Current Demographic Research Report #157, November 6, 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 and Charlie Fiss 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 Compendium, Report***

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles

US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Reports

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Briefs

National Center for Education Statistics Reports

Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical, Report

Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Articles

National Research Council Monograph: To Recruit and Advance: Women Students and Faculty in Science and Engineering

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US States:

Michigan:

Library of Michigan, Michigan State Demographer Report: "Interpreting ACS Coverage Rates: The Importance of Seasonal Population Movements in the American Community Survey"

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United Nations:

UN Population Division Wall Charts, Panel Discussion Papers

UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization Report: "Education for All: Global Monitoring Report 2007: Strong Foundations: Early Childhood Care and Education"

United Nations Children's Fund Report: "Africa's Orphaned and Vulnerable Generations: Children affected by AIDS"

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World Bank

World Bank Compendium: Africa Development Indicators (ADI) 2006

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International Labor Organization

ILO Report: "Global Employment Trends for Youth"

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Australia:

Australian Bureau of Statistics Reports

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Canada

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Article, Reports

Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institute canadien d'information sur la sante Report: "Preliminary Provincial and Territorial Government Health Expenditure Estimates, 1974-1975 to 2006-2007"

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Estonia:

Statistics Estonia News Releases

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Macao:

Statistics and Census Service Report: "Monthly Bulletin of Statistics"

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South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Compendium: Stats in Brief: 2006

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UK:

National Statistics Office News Release: "International Migration: Over 500 a day gained through migration to the UK"***

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Demographic Research Articles

Brookings Institution Report: "Finding Exurbia: America's Fast-Growing Communities at the Metropolitan Fringe

Urban Institute Reports

Guttmacher Institute Periodical: Guttmacher Policy Review

Population Reference Bureau Articles

Population Action International Research Commentary: "Demographic Development: Reversing Course?"

Employee Benefit Research Institute Report: "2006 Health Confidence Survey: Dissatisfaction With Health Care System Doubles Since 1998"

Human Rights Watch Issue Brief: "Abortion: United States"

Time Article: "Breaking Up Is Easy To Do: In China, the hot new trend is " flash divorce," as women cut loose their cheating husbands"

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article: "Protective immunity to lethal challenge of the 1918 pandemic influenza virus by vaccination"

Journal of the American Medical Association

New England Journal of Medicine Special Report Extract: " Voters and Health Care in the 2006 Election"

British Medical Journal News Roundup Extract: "Only 7% of spending on health research goes on needs of poor countries"

Lancet, Various

Info for Health Pop. Reporter

WORKING PAPERS

University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Demography and Ecology
University of Michigan Population Studies Center
Penn State Population Research Institute
California Center for Population Research
National Bureau of Economic Research
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

TABLES OF CONTENTS

IngentaConnect
Other Journals

CONFERENCES/CALLS FOR PAPERS

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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

US National Institutes of Health
US National Science Foundation

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

University of Colorado-Boulder Institute of Behavioral Science Arizona State University School of Social and Family Dynamics

Arizona State University School of Social and Family Dynamics

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

US House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing Publication: "No Child Left Behind: Ensuring High Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students and Students With Disabilities"

US House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, Staff Report: "Abstinence and Its Critics"

DATA

Wisconsin Longitudinal Study Handbook

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research

Association of Religion Data Archives Update

US Census Bureau

US National Center for Education Statistics: "Program for International Student Assessment: 2003"

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey

Socioeconomic Data and Application Center (SEDAC): "US Census Grids"

National Longitudinal Surveys

Human Mortality Database

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

Center for International Earth Science Information Network: "Global Distribution of Poverty"

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Census Bureau Compendium, Report

A. State and Metropolitan Area Databook: 2006 (October 2006, .pdf format, 448p., with selected tables available in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.census.gov/compendia/smadb/

B. " Educational Attainment in the United States: 2005" (October 2006, Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format. The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Census Bureau Data Underscore Value of College Degree" (CB06-159, Oct. 26, 2006).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/007660.html

Click on "Educational Attainment..." for link to full text.

***Related article: "College degree worth an extra 23,000 dollars a year" (Associated Press via Arizona Republic [Phoenix], Oct. 26, 2006).
http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/1026degrees1026.html

2. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles:

A. "Tobacco Use Among Adults --- United States, 2005: (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 55, No. 42, Oct. 27, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1145-1148).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5542a1.htm

B. "State-Specific Prevalence of Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Secondhand Smoke Rules and Policies in Homes and Workplaces --- United States, 2005" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 55, No. 42, Oct. 27, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1148-1151).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5542a2.htm

C. "QuickStats: Percentage of Infants Born During 1990--1993 and 1997--2000 Who Were Ever Breastfed, by Race/Ethnicity of Mother --- United States" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 55, No. 42, Oct. 27, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1155).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5542a6.htm

.pdf format for all the articles above:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5542.pdf

3. US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report:

A. "Misuse of Prescription Drugs: Data from the 2002, 2003, and 2004 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health," by James D. Colliver, Larry A. Kroutil, Lanting Dai, and Joseph C. Gfroerer (October 2006, HTML format).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/prescription/toc.htm

B. "National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services: 2005," (October 2006, .pdf and HTML format, 193p.).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/DASIS/2k5nssats.cfm

4. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Briefs:

A. "Proportion and Medical Expenditures of Adults Being Treated for Diabetes, 1996 and 2003," by Gary Olin (Statistical Brief No. 146, October 2006, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=782

B. "Co-pays, Deductibles, and Coinsurance Percentages for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Non-Federal Workforce, by Industry Classification, 2004," by John P. Sommers (Statistical Brief No. 145, October 2006, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=781

5. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "2003-04 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:04): Undergraduate Financial Aid Estimates for 12 States: 2003-04," by Lutz Berkner and Christina Chang Wei (NCES 2006158, September 2006, .pdf format, 175p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006158

B. "Where Are They Now? A Description of 1992-93 Bachelor's Degree Recipients 10 Years Later," by Ellen M. Bradburn, Stephanie Nevill, and Emily Forest Cataldi (NCES 2007159, October 2006, .pdf format, 198p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007159

6. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical, Report:

A. Compensation and Working Conditions Online (October 2006). Articles from the most recent issue are dated October 25, 2006.

http://www.bls.gov/opub/cwc/home.htm

B. "Extended Mass Layoffs in 2005," (Report No. 997, Sept. 2006, .pdf format, 42p.).

http://www.bls.gov/mls/mlsreport997.pdf

7. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Articles:

A. "Adjusting for Living Costs Can Change Who Is Considered Poor," by Dean Jolliffe (in Amber Waves, November 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 10-15).

HTML:

http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/November06/Features/Adjusting.htm

B. "Food Safety Improvements Underway in China," by Linda Calvin, Fred Gale, Dinghuan Hu, and Bryan Lohmar (in Amber Waves, November 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 16-21).

HTML:

http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/November06/Features/FoodSafety.htm

.pdf for both articles:

http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/November06/PDF/November06.pdf

8. National Research Council Monograph: To Recruit and Advance: Women Students and Faculty in Science and Engineering, Committee on the Guide to Recruiting and Advancing Women Scientists and Engineers in Academia, Committee on Women in Science and Engineering, National Research Council (National Academies Press, 2006, OpenBook format, 148p.). Ordering information for a print or .pdf copy is available at the site.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11624.html

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US States:

Michigan:

Library of Michigan, Michigan State Demographer Report: ""Interpreting ACS Coverage Rates: The Importance of Seasonal Population Movements in the American Community Survey," by Kenneth Darga (October 2006, .pdf format, 5p., with additional maps, October 2006, .pdf format, 1p.).

Report:

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/hal/lm_census_SeasMig2006-1025_176651_7.pdf

Additional maps:

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/hal/lm_census_ACSCovMaps0004_176640_7.pdf

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United Nations:

1. UN Population Division Wall Charts, Panel Discussion Papers:

A. "Urban Agglomerations 2005" (2006, .pdf format 2p.).

http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/WUP2005/2005urban_agglo.htm

B. "Urban and Rural Areas 2005" (2006, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/WUP2005/2005urban_rural.htm

C. "Challenges of world population in the 21st century: the changing age structure of population and its consequences for development," a panel discussion held Oct. 12, 2006 in New York). Papers are in .pdf format.

http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/2006Changing_Age/Age_Structure.htm

2. UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization Report: "Education for All: Global Monitoring Report 2007: Strong Foundations: Early Childhood Care and Education" (October 2006, .pdf format, 390p.).

http://portal.unesco.org/education/en/ev.php-URL_ID=49591&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

3. UN Children's Fund Report: "Africa's Orphaned and Vulnerable Generations: Children affected by AIDS" (2006, .pdf format, 42p.).

http://www.unicef.org/publications/index_35645.html

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World Bank Compendium: Africa Development Indicators (ADI) 2006 (2006, .pdf format, 152p.).

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/AFRICAEXT/EXTPUBREP/EXTSTATINAFR/0,,contentMDK:21102598~menuPK:3083981~pagePK:64168445~piPK:64168309~theSitePK:824043,00.html

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International Labour Organization Report:

ILO Report: "Global Employment Trends for Youth," (2006, .pdf format, 52p.). The report is linked to from an ILO press release: "New ILO study says youth unemployment rising, with hundreds of millions more working but living in poverty" (ILO/06/48, Oct. 27, 2006).

http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/inf/pr/2006/48.htm

Click on "new report" for link to full text.

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Australia:

Australian Bureau of Statistics Reports:

A. "Regional Statistics, Northern Territory, 2006" (October 2006, Microsoft Excel format, with maps in .pdf format).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/1362.72006?OpenDocument

B. "State and Regional Indicators, Victoria, September Quarter, 2006" (September 2006, .pdf format, 73p.).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/1367.2Sep%202006?OpenDocument

C. "Divorces, Australia, 2005" (November, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/3307.0.55.0012005?OpenDocument

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Canada:

1. Statistics Canada Article, Reports:

A. "Canada's population by age and sex: As of July 1, 2006," (_The Daily_, October 26, 2006, .pdf and HTML format).

HTML:

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/061026/d061026b.htm

.pdf:

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/061026/d061026.pdf

B. "Trends in Weight Change Among Canadian Adults: Evidence from the 1996/1997 to 2004/2005 National Population Health Survey," by Heather M. Orpana, Mark S. Tremblay and Philippe Fines (November 2006, .pdf format, 29p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/bsolc/english/bsolc?catno=82-618-MIE2006005

Click on "View" and follow the links to the full text.

C. "Victimization and Offending in Canada's Territories: 2004 and 2005," by Sylvain de Leseleuc and Jodi-Anne Brzozowski (Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics Profile Series, October 2006, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/bsolc/english/bsolc?catno=85F0033MIE2006011

Click on "View" and follow the links to the full text.

2. Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institut canadien d' information sur la sante Report: "Preliminary Provincial and Territorial Government Health Expenditure Estimates, 1974-1975 to 2006-2007," (November 1, 2006, .pdf format, 104p.). Note: Free registration is required prior to accessing content.

http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=PG_654_E&cw_topic=654&cw_rel=AR_1548_E

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Estonia:

Statistics Estonia News Releases:

A. "Internet connection is popular in enterprises" (Oct. 27, 2006).

http://www.stat.ee/181266

B. "Households with children account for less than a third" (Oct. 31, 2006).

http://www.stat.ee/181337

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Macao:

Statistics and Census Service Report: "Monthly Bulletin of Statistics" (October 2006, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 77p.).

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

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South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Compendium: Stats in Brief: 2006 (2006, .pdf format, 169p.).

http://www.statssa.gov.za/Publications/statsdownload.asp?PPN=StatsInBrief&SCH=3784

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UK:

National Statistics Office News Release: "International Migration: Over 500 a day gained through migration to the UK"*** (Nov. 2, 2006, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/intmigrat1106.pdf

***Related article: "Population rises 500 a day as arrivals outpace leavers," by Andrew Taylor (Financial Times [London], Nov. 3, 2006).

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/060cbc44-6ae1-11db-83d9-0000779e2340.html

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Demographic Research Articles:

A. "A gender perspective on preferences for marriage among cohabitating couples," by Anne Reneflot (Vol. 15, Article 10, October 2006, .pdf format, p. 311-328). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol15/10/default.htm

B. "An evaluation of the one percent clustered sample of the 1990 Census of China," by William Lavely and William M. Mason (Vol. 15, Article 11, November 2006, .pdf format, p. 329-346). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol15/11/default.htm
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Brookings Institution Report: "Finding Exurbia: America's Fast-Growing Communities at the Metropolitan Fringe," by Alan Berube, Audrey Singer, Jill H. Wilson, and William H. Frey (October 2006, .pdf format, 47p.).

http://www.brookings.edu/metro/pubs/20061017_exurbia.htm
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Urban Institute Reports:

A. "Caring for the Uninsured in New York," by Randall R. Bovbjerg, Stan Dorn, Jack Hadley, John Holahan, and Dawn M. Miller (October 2006, .pdf format, 46p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/311372.html

B. "Housing in the Nation's Capital 2006," by Margery Austin Turner, G. Thomas Kingsley, Kathryn L.S. Pettit, Jennifer Comey, Barika Williams, Mark Woolley, and Jessica Cigna (October 2006, .pdf format, 72p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/1001038.html

Click on "annual reports" for link to the Fannie Mae Foundation Website where the reports reside.

C. "Tax Policy: Facts and Figures" (Urban Institute Tax Policy Center, October 2006, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/901006.html

D. "Understanding Recent Changes in Child Poverty," by Austin Nichols (New Federalism: Issues and Options for States No. A-71, August 2006, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/311356.html

E. "How Did Income and Wealth Change for Middle-Income Families Over the Last Two Decades?" by Robert I. Lerman and Henry Chen (Opportunity and Ownership facts, October 2006, .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/901008.html

F. "Should we subsidize work? Welfare reform, the earned income tax credit and optimal transfers," by Gregory Acs and Eric Toder (October 2006, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/1001040.html
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Guttmacher Institute Periodical: Guttmacher Policy Review (Vol. 9, No. 4, Fall 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/09/4/index.html
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Population Reference Bureau Articles:

A. "Families, Fathers, and Demographic Change," by Frances Goldscheider (October 2006).

http://www.prb.org/Template.cfm?Section=PRB&template=/Content/ContentGroups/06_Articles/Families,_Fathers,_and_Demographic_Change.htm

B. "Lifestyle Choices Affect U.S Impact on the Environment," by Sandra Yin (October 2006).

http://www.prb.org/Template.cfm?Section=PRB&template=/Content/ContentGroups/06_Articles/Lifestyle_Choices_Affect_U_S__Impact_on_the_Environment.htm
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Population Action International Research Commentary: "Demographic Development: Reversing Course?" by Elizabeth Leahy (Vol. 1, Issue 10, November 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.populationaction.org/resources/researchCommentaries/Nov06_AgeStructure.htm

More information on PAI:

http://www.populationaction.org/about/index.htm
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Employee Benefit Research Institute Report: "2006 Health Confidence Survey: Dissatisfaction With Health Care System Doubles Since 1998," by Ruth Helman and Paul Fronstin (EBRI Notes, Vol. 27, N0. 11, November 2006, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=3758
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Human Rights Watch Issue Brief: "Abortion: United States," (October 2006, HTML format).

http://hrw.org/women/abortion/us.html
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Time Article: "Breaking Up Is Easy To Do: In China, the hot new trend is " flash divorce," as women cut loose their cheating husbands," by Hannah Beech (Oct. 30, 2006).

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1552060,00.html
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article: "Protective immunity to lethal challenge of the 1918 pandemic influenza virus by vaccination," by Wing-pui Kong, Chantelle Hood, Zhi-yong Yang, Chih-Jen Wei, Ling Xu, Adolfo García-Sastre, Terrence M. Tumpey, and Gary J. Nabel (Vol. 103, No. 43, Oct. 24, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 15987-15991). This article is freely available to the public.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/103/43/15987
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Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstract: "Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Lifetime Suicide Attempts Among Blacks in the United States," by Sean Joe, Raymond E. Baser, Gregory Breeden, Harold W. Neighbors, and James S. Jackson (Vol. 296, No. 17, Nov. 1, 2006, p. 2112-2123).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/296/17/2112
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New England Journal of Medicine Special Report Extract: "Voters and Health Care in the 2006 Election," by Robert J. Blendon and Drew E. Altman (Vol. 355, No. 18, Nov. 2, 2006, p. 1928-1933).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/355/18/1928
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British Medical Journal News Roundup Extract: "Only 7% of spending on health research goes on needs of poor countries," by Tessa Richards (Vol. 333, No. 7575, Nov. 4, 2006, p. 936).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/333/7575/936-c
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Lancet, Various: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Mexican health reforms: global lessons, local solutions," by Richard Horton (Editorial, Vol. 368, No. 9546, Oct. 28, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1480). This article is freely available to the public.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606696189/fulltext

B. "India's government aims to improve rural health," by Patralekha Chatterjee (World Report,Vol. 368, No. 9546, Oct. 28, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1483-1484). This article is freely available to the public.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606696207/fulltext

C. "Socioeconomic differentials in caesarean rates in developing countries: a retrospective analysis," by Carine Ronsmans, Sara Holtz, and Cynthia Stanton (Article, Vol. 368, No. 9546, Oct. 28, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1516-1523). This article is freely available to the public.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606696396/fulltext

D. "Comprehensive reform to improve health system performance in Mexico," by Julio Frenk, Eduardo González-Pier, Octavio Gomez-Dantes, Miguel A Lezana, and Felicia Marie Knaul (Series, Vol. 368, No. 9546, Oct. 28, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1524-1534). This article is freely available to the public.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606695640/fulltext

E. Maternal health in poor countries: the broader context and a call for action," by Dr. Veronique Filippi, Carine Ronsmans, Oona M.R. Campbell, Prof. Wendy J. Graham, Anne Mills, Jo Borghi, Marjorie Koblinsky and David Osrin (Article Abstract, Vol. 368, NO. 9546, October 28, 2006, p. 1535-1541).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606693847/abstract

F. "Sexual and reproductive health: a matter of life and death," by Anna Glasier, A. Metin Gulmezoglu, George P. Schmid, Claudia Garcia Moreno, and Paul FA Van Look (Series Abstract, Vol. 386, No. 9547, Nov. 4, 2006, p. 1595-1607).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606694786/abstract

G. "Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis as a cause of death in patients co-infected with tuberculosis and HIV in a rural area of South Africa," by Neel R. Gandhi, Anthony Moll, A. Willem Sturm, Robert Pawinski, Thiloshini Govender, Umesh Lalloo, Kimberly Zeller, Jason Andrews, and Gerald Friedland (Article, Vol. 386, No. 9547, Nov. 4, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1575-1580). This article is freely available to the public.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606695731/fulltext

H. "Factors that shape young people's sexual behaviour: a systematic review," by Cicely Marston and Eleanor King (Article, Vol. 386, No. 9547, Nov. 4, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1581-1586). This article is freely available to the public.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606696621/fulltext
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Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (vol. 6, no. 43, 44 Oct 30, Nov. 6, 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 Peggy D'Adamo at mdadamo@jhuccp.org with your request and complete mailing address

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WORKING PAPERS:

University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Demography and Ecology: "Sexual Behavior at Ages 62 to 67: A Biopsychosocial Approach," by John DeLamater, Janet S. Hyde, and Mei-Chia Fong (CDE Working Paper 2006-08, 2006, .pdf format, 18p.).

Abstract:

The purpose of this research is to present and interpret data on the sexual behavior of men and women in their mid-sixties. These results fill an important gap in our understanding of human sexual activity across the life course. The data are from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study 2003 mail survey; this analysis involves 2,409 men and 2,717 women. The original sample consisted of graduates of Wisconsin high schools in 1957. Regression analyses were used to identify variables independently associated with sexual behavior and satisfaction. Reported frequency of sexual behavior was positively associated with physical health and marital satisfaction, and negatively associated with psychological distress. Satisfaction with one's sexual relationship was negatively associated with distress, and positively associated with frequency of behavior, and two measures of relationship quality. The results are consistent with a biopsychosocial model of the influences on sexual expression.

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California Center for Population Research (University of California- Los Angeles):

A. "Marriage in Periods of Crisis: Evidence from Indonesia," by Jenna Nobles and Alison Buttenheim (CCPR-017-06, October 2006, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/asp/ccpr_017_06.asp

B. "Kin Networks, Marriage and Social Mobility in Late Imperial China," by Cameron Campbell and James Lee (CCPR-018-06, October 2006, .pdf format, 43p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full-text are available at:

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/asp/ccpr_018_06.asp
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University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "Schooling and Early Childbearing in Urban South Africa," Leticia Marteleto, David Lam, and Vimal Ranchhod (PSC Research Report No. 06-610, October 2006, .pdf format, 19p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=4297
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Penn State Population Research Institute:

A. "Child Immunization in Nepal: Socio-cultural and Geographic Disadvantages?" by Prem Bhandari, Sundar S. Shrestha and Dirgha J. Ghimire (Working Paper 06-07, October 2006, .pdf format, 25p.).

Abstract:

Child immunization stands as a high priority public service in Nepal. Yet, one-third of children were deprived of receiving a complete dose of vaccination in 2001. Using the 2001 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey data, we examined whether a child was left behind due to his/her socio-cultural backgrounds and place of residence. We found that children of ethnic minority groups were less likely to be fully immunized compared with those of high caste Hindu. Similar differences in immunization by ethnicity were observed by vaccine types. By gender, although significant gaps were not observed in full vaccination, boys were more likely to receive DPT, BCG and measles vaccines than girls. Geographically, children living in the eastern region of Nepal were relatively advantaged compared to those living in the western region of the country. However, variation in immunization coverage by ecological regions and rural-urban residence were not prominent. Our findings suggest that in order to alleviate low immunization coverage, the child immunization policy in Nepal should also focus on the existing socio-cultural and geographical disparities including parental education, economic status and service provision.

http://www.pop.psu.edu/general/pubs/working_papers/psu-pri/wp0607.pdf

B. "Environmental Security and Labor Migration in Nepal," by Sundar S. Shrestha and Prem Bhandari (Working Paper 06-08, October 2006, .pdf format, 12p.).

Abstract:

Does a change in environmental security resulting from declining access to forest resources shape labor migration in a context, where household production and consumption activities are intimately dependent on natural resources? Using 1996 household-level data from the Chitwan Valley of Nepal, we examined whether a decrease in access to firewood increases the likelihood of migration of individual(s) for work. The results of multinomial logistic regression show that, net of other factors, environmental insecurity leads to labor migration regardless of destinations, domestic or international. Labor requirements for household maintenance also played an important role in migration decision. The results indicate that the management of forest resources and poverty alleviation seem possible by providing firewood substitutes and economic opportunities at the local level, which could be an important issue for future research.

http://www.pop.psu.edu/general/pubs/working_papers/psu-pri/wp0608.pdf
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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "School Quality and the Black-White Achievement Gap," by Eric A. Hanushek and Steven G. Rivkin (w12651, October 2006, .pdf format, 55p.).

Abstract:

Substantial uncertainty exists about the impact of school quality on the black-white achievement gap. Our results, based on both Texas Schools Project (TSP) administrative data and the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey (ECLS), differ noticeably from other recent analyses of the black-white achievement gap by providing strong evidence that schools have a substantial effect on the differential. The majority of the expansion of the achievement gap with age occurs between rather than within schools, and specific school and peer factors exert a significant effect on the growth in the achievement gap. Unequal distributions of inexperienced teachers and of racial concentrations in schools can explain all of the increased achievement gap between grades 3 and 8. Moreover, non-random sample attrition for school changers and much higher rates of special education classification and grade retention for blacks appears to lead to a significant understatement of the increase in the achievement gap with age within the ECLS and other data sets.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12651

B. "The Effects of Education Quality on Income Growth and Mortality Decline," by Eliot A. Jamison, Dean T. Jamison, and Eric A. Hanushek (w12652, October 2006, .pdf format, 48p.).

Abstract:

Previous work shows that higher levels of education quality (as measured by international student achievement tests) increases growth rates of national income. This paper begins by confirming those findings in an analysis involving more countries over more time with additional controls. We then use the panel structure of our data to assess whether the mechanism by which education quality appears to improve per capita income levels is through shifting the level of the production function (probably not), through increasing the impact of an additional year of education (probably not), or through increasing a country's rate of technological progress (very likely). Mortality rates complement income levels as indicators of national well-being and we extend our panel models to show that improved education quality increases the rate of decline in infant mortality. Throughout the analysis, we find a stronger impact of education quality and of years of schooling in open than in closed economies.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12652

C. "Was the Wealth of Nations Determined in 1000 B.C.?" by Diego Comin, William Easterly, and Erick Gong (w12657, October 2006, .pdf format, 46p., with a data appendix, .pdf format, 20p.).

Abstract:

We assemble a dataset on technology adoption in 1000 B.C., 0 A.D., and 1500 A.D. for the predecessors to today's nation states. We find that this very old history of technology adoption is surprisingly significant for today's national development outcomes. Although our strongest results are for 1500 A.D., we find that even technology as old as 1000 BC matters in some plausible specifications.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12657

D. "Welfare Reform and Family Expenditures: How are Single Mothers Adapting to the New Welfare and Work Regime?" by Neeraj Kaushal, Qin Gao, and Jane Waldfogel (w12624, October 2006, .pdf format, 39p.).

Abstract:

We study the effect of welfare reform, broadly defined to include social policy changes in the 1990s, on the material well-being and expenditure patterns of poor single-mother families. Our research suggests that welfare reform did not affect total expenditures in households headed by low-educated single mothers. However, patterns of expenditure did change. We find strong evidence that the policy was associated with an increase in spending on transportation and food away from home, and some evidence of an increase in spending on adult clothing and footwear. In contrast, we find no statistically significant changes in expenditures on childcare or learning and enrichment activities. This pattern of results suggests that welfare reform has shifted family expenditures towards items that facilitate work outside the home, but, at least so far, has not allowed families to catch up with more advantaged families in terms of their expenditures on learning and enrichment items.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12624

E. "Welfare Reform and Indirect Impacts on Health," by Marianne Bitler and Hilary W. Hoynes (w12642, October 2006, .pdf format, 40p.).

Abstract:

The stated goals of welfare reform are to increase work, reduce dependency on welfare, reduce births outside marriage, and to increase the formation of two parent families. However, welfare reform may also have indirect impacts on health. We provide a comprehensive review of the literature on the impacts of welfare reform on health. We illustrate the main findings from the literature by presenting estimates of the impact of reform on health insurance, health utilization, and health status using data from five state waiver experiments. The most consistent finding is that welfare reform led to a reduction in health insurance coverage. The impacts on health care utilization and health status tend to be more mixed and fewer are statistically significant. While the results are not conclusive, they suggest that welfare-to-work programs need not have large negative health effects.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12642

F. "The Impact of Incentives on Human Behavior: Can We Make It Disappear? The Case of the Death Penalty," by Naci H. Mocan, R. Kaj Gittings (w12631, October 2006, .pdf format, 83p.).

Abstract:

Although decades of empirical research has demonstrated that criminal behavior responds to incentives, non-economists frequently express the belief that human beings are not rational enough to make calculated decisions about the costs and benefits of engaging in crime and therefore, a priori drawing the conclusion that criminal activity cannot be altered by incentives. However, scientific research should not be driven by personal beliefs. Whether or not economic conditions matter or deterrence measures such police, arrests, prison deaths, executions, and commutations provide signals to people is an empirical question, which should be guided by a solid theoretical framework. In this paper we extend the analysis of Mocan and Gittings (2003). We alter the original model in a number of directions to make the relationship between homicide rates and death penalty related outcomes (executions, commutations and removals) disappear. We deliberately deviate from the theoretically consistent measurement of the risk variables originally employed by Mocan and Gittings (2003) in a variety of ways. We also investigate the sensitivity of the results to changes in the estimation sample (removing high executing states for example) and weighting. The basic results are insensitive to these and a variety of other specification tests performed in the paper. The results are often strong enough to even hold up under theoretically meaningless measurements of the risk variables. In summary, the original findings of Mocan and Gittings (2003) are robust, providing evidence that people indeed react to incentives induced by capital punishment. Research findings about the deterrent effect of the death penalty evoke strong feelings, which could be due to political, ideological, religious, or other personal beliefs. Yet, such findings do not mean that capital punishment is good or bad, nor does it provide any judgment about whether capital punishment should be implemented or abolished. It is simply a scientific finding which demonstrates that people react to incentives. Therefore, there is no need to be afraid of this result.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12631

G. "Further Tests of Abortion and Crime: A Response to Donohue and Levitt (2001,2004, 2006)," by Theodore J. Joyce (w12607, October 2006, .pdf format, 30p.).

Abstract:

The association between legalized abortion and crime remains a contentious finding with major implications for social policy. In this paper, I replicate analyses of Donohue and Levitt (2001, 2004, 2006) in which they regress age-specific arrests and homicides on cohort-specific abortion rates. I find that the coefficient on the abortion rate in a regression of age-specific homicide or arrest rates has either the wrong sign or is small in magnitude and statistically insignificant when adjusted for serial correlation. Efforts to instrument for measurement error are flawed and attempts to identify cohort from selection effects are mis-specified. Nor are their findings robust to alternative identification strategies. A convincing test of abortion and crime should be based on an exogenous change in abortion that had a demonstrable effect on fertility. Thus, I analyze changes in abortion rates before and after Roe to identify changes in unwanted fertility. I use within-state comparison groups to net out hard to measure period effects. I also follow Donohue and Levitt (2004) and average the effects of abortion on crime over 15 to 20 years of the life of a cohort to lessen the impact of the crack epidemic. I find little support for a credible association between legalized abortion and crime.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12607

H. "Methodological Issues in the Evaluation of Parental Involvement Laws: Evidence from Texas," by Silvie Colman, Theodore J. Joyce, and Robert Kaestner (w12607, October 2006, .pdf format, 30p.).

Abstract:

The number of states that require parental involvement in a minor's decision to terminate a pregnancy has more than doubled since 1988. Congress is currently considering legislation that would further limit access to abortion for minors who reside in states that enforce parental involvement laws. So far, the academic literature has not reached a consensus as to the impact of such abortion restrictions, mainly due to methodological limitations caused by the inability to measure cross-state travel and misclassification of exposure. Using detailed data on abortions and births from Texas, we demonstrate that these limitations led researchers to overestimate the decline in minors' abortion rate, underestimate the increase in their birth rate, and to miss an important behavioral response to the law, which is the tendency to delay the abortion among a group of older minors. Correction of these methodological problems is important given the controversy surrounding abortion and the need of voters and policymakers to accurately assess the likely impact of these laws.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12608
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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas [Texas]: "An Economic Interpretation of Suicide Cycles in Japan," by Jahyeong Koo and W. Michael Cox (Working Paper 0603, Sept. 2006, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

Suicide rates in Japan have increased dramatically in recent years, making. Japan's male rate the highest among developed economies. This study revises the standard economic model of suicide to accommodate Japan's experience, focusing on the change in human capital for the unemployed. We then use the new model and de-trended data to empirically investigate the relationship between the suicide cycle and the unemployment cycle. Unlike previous aggregate time series studies, we find that the relationship between the suicide rate and the unemployment rate is significantly and robustly positive for both males and females even after controlling for several social variables.

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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 2400-2424.
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Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) [Milano, Italy]: "Entry and Exit Strategies in Migration Dynamics," by Sergio Vergalli (WP 123.06, October 2006, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.feem.it/Feem/Pub/Publications/WPapers/WP2006-123.htm

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.
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Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [Essex University, UK]: " A Basic Income for Europe's Children?" by Horacio Levy, Christine Lietz, Holly Sutherland (ISER Working Paper 2006-47, September 2006, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

This paper explores the prospects for a guaranteed income for every child in the European Union and its potential effects on child poverty, taking as one starting point the ideas set out in Atkinson (2005). It examines the extent to which existing levels of financial support for children through national taxes and benefits fall short of a series of illustrative minimum levels of income corresponding to proportions of median income. It estimates the cost of bringing the amount of support up to these levels for all children as well as the corresponding impacts on income poverty among EU children. From this the cost in each country of providing basic incomes for children is estimated such that potential EU child poverty reduction targets are met. This cost could be met at national level or, alternatively, at EU level and we investigate the effect of financing the guaranteed child income using a European flat tax (Atkinson, 1995). The analysis uses EUROMOD, the European tax-benefit microsimulation model and illustrates the implications of the choices that must be made when designing such a scheme for the extent of redistribution between countries and towards children.

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/pubs/workpaps/pdf/2006-47.pdf

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

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

A. Point your browser to:

http://www.ingenta.com/

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

Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Vol. 47, No. 3, 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.

Journal of Public Health Policy (Vol. 27, No. 3, 2006).
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Other Journals:

American Economic Review (Vol. 96, No. 4, September 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.aeaweb.org/articles/issue_detail.php?journal=AER&volume=96&issue=4&issue_date=September%202006

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 164, No. 10, Nov. 15, 2006).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol164/issue10/index.dtl?etoc

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 96, No. 11, November 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.ajph.org/content/vol96/issue11/?etoc

American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 112, No. 2, Sept. 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://www.journals.uchicago.edu/AJS/journal/contents/v112n2.html

Child Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 30, No. 10, October 2006).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01452134

Demography (Vol. 43, No. 3, August 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://muse.jhu.edu/journals/demography/toc/dem43.3.html

Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (Vol. 35, No. 2, December 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://fcs.sagepub.com/content/vol35/issue2/

Journal of Family Issues (Vol. 27, No. 12, December 2006).

http://jfi.sagepub.com/content/vol27/issue12/

Journal of Marriage and the Family (Vol. 68, No. 4, November 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/jomf/68/4

Latin American Research Review (Vol. 41, No. 3, 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

http://larr.lanic.utexas.edu/current.htm

Medical Care (Vol. 44, No. 11, November 2006).

http://www.lww-medicalcare.com/pt/re/medcare/toc.00005650-200611000-00000.htm

Supplement 3 (November 2006).

http://www.lww-medicalcare.com/pt/re/medcare/toc.00005650-200611001-00000.htm

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CONFERENCES/CALLS FOR PAPERS:

US National Center for Education Statistics: "ECLS-B Database Training Seminar - Using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) Database for Research and Policy Discussion," a training seminar to be held Jan. 10-12, 2007, in Washington DC. For more informations see:

http://nces.ed.gov/whatsnew/conferences/confinfo.asp?confid=71

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

US National Institutes of Health:

A. "Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (R03)" (PAR-07-019, reissue of PAR-06-132, Oct. 27, 2006, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-07-019.html

B. "Request for Information (RFI): To Solicit Input and Ideas for Roadmap Trans-NIH Strategic Initiatives" (NOT-OD-07-011, Oct. 20, 2006). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-07-011.html
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US National Science Foundation: "Ecology of Infectious Diseases" (NSF Program Solicitation NSF 07-513, Oct. 27, 2006, ASCII text, HTML, and .pdf format, 14p.). For more information see:

http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf07513

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

University of Colorado-Boulder Institute of Behavioral Science: "The Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) at the University of Colorado at Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in population studies beginning August 2007 and in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology or Geography. The position is rostered in IBS, with tenure track and teaching responsibilities in the disciplinary department." For more information see:

http://www.colorado.edu/ibs/pop/position_8-07/
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Arizona State University School of Social and Family Dynamics: "Two Assistant Professor Openings in Social Demography at ASU." "The School of Social and Family Dynamics (SSFD), a newly established interdisciplinary unit within Arizona State University is ambitiously building in social demography and invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professors beginning Fall 2007. Our new school consists of a merger of the Departments of Family/Human Development and Sociology and is designed to bring together scholars in a variety of disciplines to develop collaborative research and curricular initiatives related to infants, children, youth, families, and their social worlds. This year, we are engaged in a hiring initiative in social demography and we invite applications for two full-time tenure-track Assistant Professors beginning Fall 2007. The successful candidates will be part of our Center for Population Dynamics." For more information see:

http://www.asu.edu/clas/ssfd/jobs.html

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing Publication: "No Child Left Behind: Ensuring High Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students and Students With Disabilities," a hearing held Jul. 12, 2006 (US House Serial Publication 109-46, .pdf format, 56p.).

http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS74823
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US House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, Staff Report: "Abstinence and Its Critics," (October 2006, .pdf format, 59p.).

http://www.ampartnership.org/Research/documents/TheSouderReport.pdf

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DATA:

Wisconsin Longitudinal Study Handbook: "Wisconsin Longitudinal Study Handbook 2006," (2006, .pdf format, 215p.). "The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) Handbook is a useful resource for researchers who want to use WLS data. The handbook is designed to direct readers to appropriate sources of the WLS data, methodology, and documentation information."

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/wlsresearch/documentation/handbook/WLS_Handbook.pdf
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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Oct. 30, 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".

Also ICPSR's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive has released:

Monitoring the Future, 2005 8th and 10th Grade Surveys (Raw Data)

http://webapp.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/SAMHDA-STUDY/04537.xml

Monitoring the Future, 2005 12th Grade Survey

http://webapp.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/SAMHDA-STUDY/04536.xml

Data Analysis Extract System for the 12th Grade Survey:

http://webapp.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/SAMHDA-SERIES/00035.xml?token=1
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Association of Religion Data Archives Update: The ARDA has recently added several data sets. Of possible interest to demography researchers may be:

Faith and Family in America, 2005 (August 2006).

http://www.thearda.com/Archive/Files/Descriptions/FAITHFAM.asp
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US Census Bureau: The Bureau has revised and updated its USA Counties extraction site.

http://censtats.census.gov/usa/usa.shtml

New and updated items:

http://censtats.census.gov/usa/newitems.html
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US National Center for Education Statistics: "Program for International Student Assessment: 2003" (October 2006, .zip compressed ASCII data, with .zip compressed SAS and SPSS macros and control statements, and documentation in .pdf format).

http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/datafiles.asp
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US Department of Housing and Urban Development:

A. "Housing Affordability Data System" (November 2006, self decompressing [.exe] ASCII and SAS format, with documentation in .pdf format). "The Housing Affordability Data System (HADS) is a set of files derived from the 1985-2003 national American Housing Survey (AHS) and the 2002 and 2004 Metro AHS. This system categorizes housing units by affordability and households by income, with respect to the Adjusted Median Income, Fair Market Rent (FMR), and poverty income. It also includes housing cost burden for owner and renter households. These files have been the basis for the worst case needs tables since 2001. The data files are available for public use, since they were derived from AHS public use files and the published income limits and FMRs. We are providing these files give the community of housing analysts the opportunity to use a consistent set of affordability measures."

http://www.huduser.org/datasets/hads/hads.html

B. "2005 American Housing Survey available on CD-ROM." "The CD contains the 2005 dataset in both SAS and ASCII formats. It also contains all of the documentation files that are available for download on the 2005 web page. Note that the files on the CD are exactly the same as those on the web site. We make the CD available for those of you who want a copy of the data and documentation on an archival storage device." Cost of the CD-ROM is 15 US dollars.

http://www.huduser.org/datasets/ahs/ahsdata05.html

C. "A Picture of Subsidized Households - 2000," (October 2006, self decompressing [.exe] ASCII format, with codebook in .pdf format. The data is also available in HTML or comma separated value [.csv] format via a web based extractor available at the site.). "Picture of Subsidized Households describes the 4.9 million households living in HUD-subsidized housing in the United States for the year 2000."

http://www.huduser.org/picture2000/index.html
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Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: On Oct. 31, 2006, the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's MEPS released the following datasets (data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII or SAS transport format, documentation in HTML and .pdf format, with SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format, and a codebook in ASP format):

MEPS HC-036BRR: MEPS 1996-2004 Replicates for Calculating Variances File

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-036BRR

MEPS HC-089: 2004 Full Year Consolidated Data File

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-089

MEPS HC-085A: 2004 Prescribed Medicines File

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-085A

MEPS HC-036: MEPS 1996-2004 Pooled Estimation Linkage File

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-036

MEPS HC-086: MEPS Panel 8 Longitudinal Weight File

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-086
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Socioeconomic Data and Application Center (SEDAC) [Columbia (New York) University]: "US Census Grids." "The U.S. Census Grids, 2000 Web site provides raster data sets describing the distribution of population, housing units, minorities, poverty rates, the elderly, and other census-derived population and housing characteristics. Produced by the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), which is operated by CIESIN, these gridded data sets transform irregularly shaped census block and block group boundaries into a regular surface--a raster grid--for faster and easier analysis." Data sets are available in Excel format, maps can be downloaded in .pdf and JPG format.

http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/usgrid/
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National Longitudinal Surveys: The Center for Human Resource Research (Ohio State University) has provided access to the following NLS data and documentation:

Documentation:

HB05: NLS Handbook 2005

Data:

D97-R8EH: NLSY97 Event History and Main File Data Rounds 1-8 Release (2006-10-25)

Restricted Data:

D97-Rnd1-8-GEO: NLSY97 CD Geocode Data including Main File and Event History Data Rounds 1-8 (2006-10-25)

D79CYA2004-GEO: NLSY79/Child/Young Adult 1979-2004 Geocode Data on CD (Includes the NLSY79 1979-2004 main file, work history, and geocode data, as well as the 1986-2004 Child and Young Adult public release and geocode data).

http://www.chrr.ohio-state.edu/nls-info/ordering/display_db.php3

Scroll to or "find in page" the item numbers of interest to you.
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Human Mortality Database: HMD has updated the data for Switzerland to cover 1876-2005 (October 2006). Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data.

http://www.mortality.org/

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Center for International Earth Science Information Network: "Global Distribution of Poverty". Data sets are available for download in Excel and comma-delimited format, with information from a variety of geographic level (region, country, global).

http://www.ciesin.columbia.edu/povmap/

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Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology
3313 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
608-262-9827
jsolock@ssc.wisc.edu