Current Demographic Research Report #152, September 25, 2006.

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

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CDERR is compiled and edited by Jack Solock, Charlie Fiss, and John Carlson of the University of Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology Information Services Center.

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NOTE! Index Items marked with *** indicate there are related articles. Articles can be found with the item in the body of the report. We cannot guarantee the permanence of related article addresses. They may be available in Lexis-Nexis, ProQuest Newspapers. Check your organization's library.

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Index to this issue:

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

U.S.

Census Bureau Facts for Features: "American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month: November 2006" (CB06-FF.16, Sep. 20, 2006).

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Article: "Effects of Measles-Control Activities --- African Region, 1999--2005"

Centers for Disease Control Periodical: Emerging Infectious Diseases

Government Accountability Office Report: "Child Care and Early Childhood Education: More Information Sharing and Program Review by HHS Could Enhance Access for Families with Limited English Proficiency"

Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical: Occupational Outlook Quarterly

Department of Housing and Urban Development Periodical: ResearchWorks

National Research Council Monographs***

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US States:

Iowa:

State Data Center Updates

Missouri:

Missouri State Data Center Report: " Ten Things to Know about the American Community Survey (2005 Edition)"

North Dakota:

State Data Center Economic Brief: "Net Taxable Income Flow Due to Migration for North Dakota: 1993 to 2005"

Wisconsin:

Department of Health and Family Services Reports

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World Bank Compendium: World Development Report: 2007***

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Australia:

Bureau of Statistics Report: "Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2006"

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports: "Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada"

Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institute canadien d'information sur la sante Report: "How Healthy are Rural Canadians? An Assessment of Their Health Status and Health Determinants"***

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Iceland:

Directorate of Health Table Updates

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Ireland:

Central Statistics Office Report: "Vital Statistics First Quarter 2006"

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Israel:

Ministry of Education Report: "External Matriculation Certificate Examinees 2003"

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Japan:

Statistics Bureau: Monthly Report: Population Estimates: May, 1, 2006 (Final), Sep. 1, 2006 (Provisional)

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles

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New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Report: "A History of Survival in New Zealand: Cohort life tables 1876-2004"

Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Report: "Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey"***

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Norway:

Statistics Norway Compendium, News Releases

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Pakistan:

Federal Bureau of Statistics Report: "Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey (PSLM) 2004-05: Provincial/District Level"

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Scotland:

Scottish Health Statistics Update: "Cancer Mortality"***

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office Report: "Statistical Portrait of Slovenia in the EU 2006"

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South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Report: "Economic Activity Survey, 2005"

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South Korea:

National Statistical Office News Releases***

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Turkey:

Turkish Statistical Institute News Release: "The Results of Household Consumption Expenditure, 2005"

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UK:

Department of Health Report: "Bed availability and occupancy, England: 2005-06"

Department for Education and Skills Report: "Pupil Absence in Schools in England: 2005/2006"

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Demographic Research Article: "First birth trends in developed countries Persisting parenthood postponement"

Population Reference Bureau Periodical: Population Bulletin

Urban Institute Reports

Kaiser Family Foundation Report: "Health Coverage and Access to Care for Hispanics in 'New Growth Communities' and 'Major Hispanic Centers'

Brookings Institute Issue Brief: "Opportunity in America: The Role of Education"

Demographic and Health Surveys Report: "Ethiopia 2005"

Books on Indian (India) Demography: The following new release is available through K.K. Agencies Indian Booksellers. Description and table of content are available by clicking on "Click here to view the Contents".

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article: "Predicting the epidemiological impact of antiretroviral allocation strategies in KwaZulu-Natal: The effect of the urban-rural divide"

British Medical Journal, Various

Lancet, Various

Info for Health Pop. Reporter

WORKING PAPERS

University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty
Population Council
National Bureau of Economic Research
United Nations Development Programme International Poverty Centre
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)

TABLES OF CONTENTS

Other Journals

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

US House Committee on Education and the Workforce Hearing Publication: "Closing the Achievement Gap in America's Schools: The No Child Left Behind Act"

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International Social Survey Programme Update

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US

1. Census Bureau Facts for Features: "American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month: November 2006" (CB06-FF.16, Sep. 20, 2006).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/007489.html

2. Department of Housing and Urban Development Periodical: ResearchWorks (Vol. 3, No. 7, July/August 2006, .pdf format 8p.).

http://www.huduser.org/periodicals/Researchworks.html

Click on "Current Issue".

3. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Article: "Effects of Measles-Control Activities --- African Region, 1999--2005" (Vol. 55, No. 37, Sep. 22, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1017-1021).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5537a3.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5537.pdf

4. Centers for Disease Control Periodical: Emerging Infectious Diseases (Vol. 12, No. 10, October 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/index.htm

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next _EID_ is released, this one, as well as all others, will be available at:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/pastcon.htm

5. Government Accountability Office Report: "Child Care and Early Childhood Education: More Information Sharing and Program Review by HHS Could Enhance Access for Families with Limited English Proficiency" (GAO-06-807, August 2006, .pdf format, 70p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06807.pdf

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO reports are always available at:

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

6. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical: Occupational Outlook Quarterly (Vol. 50, No. 3, Fall 2006, .pdf format).

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

7. National Research Council Monographs:

A. Preventing HIV Infection among Injecting Drug Users in High Risk Countries: An Assessment of the Evidence (Committee on the Prevention of HIV Infection among Injecting Drug Users in High-Risk Countries, National Academies Press, 2006, OpenBook and .pdf format, 205p.). Note 1: Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site. Note 2: NAP requires free registration before providing the .pdf version of this monograph).

http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11731.html

B. Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering by Committee on Maximizing the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine (National Academies Press) 2006, OpenBook format, 364p.). Note: Ordering information for a print or .pdf copy is available at the site.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11741.html

C. _The Future of Drug Safety: Promoting and Protecting the Health of the Public_, edited by Alina Baciu, Kathleen Stratton, and Sheila P. Burke (National Academies Press, 2006,OpenBook format, 350p.). Note: Ordering information for a print or .pdf copy is available at the site.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11750.html

***Related article: "Report slams FDA's drug approval system, calls for serious changes," by Shankar Vedantam (_Washington Post_ via _San Francisco [California] Chronicle_, Sep. 23, 2006).
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/09/23/MNG51LB5U81.DTL

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US States:

Iowa:

State Data Center Updates: The State Data Center has updated the following files (all .pdf and Microsoft Excel format): for the State of Iowa: Low income uninsured children (3-year averages) 1993-2005; for Iowa Counties: Net domestic migration estimates: 2000-2005, and Net international migration estimates: 2000-2005.

http://www.iowadatacenter.org/indexlinks/New

See under Sep. 22, 2006.

Missouri:

Missouri State Data Center Report: " Ten Things to Know about the American Community Survey (2005 Edition)," by John Blodgett (September 2006).

http://mcdc2.missouri.edu/pub/data/acs2005/Ten_things_to_know.shtml

North Dakota:

State Data Center Economic Brief: "Net Taxable Income Flow Due to Migration for North Dakota: 1993 to 2005" (Economic Brief Vol. 15, No. 9, September 2006, .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/sdc/publications/ebriefs/EB15_9Press.pdf

Wisconsin:

Department of Health and Family Services Reports

A. "Wisconsin Deaths, 2005" (September 2006, .pdf format, 86p.).

http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/deaths/index.htm

B. Wisconsin Life Expectancy Tables (Abridged Three-Year Life Tables) 2003-2005" (September 2006).

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

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World Bank Compendium: World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation (September 2006, ASCII text and .pdf format, 317p.). The report is linked to from a WB news release: "A Call for Action for the World's Youth" (Sep. 16, 2006).

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:21054292~pagePK:64257043~piPK:437376~theSitePK:4607,00.html

Click on "World Development Report 2007" for link to site and then follow " Full text..." link to full text.

***Related article: "Whither secondary schooling?" by Vani Doraisamy (_The Hindu_ [Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India], Sep. 25, 2006).
http://www.hindu.com/2006/09/25/stories/2006092503510200.htm

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Australia:

Bureau of Statistics Report: "Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2006" (September 2006, Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/3101.0Mar%202006?OpenDocument

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Canada:

1. Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports: "Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada" (June, September 2006, .pdf format). SC has made electronically available the series "Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada" from 1994 through 2002.

http://www.statcan.ca/bsolc/english/bsolc?catno=91-209-X&CHROPG=1

This complements the recent release of the same report for 2003-04, discussed in CDERR #141, Jul. 3, 2006).

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/library/cderr/cderr141.htm#can

2. Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institute canadien d'information sur la sante Report: "How Healthy are Rural Canadians? An Assessment of Their Health Status and Health Determinants," by Marie DesMeules and Raymond Pong (September 2006, .pdf format, 182p.). Note: CIHI/ICIS requires free registration before providing this report.

http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=GR_1529_E

***Related article: "Rural-urban health gap must be bridged" (_Globe and Mail_ [Toronto, Ontario], Sep. 25, 2006). Note: This is a _G&M) Comment piece.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20060925.ERURAL25/TPStory/Comment

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Iceland:

Directorate of Health Table Updates: The following tables (all Microsoft Excel) have been updated: Discharges from hospitals 1999-2004, by ICD-10 Chapters; Bed days in hospitals 1999-2004, by ICD-10 Chapters. All tables are in Icelandic and English and are available from:

http://www.landlaeknir.is/template1.asp?PageID=171

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Ireland:

Central Statistics Office Report: "Vital Statistics First Quarter 2006" (September 2006, .pdf format, 24p.). The report is linked to from a CSO news release: "Almost 3 in 5 births to mothers over 30" (Sep. 20, 2006).

http://www.cso.ie/newsevents/pressrelease_vitalstatisticsquarter12006.htm

Click on "PDF" at the bottom of the news release for link to full text.

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Israel:

Minstry of Education Report: "External Matriculation Certificate Examinees 2003," by Yaffa Schiff (August 2006, .pdf format, 35p., with Microsoft Excel tables).

http://www.cbs.gov.il/publications/bagrut_extern03/bagrut_e.htm

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Japan:

Statistics Bureau: Monthly Report: Population Estimates: May, 1, 2006 (Final), Sep. 1, 2006 (Provisional) (Monthly Estimates, September 2006, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

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

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Households spending more on services," by Jan van Ingen Schenau (Sep. 19, 2006).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/arbeid-inkomen-sociale-zekerheid/inkomen-bestedingen-vermogen/publicaties/artikelen/2006-2021-wm.htm

B. "Less beer, more wine," by Hans Draper (Sep. 19, 2006).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/bedrijfsleven/industrie/publicaties/artikelen/2006-2024-wm.htm

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New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Report: "A History of Survival in New Zealand: Cohort life tables 1876-2004" (September 2006, .pdf format, 133p.).

http://www.stats.govt.nz/analytical-reports/history-survival-new-zealand.htm

Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Report: "Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey," edited by Mark A. Oakley Browne J. Elisabeth Wells, and Kate M. Scott (2006, .pdf format, 288p.).

http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/by+unid/266DD3787EB96FA1CC2571D300810E7C?Open

Click on "Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey (PDF, 1 MB)" under "Publication availability for link to full text).

***Related article: "Mental illness data released" (_New Zealand Herald_ [Auckland], Sep. 19, 2006).
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=204&ObjectID=10401994

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Norway:

Statistics Norway Compendium, News Releases

A. This is Norway: What the figures say: Revised edition 2006 (September 2006, .pdf format, 45p.).

http://www.ssb.no/norge_en/

B. "One of three 17-year-olds live with one parent" (News Release, Sep. 21, 2006). The release links to several relevant tables.

http://www.ssb.no/barn_en/

C. "The number of investigations is still high (News Release, Sep. 19, 2006). The release links to three relevant tables).

http://www.ssb.no/barnevernund_en/

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Pakistan:

Federal Bureau of Statistics Report: "Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey (PSLM) 2004-05: Provincial/District Level" (September 2006, .pdf format).

http://www.statpak.gov.pk/depts/fbs/statistics/pslm0405_district/pslm0405_district.html

Note: This report complements the National PSLM 2004-05, discussed in CDERR #111 (Nov. 29, 2005).

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/library/cderr/cderr111.htm#pakistan

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Scotland:

Scottish Health Statistics Update: "Cancer Mortality" (September 2006, Microsoft Excel format). Cancer mortality statistics have been updated through 2005).

http://www.isdscotland.org/isd/4119.html

***Related article: "NHS (National Health Service) waiting times worse for ovarian and prostate cancer," by Lyndsay Moss (_Scotsman_ [Edinburgh], Sep. 16, 2006).
http://news.scotsman.com/health.cfm?id=1369072006

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office Report: "Statistical Portrait of Slovenia in the EU 2006" (September 2006, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.stat.si/doc/pub/portret_slo-eu_2006.pdf

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South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Report: "Economic Activity Survey, 2005" (September 2006, .pdf format, 44p.).

http://www.statssa.gov.za/Publications/statsdownload.asp?PPN=P0020&SCH=3742

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South Korea:

National Statistical Office News Releases: (Note: cancel any request to download a Korean language character set. These news releases are in English).

A. "International Migration in 2005" (Sep. 25, 2006).

http://www.nso.go.kr/eboard_faq/BoardAction.do?method=view&board_id=106&seq=132&num=132&parent_num=0&page=1

B. "The Cause of Death Statistics in 2005" (Sep. 22, 2006).

http://www.nso.go.kr/eboard_faq/BoardAction.do?method=view&board_id=106&seq=131&num=131&parent_num=0&page=1

***Related article: "S. Korea has top suicide rate among OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries: report" (Yonhap News via _The Hankyoreh_, Sep. 18, 2006).
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/158160.html

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Turkey:

Turkish Statistical Institute News Release: "The Results of Household Consumption Expenditure, 2005" (No. 151, Sep. 18, 2006, Microsoft Word format, 2p.).

http://www.die.gov.tr/ENGLISH/SONIST/HHGELTUK/180906.doc

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UK:

1. Department of Health Report: "Bed availability and occupancy, England: 2005-06" (September 2006, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.performance.doh.gov.uk/hospitalactivity/data_requests/index.htm

2. Department for Education and Skills Report: "Pupil Absence in Schools in England: 2005/2006" (September 2006, Microsoft Excel format). The report is linked from a DES news release: "Tackling Pupil Absence -- Keeping Up the Pressure" (Sep. 21, 2006).

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2006_0136

Link to the report is at the bottom of the news release, under "Editor's Notes" (No. 1).

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Demographic Research Article: "First birth trends in developed countries Persisting parenthood postponement," by Tomas Frejka and Jean-Paul Sardon (Vol. 15, Article 6, September 2006, .pdf format, p. 147-180).

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol15/6/default.htm
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Population Reference Bureau Periodical: Population Bulletin (Vol. 61, No. 3, September 2006, .pdf format, 20p.). The major article in this issue is" India's Population: Reconciling Change and Tradition," by Carl Haub and O.P. Sharma).

http://www.prb.org/Template.cfm?Section=Population_Bulletin1&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=14063

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Urban Institute Reports:

A. "Immigration and Child and Family Policy," by Randolph Capps and Karina Fortuny (September 2006, .pdf format, 32p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/311362.html

B. "Prisoner Reentry: Addressing the Challenges in Weed and Seed Communities," by Amy L. Solomon, Tobi Palmer, Alvin Atkinson, Joanne Davidson, and Lynn Harvey (Research Report, September 2006, .pdf format,13p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411364.html
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Kaiser Family Foundation Report: "Health Coverage and Access to Care for Hispanics in 'New Growth Communities' and 'Major Hispanic Centers'," by Peter Cunningham, Michelle Banker, Samantha Artiga, and Jennifer Tolbert Kaiser (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, September 2006, .pdf format, 30p.).

http://www.kff.org/uninsured/7551.cfm
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Brookings Institute Issue Brief: "Opportunity in America: The Role of Education," by Isabel V. Sawhill (September 2006, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.brookings.edu/es/research/projects/foc/20060913foc.htm
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Demographic and Health Surveys Report: "Ethiopia 2005" (September 2006). Note: this publication is available, free of charge, in print only at this time.

http://www.measuredhs.com/pubs/pub_details.cfm?id=596&srchTP=newpub
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Books on Indian (India) Demography: The following new release is available through K.K. Agencies Indian Booksellers. Description and table of content are available by clicking on "Click here to view the Contents".

Encyclopaedia of Population Studies and Demography : Critical Issues in Development Dynamics, edited by Kamaljit Chandra Kamaljit Chandra Mitra (2005, 5 vols, ISBN 8178883546).

https://www.kkagencies.com/home.htm

Search for ISBN number and then click on "More Info".
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article: "Predicting the epidemiological impact of antiretroviral allocation strategies in KwaZulu-Natal: The effect of the urban-rural divide," by David P. Wilson, James Kahn, and Sally M. Blower (Vol. 103, No. 38, Sep. 19, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 14228-14233). This article is freely available to the public.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/103/38/14228
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British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "Inquiry opens into state of childhood in the UK," by Andrew Cole (News extract, Vol. 333, No. 7569, Sep. 23, 2006, p. 619).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/333/7569/619

B. "No progress in reducing childhood obesity despite increased awareness, report says," by Janice Tanne (News Roundup extract, Vol. 333, No. 7569, Sep. 23, 2006, p. 620).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/333/7569/620

C. "PLoS (Public Library of Science) launches journal for neglected tropical diseases," by Peter Moszynski (News Roundup extract, Vol. 333, No. 7569, Sep. 23, 2006, p. 620).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/333/7569/620-d

D. "WHO recommends DDT to control malaria," by Christiane Rehwagen (News Extra extract, Vol. 333, No. 7569, Sep. 23, 2006, p. 622).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/333/7569/622-b
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Lancet, Various: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Migration and health: a complex relation" (Editorial, Vol. 368, No. 9541, Sep. 23, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1039). This article is freely available to the public.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606694233/fulltext

B. "Scaling up the global health conversation" (Editorial, Vol. 368, No. 9541, Sep. 23, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1040). This article is freely available to the public.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606694245/fulltext

C. "Eradicating polio: the final hurdles" (Editorial, Vol. 368, No. 9541, Sep. 23, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1040). This article is freely available to the public.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606694257/fulltext

D. "Countdown to 2015: tracking intervention coverage for child survival," by Jennifer Bryce, Nancy Terreri, Cesar G Victora, Elizabeth Mason, Bernadette Daelmans, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Flavia Bustreo, Francisco Songane, Peter Salama, and Tessa Wardla (Article Abstract, Vol. 368, No. 9541, Sep. 23, 2006, p. 1067-1076).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606693392/abstract

E. "Effect of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation on diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine coverage: an independent assessment," by Chunling Catherine M Michaud, Emmanuela Gakidou, Kashif Khan, and Christopher J.L. Murray (Article Abstract, Vol. 368, No. 9541, Sep. 23, 2006, p. 1088-1095).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606693379/abstract
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Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (vol. 6, no. 38, Sep. 25, 2006). "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 Robert Jacoby at rjacoby@jhuccp.org with your request and complete mailing address.

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WORKING PAPERS:

University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty: "Redlining or Risk: A Spatial Analysis of Auto Insurance Rates in Los Angeles," by Paul M. Ong and Michael A. Stoll (Working Paper 1318-06, September 2006, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

Auto insurance rates can vary dramatically; premiums are often much higher in poor and minority areas than elsewhere, even after accounting for individual characteristics, driving history, and coverage. This paper uses a unique data set to examine the relative influence of place-based socioeconomic (SES) characteristics (or "redlining") and place-based risk factors on the place-based component of automobile insurance premiums. We use a novel approach of combining tract-level census data and car insurance rate quotes from multiple companies for subareas within the city of Los Angeles. The quotes are for an individual with identical demographic and auto characteristics, driving records, and insurance coverage. This method allows the individual demographic and driving record to be fixed. Multivariate models are then used to estimate the independent contributions of these risk and redlining factors to the place-based component of the car insurance premium. We find that both risk and redlining factors are associated with variations in insurance costs in the place-based component: black and poor neighborhoods are adversely affected, although risk factors are stronger predictors. However, even after risk factors are taken into account in the model specification, SES factors remain statistically significant. Moreover, simulations show that redlining factors explain more of the gap in auto insurance premiums between black (and Latino) and white neighborhoods and between poor and non-poor neighborhoods.

http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/dps/pdfs/dp131806.pdf
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Population Council: "Late marriage and the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa," by John Bongaarts (WP 216, September 2006, .pdf format, 22p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.popcouncil.org/publications/wp/prd/216.html

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "A New Framework for the Analysis of Inequality," by Flavio Cunha and James J. Heckman (w12505, September 2006, .pdf format, 55p.).

Abstract:

This paper presents a new framework for analyzing inequality that moves beyond the anonymity postulate. We estimate the determinants of sectoral choice and the joint distributions of outcomes across sectors. We determine which components of realized earnings variability are due to uncertainty and which components are due to components of human diversity that are forcastable by agents. Using our tools, we can determine how policies shift persons across sectors and outcome distributions across sectors.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12505

B. "An Experimental Test of Criminal Behavior Among Juveniles and Young Adults," by Michael S. Visser, William T. Harbaugh, and Naci H. Mocan (w12507, September 2006, .pdf format, 47p.).

Abstract:

We report results from economic experiments that provide a direct test of the hypothesis that criminal behavior responds rationally to changes in the possible rewards and in the probability and severity of punishment. The experiments involve decisions that are best described as petty larceny, and are done using high school and college students who can anonymously take real money from each other. We find that decisions about whether and how much to steal are, in general, rational and responsive to the variations in tradeoffs, and sometimes, though not always, to the overall availability of criminal opportunities.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12507

C. "Contingent Valuation Analysis of Willingness to Pay To Reduce Childhood Obesity," by John Cawley (w12510, September 2006, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

Several recent surveys have asked Americans whether they support policies to reduce childhood obesity. There is reason for skepticism of such surveys because people are not confronted with the tax costs of such policies when they are asked whether they support them. This paper uses contingent valuation (CV), a method frequently used to estimate people's willingness to pay (WTP) for goods or services not transacted in markets, applied to unique data from New York State, to estimate the willingness to pay to reduce childhood obesity. The willingness to pay data have considerable face validity; they correlate in predictable ways with observed characteristics of respondents. The mean WTP of New Yorkers for a 50% reduction in childhood obesity is $47.25, which implies a total WTP by New York residents of $692.3 million. This vastly exceeds the implied savings in external costs, suggesting that the public supports public health initiatives not only to reduce external costs, but also altruistically. Despite the large WTP relative to the savings in external costs, the WTP estimated using the CV techniques in this paper are somewhat lower than those implied by previous surveys that did not use CV methods.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12510

D. "Immigration and African-American Employment Opportunities: The Response of Wages, Employment, and Incarceration to Labor Supply Shocks," by George J. Borjas, Jeffrey Grogger and Gordon H. Hanson (w12518, September 2006, .pdf format, 69p.).

Abstract:

The employment rate of black men, and particularly of low-skill black men, fell precipitously from 1960 to 2000. At the same time, the incarceration rate of black men rose markedly. This paper examines the relation between immigration and these trends in black employment and incarceration. Using data drawn from the 1960-2000 U.S. Censuses, we find a strong correlation between immigration, black wages, black employment rates, and black incarceration rates. As immigrants disproportionately increased the supply of workers in a particular skill group, the wage of black workers in that group fell, the employment rate declined, and the incarceration rate rose. Our analysis suggests that a 10-percent immigrant-induced increase in the supply of a particular skill group reduced the black wage by 3.6 percent, lowered the employment rate of black men by 2.4 percentage points, and increased the incarceration rate of blacks by almost a full percentage point.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12518
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United Nations Development Programme International Poverty Centre: "New Global Poverty Counts," by Nanak Kankwani and Hyun H. Son (Working Paper No. 29, September 2006, .pdf format, 17p.).

Abstract:

The main objective of this study is to compute an international poverty threshold based on the food requirement to ensure an adequate calorie intake for the world's poorest. The study proposes a new methodology based on consumer theory to provide a caloric based international poverty threshold. Using this methodology, the international poverty line is estimated to be equal to $1.22 in 1993 PPP exchange rates. According to this new yardstick, almost 1.37 billion people were poor around the world in 2001. The study also provides global estimates of hunger, accorgding to which 13.28 percent of the world population -- equivalent to 687 million people -- suffered from hunger in 2001.

http://www.undp-povertycentre.org/pub/IPCWorkingPaper29.pdf
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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: IZA has recently released several new working papers. Links to abstracts and full text can be found at:

http://www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/papers?year=2006

Papers recently released are numbered 2320-2339.
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Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) [Milan, Italy]: "Mapping Diversity in Milan. Historical Approaches to Urban Immigration," by John Foot (WP 110.06, August 2006, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.feem.it/Feem/Pub/Publications/WPapers/WP2006-110.htm?WP_Page=1

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

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

Other Journals:

AIDS (Vol. 20, No. 14, Sep. 11, 2006. Vol. 20, No. 15, Oct. 3, 2006).

Vol. 20, No. 14:

http://www.aidsonline.com/pt/re/aids/toc.00002030-200609110-00000.htm

Vol. 20, No. 15:

http://www.aidsonline.com/pt/re/aids/toc.00002030-200610030-00000.htm

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 164, No. 7, Oct. 1, 2006).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol164/issue7/index.dtl?etoc

International Journal for Quality in Health Care (Vol. 18, No. 5, October 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://intqhc.oxfordjournals.org/archive/index.dtl

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Committee on Education and the Workforce Hearing Publication: "Closing the Achievement Gap in America's Schools: The No Child Left Behind Act," a hearing held Sep. 29, 2005 (US House Serial Publication 109-25, .pdf format, 48p.).

http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS73555

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DATA:

International Social Survey Programme Update: All ISSP modules that had previously been released via CD-ROM are now available on ZA's ZACAT (September 19, 2006).

http://www.gesis.org/en/data_service/issp/news.htm

Link to ZACAT:

http://www.gesis.org/Datenservice/zacat.htm
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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Sep.22, 2006, which may be of interest to demography researchers. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/membership/index.html

New and updated data:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/org/announce.html

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/access/recent.html

Click on "list".

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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