Current Demographic Research Report #114, December 19, 2005.

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Index to this issue:

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

U.S.

Census Bureau Report, Facts for Features

Centers for Disease Control Periodical. Periodical Articles

National Centers for Health Statistics Reports

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Reports, Statistical Brief

Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Illicit Drug Use among Persons Arrested for Serious Crimes"

National Center for Education Statistics Reports

Bureau of Labor Statistics News Release: "Occupational Injuries and Illnesses by Selected Characteristics, 2004"

Department of Housing and Urban Development Report: "Affordable Housing Needs: A Report to Congress on the Significant Need for Housing"

Federal Bureau of Investigation Report: "Uniform Crime Reports: Preliminary Semiannual Report, January-June 2005"

US Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, Report: "Sexual Assault on Campus: What Colleges and Universities Are Doing About It"

National Science Foundation InfoBriefs

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U.S.--District of Columbia:

Fannie May Foundation/Urban Institute Report: "Housing in the Nation's Capital 2005"

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U.S.--Hawai'i:

Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Report: "Wage and Employment Structure: Comparing Recent Trends for Hawai'i vs. the U.S."

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U.S.--Illinois:

Northern Illinois Business and Industry Data Center Reports

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U.S.--New Jersey:

Department of Labor and Workforce Development Reports

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United Nations Children's Fund Compendium: _The State of the World's Children 2006_***

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World Bank Research Program Monograph: _Abstracts of Current Studies 2004_

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Australia:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Reports

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Canada:

Statistics Canada _The Daily_ Articles***, CIHI Report

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Czech Republic:

Institute of Health Information and Statistics Compendia

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India:

Government of India Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation Report: "Household Assets and Liabilities in India"

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Ireland:

Central Statistics Office Reports***

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Internal Migration in Israel 2001-2002"

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Latvia:

Central Statistical Bureau Press Release: "Provisional demographic indicators for 2005"

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Mongolia:

National Statistical Office Compendia Announcement

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "More and more Dutch men take parental leave"

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New Zealand:

Health Information Service Report: "Cancer: New Registrations and Deaths: 2001"

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Nordic Council of Ministers:

Nordic Council of Ministers Compendia

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Releases

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Palestinian National Authority:

Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "On the Main Findings of the Survey on the Perception of Palestinian Population Towards the Socioeconomic Conditions, October 2005"

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Portugal:

Institudo Nacional de Estatica Compendium: _Statistical Yearbook of Portugal: 2004_

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Scotland:

General Register Office for Scotland Report: "Household Estimates for Scotland by Local Authority 1991 to 2005"

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Singapore:

Statistics Singapore Report: "Statistics on Marriages & Divorces 2004"

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Sweden:

Statistika centralbyran/Statistics Sweden News Release: "Swedish households paid an average of SEK 28,000 SEK in VAT"

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Ukraine:

State Statistics Committee of Ukraine Population Table Updates

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UK:

Department of Health Press Release: "Statistical press notice: health survey for England and community care statistics"

Office for National Statistics Press Release. Reports

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Monitoring the Future Press Releases

_Demographic Research_ Article: "Lifesaving, lifetimes and lifetables"

Population Research Center Articles, Policy Brief

Rand Corporation Labor and Population Program Technical Report: " County-Level Estimates of the Effects of a Universal Preschool Program in California"

Kaiser Family Foundation Material Summarizes Medicaid Provisions in the Budget Reconciliation Bills

Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society Report: "Job opportunities for whom? Labour market dynamics and service-sector employment growth in Germany and Britain"

Fritz Institute Report: "Rescue, Relief and Rehabilitation in Tsunami Affected Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka"

Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program Report: "Katrina Index: Tracking Variables of Post-Katrina Reconstruction"

_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Special Communication Abstract: "Socioeconomic Status in Health Research: One Size Does Not Fit All"

_British Medical Journal_ Editorial Extract, Education and Debate Extract

Info for Health Pop. Reporter

WORKING PAPERS

US Census Bureau
US Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Bureau of Economic Research
World Bank Policy Research Programme
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo)
Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

TABLES OF CONTENTS

Other Journals

CONFERENCES/CALLS FOR PAPERS

Population Reference Bureau: "Population, Health, and Environment: Creating Our Future Conference and Workshops"

Levy Economics Institute of Bard College: "Call for Papers: "Gender, Tax Policies, and Tax Reform in Comparative Perspective

Luxembourg Income Study Summer Workshop

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

US National Institutes of Health

Population Reference Bureau: "2006-2007 PRB Fellows Program in Population Policy Communications"

American Educational Research Association Call For Applications

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

US National Center for Education Statistics: "Research Scientist Positions at the Institute of Education Sciences"

United Nations

DATA

US National Center for Education Statistics: "Education Longitudinal Study of 2002/2004: Base-Year to First Follow-up Data File Documentation"

Cathy Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research Announcement: "The Samples of Anonymised Records (SARS): Overseas access to the 2001 SARs"

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

Kaiser Family Foundation statehealthfacts.org Update

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

U.S.:

1. Census Bureau Report, Facts for Features

A. "Supplemental Measures of Material Well-Being: Basic Needs, Consumer Durables, Energy, and Poverty, 1981 to 2002" (Current Population Special Studies P23-202, December 2005, .pdf format, 25p.).

http://www.census.gov/prod/2005pubs/p23-202.pdf

B. "Valentine's Day: February 14," (Facts for Features, December 14, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

HTML:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/006116.html

.pdf:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2006/cb06ff-02.pdf

2. Centers for Disease Control Periodical:

A. _Preventing Chronic Disease_ (Vol. 3, No. 1, January 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2006/jan/toc.htm

B. The latest _Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report_ (Vol. 54, No. 49, Dec. 16, 2005) contains two articles (HTML and .pdf format) that may be of interest. They are:

"Update: Influenza Activity --- United States, October 2--December 3, 2005" (p. 1256-1259).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5449a2.htm

"QuickStats: Total Fertility Rates, by State --- United States, 2003" (p. 1262).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5449a5.htm

.pdf format for both articles:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5449.pdf

3. National Centers for Health Statistics Reports:

A. "Fertility, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health of U.S. Women: Data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth," by Anjani Chandra, Gladys M. Martinez, William D. Mosher, Joyce C. Abma, and Jo Jones, (Vital and Health Statistics Series 23, No. 25, December 2005, .pdf format, 226p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/series/sr23/pre-1/sr23_25.htm

B. "Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2004," Margaret Lethbridge-Cejku and Deborah Rose, (Vital and Health Statistics Series 10, No. 228, December 2005, .pdf format, 281p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_228.pdf

4. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Reports, Statistical Brief:

A. "Household Medical Expenditures by Condition in the U.S. Civilian Non-institutionalized Population, 2003" (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, December 2005).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/MEPSNet/TC/TC15.asp?File=HCFY2003&Table=HCFY2003_CNDXP

B. "Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Non-institutionalized Population, 2003" (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, December 2005).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/MEPSNet/TC/TC15.asp?File=HCFY2003&Table=HCFY2003_PLEXP

C. "Estimates of Health Care Expenditures for the 10 Largest States, 2003," by John P. Sommers (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MEPS Statistical Brief #106, December 2005, .pdf format, 4p.).

Abstract:

This Statistical Brief presents variations from the national average in health care expenses for the 10 most populous States in 2003. The brief examines selected measures for the U.S. community population, including 1) the proportion of the population with selected types of expenses, 2) the average amount of expenses, and 3) the distribution of payments for health care across various sources.

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/PrintProducts/PrintProd_Detail.asp?ID=720

5. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Illicit Drug Use among Persons Arrested for Serious Crimes" (National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), December 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

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

6. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K) Fifth Grade Methodology Report," by Karen Tourangeau, Thanh Le, and Christine Nord (NCES 2006037, December 2005, .pdf format, 317p.).

Abstract:

This methodology report provides technical information about the development, design, and conduct of the fifth grade data collection of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K). Detailed information on the development of the instruments, sample design, data collection methods, data preparation and editing, response rates, and weighting and variance estimation is included.

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006037

B. "Key Concepts and Features of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy," by Sheida White and Sally Dillow (NCES 2006471, December 2005, .pdf format, 33p.).

Abstract:

The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) is the first assessment of the nation's progress in adult literacy since the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS). The 2003 NAAL is a complex assessment with several components and various types of data. The primary purpose of this publication is to describe this assessment's key features and data types. The publication reviews key elements carried over from the 1992 assessment, including a "functional" view of adult literacy and three distinct literacy areas (prose, document, and quantitative). It also introduces critical new aspects of the 2003 assessment, including new performance levels that are used to report results and new components that provide expanded data about the least-literate adults and the role of basic skills in adult literacy performance.

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006471

C. "A First Look at the Literacy of America's Adults in the 21st Century," by Mark Kutner, Elizabeth Greenberg, and Justin Baer (NCES 2006470, December 2005, .pdf format, 27p.).

Abstract:

The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) measures the English literacy of America's adults (people age 16 and older living in households and prisons). NAAL builds on the previous national assessment of literacy completed in 1992. The 2003 assessment defines literacy as "using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential." Results are reported in terms of scale score averages and literacy levels on three literacy scales: prose, document, and quantitative. The literacy levels were described as below basic, basic, intermediate, and proficient. Each level corresponded to a specific range of scale scores and was described in terms of the abilities associated with each level and the types of tasks that adults could complete at that level. An additional component comprising 5 percent of the adult population was the non-literate in English. The non-literate in English included the 2 percent who could not be tested because they could not communicate in English or Spanish, and the 3 percent who took an alternative assessment because they were unable to complete a minimum number of simple literacy screening questions. Results showed that the average quantitative literacy scores of adults increased 8 points between 1992 and 2003, though average prose and document literacy did not differ significantly from 1992. Among Blacks, average prose literacy scores increased by 6 points and average document literacy scores rose by 8 points between 1992 and 2003. The average prose scores of Asians/Pacific Islanders increased as well, rising 16 points between 1992 and 2003.The average prose literacy scores of Hispanics fell 18 points from 1992 to 2003, while average document literacy scores decreased by 14 points. Average prose and document literacy scores among Whites did not change significantly.

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006470

7. Bureau of Labor Statistics News Release: "Occupational Injuries and Illnesses by Selected Characteristics, 2004" (Dec. 13, 2005, ASCII text, HTML, and .pdf format, 32p.).

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/osh2.toc.htm

8. Department of Housing and Urban Development Report: "Affordable Housing Needs: A Report to Congress on the Significant Need for Housing" (December 2005, .pdf format, 103p.).

Abstract:

This report is the ninth in a series of Worst Case Needs reports to Congress. The report is organized into four basic sections. Chapter 1 provides an introduction, including a discussion of terms and sources. Chapter 2 outlines the findings of worst case needs by various categories such as demographics and geography. Chapter 3 presents a new analysis using data from the Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation to compare estimates of severe rent burden and examine the duration of those rent burdens. Chapter 4 assesses the supply of affordable rental housing. In addition to examining the experiences of renters, their incomes and the amounts they pay in rent, this report also looks at the availability of affordable rental housing and how these supply issues may affect worst case needs.

http://www.huduser.org/publications/affhsg/affhsgneed.html

9. Federal Bureau of Investigation Report: "Uniform Crime Reports: Preliminary Semiannual Report, January-June 2005" (December 2005, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/2005prelim/2005openpage.htm

10. US Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, Report: " Sexual Assault on Campus: What Colleges and Universities Are Doing About It," by Heather M. Karjane, Bonnie S. Fisher, and Francis T. Cullen (December 2005, .pdf format, 16p.).

Abstract:

Colleges and universities are not always the safe havens they are thought to be; college women are at higher risk for sexual assault than their non-college-bound peers. Yet, many rapes and attempted rapes are unreported, perhaps because for the majority of these crimes, victim and assailant are acquainted. Schools vary widely in how they comply with Federal requirements to report and respond to sexual victimization. These are among the findings from the first major survey of the Nation's colleges and universities to inquire about sexual assault on campus and how schools are reporting and handling the problem. Many schools need guidance on how to comply with Federal requirements to disclose security procedures, report crime data, and ensure victims' rights. Promising practices in prevention, policy, victim support services, and other areas are discussed.

http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/nij/205521.pdf

11. National Science Foundation InfoBriefs:

A. "All In a Week's Work: Workweeks of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers" (NSF 06-302, December 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf06302/

B. "Recent Engineering and Computer Science Graduates Continue to Earn the Highest Salaries" (NSF 06-303, December 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf06303

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U.S.--District of Columbia:

Fannie May Foundation/Urban Institute Report: "Housing in the Nation's Capital 2005," by Margery Austin Turner, G. Thomas Kingsley, Kathryn L.S. Petit, Jessica Cigna, and Michael Eiseman (October 2005, .pdf format, 62p., with supplemental appendix tables (Microsoft Excel format)). " _Housing in the Nation's Capital 2005_ focuses on how the Washington region's sustained prosperity has transformed housing market conditions and trends in the District of Columbia. More specifically, this year's report assesses how the city's neighborhoods are changing and explores the consequences for the city's residents, especially in the area of housing affordability. Although all of the District's neighborhoods have experienced substantial housing cost increases in recent years, the report documents substantial differences in price levels and appreciation rates across the city, and uses this information as the basis for proposing tailored housing and community development strategies."

http://www.fanniemaefoundation.org/publications/reports/hnc/2005/hnc2005.shtml

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U.S.--Hawai'i:

Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Report: "Wage and Employment Structure: Comparing Recent Trends for Hawai'i vs. the U.S.," by Khem R. Sharma (December 2005, .pdf format, 22p.). "This report provides a comparative analysis of recent trends on industry wages and employment between Hawaii and the U.S. as a whole. The report compares current employment structure and average wages by sector between Hawai'i and the U.S., as well as changes in employment and wage structure between 1980 and 2004. This information can be useful in planning and development of workforce for high paying sectors and in identifying low-paying sectors that need attention to improve wages.

http://www3.hawaii.gov/DBEDT/index.cfm?section=READ_LatestData1789

Click on title for link to full text.

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U.S.--Illinois:

Northern Illinois Business and Industry Data Center Reports:

A. "Characteristics of migrants and non-migrants nativity by gender and age group: 1995-2000

B. "Characteristics of migrants and non-migrants nativity by educational attainment: 1995-2000

Links to charts and tables by county for both these reports are available at:

http://www.nibidc.com/il_dem_char.htm

See 12/15/2005 postings, click on "click here to access".

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U.S.--New Jersey:

Department of Labor and Workforce Development Reports:

A. "Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates: 2003" (December 2005, Microsoft Excel format).

B. "New Jersey School Districts Estimates: 2003" (December 2005, Microsoft Excel format).

Both A. and B. above can be found at:

http://www.wnjpin.net/OneStopCareerCenter/LaborMarketInformation/lmi10/index.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates" (without the quotes).

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United Nations Children's Fund Compendium: _The State of the World's Children 2006: Excluded and Invisible_ (December 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 143p.).

Abstract:

_The State of the World's Children 2006: Excluded and Invisible_ is a sweeping assessment of the world's most vulnerable children, whose rights to a safe and healthy childhood are exceptionally difficult to protect. The report describes in detail how these children - poor, exploited and abused - are being ignored, growing up beyond the reach of development campaigns and often invisible in everything from public debate and legislation to statistics and news stories.

http://www.unicef.org/publications/index_30398.html

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A. "Plight of the world's 'invisible' children," by Elvira van Noort (_Mail & Guardian_ [Johannesburg, South Africa], Dec. 14, 2005).
http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=259240&area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__international_news/

B. "Children in a desperate plight" (_Post_ [Bangkok, Thailand], Dec. 18, 2005). Note: This is a _BT_ Editorial.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/17Dec2005_news16.php

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World Bank Research Program Monograph: _Abstracts of Current Studies 2004_ (2005, .pdf format, 184p.). "An annual compendium of abstracts for all active Bank research projects is published each year, describing the questions, analytical methods, findings and policy implications, and giving names of the research team, reports produced, and the project supervisor's email address. An appendix lists all Bank research reports and publications produced that year. Abstracts have been posted online since 2000."

http://econ.worldbank.org/research/abstracts

Click on "Abstracts of Current Studies 2004" at the bottom of the description for link to full text.

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Australia:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Reports:

A. "Use of routinely collected national data sets for reporting on induced abortion in Australia," by Narelle Grayson, Jenny Hargreaves, and Elizabeth A. Sullivan (December 2005, .pdf format, 70p.).

Abstract:

This report examines the utility of the available routinely collected national data sources for enumerating induced abortion in Australia. It outlines a methodology for estimating the number of induced abortions in Australia using the Medicare data and the National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD) data.

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10206

B. "Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement National Data Reports 2004-05: State Owned and Managed Indigenous Housing," (December 2005, .pdf format, 54p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10183

C. "Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement National Data Reports 2004-05: Public Rental Housing," (December 2005, .pdf format, 62p.). "These publications are [part of] a set of six that report on housing assistance provided in 2004-05 under the 2003 Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement (CSHA). These publications are part of the Housing Assistance Data Development Series."

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10184

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Canada:

1. Statistics Canada _The Daily Articles_:

A. "Study: Divorce and the mental health of children," (Dec. 13, 2005). The article links to information about the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY, Cycle 5, 2002-03), which was released in February 2005.

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/051213/d051213c.htm

B. "Population projections: 2005 to 2031" (Dec. 15, 2005). The article links to purchasing information for "Population Projections for Canada, Provinces and Territories, 2005 to 2031".

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/051215/d051215b.htm

***Related article: "Seniors will soon outnumber children, Statscan predicts," by Jill Mahoney (_Globe and Mail_ [Toronto, Ontario], Dec. 16, 2005).
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20051216/POPULATION16/TPNational/Canada

C. "Adult correctional services, 2003/04," (Dec. 16, 2005).

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/051216/d051216b.htm

D. "Education Matters: Trends in dropout rates among the provinces, 1990/91 to 2004/05," (Dec. 16, 2005). Note: the article links to a an article in _Education Matters: Insights on education, learning, and training in Canada_ (Vol. 2, No. 4, December 2005): "Provincial Drop-out rates - Trends and Consequences," by Geoff Bowlby

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/051216/d051216c.htm

Follow the links from "81-004-XIE" at the bottom of the article.

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/051216/d051216c.htm

2. Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institut canadien d'information sur la sante Report:"National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975-2005," (December 2005, .pdf format, 169p.). Note: CIHI requires readers to provide an email address before releasing content.

http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=PG_404_E&cw_topic=404&cw_rel=AR_31_E

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Czech Republic:

Institute of Health Information and Statistics Compendia:

A. _Czech Health Statistics Yearbook 2004_ (2005, .pdf format, 270p.).

http://www.uzis.cz/cz/publikac/knihovna_uzis_pdf/zdrroccz2004.pdf

B. _Economic Information on Health Care 2004_ (2005, .pdf format, 132p.).

http://www.uzis.cz/cz/publikac/knihovna_uzis_pdf/ekinf2004.pdf

C. _Health Service as a Part of National Economy 2004_ (2005, .pdf format, 71p.).

http://www.uzis.cz/cz/publikac/knihovna_uzis_pdf/zdrnarekon2004.pdf

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India:

Government of India Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation Report: Note: GIMSPI requires free registration before providing reports. " Household Assets and Liabilities in India" (Series 98, Report 500, November 2005, .pdf format, 498p.

http://mospi.nic.in/mospi_nsso_rept_pubn.htm

Scroll to S. No. 98, R. No. 500

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Ireland:

Central Statistics Office Reports:

A. "Women and Men in Ireland, 2005" (December 2005, .pdf format, 69p.). The report is linked to from a CSO news release: "Women and Men in Ireland 2005: Women under-represented in decision-making structures" (Dec. 16, 2005).

http://www.cso.ie/newsevents/pr_womenandmen2005.htm

Click on "www.cso.ie" at the bottom of the news release for link to full text.

***Related article: "CSO says women under-represented in Irish decision-making structures" (FinFacts Ireland, Dec. 16, 2005).
http://www.finfacts.com/irelandbusinessnews/publish/article_10004289.shtml

B. "Vital Statistics Second Quarter 2005" (December 2005, .pdf format, 24p.). The report is linked to from a CSO news release: "Vital Statistics Second Quarter 2005: Number of Marriages continues to rise" (Dec. 14, 2005).

http://www.cso.ie/newsevents/pr_vstatsq22005.htm

Click on "www.cso.ie" at the bottom of the news release for link to full text.

C. "EU Survey on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) 2004 (with revised 2003 estimates)" (December 2005, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/documents/labour_market/current/eusilc.pdf

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Internal Migration in Israel 2001-2002" (December 2005, .pdf, Microsoft Word and Excel format, 79p.).

http://www.cbs.gov.il/publications/in_migration02/in_migration_e.htm

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Latvia:

Central Statistical Bureau Press Release: "Provisional demographic indicators for 2005" (Dec. 12, 2005).

http://www.csb.lv/ateksts.cfm?tem_kods=dem&datums=%7Bts%20%272005%2D12%2D12%2012%3A50%3A00%27%7D

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Mongolia:

National Statistical Office Compendia, etc: NSO has announced: "Recently, The National Statistical Office has approved to disseminate all previous years Statistical Yearbook, Monthly Bulletin and Statistical Review via electronic format based on international organizations standards, user's needs and so as to increase data EXCEPT last 2 years Statistical Yearbook and last 2 months Statistical Bulletin and Statistical Review without any fee. You can download free of charge electronic publications from " ELECTRONIC PUBLICATIONS" menu." Statistical Yearbooks are available for 2001 and 2002 at present. Monthly Statistical Bulletins are available from December 2000. Monthly Statistical Reviews are available from January 2001.

http://www.nso.mn/eng/index.php

Click on "Electronic Publications" on the left side of the page. Publications are in .pdf format).

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "More and more Dutch men take parental leave," by Ingrid Beckers and Clemens Siermann (Dec. 13, 2005).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/arbeid-inkomen-sociale-zekerheid/arbeidsmarkt/publicaties/artikelen/2005-1844-wm.htm

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New Zealand:

Health Information Service Report: "Cancer: New Registrations and Deaths: 2001." (2005, .pdf format and Microsoft Excel format, 140p.). The report is linked to from a HIS news release: "Cancer" (Dec. 7, 2005).

http://www.nzhis.govt.nz/stats/cancerstats.html

There are also links to annual reports from 1995-2000 at the site linked to from the news release.

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Nordic Council of Ministers Compendia:

A. _Nordic Information Society Statistics 2005_ (2005, .pdf format, 163p.).

B. _Indicators for the Information Society in the Baltic Region 2005_ (2005, .pdf format, 119p.).

Both A. and B. above can be accessed from a Statistics Iceland news release: "New publications on the Information Society" (No. 109/2005, Dec. 15, 2005).

http://www.statice.is/?PageID=444&NewsID=1842

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Strong population growth expected: Population projections. National and regional figures, 2005-2060" (Dec. 15, 2005).

http://www.ssb.no/folkfram_en/

B. "Strong growth of immigrant population: Projections of the immigrant population, 2005-2060" (Dec. 15, 2005).

http://www.ssb.no/innvfram_en/

C. "620,000 pupils in compulsory school system" (Dec. 15, 2005).

http://www.ssb.no/utgrs_en/

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Palestinian National Authority:

Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "On the Main Findings of the Survey on the Perception of Palestinian Population Towards the Socioeconomic Conditions, October 2005" (December 2005, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.pcbs.org/pcbs/Portals/_pcbs/PressRelease/Socio_oct_05e.pdf

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Portugal:

Institudo Nacional de Estatica Compendium: _Statistical Yearbook of Portugal: 2004_ (Press release about the Yearbook, Dec. 14, 2005, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.ine.pt/prodserv/destaque/lead.asp?cod_destaque=2768&ver=en

Note: Tables from the Yearbook are available via the subscription based " Infoline" at:

http://www.ine.pt/prodserv/quadros/periodo.asp?pub_cod=043&per_cod=243

Information about a print copy should be available soon from the online catalog:

http://www.ine.pt/prodserv/catalogo/index_eng.asp

Search: "Statistical Yearbook of Portugal" (without the quotes). Information is current only up to the 2003 edition at this time.

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Scotland:

General Register Office for Scotland Report: "Household Estimates for Scotland by Local Authority 1991 to 2005" (December 2005, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 12p.). The report is linked to from a GROS news release: "Household Estimates for 2005" (Dec. 13, 2005).

http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/press/news2005/drop-in-number-of-vacant-dwellings-and-second-homes-in-scotland.html

Click on title for link to full text. Excel files can be found under " Contents" on report page.

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Singapore:

Statistics Singapore Report: "Statistics on Marriages & Divorces 2004" (December 2005, .pdf format, 80p.).

http://www.singstat.gov.sg/press/nop/nop12122005.html

Click on "View" for link to full text.

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Sweden:

Statistika centralbyran/Statistics Sweden News Release: "Swedish households paid an average of SEK 28,000 SEK in VAT" (Dec. 13, 2005).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____153889.asp

Updated tables (Microsoft Excel format) from the 2004 Swedish Household Budget Survey can be found at:

http://www.scb.se/templates/Product____22952.asp

New items are marked "New".

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State Statistics Committee of Ukraine Population Table Updates

A. "Total population, as of 2005.11.1, average annual populations 2005.10" (Dec. 12, 2005).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2005/ds/kn/kn_e/kn1005_e.html

B. "Natural increase in population in 2005.10" (Dec. 12, 2005).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2005/ds/pp/pp_e/pp1005_e.html

C. "Migration of population in 2005.09, by oblast" (Dec. 12, 2005).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2005/ds/mr/mr_e/mr0905_e.html

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UK:

1. Department of Health Press Release: "Statistical press notice: health survey for England and community care statistics" (Dec. 16, 2005).

http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/PressReleases/PressReleasesNotices/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=4125270&chk=6kL/QE

2. Office for National Statistics Press Release, Report:

A. "Civil partnerships ceremonies planned for 21 December" (Dec. 16, 2005, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/cpc1205.pdf

B. "Results from the General Household Survey 2004 (December 2005, .pdf format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=5756

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Monitoring the Future Press Releases:

A. "Drug and Alcohol Press Release and Tables" (Dec. 19, 2005, .pdf format).

http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/data/05data.html#2005data-drugs

B. "Cigarette Smoking Press Release and Tables" (Dec. 19, 2005, .pdf format).

http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/data/05data.html#2005data-cigs

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_Demographic Research_ Article: "Lifesaving, lifetimes and lifetables," by James W. Vaupel (Vol. 13, Article 24, December 2005, .pdf format, p. 597-614).

Abstract:

Mortality change roils period rates. In the short term, conventional calculations of age-specific probabilities of death and life expectancy in the period immediately after the change depend on how many lives have been saved. In the long term, the probabilities and period life expectancy also depend on how long these lives have been saved. When mortality is changing, calculations of period life expectancy do not, except in special circumstances, measure the life expectancy of a cohort of newborns that hypothetically live all their lives under the new mortality regime.

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

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Population Research Center Articles, Research Brief:

A. "The Demographic Divide: What It Is and Why It Matters," by Mary Mederios Kent and Carl Haub (December 2005).

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

B. "In the News: Abortion in the United States and the World," by Sandra Yin (December 2005).

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

C. "Army Recruitment Goals Endangered as Percent of African American Enlistees Declines," by David R. Segal and Mady Wechsler Segal (November 2005).

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

D. "Back to the Future: Guy Irving Burch and the (Surprisingly Modern) Demographic World of the 1930s," by John G. Haaga (December 2005).

http://www.prb.org/Template.cfm?Section=PRB&template=/Content/ContentGroups/05_Articles/Back_to_the_Future__Guy_Irving_Burch_and_the_(Surprisingly_Modern)_Demographic_World_of_the_1930s.htm

E. "Marriage in the Arab World: A PRB Policy Brief," by Hoda Rashad, Magued Osman, and Farzaneh Roudi-Fahimi (December 2005, .pdf format, 7p.).

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

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Rand Corporation Labor and Population Program Technical Report: "County-Level Estimates of the Effects of a Universal Preschool Program in California," by Lynn A. Karoly (TR-340-PF, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 54p.).

http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/TR340/index.html

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Kaiser Family Foundation Material Summarizes Medicaid Provisions in the Budget Reconciliation Bills:

A. "Overview of House and Senate Budget Reconciliation Fact Sheet" (December 2005, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/7445.cfm

B. "Medicaid and Budget Reconciliation: Implications of the House and Senate Bills Issue Brief" (December 2005, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/7410-02.cfm

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Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society Report: "Job opportunities for whom? Labour market dynamics and service-sector employment growth in Germany and Britain," by Colette Fagan, Jacqueline O'Reilly, and Brendan Halpin (December 2005, .pdf format, 46p.).

http://www.agf.org.uk/pubs/pdfs/1293web.pdf

For more information about the Anglo-German Foundation:

http://www.agf.org.uk/about/about.shtml

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Fritz Institute Report: "Rescue, Relief and Rehabilitation in Tsunami Affected Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka" (2005, .pdf format, 19p.).

http://www.fritzinstitute.org/PDFs/findings/NineMonthReport.pdf

For more information on the Fritz Institute:

http://www.fritzinstitute.org/aboutUs.htm

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Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program Report: "Katrina Index: Tracking Variables of Post-Katrina Reconstruction," by Bruce Katz, Matt Fellowes, and Mia Mabanta (Updated December 6, 2005, .pdf format, 42p.). " Three months since Hurricane Katrina it remains difficult to ascertain what progress has been made in rebuilding New Orleans and its region. Using a wide array of about 50 economic and social indicators, the Metropolitan Policy Program has compiled the first in a series of monthly snapshots of economic and both short term and long term reconstruction trends, finding that the area remains mired in a state of emergency still."

http://www.brookings.edu/metro/pubs/200512_katrinaindex.htm

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_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Special Communication Abstract: "Socioeconomic Status in Health Research: One Size Does Not Fit All," by Paula A. Braveman, Catherine Cubbin, Susan Egerter, Sekai Chideya, Kristen S. Marchi, Marilyn Metzler, and Samuel Posner (Vol. 294, No. 22, Dec. 14, 2005, p. 2879-2888).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/294/22/2879

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_British Medical Journal_ Editorial Extract, Education and Debate Extract:

A. "The health crisis in Russia," by Rifat A. Atun (Editorial, Vol. 331, No. 7530, Dec. 17, 2005, p. 1418).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/331/7530/1418

B. "Achieving the millennium development goals for health: Evaluation of current strategies and future priorities for improving health in developing countries," by David B. Evans, Stephen S. Lim, Taghreed Adam, and Tessa Tan-Torres Edejer (Education and Debate, Vol. 331, No. 7530, Dec. 17, 2005, p. 1457-1461).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/331/7530/1457

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Info for Health Pop. Reporter: Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (vol. 5, no. 51, Dec. 19, 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:

US Census Bureau:

A. "Matched Race and Hispanic Origin Responses from Census 2000 and Current Population Survey February to May 2000," by Jorge del Pinal and A. Dianne Schmidley (WP 79, December 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 32p.).

http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0079/twps0079.html

B. "Changes in the Lives of U.S. Children: 1990-2000," by Julia Overturf Johnson, Robert Kominski, Kristin Smith, and Paul Tillman (WP 78, November 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 71p.).

http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0078/twps0078.html

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US Bureau of Labor Statistics: "What's In a City?: Understanding the Micro-Level Employer Dynamics Underlying Urban Growth," by R. Jason Faberman (Working Paper 386, December 2005, .pdf format, 36p.).

Abstract:

This paper synthesizes the literatures on labor dynamics and urban growth and agglomeration by presenting new evidence on the micro-level establishment dynamics of metropolitan areas. I explore how the patterns of job reallocation and entry and exit affect the growth and composition of these areas. I find that high-growth metropolitan areas have high rates of job and establishment turnover, primarily though higher rates of gross job creation and establishment entry, and have a relatively young distribution of establishments. Variations in the age distribution and differences in the entry and exit patterns of young establishments account for a sizable portion of regional differences in labor dynamics and growth, even after controlling for regional differences in industry composition. These results suggest that variations in the age distribution and the dynamics that lead to such variations are important factors in understanding urban growth and agglomeration.

http://www.bls.gov/ore/abstract/ec/ec050120.htm

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Who's Going Broke? Comparing Growth in Healthcare Costs in Ten OECD Countries," by Laurence Kotlikoff and Christian Hagist (w11833, December 2005, .pdf format, 39p.).

Abstract:

Government healthcare expenditures have been growing much more rapidly than GDP in OECD countries. For example, between 1970 and 2002 these expenditures grew 2.3 times faster than GDP in the U.S., 2.0 times faster than GDP in Germany, and 1.4 times faster than GDP in Japan. How much of government healthcare expenditure growth is due to demographic change and how much is due to increases in benefit levels; i.e., in healthcare expenditures per beneficiary at a given age? This paper answers this question for ten OECD countries -- Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Japan, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the U.S. Specifically, the paper decomposes the 1970--2002 growth in each country's healthcare expenditures into growth in benefit levels and changes in demographics. Growth in real benefit levels has been remarkably high and explains the lions share--89 percent--of overall healthcare spending growth in the ten countries. Norway, Spain, and the U.S. recorded the highest annual benefit growth rates. Norway's rate averaged 5.04 percent per year. Spain and the U.S. were close behind with rates of 4.63 percent and 4.61 percent, respectively. Allowing benefit levels to continue to grow at historic rates is fraught with danger given the impending retirement of the baby boom generation. In Japan, for example, maintaining its 1970-2002 benefit growth rate of 3.57 percent for the next 40 years and letting benefits grow thereafter only with labor productivity entails present value healthcare expenditures close to 12 percent of the present value of GDP. By comparison, Japans government is now spending only 6.7 percent of Japans current output on healthcare. In the U.S., government healthcare spending now totals 6.6 percent of GDP. But if the U.S. lets benefits grow for the next four decades at past rates, it will end up spending almost 18 percent of its future GDP on healthcare. The difference between the Japanese 12 percent and U.S. 18 percent figures is remarkable given that Japan is already much older than the U.S. and will age more rapidly in the coming decades. Although healthcare spending is growing at unsustainable rates in most, if not all, OECD countries, the U.S. appears least able to control its benefit growth due to the nature of its fee-for-service healthcare payment system. Consequently, the U.S. may well be in the worst long-term fiscal shape of any OECD country even though it is now and will remain very young compared to the majority of its fellow OECD members.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W11833

B. "New Evidence on the Causal Link Between the Quantity and Quality of Children," by Joshua D. Angrist, Victor Lavy, and Analia Schlosser (w11835, December 2005, .pdf format, 46p.).

Abstract:

A longstanding question in the economics of the family is the relationship between sibship size and subsequent human capital formation and economic welfare. If there is a "quantity-quality trade-off," then policies that discourage large families should lead to increased human capital, higher earnings, and, at the macro level, promote economic development. Ordinary least squares regression estimates and a large theoretical literature suggest that this is indeed the case. This paper provides new evidence on the child-quantity/child-quality trade-off. Our empirical strategy exploits exogenous variation in family size due to twin births and preferences for a mixed sibling-sex composition, as well as ethnic differences in the effects of these variables, and preferences for boys in some ethnic groups. We use these sources of variation to look at the causal effect of family size on completed educational attainment, fertility, and earnings. For the purposes of this analysis, we constructed a unique matched data set linking Israeli Census data with information on the demographic structure of families drawn from a population registry. Our results show no evidence of a quantity-quality trade-off, though some estimates suggest that first-born girls from large families marry sooner.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W11835

C. "Rising Family Income Inequality in the United States, 1968-2000: Impacts of Changing Labor Supply, Wages, and Family Structure," by Chulhee Lee (w11836, December 2005, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract:

This study estimates what fraction of the rise in family income inequality in the United States between 1968 and 2000 is accounted for by change in each of the family income components such as wages, employment, and hours worked of family heads and spouses, family structure, and other incomes. The increased disparities in other incomes and labor supply account for, respectively, 29 percent and 28 percent of the rise in the difference in income between the top 10th and bottom 10th families. Structural changes in wages, largely regarded as the major culprit of the increase in income inequality, explain less than a quarter of the rise in the measure of family income inequality. Changing fraction of families with both husband and wife and changes in the composition of the income sources account for 11 percent and 16 percent, respectively, of the widening of the income gap. The relative importance of the effect of changing labor supply declined over time, while that of wage changes increased. For the upper half of the income distribution, wage changes were the dominant cause of the increase in the gap between the richest 10th and middle-income families. For the lower half of the income distribution, in sharp contrast, changes in labor supply and other incomes were the principal causes of the growing distance between the poor and middle-income families.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W11836

D. "The Cost of Caring for Young Children," by Dan T. Rosenbaum and Christopher J. Ruhm (w11837, December 2005, .pdf format, 39p.).

Abstract:

This study examines the "cost burden" of child care, defined as day care expenses divided by after-tax income. Data are from the wave 10 core and child care topical modules to the 1996 Survey of Income and Program Participation. We estimate that the average child under six years of age lives in a family that spends 4.9 percent of after-tax income on day care. However, this conceals wide variation: 63 percent of such children reside in families with no child care expenses and 10 percent are in families where the cost burden exceeds 16 percent. The burden is typically greater in single-parent than married-couple families but is not systematically related to a measure of socioeconomic status that we construct. One reason for this is that disadvantaged families use lower cost modes and pay less per hour for given types of care. The cost burden would be much less equal without low cost (presumably subsidized) formal care focused on needy families, as well as government tax and transfer policies that redistribute income towards them.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W11837

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World Bank Policy Research Programme:

A. "Public health in India: an overview," by Monica Das Gupta (WPS3787, December 2005, ASCII text and .pdf format, 13p.).

Summary:

Public health services, which reduce a population's exposure to disease through such measures as sanitation and vector control, are an essential part of a country's development infrastructure. In the industrial world and East Asia, systematic public health efforts raised labor productivity and life expectancies well before modern curative technologies became widely available, and helped set the stage for rapid economic growth and poverty reduction. The enormous business and other costs of the breakdown of these services are illustrated by the current global epidemic of avian flu, emanating from poor poultry-keeping practices in a few Chinese villages. For various reasons, mostly of political economy, public funds for health services in India have been focused largely on medical services, and public health services have been neglected. This is reflected in a virtual absence of modern public health regulations and of systematic planning and delivery of public health services. Various organizational issues also militate against the rational deployment of personnel and funds for disease control. There is strong capacity for dealing with outbreaks when they occur, but not to prevent them from occurring. Impressive capacity also exists for conducting intensive campaigns, but not for sustaining these gains on a continuing basis after the campaign. This is illustrated by the near eradication of malaria through highly organized efforts in the 1950s, and its resurgence when attention shifted to other priorities such as family planning. This paper reviews the fundamental obstacles to effective disease control in India and indicates new policy thrusts that can help overcome these obstacles.

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469372&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000016406_20051202162921

B. "Creating a Poverty Map for Azerbaijan," by Jane Falkingham, Angela Baschieri, Duncan Hornby, and Craig Hutton (WPS3793, December 2005, ASCII text and .pdf format, 72p.).

Summary:

"Poverty maps"-that is, graphic representations of spatially disaggregated estimates of welfare-are being increasingly used to geographically target scarce resources. But the development of detailed poverty maps in many low resource settings is hampered because of data constraints. Data on income or consumption are often unavailable and, where they are, direct survey estimates for small areas are likely to yield unacceptably large standard errors due to limited sample sizes. Census data offer the required level of coverage but do not generally contain the appropriate information. This has led to the development of a range of alternative methods aimed either at combining survey data with unit record data from the census to produce estimates of income or expenditure for small areas or at developing alternative welfare rankings, such as asset indices, using existing census data. This paper develops a set of poverty maps for Azerbaijan that can be used by different users. Two alternative approaches to the measurement and mapping of welfare are adopted. First, a map is derived using imputed household consumption. This involves combining information from the 2002 Household Budget Survey (HBS) with 1999 census data. Second, an alternative map is constructed using an asset index based on data from the 1999 census to produce estimates of welfare at the rayon level. This provides a unique opportunity to compare the welfare rankings obtained at the regional level under the two alternative approaches. In order to visually present the spatially disgaggregated estimates of welfare in Azerbaijan, this paper has also produced a digital census map of Azerbaijan. This involved matching the census enumeration areas to a digital settlement map of Azerbaijan. Therefore, it is now possible for the State Statistical Committee of Azerbaijan to display graphically the results of the 1999 census of Azerbaijan along with other data.

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469372&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000016406_20051208164918

C. "Disability, poverty, and schooling in developing countries : results from 11 household surveys," by Deon Filmer (WPS3794, December 2005, ASCII text and .pdf format, 24p.).

Summary:

This paper analyzes the relationship between whether a young person has a disability, the poverty status of their household, and their school participation using 11 household surveys from nine developing countries. Between 1 and 2 percent of the population is identified as having a disability. Youth with disabilities sometimes live in poorer households, but the extent of this concentration is typically neither large nor statistically significant. However, youth with disabilities are almost always substantially less likely to start school, and in some countries have lower transition rates resulting in lower schooling attainment. The order of magnitude of the school participation disability deficit is often larger than those associated with other characteristics such as gender, rural residence, or economic status differentials.

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469372&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000016406_20051209110220

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Gender Differences in Educational Attainment: Evidence on the Role of the Tracking Age from a Finnish Quasi-Experiment," by Tuomas Pekkarinen (Discussion Paper No. 1897, December 2005, .pdf format, 13p.).

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This paper studies the relationship between the timing of tracking of pupils into vocational and academic secondary education and gender differences in educational attainment and income. We argue that in a system that streams students into vocational and academic tracks relatively late (age 15-16), girls are more likely to choose the academic track than boys because of gender differences in the timing of puberty. We exploit the Finnish comprehensive school reform of the 1970's to analyze this hypothesis. This reform postponed the tracking of students from the age of 10-11 to 15-16 and was adopted gradually by municipalities so that we can observe members of the same cohorts in both systems. We find that the postponement of the tracking age increased gender differences in the probability of choosing the academic secondary education and in the probability of continuing into academic tertiary education. The reform had particularly negative effects on boys from non-academic family backgrounds. Finally, the reform decreased the gender wage gap in adult income by four percentage points.

ftp://ftp.iza.org/dps/dp1897.pdf

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Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) (University of Munich, Germany]:

A. "Concerns for Equity and the Optimal Co-Payments for Publicly Provided Health Care," by Michael Hoel (Working Paper No. 1620, December 2005, .pdf format, 24p.).

Abstract:

In countries where health care is publicly provided and where equity considerations play an important role in policy decisions, it is often argued that an increase in co-payments is unacceptable as it will be particularly harmful to the less well-off in society. The present paper derives socially optimal co-payments in a simple model of health care where people differ in income and in severity of illness. The social optimum depends on the welfare weights given to persons with different levels of expected utility. Increased concern for equity may increase optimal co-payments for illnesses with homogeneous severity across the population. For illnesses where the severity varies strongly across the population, optimal co-payments go down as a response to increased concern for equity, provided income differences in the society are sufficiently small.

http://www.cesifo.de/portal/page?_pageid=36,302752&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_file_id=12217

B. "Efficiency Potential and Efficiency Variation in Norwegian Lower Secondary Schools," by Lars-Erik Borge and Linn Renee Naper (Working Paper No. 1624, December 2005, .pdf format, 31p.).

Abstract:

The paper performs an efficiency analysis of the lower secondary school sector in Norway. The efficiency potential is calculated to 14 percent based on a DEA analysis with grades in core subjects (adjusted for student characteristics and family background) as outputs. The analysis of the determinants of efficiency indicates that a high level of municipal revenue, a high degree of party fragmentation, and a high share of socialists in the local council are associated with low educational efficiency. The negative effects of the share of socialists and party fragmentation seem to reflect both higher resource use and lower student performance.

http://www.cesifo.de/portal/page?_pageid=36,302752&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_file_id=12221

C. "To go or not to go: Emigration from Germany," by Silke Uebelmesser (Working Paper No. 1626, December 2005, .pdf format, 25p.).

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This study analyzes the qualitative aspects of emigration from Germany taking account of economic and non-economic reasons. The reported willingness to emigrate from Germany in the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) is explained for men and women by three groups of variables: individual characteristics, household characteristics, and regional characteristics. It turns out that the educational background and West German residency positively affect the willingness to emigrate, whereas German nationality, age, and the family situation are mostly negatively correlated with it.

http://www.cesifo.de/portal/page?_pageid=36,302752&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_file_id=12223

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Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]: "Work Orientation and Wives' Employment Careers: An Evaluation of Hakim's Preference Theory," by Man Yee Kan (Working Paper 2005-27, November 2005, .pdf format, 33p.)

Abstract:

This article uses a nine-year period of work-life history data from the British Household Panel Survey (1991--1999) to examine married/cohabiting women's work trajectories. In particular, it tests some major contentions of Hakim's (2000) preference theory. Both supportive and opposing evidence for the theory has been found. First, concurring with Hakim's arguments, women who have followed a home-career path hold consistently more home-centred attitudes over time than women who have been committed to their employment careers. Moreover, it is found that presence of dependent children has little r no negative effect on a work-centred woman's chance of being engaged in full-time work. But the findings could not rule out the possibility that women's employment careers are still constrained. The most work-centred women (as revealed in their gender role attitudes in the nine-year period), despite having been committed mostly to a full-time work, still have displayed a certain degree of discontinuity in their career pursuits. Finally, contrary to corollary of the preference theory, the relationship between gender role attitudes and women's participation in labour market work is reciprocal rather than unidirectional. That is, women's work orientation is endogenous to their labour market experiences.

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/pubs/workpaps/pdf/2005-27.pdf

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TABLES OF CONTENTS

Other Journals:

Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (Vol. 603, No. 1, January 2006).

http://ann.sagepub.com/content/vol603/issue1/

Population and Development Review (Vol. 31, No. 4, December 2005).

http://www.popcouncil.org/publications/pdr/vol31_4.html

Population, Space, and Place (Vol. 11, No. 6, November/December 2005).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jtoc/106562735/

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CONFERENCES/CALLS FOR PAPERS:

Population Reference Bureau: "Population, Health, and Environment: Creating Our Future Conference and Workshops," a conference to be held March 15-17, 2006 in Cebu City, Philippines. For more information see:

http://www.prb.org/Template.cfm?Section=PRB&template=/Content/ContentGroups/Events_Training/Population,_Health,_and_Environment__Creating_Our_Future_Conference_and_Workshops.htm

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Levy Economics Institute of Bard College: "Call for Papers: "Gender, Tax Policies, and Tax Reform in Comparative Perspective," a conference to be held May 17-18, 2006 in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. For more information see:

http://www.levy.org/default.asp?view=news_event&eventID=5

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Luxembourg Income Study Summer Workshop, to be held in in Munsbach Luxembourg from Jun. 25 to Jul. 1, 2005: "The LIS Summer Workshop is a one-week pre- and post-doctoral workshop designed to introduce young scholars in the social sciences to comparative research in income distribution and social policy using the LIS database...The language of instruction is English. The course of study includes a mixture of lectures and assistance and direction using the LIS database to explore a research issue chosen by the participant. The 2006 workshop will be held from June 25 to July 1, 2006. For more information contact either Caroline de Tombeur at caroline@lisproject.org or Kati Foley at lisaa@maxwell.syr.edu.

http://www.lisproject.org/workshop.htm

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

US National Institutes of Health:

A. "Training in Computational Neuroscience: From Biology to Model and Back Again (T90)," (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with other agencies, RFA-DA-06-010, Dec. 16, 2005).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-06-010.html

B. "Parenting Capacities and Health Outcomes in Youths and Adolescents (R01)," (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-097, Dec. 15, 2005).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-097.html

C. "Parenting Capacities and Health Outcomes in Youths and Adolescents (R21)," (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-098, Dec. 15, 2005).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-098.html

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Population Reference Bureau: "2006-2007 PRB Fellows Program in Population Policy Communications." The application deadline is January 31, 2006. The fellowship awards will be announced in March 2006. For more information see:

http://www.prb.org/Template.cfm?Section=PRB&template=/Content/ContentGroups/Events_Training/Policy_Fellows.htm
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American Educational Research Association Call For Applications: "With support from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AERA Grants Program announces its AERA Institute on Statistical Analysis for Education Policy. The Institute's goal is to help develop a critical mass of U.S. educational researchers using NCES and NSF data sets for basic, policy, and applied research. The Institute provides hands-on training for researchers in the use of large-scale national data sets, with special emphasis on using these data sets for policy-related research in education. Minority researchers are strongly encouraged to apply."Deadline for application is Jan. 6, 2005. For more information see:

http://www.aera.net/grantsprogram/res_training/stat_institute/SIFly.html

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

US National Center for Education Statistics: "Research Scientist Positions at the Institute of Education Sciences." For more information see:

http://nces.ed.gov/whatsnew/jobs/job1.asp

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United Nations: "The United Nations Population Division wishes to announce a vacancy for chief of the Fertility and Family Planning Section at the P-5 level. The job requires at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in population analysis and research, of which at least 5 years should involve experience in the areas of fertility, marriage and family planning. The deadline for applications is 17 January 2006."

https://jobs.un.org/Galaxy/Release3/vacancy/Display_Vac_List.aspx?lang=1200&OCCG=34

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DATA:

US National Center for Education Statistics: "Education Longitudinal Study of 2002/2004: Base-Year to First Follow-up Data File Documentation," by Steven J. Ingels, Daniel J. Pratt, James E. Rogers, Peter H. Siegel, and Ellen S. Stutts (NCES 2006344, December 2005, .pdf format, 410p.).

Abstract:

The Data File Documentation reports on the procedures and methodologies employed during the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002) base year and first follow-up. The document is designed to provide guidance for users of the public-use data as released in Electronic Codebook (ECB) format (NCES 2006-346). Included in the documentation are the following: an overview of the study and its predecessor studies; an account of instrumentation (both assessments and various questionnaires); documentation of the sample design, weighting, design effects, and evaluations of data quality; a summary of the data collection methodology and results, including detailed response rates; a description of data preparation and processing activities; and an overview of data file structure and contents. In addition, there are a number of appendices that provide additional technical details about topics ranging from cross-cohort comparison to issues associated with imputation.

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006344

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Cathy Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research Announcement: "The Samples of Anonymised Records (SARS): Overseas access to the 2001 SARs"(Dec. 14, 2005).

http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/sars/2001/overseas/

More information about SARS for the 1991 and 2001 UK Censuses:

http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/sars/

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Kaiser Family Foundation statehealthfacts.org Update: Kaiser has recently updated this website. Items listed from Nov. 22, 2005 through Dec. 16, 2005 are either new or updated.

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

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Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology
4470 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
608-262-9827
jsolock@ssc.wisc.edu