six months with the taxpayer claiming the child. Tax returns do not collect information on the location of children during the year. Consequently, absent additional information, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has little ability to scrutinize EITC qualifying-child claims before the EITC is paid out. Given this problem, the 1997 federal budget bill directed the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to use the Federal Case Registry of child support orders (FCR) to improve the accuracy of the child support and tax systems. The 2001 tax bill pushed this provision further, giving the IRS authority to apply "math error procedures" to tax returns claiming the EITC if, according to the FCR, the taxpayer is listed as owing child support on behalf of the EITC-qualifying child. Eight years after the IRS was granted access to the FCR, we know little about the value of this provision. In this paper we use a unique dataset containing federal individual income tax returns, Unemployment Insurance data, state child support data, and data collected by hand from Wisconsin courthouses to examine EITC compliance and participation. We find, as expected, that the recipients of child support awards make most EITC claims. Nevertheless, a substantial number of claims are made by adults listed as the court-ordered payor, or are made by adults not identified in the state case registry. Simple calculations extrapolating Wisconsin's experience to the rest of the country suggests that as much as $1.5 billion of noncompliant EITC claims could possibly be identified, though there are several reasons to regard this as an upper bound. The potentially erroneous claims are much larger than the EITC that likely would have been received by the child-support payees (recipients) had they instead made the claims. We also find that 40 percent of child support recipients who appear entitled to the credit may not be receiving it. An upper-bound estimate suggests that as much as $70 million (or $1,500 per recipient) may go unclaimed in Wisconsin. Outreach focusing on the availability of the credit and how to receive it may be a low-cost way of augmenting the economic resources of families with child support awards.

http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/dps/pdfs/dp131005.pdf

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Population Council Policy Research Institute: "Population and sustainability," by Geoffrey McNicoll (Policy Research Division Working Paper 205, 2005, .pdf format, 21p.).

Abstract:

Sustainability refers to the preservation of human-valued natural capital--the resources that provide environmental services--at a level sufficient to assure the well-being of future generations. Population change bears on sustainability through effects on the total and per capita availability of those services. Possibilities of resource exhaustion are often exaggerated, but so too are the levels of substitutability between natural and other forms of capital. The degradation of environmental services--exemplified by the overuse of aquifers or (at a global level) of the atmospheric carbon sink--is a significant threat to sustainable development, one that is often exacerbated by population growth. The critical management issue in such cases is the design of effective governing institutions to restrain service demand and safeguard supply. Uncertainties arising from nonlinearities and irreversibilities in environmental systems should give pause to expectations that the forecast ending of world population growth, and a subsequent decline in human numbers, will usher in ecological restoration.

http://www.popcouncil.org/publications/wp/prd/205.html

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Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics: " Mapping Trends in U.S. Legal Immigration: 1980 to 2003," by John Simanski (September 2005, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://uscis.gov/graphics/shared/statistics/publications/TrendsRpt1980-2004.pdf

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World Bank Policy Research Programme:

A. "Health Shocks in China: Are the Poor and Uninsured Less Protected?" by Magnus Lindelow and Adam Wagstaff (WPS3740, October 2005, ASCII text and .pdf format, 25p.). Links to a detailed summary and full text can be found at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469382&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000016406_20051004133923

B. "Can insurance increase financial risk ? The curious case of health insurance in China," by Magnus Lindelow and Adam Wagstaff (WPS3741, October 2005, ASCII text and .pdf format, 23p.). Links to a detailed summary and full text can be found at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469382&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000016406_20051004135101

C. "The construction and interpretation of combined cross-section and time-series inequality datasets," by Joseph F. Francois and Hugo Rojas-Romagosa (WPS3748, October 2005, ASCII text and .pdf format, 67p.).

Abstract:

The inequality dataset compiled in the 1990s by the World Bank and extended by the United Nations has been both widely used and strongly criticized. The criticisms raise questions about conclusions drawn from secondary inequality datasets in general. The authors develop techniques to deal with national and international comparability problems intrinsic to such datasets. The result is a new dataset of consistent inequality series, allowing them to explore problems of measurement error. In addition, the new data allow the authors to perform parametric non-linear estimation of Lorenz curves from grouped data. This in turn allows them to estimate the entire income distribution, computing alternative inequality indexes and poverty estimates. Finally, the authors use their broadly comparable dataset to examine international patterns of inequality and poverty.

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469372&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000016406_20051006153148

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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) [Laxenburg, Austria]: "China's Uncertain Demographic Present and Future," by Wolfgang Lutz, Sergei Scherbov, Gui Ying Cao, Qiang Ren, and Xiaoying Zheng (IR-05-043, September 2005, .pdf format, 21p.).

Abstract:

This paper will apply methods of probabilistic population forecasting to assess the range of uncertainty of China's future population trends. Unlike previous applications of probabilistic population projections that consider stochastic future fertility, mortality and migration, this paper will also account for the significant uncertainty of China's current fertility level (with estimates ranging from 1.2 to 2.3) and the related uncertainties about the sex ratio at birth (with estimates from 1.06 to above 1.2) and the size of the youngest cohorts in the 2000 census. The model applied in this paper will be based on expert based uncertainty ranges for current conditions, in addition to the probabilistic treatment of future trends. Given the sheer size of China's population, these significant uncertainties about current conditions are of high importance not only for the future population of China but also on a global scale.

http://www.iiasa.ac.at/cgi-bin/pubsrch?IR05043

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Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [University of Munich, Germany]: "Introducing Time-to-Educate in a Job Search Model," by Sascha O. Becker (Working Paper No. 1584, November 2005, .pdf format, 21p.).

Abstract:

Transition patterns from school to work differ considerably across OECD countries. Some countries exhibit high youth unemployment rates, which can be considered an indicator of the difficulty facing young people trying to integrate into the labor market. At the same time, education is a time-consuming process, and enrollment and dropout decisions depend on expected duration of studies, as well as on job prospects with and without completed degrees. One way to model entry into the labor market is by means of job search models, where the job arrival hazard is a key parameter in capturing the ease or difficulty in finding a job. Standard models of job search and education assume that skills can be upgraded instantaneously (and mostly in the form of on-the-job training) at a fixed cost. This paper models education as a time-consuming process, a concept which we call time-to-educate, during which an individual faces the trade-off between continuing education and taking up a job.

http://www.cesifo.de/portal/page?_pageid=36,302752&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_file_id=12000

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Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]: "Childhood Family Structure and Schooling Outcomes: evidence for Germany," by Stephen P. Jenkins, Marco Francesconi, and Thomas Siedler (ISER Working Paper 2005-22, November 2005, .pdf format, 32p.).

Abstract:

We analyse the impact on schooling outcomes of growing up in a family headed by a single mother. Growing up in a non-intact family in Germany is associated with worse outcomes in models that do not control for possible correlations between common unobserved determinants of family structure and educational performance. But once endogeneity is accounted for, whether by using sibling-difference estimators or two types of instrumental variable estimator, the evidence that family structure affects schooling outcomes is much less conclusive. Although almost all the point estimates indicate that non-intactness has an adverse effect on schooling outcomes, confidence intervals are large and span zero.

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/pubs/workpaps/pdf/2005-22.pdf

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National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) [University of Canberra, Australia]: "Options for Reducing the Adverse Impact of the Proposed Welfare-to- Work Reforms upon People with Disabilities and Sole Parents," by Ann Harding, Quoc Ngu Vu and Richard Percival(Conference Paper CP0519, November 2005, .pdf format, 22p.).

Abstract:

In the May 2005 Budget the Federal Government announced a range of proposed welfare to work measures, to take effect from 1 July 2006. Among the numerous measures announced in the Budget were significant changes for sole parents and people with disabilities. Our earlier reports have shown that the disposable incomes of affected sole parents will be up to about $100 a week lower under the proposed new system than under the current system and that the losses for people with disabilities will be as high as $120. We have also shown that effective marginal tax rates will be sharply increased under the proposed new system over a reasonably wide range of earned income for these two groups of people. This report canvasses some options for reducing the losses in disposable income and reducing the higher effective tax rates created under the new system.

http://www.natsem.canberra.edu.au/publication.jsp?titleID=CP0519

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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability):

INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

http://www.ingenta.com/

B. click on "advanced search" C. Type in your publication name and click "Exact title" radio button D. Under "Show", click the "fax/ariel" radio button. E. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

Milbank Quarterly (Vol. 83, No. 3, 2005)

Journal of Public Health Policy (Vol. 26, No. 3, 2005)

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Other Journals:

AIDS (Vol. 19, No. 17, Nov. 18, 2005).

http://www.aidsonline.com/pt/re/aids/issuelist.htm

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 162, No. 10, Nov. 15, 2005).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol162/issue10/index.dtl?etoc

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

National Institutes of Health: "NIH Loan Repayment Application Cycle." " The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) Application Cycle will close in less than 5 weeks on December 1, 2005. The five LRPs offered by the NIH include the Clinical Research LRP, Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Contraception and Infertility Research LRP, Health Disparities LRP, and Pediatric Research LRP. Through these programs, the NIH offers to repay up to $35,000 annually of the qualified educational debt of health professionals pursuing careers in biomedical and behavioral research. The programs also provide coverage for Federal and state tax liabilities. To qualify, applicants must possess a doctoral-level degree, devote 50% or more of their time (20 hours per week based on a 40-hour work week) to research funded by a domestic non-profit organization or government entity (Federal, state, or local), and have educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20% of their institutional base salary. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or U.S. nationals to be eligible. All applications for 2006 awards must be submitted online by 8:00 p.m. eastern time, on Thursday, December 1, 2005." For more information see:

http://www.lrp.nih.gov

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National Science Foundation: "Ecology of Infectious Diseases (EID) (NSF 06-506, Oct. 31, 2005, ASCII text, HTML, and .pdf format). For more information see:

http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf06506

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Kaiser Family Foundation: "2006 Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program" (November 2005). "The Scholars Program brings talented African American, Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in Congressional offices and learn about health policy. Through the nine-week program (May 23- July 28, 2006), Scholars gain knowledge about federal legislative procedure and health policy issues, while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills. In addition to gaining experience in a Congressional office, Scholars participate in seminars and site visits to augment their knowledge of health care issues, and write and present a health policy research memo." Application deadline is Jan. 6, 2006. For more information see:

http://www.kff.org/about/jordanscholars.cfm

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

House Committee on Government Reform Hearing Testimony: "The National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan: Is the U.S. Ready for Avian Flu?" a hearing held Nov. 4, 2005 (.pdf format).

http://reform.house.gov/GovReform/Hearings/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=36018

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DATA:

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHSA) of ICPSR at the University of Michigan has made available online Data Analysis System versions of "2004 Monitoring the Future (MTF), 8th/10th and 12th grade studies."

http://webapp.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/SAMHDA-SERIES/00035.xml

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Kaiser Family Foundation statehealthfacts.org Update: Kaiser has recently updated this website. The following tables have been added:

Newborn Cystic Fibrosis Screening Status, 2005

Newborn Hearing Screening Status, 2005

State High-Risk Health Insurance Pool Participation, December 31, 2003

State High-Risk Health Insurance Pools, December 31, 2004

The following tables have been updated.

Percent of Adults Who Are Smokers, 2004

Percent of Adults with Poor Mental Health, 2004

Percent of Smokers who Attempt to Quit Smoking, 2004

AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) with Waiting Lists, as of September 19, 2005

Unemployment Rate (Seasonally Adjusted), 2005 Compared to 2004

http://statehealthfacts.org/cgi-bin/healthfacts.cgi?action=whatsnew

See Sep. 22, 2005 through Oct. 21, 2005 items.

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World Bank: RISE-PAK: "A new information-sharing web portal Relief and Information Systems for Earthquakes (RISE)--Pakistan now provides information about the 4,000 earthquake-affected villages in Pakistan's largely rural North West Frontier Province and in Jammu & Kashmir. Initiated by World Bank staff in response to an urgent need for information, RISE-PAK was developed very quickly by a consortium of experts from US and Pakistani Universities, the World Bank and the private sector with support from the Government of Pakistan. It provides up-to-date damage and relief information about affected villages based on data on population statistics, satellites, geographical systems, as well as from agencies, relief workers, local officials, and anyone with access to immediate village-level data that will critically support the current coordination of relief. Information is provided in a flexible, searchable format.

http://www.risepak.com

More information about RISE-PAK:

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:20689026~pagePK:64257043~piPK:437376~theSitePK:4607,00.html

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q-squared: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Poverty Analysis: " Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches in Poverty Analysis - is a research program supported by the Micro Impacts of Macroeconomic and Adjustment Policies (MIMAP) program of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. It is housed at the Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto and will run from 2005-2007. The program aims to promote a better integration of ~Qqual' and ~Qquant' approaches to poverty assessment in the developing world through information sharing and networking, national capacity building and the piloting of Q2 methodologies (in Vietnam)." For more information see:

http://www.q-squared.ca/

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Data Librarian--
Center for Demography and Ecology
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