Current Demographic Research Report #110, November 21, 2005.

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Index to this issue:

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

U.S.

Census Bureau Facts for Features: "Thanksgiving Day"

National Center for Health Statistics Health E-Stats: "Preliminary Births for 2004: Infant and Maternal Health"

US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies Report: " Depression among Adults"

Centers for Disease Control Periodical Article: "Trends in HIV/AIDS Diagnoses --- 33 States, 2001--2004"

Government Accountability Office Report: "Food and Drug Administration: Decision Process to Deny Initial Application for Over-the-Counter Marketing of the Emergency Contraceptive Drug Plan B Was Unusual"

National Center for Education Statistics Reports***

Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical: _Occupational Outlook Quarterly_

Congressional Budget Office Report: "The Role of Immigrants in the U.S. Labor Market"

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U.S.--Minnesota:

Minnesota Department of Administration Spreadsheet: "[US] Persons Becoming Legal Permanent Residents During Fiscal Year 2004"

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U.S.--Washington:

State of Washington Office of Financial Management Statistical Report: " Intercensal and Postcensal Estimates of County Population by Age and Sex: 1980-2005"

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Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS/World Health Organization Report: "AIDS Epidemic Update: December 2005"***

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World Health Organization

WHO Regional Office for Europe Report: "Injuries and violence in Europe. Why they matter and what can be done (Summary)"

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Australia:

Australian Bureau of Statistics Reports***

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Research Report: "Court Careers of a Canadian Birth Cohort"***

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Hong Kong:

Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection Compendium: _Report on Population Health Survey 2003/2004_

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Japan:

Statistics Bureau and Statistical Research and Training Institute Compendium

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles

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Norway:

Statistics Norway Articles

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Palestine:

Palestinian National Authority Bureau of Statistics Report: "Palestinian Children in Figures"

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Philippines:

Philippines National Statistics Office Report: "2003 Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI): Private Education Service, Preliminary Results"

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U.K.:

U.K. Government Actuary's Department Data: "Current Interim Life Tables"

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Pan American Health Organization Report: "Healthy Municipalities, Cities and Communities: Evaluation Recommendations for Policymakers in the Americas"

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) Annotated [Web] Bibliography: "Gender, HIV/AIDS and Development"

_Demographic Research_ Articles

Population Council Brief Reports

Urban Institute Reports

Allen Guttmacher Institute Periodicals

_Lancet_ Article Abstract, Research Letter Summary

_British Medical Journal_ Article: "How does progress towards the child mortality millennium development goal affectinequalities between the poorest and least poor? Analysis of Demographic and Health Survey data"

Info for Health Pop. Reporter

WORKING PAPERS

National Bureau of Economic Research
Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

TABLES OF CONTENTS

Other Journals

CONFERENCES/CALLS FOR PAPERS

MEASURE Evaluation: "Third International Routine Information Health Information Network Workshop"

National Cancer Institute: "3rd Annual Advanced Training Institute on Health Behavior Theory"

National Center for Education Statistics: "Using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) Database for Research and Policy Discussion NCES ECLS-B Database Training"

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

National Institutes of Health: "NIDA Announces Availability of Special Funds for Selected Program Announcements Related to Health Disparities Research on the Disproportionate Burden of HIV and Criminal Justice Involvement Among African Americans as a Result of Drug [Abuse]"

University of California--Berkeley School of Public Health Training Programs

DATA

Wisconsin Longitudinal Study
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
Panel Study of Income Dynamics

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

Kaiser Family Foundation Webcasts: "A Closer Look"

BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES

National Longitudinal Surveys

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

U.S.:

1. Census Bureau: "Thanksgiving Day" (CB05-FF.18-2, Nov. 17, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

HTML:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/005712.html

.pdf:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2005/cb05ff-18-2.pdf

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2. National Center for Health Statistics Health E-Stats: "Preliminary Births for 2004: Infant and Maternal Health," by Joyce A. Martin, Brady E. Hamilton, Fay Menacker, Paul D. Sutton, and T.J. Mathews (November 2005).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/prelimbirths04/prelimbirths04health.htm

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3. US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies Report: " Depression among Adults" (National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Report, November 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

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

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4. Centers for Disease Control Periodical Article: "Trends in HIV/AIDS Diagnoses --- 33 States, 2001--2004" (_Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report_, Vol. 54, No. 45, Nov. 18, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1149-1153).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5445a1.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5445.pdf

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5. Government Accountability Office Report: "Food and Drug Administration: Decision Process to Deny Initial Application for Over-the-Counter Marketing of the Emergency Contraceptive Drug Plan B Was Unusual" (GAO-06-109, November 2005, .pdf format, 57p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06109.pdf

Note: These are temporary addresses. GAO reports are always available at:

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

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6. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K) Psychometric Report for the Fifth Grade," by Judith M. Pollack, Michelle Najarian, Donald A. Rock, and Sally Atkins-Burnett (NCES 2006036rev, November 2005, .pdf format, 256p.).

Abstract:

This methodological report documents the design, development, and psychometric characteristics of the assessment instruments used in the fifth grade data collection of the ECLS-K. The instruments examined include those developed to measure cognitive and socio-emotional development. In addition, issues in analyzing longitudinal measures are discussed.

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006036

B. "Child Care and Early Education Arrangements of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: 2001 ," by Gail M. Mulligan, DeeAnn Brimhall, and Jerry West (NCES 2006039, November 2005, .pdf format, 52p.).

Abstract:

This report is the latest in a set of NCES reports on young children's nonparental care arrangements and educational program participation. It presents the most recent data available for children under the age of six, taken from the 2001 administration of the Early Childhood Program Participation Survey, National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES). Variation in participation rates by characteristics of children (age and race/ethnicity) and their families (household income and mother's education and employment status), as well as by poverty status and geographic region or residence, are examined. Additionally, the report looks at how the child, family, and community characteristics are related to the time children spend in nonparental care each week and to the amount their families pay for care. It provides an in-depth examination of differences among children of different age groups and in different types of care.

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006039

C. "Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2005," by Jill F. DeVoe, Katharin Peter, Margaret Noonan, Thomas D. Snyder, and Katrina Baum (NCES2006001, November 2005, .pdf format, 182p.).

Abstract:

A joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics, this annual report examines crime occurring in school as well as on the way to and from school. It provides the most current detailed statistical information to inform the Nation on the nature of crime in schools.This report presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population from an array of sources--the National Crime Victimization Survey, the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the School Survey on Crime and Safety and the School and Staffing Survey. Data on crime away from school are also presented to place school crime in the context of crime in the larger society.Major findings include: Improvements have occurred in student safety. The violent crime victimization rate at school declined from 48 violent victimizations per 1,000 students in 1992 to 28 such victimizations in 2003. Even so, violence, theft, bullying, drugs, and weapons are still widespread. In 2003, students ages 12-18 were victims of about 740,000 violent crimes and 1.2 million crimes of theft at school. Seven percent of students ages 12-18 reported that they had been bullied, 29 percent of students in grades 9-12 reported that drugs were made available to them on school property, and 9 percent of students were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property. In 2003, 5 percent of students ages 12-18 reported being victimized at school during the previous 6 months: 4 percent reported theft, and 1 percent reported violent victimization. Less than 1 percent of students reported serious violent victimization (such as rape, sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated assault).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006001

Related Article: "School-crime rate cut in half over 10 years," by Mark Sherman (Associated Press via _Seattle [Washington] Times_, Nov. 21, 2005). http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002636759_schools21.html

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7. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical: _Occupational Outlook Quarterly_ (Vol. 49, No. 3, Fall 2005, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/ooqhome.htm

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8. Congressional Budget Office Report: "The Role of Immigrants in the U.S. Labor Market" (November 2005, .pdf format, 25p.).

http://www.cbo.gov/showdoc.cfm?index=6853&sequence=0

Click on "PDF" for link to full text.

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U.S.--Minnesota:

Minnesota Department of Administration Spreadsheet: "[US] Persons Becoming Legal Permanent Residents During Fiscal Year 2004" (November 2005, Microsoft Excel format).

http://server.admin.state.mn.us/resource.html?Id=18202

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U.S.--Washington:

State of Washington Office of Financial Management Statistical Report: " Intercensal and Postcensal Estimates of County Population by Age and Sex: 1980-2005" (November 2005, .pdf, Microsoft Excel and SAS format).

http://www.ofm.wa.gov/pop/coagemf/index.htm

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Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS/World Health Organization Report: "AIDS Epidemic Update: December 2005" (November 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 98p.).

http://www.unaids.org/epi2005/index.html

UNAIDS/WHO news release:

http://www.who.int/hiv/epiupdate2005/en/index.html

Related article: "U.N. Report: No End in Sight for AIDS," by Craig Timberg (_Washington Post_, Nov. 21, 2005). Note _WP_ requires free registration before providing articles. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/21/AR2005112100717.html

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World Health Organization

WHO Regional Office for Europe Report: "Injuries and violence in Europe. Why they matter and what can be done (Summary)" (2005, .pdf format, 22p.).

http://www.who.dk/InformationSources/Publications/Catalogue/20050907_1

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Australia:

Australian Bureau of Statistics Reports:

A. "Divorces, Australia (2004)" (November 2005).

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/00A48E027CC022B0CA256F100075F3D3

Related article: "Divorce rates hit 4-year low," by Edith Bevin (_Courier Mail_ [Brisbane, Queensland], Nov. 12, 2005). http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,17214425%255E421,00.html

B. "Births, Australia (2004) (November 2005, .pdf format, 84p.).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/FF9E15176D6887D8CA2568A9001393B2?OpenDocument

Click on "3301.0 2004" under "Publications" near the bottom of the page for link to full text.

Related article: "Mum's so young," by Caroline Overington and Leiticia Makin (_Australian_, Nov. 21, 2005). http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,17307941%255E28737,00.html

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Research Report: "Court Careers of a Canadian Birth Cohort," by Peter J. Carrington, Anthony Matarazzo and Paul deSouza (Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Crime and Justice Research Paper Series, November 2005, .pdf format, 92p.). Note: The report is linked to from a SC "The Daily" news release: "Study: Referrals and convictions in youth and criminal courts" (Nov. 21, 2005).

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/051121/d051121b.htm

Click on "85-561-MIE2005006" at the bottom of the news release, then " View" at the bottom of the next page's "Issue information", then "pdf" for link to full text.

Related article: "Most young offenders don't make repeat trip: Statscan," by Terry Weber (_Globe and Mail_ [Toronto, Ontario], Nov. 21, 2005). http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20051121.wcourt1121/BNStory/Nationa/

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Hong Kong:

Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection Compendium: _Report on Population Health Survey 2003/2004_ (November 2005, .pdf format, 329p.). Note: the questionnaire is not included in the "whole document" link. It must be downloaded separately, at the bottom of the page.

http://www.chp.gov.hk/epidemiology.asp?lang=en&id=363&pid=362&ppid=134

Related news release: "Findings of Population Health Survey released" (Hong Kong Government, Nov. 14, 2005

http://www.info.gov.hk/dh/new/2005/Nov/051114e.htm

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Japan:

Statistics Bureau and Statistical Research and Training Institute Compendium, Periodical: _

A. Japan in Figures 2006_ (November 2005, .pdf format, 65p., with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets).

http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/figures/index.htm

Click on "PDF format (whole booklet) for link to full text.

B. _Monthly Statistics of Japan_ (No. 533, November 2005, Microsoft Excel format). " This report, published every month since 1947, aims at providing up-to-date and fundamental economic and social statistics of Japan. It contains monthly, quarterly and/or yearly figures for about 4,000 statistical series."

http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/geppou/index.htm

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Fewer workers under severe pressure of time," by Frans Frenken (Nov. 15, 2005).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/arbeid-inkomen-sociale-zekerheid/arbeidsmarkt/publicaties/artikelen/2005-1822-wm.htm

B. "Many ethnic minority students in the secondary schools in the four major Dutch cities," by Marijke Hartgers (Nov. 15, 2005).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/mens-maatschappij/onderwijs/publicaties/artikelen/2005-1806-wm.htm

C. "Over 50 thousand lesbian and gay couples," by Liesbeth Steenhof (Nov. 15, 2005).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/mens-maatschappij/bevolking/publicaties/artikelen/2005-1823-wm.htm

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Norway:

Statistics Norway Articles:

A. "Focus on Population" (Nov. 17, 2005).

http://www.ssb.no/befolkning_en/

B. "Young people positive towards immigrants" (Nov. 16, 2005).

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/02/sa_innvand_en/

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Palestine:

Palestinian National Authority Bureau of Statistics Report: "Palestinian Children in Figures" (November 2005, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.pcbs.org/press_r/pchildren_e.pdf

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Philippines:

Philippines National Statistics Office Report: "2003 Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI): Private Education Service, Preliminary Results" (November 2005).

http://www.census.gov.ph/data/sectordata/aspbi03_edutx.html

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U.K.:

U.K. Government Actuary's Department Data: "Current Interim Life Tables" (2005, Microsoft Excel format). Note: At present the life table links are only guaranteed to work with the Internet Explorer browser.

http://www.gad.gov.uk/Life_Tables/Interim_Life_Tables.htm

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, NEWS RELEASES, COMPENDIUMS

Pan American Health Organization Report: "Healthy Municipalities, Cities and Communities: Evaluation Recommendations for Policymakers in the Americas" (Health Promotion Series No. 7, 2005, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.paho.org/English/AD/SDE/HS/MC_Recommendations.pdf

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Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) Annotated [Web] Bibliography: "Gender, HIV/AIDS and Development" (September 2005, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://icad-cisd.com/content/pub_details.cfm?ID=156&CAT=9&lang=e

More information about ICAD:

http://icad-cisd.com/content/about.cfm?lang=e

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_Demographic Research_ Articles: Note: _DR_ is "a free, expedited, peer-reviewed journal of the population sciences" published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research [Rostock, Germany]."

DR_ has released a special collection "Human Mortality over Age, Time, Sex, and Place: The 1st HMD Symposium," which describes the Human Mortality Database project and briefly summarizes the Special Collection articles.

Articles are all in .pdf format and are numbered Vol. 13- Articles 10-20.

Introduction to the Special Collection "Human Mortality over Age, Time, Sex, and Place: The 1st HMD Symposium," by Vladimir Shkolnikov, John R. Wilmoth, and Dana A. Glei. (13-10)

On the relationship between period and cohort mortality, by John R. Wilmoth (13-11)

Unconventional approaches to mortality estimation, by Kenneth Hill, Yoonjoung Choi, and Ian Timaeus (13-12)

Population observatories as sources of information on mortality in developing countries, by Gilles Pison (13-13)

Official population statistics and the Human Mortality Database estimates of populations aged 80+ in Germany and nine other European countries, by Dmitri A. Jdanov, Rembrandt D. Scholz, and Vladimir Shkolnikov (13-14)

The effects of war losses on mortality estimates for Italy A first attempt, by Dana A. Glei, Silvia Bruzzone, and Graziella Caselli (13-15)

Estimates of mortality and population changes in England and Wales over the two World Wars, by Dmitri A. Jdanov, Evgueni Andreev, Domantas Jasilionis, and Vladimir Shkolnikov (13-16)

Trends in gender differences in accidents mortality Relationships to changing gender roles and other societal trends, by Ingrid Waldron, Christopher McCloskey, and Inga Earle (13-17)

Forecasting sex differences in mortality in high income nations The contribution of smoking, by Fred Pampel (13-18)

Cause-specific contributions to sex differences in adult mortality among whites and African Americans between 1960 and 1995, by Irma T. Elo and Greg L. Drevenstedt (13-19)

Decomposition analysis of Spanish life expectancy at birth Evolution and changes in the components by sex and age, by Rosa Gomez-Redondo and Carl Boe (13-20)

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

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Population Council Brief Reports:

A. "Child marriage: A cause for global action," by Erica Chong and Nicole Haberland (Brief No. 14, October 2005, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/TABriefs/GFD_Brief-14_GLOBALACTION.pdf

B. "Kishori Abhijan: A pilot project to empower adolescent girls," by Sajeda Amin (Brief No. 13, October 2005, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/TABriefs/GFD_Brief-13_KISHORI.ABHIJAN.pdf

C. "Bringing new opportunities to adolescent girls in socially conservative settings: The Ishraq program in rural Upper Egypt," by Martha Brady, Abeer Salem, and Nadia Zibani (Brief No. 12, October 2005, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/TABriefs/GFD_Brief-12_ISHRAQ.pdf

D. "Child marriage in the context of the HIV epidemic," by Judith Bruce (Brief No. 11, September 2005, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/TABriefs/GFD_Brief-11_CHILDMARRIAGEHIV.pdf

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Urban Institute Reports:

A. "The Diversity of Cultural Participation: Findings from a National Survey," by Francie Ostrower (November 2005, .pdf format, 39p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=311251

B. "Motivations Matter: Findings and Practical Implications of a National Survey of Cultural Participation," by Francie Ostrower (November 2005 .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=311238

C. "Foster Care Adoption in the United States: An Analysis of Interest in Adoption and a Review of State Recruitment Strategies," by Jennifer Ehrle Macomber, Erica H. Zielewski, Kate Chambers, and Rob Geen (November 2005, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=411254

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Allen Guttmacher Institute Periodicals:

A. _International Family Planning Perspectives_ (Vol. 31, No. 3, September 2005, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.guttmacher.org/journals/toc/ifpp3103toc.html

An archive of articles back to 1995 is available at:

http://www.guttmacher.org/archive/indexPSRH.html

B. _The Guttmacher Report on Public Policy_ (Vol. 8, No. 4, November 2005, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/tgr/08/4/index.html

An archive of articles back to 1998 is available at:

http://www.guttmacher.org/archive/indexTGR.html

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_Lancet_ Article Abstract, Research Letter Summary: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing access to content.

A. "Causes of cancer in the world: comparative risk assessment of nine behavioural and environmental risk factors," by Goodarz Danaei, Stephen Vander Hoorn, Alan D. Lopez, Christopher J.L. Murray, and Majid Ezzati, The Comparative Risk Assessment collaborating group (Cancers) (Vol. 366, No. 9499, November 19, 2005, p. 1784-1793).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673605677252/abstract

B. "Effects of early childhood psychosocial stimulation and nutritional supplementation on cognition and education ingrowth-stunted Jamaican children: prospective cohort study," by Susan P. Walker, Susan M. Chang, Christine A. Powell, and Sally M. Grantham-McGregor (Vol. 366, No. 9499, November 19, 2005, p. 1804-1807).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673605675745/abstract

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_British Medical Journal_ Article: "How does progress towards the child mortality millennium development goal affectinequalities between the poorest and least poor? Analysis of Demographic and Health Survey data," by Kath A. Moser, David A. Leon, and Davidson R. Gwatkin (Vol. 331, No. 7526, November 19, 2005, p. 1180-1182, HTML and .pdf format). This article is freely available to the public.

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/331/7526/1180

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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. 47, Nov. 21, 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:

National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "The Transformation of Hunger: The Demand for Calories Past and Present," by Trevon D. Logan (NBER Working Paper No. 11754, November 2005, .pdf format, 52p.).

Abstract:

According to conventional income measures, nineteenth century American and British industrial workers were two to four times as wealthy as poor people in developing countries today. Surprisingly, however, today's poor are less hungry than yesterday's wealthy industrial workers. I estimate the demand for calories of American and British industrial workers using the 1888 Cost of Living Survey and find that the estimated calorie elasticities for both American and British households are greater than calorie elasticity estimates for households in present day developing countries. The results are robust to measurement error, unreported food consumption, and indirect estimation bias. This finding implies substantial nutritional improvements among the poor in the twentieth century. Using the Engel curve implied by the historical calorie elasticities, I derive new income estimates for developing countries which yield income estimates that are six to ten times greater than those derived using purchasing power parity or GDP deflators.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W11754

B. "How's the Job? Well-Being and Social Capital in the Workplace," by John F. Heliwell and Haifang Huang (NBER Working Paper No. 11759, November 2005, .pdf format, 39p.).

Abstract:

This paper takes a different tack in addressing one of the fundamental questions in economics: what are the factors that determine the distribution of jobs and wages? In Adam Smith's classic formulation, and in much of the subsequent literature, wage levels have been used to estimate the values of job characteristics ("compensating" or "equalizing" differentials). There are econometric problems with this approach, principally caused by unmeasured differences in talents and aptitudes that enable people of high ability to have jobs with both high wages and good working conditions, thus understating the value of working conditions. We bypass this difficulty by estimating the extent to which incomes and job characteristics influence direct measures of life satisfaction from three large and recent Canadian surveys. The well-being results show strikingly large values for non-financial job characteristics, especially workplace trust and other measures of the quality of workplace social capital. The compensating differentials estimated for the quality of workplace social capital are so large as to suggest that they do not reflect a full equilibrium. Thus the current situation probably reflects the existence of unrecognized opportunities for managers and employees to alter workplace environments, or for workers to change jobs, so as to increase both life satisfaction and workplace efficiency.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W11759

C. "Why do Unemployment Benefits Raise Unemployment Durations? The Role of Borrowing Constraints and Income Effects," by Raj Chetty (NBER Working Paper No. 11760, November 2005, .pdf format, 56p.).

Abstract:

It is well known that unemployment benefits raise unemployment durations. This result has traditionally been interpreted as a substitution effect caused by a reduction in the price of leisure relative to consumption, generating a deadweight burden. This paper questions the validity of this interpretation by showing that unemployment benefits can also affect durations through a non-distortionary income effect for agents who face borrowing constraints. The empirical relevance of borrowing constraints and income effects is evaluated in two ways. First, I classify households into groups that are likely to be constrained and unconstrained based on their asset holdings, mortgage payments, and spouse's labor force status. I find that increases in unemployment benefits have small effects on durations in the unconstrained groups but large effects in the constrained groups. Second, I find that lump-sum severance payments granted at the time of job loss significantly increase durations, particularly among households that are likely to be constrained. These results suggest that transitory benefits affect search behavior largely through an income effect, challenging the prevailing view that social safety nets create large efficiency costs.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W11760

D. "Cities and Countries," by Andrew K. Rose (NBER Working Paper No. 11762, November 2005, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

If one ranks cities by population, the rank of a city is inversely related to its size, a well-documented phenomenon known as Zipf's Law. Further, the growth rate of a city's population is uncorrelated with its size, another well-known characteristic known as Gibrat's Law. In this paper, I show that both characteristics are true of countries as well as cities; the size distributions of cities and countries are similar. But theories that explain the size-distribution of cities do not obviously apply in explaining the size-distribution of countries. The similarity of city- and country-size distributions is an interesting riddle.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W11762

E. "Drug Advertising and Health Habits," by Toshiaki Iizuka and Ginger Zhe Jin (NBER Working Paper No. 11770, November 2005, .pdf format, 33p.).

Abstract:

We examine the effect of direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of drug treatment on two important health habits, smoking and exercise, using the 1997-2001 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the National Health Insurance Survey (NHIS), and MSA-level DTCA data. We find that the DTCA of tobacco cessation products increases the tendency to smoke for insured people with college education. Similarly, the DTCA related to four chronic conditions reduces the likelihood to engage in moderate exercise. These findings suggest that DTCA does not only affect pharmaceutical demand in the short-run, but also have long-run impacts on people's health by affecting their health habits.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W11770

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Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester UK]: "Is There a Glass Ceiling Over Europe? An Exploration of Asymmetries in the Gender Pay Gap across the Wages Distribution," by Wiji Arulampalam, Alison L Booth, and Mark L Bryan (ISER Working Paper 2005-25, November 2005, .pdf format, 42p.).

Abstract:

Using harmonised data from the European Union Household Panel, we analyse gender pay gaps by sector across the wages distribution for eleven countries. We find that the mean gender pay gap in the raw data typically hides large variations in the gap across the wages distribution. We use quantile regression techniques to control for the effects of individual and job characteristics at different points of the distribution, and calculate the part of the gap attributable to differing returns between men and women. We find that, first, gender pay gaps are typically bigger at the top of the wage distribution, a finding that is consistent with the existence of glass ceilings. Second, for some countries gender paygaps are also bigger at the bottom of the wage distribution, a finding that is consistent with sticky floors. Third, the gender pay gap is typically higher at the top than the bottom end of the wage distribution, suggesting that glass ceilings are more prevalent than sticky floors. Fourth, the gender pay gap differs significantly across the public and the private sector wages distribution for each of our EU countries.

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/pubs/workpaps/pdf/2005-25.pdf

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]:

A. "Endogenous Assimilation and Immigrant Adjustment in Longitudinal Data," by Michael Beenstock, Barry R. Chiswick, and Ari Paltiel (Discussion Paper No. 1840, November 2005, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract:

We create a longitudinal data set by matching immigrants in Israel's censuses for 1983 and 1995. These panel data reject the Immigrant Assimilation Hypothesis (IAH), which predicts that immigrants with shorter durations in 1983 should have experienced faster earnings growth between 1983 and 1995. By contrast, IAH is corroborated by the synthetic cohort methodology (SCM) over the same period. We suggest that SCM is subject to survivor bias, which increases the apparent degree of assimilation. We show that since the return to destination-specific skills increased during this period because of the very large immigration, the assimilation curve changed its shape in a way that made it difficult to estimate even using panel data.

ftp://ftp.iza.org/dps/dp1840.pdf

B. "Intergenerational Economic Mobility and Assortative Mating," by John Ermisch, Marco Francesconi, and Thomas Siedler (Discussion Paper No. 1847, November 2005, .pdf format, 33p.).

Abstract:

We use data from the German Socio-Economic Panel and the British Household Panel Survey to estimate the extent of intergenerational economic mobility in a framework that highlights the role played by assortative mating. We find that assortative mating plays an important role. On average about 40-50% of the covariance between parents' and own permanent family income can be attributed to the person to whom one is married. This effect is driven by strong spouse correlations in human capital, which are larger in Germany than Britain.

ftp://ftp.iza.org/dps/dp1847.pdf

C. "Evaluating the Dynamic Employment Effects of Training Programs in East Germany Using Conditional Difference-in-Differences," by Annette Bergemann, Bernd Fitzenberger, and Stefan Speckesser (Discussion Paper No. 1848, November 2005, .pdf format, 84p.).

Abstract:

This study analyzes the employment effects of training in East Germany. We propose and apply an extension of the widely used conditional difference-in-differences evaluation method. Focusing on transition rates between nonemployment and employment we take into account that employment is a state dependent process. Our results indicate that using transition rates is more appropriate and informative than using unconditional employment rates as commonly done in the literature. Training as a first participation in a program of Active Labor Market Policies shows zero to small positive effects both on reemployment probabilities and on probabilities of remaining employed with notable variation over the different start dates of the program.

ftp://ftp.iza.org/dps/dp1848.pdf

D. "Taxes, Cigarette Consumption and Smoking Intensity," by Jerome Adda and Francesca Cornaglia (Discussion Paper No. 1849, November 2005, .pdf format, 36p.).

Abstract:

This paper analyses the compensatory behavior of smokers. Exploiting data on cotinine concentration--a metabolite of nicotine--measured in a large population of smokers over time, we show that smokers compensate tax hikes by extracting more nicotine per cigarette. Our study makes two important contributions. First, as smoking more intensively a given cigarette is detrimental to health, our results question the usefulness of tax increases. Second, we develop a model of rational addiction where agents can also adjust their intensity of smoking and we show that the previous empirical results suffer from severe estimation biases.

ftp://ftp.iza.org/dps/dp1849.pdf

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Other Journals:

Medical Care (Vol. 43, No. 12, December 2005).

http://www.lww-medicalcare.com/pt/re/medcare/toc.00005650-200512000-00000.htm

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CONFERENCES/CALLS FOR PAPERS:

MEASURE Evaluation: "Third International RHINO (Routine Health Information Network) Workshop" to be held Feb. 26-Mar. 3, 2006, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. For more information see:

http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/news.html?wid=2401&func=viewSubmission&sid=1831

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National Cancer Institute: "3rd Annual Advanced Training Institute on Health Behavior Theory," to be held in Madison, Wisconsin, Jun. 18-25, 2006. For more information see:

http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/workshop/

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National Center for Education Statistics: "Using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) Database for Research and Policy Discussion NCES ECLS-B Database Training," to be held Jan. 11-13, 2006, in the Washington D.C. area. For more information see:

http://nces.ed.gov/conferences/confinfo.asp?confid=78

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

National Institutes of Health: "NIDA [National Institute on Drug Abuse]J Announces Availability of Special Funds for Selected Program Announcements Related to Health Disparities Research on the Disproportionate Burden of HIV and Criminal Justice Involvement Among African Americans as a Result of Drug [Abuse]" (NOT-DA-06-004, Nov. 10, 2005). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DA-06-004.html

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University of California--Berkeley School of Public Health Training Programs: "The Health Policy and Management division in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley is inviting applications for postdoctoral and mid-career fellowships that will begin August, 2006.  These fellowships provide advanced multidisciplinary training and education to prepare outstanding economists, health professionals, political scientists, sociologists, and public policy professionals for leadership roles in health economics, health services financing, public health policy, managed care, the health workforce, and health insurance: For more information see:

http://www.petris.org/trainingprograms.htm

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DATA:

Wisconsin Longitudinal Study: The University of Wisconsin Center for Demography of Health and Aging has announced "the public release of the 2004 WLS graduate data version 11.0. This is a preliminary release of the data gathered from the telephone and mail interviews of our original graduate respondents. The telephone interview was in the field from July of 2003 through June 2005. The mail survey is still in the field, but will soon be complete. The current release includes 7,265 telephone participants and 6,279 mail participants in the current round of surveys.... Data files are downloadable in the following formats: STATA, SAS, and SPSS."

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/wlsresearch/data/updates/

Past rounds have also been updated. For details see:

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/wlsresearch/data/updates/change_notice/chnt_023.htm

Data access:

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/wlsresearch/documentation/

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Medical Expenditure Panel Survey:

A. "MEPS HC-078: 2003 Medical Conditions File," (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, November 2005, data in .zip and .exe self-decompressing ASCII and SAS transport format, SAS and SPSS programming statements, documentation in HTML, .pdf or ASP codebook format).

This public use data file provides information on household-reported medical conditions collected on a nationally representative sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States for the 2003 MEPS Household Component. Released as an ASCII file (with SAS and SPSS programming statements, and also in SAS transport format), this public use file provides information on the household-reported medical conditions reported in the 2003 portion of Round 3 and Rounds 4 and 5 for Panel 7, as well as Rounds 1 and 2 and the 2003 portion of Round 3 for Panel 8 (i.e., rounds for MEPS panels covering calendar year 2003).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=192

B. "MEPS HC-077I: Appendix to MEPS 2003 Event Files," ((Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, November 2005, data in .zip and .exe self-decompressing ASCII and SAS transport format, SAS and SPSS programming statements, documentation in HTML, .pdf or ASP codebook format).

This public use release is one in a series of public use event files drawn from the 2003 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household (HC) and Medical Provider Components (MPC). This release contains 2 data files each of which is provided as an ASCII file with SAS and SPSS programming statements and as a SAS transport file. File 1 is used for linking the MEPS 2003 condition file (HC-078) with the MEPS 2003 event files (HC-077A through HC-077H); File 2 is used for linking the MEPS 2003 prescribed medicines event file (HC-077A) with other 2003 event files. This release also includes two tables provided as PDF files: Table 1, the "MEPS 2003 Condition-Event Frequency" table contains unweighted and weighted counts of records on the MEPS 2003 event files for each of the condition, procedure and clinical classification codes on the MEPS 2003 condition file; Table 2, the "MEPS 2003 Utilization and Expenditures Summary" table contains statistics for all of the utilization and expenditure variables contained on the MEPS 2003 person-level and event-level files.

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=193

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Panel Study of Income Dynamics: The University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research PSID has announced: "The Public Release I of the 2003 Family file Release 3". For more information see:

http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/Guide/DataNewsDet.aspx?ID=347

Data access:

http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/Data/

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Kaiser Family Foundation Webcasts: "A Closer Look." "The Kaiser Family Foundation, through its online news and information service, kaisernetwork.org, launches a new interview series providing 'A Closer Look' at current health policy issues from the perspective of state and federal policymakers, researchers, authors and health care reporters. Interviews are available in various multi-media formats, and print transcripts (.pdf format) are also available.

http://www.kaisernetwork.org/health_cast/hcast_index.cfm?display=detail&hc=1519

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BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES:

National Longitudinal Surveys: Note: These citations, along with all of the NLS bibliography, can be found at:

http://www.nlsbibliography.org/

Note: Where available, direct links to full text have been provided. These references represent updated citations from Oct 31-Nov. 18, 2005.

For more information on any of these citations (selected abstracts are available) go to the above listed address and click on "Title List". Click on the first item, which will give the syntax of the citation urls:

http://www.nlsbibliography.org/qtitle.php3?myrow[0]=320

Then change the number after the equal sign (320 in this case) to the number listed as the "ID Number" in the citations below. You will be taken to the full citation listing.

CAPUTO, RICHARD K.
Religiousness and Adolescent Behaviors: A Comparison of Boys and Girls
Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work 24,3 (2005): 39-67. Also: https://www.haworthpress.com/store/E-Text/View_EText.asp?sid=LFKJECF3UXUX8MT3XR7DEU8DSFV64VB0&a=3&s=J377&v=24&i=3&fn=J377v24n03%5F04
Cohort(s): NLSY97
ID Number: 5142
Publisher: Haworth Press, Inc.

TODD, PETRA
The Production of Cognitive Achievement in Children: Home, School and Racial Test Score Gaps
Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Working Paper (October 2005)
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79
ID Number: 5144
Publisher: Penn Institute for Economic Research (PIER)

SKUTERUD, MIKAL
Explaining the Increase in On-the-job Search
Working Paper 11F0019MIE No. 250, Statistics Canada, April 2005. Also http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/11F0019MIE/11F0019MIE2005250.pdf
Cohort(s): NLSY79, Young Women
ID Number: 5147
Publisher: Statistics Canada

ATKINS, ROBERT L.
HART, DANIEL
DONNELLY, THOMAS M.
The Association of Childhood Personality Type With Volunteering During Adolescence
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly 51,2 (April 2005): 145-162
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79 Young Adult
ID Number: 5148
Publisher: Wayne State University Press

MCCARTY, CAROLYN A.
ZIMMERMAN, FREDERICK J.
DIGIUSEPPE, DAVID L.
CHRISTAKIS, DIMITRI A.
Parental Emotional Support and Subsequent Internalizing and Externalizing Problems Among Children
Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 26,4 (August 2005):267-275
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79
ID Number: 5149
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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-- Jack Solock
Data Librarian--
Center for Demography and Ecology
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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