Current Demographic Research Report #165, January 16, 2007.

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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 Report: ""A Child's Day: 2003 (Selected Indicators of Child Well-Being)"***

National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2005"

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report QuickStats: "Birth Rates Among Females Aged 15--19 Years, by State --- United States, 2004"

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief:

Government Accountability Office Correspondence: "Childhood Obesity: Factors Affecting Physical Activity"

Department of Housing and Urban Development Report: "Effects of Housing Vouchers on Welfare Families"

Bureau of Labor Statistics News Release: "Volunteering in the United States, 2006"

Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "Demand for Food Quantity and Quality in China"

National Science Foundation Reports

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US STATES:

North Dakota:

State Data Center Population Bulletin

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Comision Economica para America Latina y el Caribe Periodical: "Revista de la CEPAL"

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Australia:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "Injury deaths, Australia 2003-04"

Australian Bureau of Statistics Reports

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Canada:

Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institut Canadien D'Information Sur La Sante Analysis in Brief: "Trends in Acute Inpatient Hospitalizations and Day Surgery Visits in Canada, 1995-1996 to 2005-2006"***

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports

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Estonia:

Statistics Estonia News Release: "The problem of combining work and family life is mostly confronted by women"

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France:

Institut National Etudes Demographiques English web update

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Jamaica:

Ministry of Health News Release: "Over 5000 Samples Test Negative for Malaria"

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles

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Oman:

Ministry of National Economy Compendium: Statistical Yearbook 2006

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office Compendium: Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Slovenia 2006

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UK:

National Statistics Office "Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) -- 2006 Results" (First Release)

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Kaiser Family Foundation, Various

Urban Institute Report: "Tax Credits, the Minimum Wage, and Inflation"

Guttmacher Institute In Brief: "Overlooking Young Men in HIV/AIDS Prevention: Uganda"

Population Action International Research Commentary: "Policy Empowers: Condom Use Among Sex Workers in the Dominican Republic"

Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet

American Legislative Exchange Council Report: "The Report Card on American Education : A State by State Analysis, 1983-1984 to 2004-2005"

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "Differential fitness costs of reproduction between the sexes"

New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstract: "Release from Prison - A High Risk of Death for Former Inmates"***

British Medical Journal News Extracts

Lancet, Various

Info for Health Pop. Reporter

WORKING PAPERS

University of Michigan Population Studies Center
California Center for Population Research
University of Washington Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology
National Bureau of Economic Research
Vienna [Austria] Institute of Demography
ESRC Research Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

TABLES OF CONTENTS

IngentaConnect
Other Journals

CONFERENCES/CALLS FOR PAPERS

US National Institutes of Health: "Understanding and Reducing Disparities in Health" Presentation Materials

European Centre: "International Microsimulation Association Conference 2007"

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

US National Institutes of Health

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation/Population Reference Bureau: "Request for Letters of Interest for Hewlett/PRB Global Teams of Research Excellence in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development."

DATA

World Health Organization: "Reproductive Health Indicators Database Update"

UK Data Archive

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

World Health Organization: Centralized Information System for Infectious Diseases

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Census Bureau Report: "A Child's Day: 2003 (Selected Indicators of Child Well-Being)," by Jane Lawler Dye and Tallese Johnson (P70-109, January 2007, .pdf format, 21p.). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "More Kids 'On Track' at School -- 1 in 4 Gifted -- According to Census Bureau Report on 'A Child~Rs Day'" (CB07-09, Jan. 11, 2007).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/children/009412.html

Click on title for link to full text.

***Related article: "Study says more parents curbing TV viewing," by L.A. Johnson (Pittsburgh [Pennsylvania] Post-Gazette, Jan. 11, 2007).
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07011/752880-51.stm

2. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2005," by J.R. Pleis and M. Lethbridge-Cejku (Vital and Health Statistics Series 10, No. 232, January 2007, .pdf format, 153p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_232.pdf

3. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report QuickStats: "Birth Rates Among Females Aged 15--19 Years, by State --- United States, 2004" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 55, No. 51, Jan. 5, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1383).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5551a6.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5551.pdf

4. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief:

A. "Dental Expenditures in the 10 Largest States, 2004," by John P. Sommers (Statistical Brief No. 156, January 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=794

B. "Trends in Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Plans That Required No Employee Contribution to the Premium Cost, 1998-2004," by Beth Levin Crimmel (Statistical Brief No. 155, January 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=793

5. Government Accountability Office Correspondence: "Childhood Obesity: Factors Affecting Physical Activity" (Dec. 6, 2006, .pdf format, 25p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07260r.pdf

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO correspondence may be available at:

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

6. Department of Housing and Urban Development Report: "Effects of Housing Vouchers on Welfare Families" (September 2006, .pdf format, 305p.).

http://www.huduser.org/publications/commdevl/hsgvouchers.html

7. Bureau of Labor Statistics News Release: "Volunteering in the United States, 2006" (Jan. 10, 2007, HTML, ASCII text, and .pdf format, 12p.).

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

8. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report:

A. "Demand for Food Quantity and Quality in China," by Fred Gale and Kuo Huang (Economic Research Report ERR-32, January 2007, .pdf format, 40p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR32/

B. "Effects of WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) and Food Stamp Program Participation on Child Outcomes," by Bong Joo Lee, Lucy Mackey-Bilaver, and Meejung Chin (Contractor and Cooperator Report No.CCR-27, December 2006, .pdf format, 41p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/CCR27/

C. "The Impact of Big-Box Stores on Retail Food Prices and the Consumer Price Index," by Ephraim Leibtag Economic Research Report No. ERR-33, December 2006, .pdf format, 33p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR33/

D. "Rural Employment At A Glance," edited by Lorin Kusmin and Timothy Parker (Economic Information Bulletin No. EIB-21, December 2006, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/EIB21/

9. National Science Foundation Reports:

A. "Science and Engineering Degrees: 1966-2004" (NSF 07-307, January 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 72p.).

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics//nsf07307/

Link to "List of Tables" accesses .pdf and Excel version of tables.

B. "Science and Engineering Degrees, by Race/Ethnicity of Recipients: 1995-2004" (NSF 07-308, January 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 116p.).

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf07308/

Link to "List of Tables" accesses .pdf and Excel version of tables.

C. "Science and Engineering Doctorate Awards: 2005" (NSF 07-305, December 2006, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 120p.).

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf07305/

Link to "List of Tables" accesses .pdf and Excel version of tables.

D. "Federal Research and Development Funding by Budget Function: Fiscal Years 2005-07" (NSF 07-303, December 2006, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 48p.).

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf07303/

Link to "List of Tables" accesses .pdf and Excel version of tables.

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US STATES:

North Dakota:

State Data Center Population Bulletin (Vol. 23, No. 1, January 2007, .pdf format 3p.). This month's article is "Total Housing Units in North Dakota: 1950 to 2000 Census and 2001 to 2005 Estimates."

http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/sdc/publications/population/PB_23_1press.pdf

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Comision Economica para America Latina y el Caribe Periodical: "Revista de la CEPAL" (No. 90, December 2006, .pdf format). Note: this periodical is available in Spanish only.

http://www.eclac.cl/cgi-bin/getProd.asp?xml=/publicaciones/xml/6/27646/P27646.xml&xsl=/revista/tpl/p9f.xsl&base=/tpl/top-bottom.xslt

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Australia:

1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "Injury deaths, Australia 2003-04" ((Injury research and statistics series no. 31, January 2007, .pdf format, 132p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10412

2. Australian Bureau of Statistics Reports:

A. "Prisoners in Australia, 2006" (December 2006, .pdf format, 61p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/4517.02006?OpenDocument

B. "Physical Activity in Australia: A Snapshot, 2004-05" (December 2006).

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4835.0.55.001?OpenDocument

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Canada:

1. Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institut Canadien D'Information Sur La Sante Analysis in Brief: "Trends in Acute Inpatient Hospitalizations and Day Surgery Visits in Canada, 1995-1996 to 2005-2006" (January 2007, .pdf format, 26p.). The report is linked to from a CIHI/ICIS news release: "Significant 10-year increase in the number of surgeries performed in Canadian hospitals" (Jan. 10, 2007).

http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=media_10jan2007_e

***Related article: "The seven sins of health care: We have only ourselves to blame for rising stresses in the health-care system" (_Times Colonist_ [Victoria, British Columbia], Jan. 14, 2007). Note: this is a _TC_ Commentary piece.
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=9e4bf289-d960-4773-a51c-13d5b0913b75

2. Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports:

A. "Child and Spousal Support: Maintenance Enforcement Survey Statistics," by Annie De Champlain, (January 2007, .pdf format, 53p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/bsolc/english/bsolc?catno=85-228-XIE

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

B. "Dissemination Area Reference Maps, by Census Tracts, for Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations: 2006" (January 2007, .pdf format).

http://www.statcan.ca/bsolc/english/bsolc?catno=92-147-XIB

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Estonia:

Statistics Estonia News Release: "The problem of combining work and family life is mostly confronted by women" (Jan. 12, 2006).

http://www.stat.ee/183473

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France:

Institut National Etudes Demographiques English web update: "The French Institute of demographic studies has now launched its new website, entirely available in English." Features that may be of interest to researchers in demography include "All About population" and "Population in figures."

http://www.ined.fr/en/homepage_of_ined_website/

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Jamaica:

Ministry of Health News Release: "Over 5000 Samples Test Negative for Malaria"

http://www.moh.gov.jm/over5000Samples.htm

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Over 1.6 million more foreigners in 2050," by Joop Garssen and Coen van Duin (Jan. 9, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/mens-maatschappij/bevolking/publicaties/artikelen/2006-2103-wm.hthtmm

B. "Fewer shopping and other facilities across the board," by Hub Beunen (Jan. 9, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/bedrijfsleven/ondernemingen/publicaties/artikelen/2007-2097-wm.htm

C. "One in five parents do not allow their children to go to allegedly unsafe areas," by Carin Reep (Jan. 9, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/mens-maatschappij/leefsituatie/publicaties/artikelen/2006-2101-wm.htm

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Oman:

Ministry of National Economy Compendium: Statistical Yearbook 2006 (October 2006, HTML and .pdf format, with complete chapters in .zip compressed HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.moneoman.gov.om/stat_book/2006/fscommand/english/information.htm

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office Compendium: Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Slovenia 2006 (2007, .pdf format, 594p.).

http://www.stat.si/letopis/index_vsebina.asp?leto=2006&jezik=en

Click on any table of contents item. The .pdf chapter is linked below the Excel spreadsheets.

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UK:

National Statistics Office "Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) -- 2006 Results" (First Release) (January 2007, .pdf format, 12p., with supplementary tables and ASHE questionnaire in .pdf format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=14630

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Kaiser Family Foundation, Various:

A. "Resuming the Path to Health Coverage for Children and Parents: A 50-State Update on Eligibility Rules, Enrollment and Renewal Procedures, and Cost-Sharing Practices in Medicaid and SCHIP in 2006," by Donna Cohen Ross, Laura Cox, and Caryn Marks (January 2007, .pdf format, 68p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/7608a.cfm

B. HIV/AIDS Fact Sheet Updates:

1. "Black Americans and HIV/AIDS (December 2006, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.kff.org/hivaids/6089.cfm

2. "Latinos and HIV/AIDS" (December 2006, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.kff.org/hivaids/6007.cfm

3. "Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States" (December 2006, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.kff.org/hivaids/6092.cfm

C. "Profiles of Medicaid's High Cost Populations," by Jeffrey S. Crowley and Mary O'Malley (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, December 2006, .pdf format, 51p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/7565.cfm

D. "New Publications Examine SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Programs) Experience; Trends in Access to Medicaid and SCHIP Coverage."" Maintaining and expanding health coverage for children and parents will likely be in the forefront of health care policy debates in Washington and state capitols in 2007. With states generally in better financial shape since the fiscal crisis earlier in the decade, many have expressed interest in improving access to their Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP). A new 50-state survey shows that one-third of states (17) increased access to health coverage in 2006, and no state cut income eligibility in Medicaid and SCHIP for the first time in four years." (January 2007, .pdf format).

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/kcmu010907pkg.cfm
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Urban Institute Report: "Tax Credits, the Minimum Wage, and Inflation," by Elaine Maag (December 2006, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/311401.html
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Guttmacher Institute In Brief: "Overlooking Young Men in HIV/AIDS Prevention: Uganda," (January 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/2007/01/10/IB_HIV_UG.pdf
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Population Action International Research Commentary: "Policy Empowers: Condom Use Among Sex Workers in the Dominican Republic," by Sarah Haddock (Vol. 2, No. 1, January 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.populationaction.org/resources/researchCommentaries/
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Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet (No. 29, December 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.fhi.org/en/Youth/YouthNet/Publications/YouthInfoNet/index.htm

More information on FHI:

http://www.fhi.org/en/AboutFHI/index.htm
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American Legislative Exchange Council Report: "The Report Card on American Education : A State by State Analysis, 1983-1984 to 2004-2005," by Andrew T. LeFevre, (November 2006, .pdf format, 136p.).

http://www.alec.org/fileadmin/2006%20Ed%20Report%20Card_ALEC.pdf

More information on ALEC:

http://www.alec.org/
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract:" Differential fitness costs of reproduction between the sexes," by by Dustin J. Penn and Ken R. Smith (Vol. 104, No. 2, Jan. 9, 2007, p. 553-558).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/2/553
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New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstract: "Release from Prison - A High Risk of Death for Former Inmates," by Ingrid A. Binswanger, Marc F. Stern, Richard A. Deyo, Patrick J. Heagerty, Allen Cheadle, Joann G. Elmore, and Thomas D. Koepsell (Vol. 356, No. 2, January 11, 2007, p. 157-165).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/356/2/157

***Related article: "Former inmates have higher risk of death from overdose, homicide and suicide," by Amanda Gardner (Canadian Press via Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News, Jan. 10, 2007).
http://www.cbc.ca/cp/HealthScout/070110/6011008AU.html
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British Medical Journal News Extracts:

A. "New WHO chief urges member states to step up efforts for flu pandemic," by John Zarocostas (Vol. 334, No. 7584, Jan. 13, 2007, p. 61).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7584/61-a

B. "Most cancers in Europe avoidable," by Roger Dobson (Vol. 334, No. 7584, Jan. 13, 2007, p. 62).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7584/62

C. "German health reforms hang in the balance," by Annette Tuffs (Vol. 334, No. 7584, Jan. 13, 2007, p. 63).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7584/63-a
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Lancet, Various: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Early childhood development: the global challenge," by Richard Jolly (Comment, Vol. 369, No. 9555, Jan. 6, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 8-9). This article is available to the public free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607600075/fulltext

B. "Cesar Victora: leader in child health and development," by Sarah Boseley (Perspectives, Profile, Vol. 369, No. 9555, Jan. 6, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 21). This article is available to the public free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607600154/fulltext

C. "Developmental potential in the first 5 years for children in developing countries," by Sally Grantham-McGregor, Yin Bun Cheung, Santiago Cueto, Paul Glewwe, Linda Richter, and Barbara Strupp (Series, Child development in developing countries, Vol. 369, No. 9555, Jan. 6, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 60-70). This article is available to the public free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607600324/fulltext

D. "Nicaragua tightens up abortion laws," by Jill Replogle (World Report, Vol. 369, No. 9555, Jan. 6, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 15-16). This article is available to the public free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607600117/fulltext

E. "Kenya's mixed HIV/AIDS response," by Wairagala Wakabi (World Report, Vol. 369, No. 9555, Jan. 6, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 17-18). This article is available to the public free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607600129/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, nos. 52, 53, Jan. 8, 16 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 Michigan Population Studies Center:

A. "Understanding Social Disparities in Hypertension Prevalence, Awareness, Treatment, and Control: The Role of Neighborhood Context," by Jeffrey Morenoff, Ben Hansen, James S. House, David R. Williams, George A. Kaplan, Haslyn E. Hunter (PSC Research Report No. 07-614, January 2007, .pdf format, 38p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full text can be found at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=4356

B. "Environmental Change and Out-Migration: Evidence from Nepal," by Douglas S. Massey, William Axinn, and Dirgha Ghimire (PSC Research Report No. 07-614, January 2007, .pdf format, 28p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full text can be found at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=4358
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California Center for Population Research [University of California Los Angeles]:

CCPR has recently released several working papers that may be of interest to researchers in demography. Abstracts and full text are available for most. Papers that have been published in scholarly journals are referenced for convenience.

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

Papers 025-06--062-06 have recently been added.
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University of Washington Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology: "Probabilistic Projections of HIV Prevalence Using Bayesian Melding," by Leontine Alkema, Adrian E. Raftery, and Samuel J. Clark (Working Paper No. 07-01, January 2007, .pdf format, 16p.).

Abstract:

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has developed the Estimation and Projection Package (EPP) for making national estimates and short term projections of HIV prevalence based on observed prevalence trends in antenatal clinics. Understanding uncertainty in its projections and related quantities is important for more informed policy decision making. We propose using Bayesian melding to assess the uncertainty around the EPP predictions. Prevalence data as well as information on the input parameters of the EPP model are used to derive probabilistic HIV prevalence projections--a probability distribution on a set of future prevalence trajectories. We relate antenatal clinic prevalence to population prevalence and account for variability between clinics using a random effects model. Predictive intervals for clinic prevalence are derived for checking the model. We discuss predictions given by the EPP model and the results of the Bayesian melding procedure for Uganda where prevalence peaked at around 28% in 1990; the 95% prediction interval for 2010 ranges from 1% to 7%.

http://csde.washington.edu/downloads/07-01.pdf
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National Bureau of Economic Research: "Immigration and the Survival of Social Security: A Political Economy Model," by Edith Sand and Assaf Razin (w12800, December 2006, .pdf format, 38p.).

Abstract:

In the political debate people express the idea that immigrants are good because they can help pay for the old. The paper explores this idea in a dynamic political-economy setup. For this purpose we develop an OLG political economy model of social security and migration. We characterize sub-game perfect Markov equilibria where immigration policy and pay-as-you-go (PAYG) social security system are jointly determined through a majority voting process. The main feature of the model is that immigrants are desirable for the sustainability of the social security system because the political system is able to manipulate the ratio of old to young and thereby the coalition which supports future high social security benefits. We demonstrate that the older is the native born population the more likely is that the immigration policy is liberalized and the social security system survives.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12800
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Vienna [Austria] Institute of Demography: "Gender Differences in the Transition to Adulthood in France: Is There Convergence Over the Recent Period?" by Maria Winkler-Dworak and Laurent Toulemon (VID Working Paper 01/2007, January 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract

Numerous studies have shown that educational attainment and labour force status have a strong impact on the timing of family formation for both men and women. The effects of educational level, enrollment in an educational setting and employment seem to be different for men and women. The aim of this paper is to investigate how gender-specific differences in family formation changed over time, particularly, whether these differences have vanished in recent years. We use a large-scale survey (more than 240,000 men and women born after 1940) conducted within the French 1999 census and apply event history techniques. The sample size allows us to test our hypotheses with more sophisticated models that cover several interactions. Our data fully support the convergence hypothesis for men and women with regard to the effects caused by educational attainment and the working status (working/not working). However, it is only partly relevant for the effects of their enrollment status on entry into first union and parenthood. The impact of work experience on first union and first parenthood has developed similarly over time for both men and women.

http://www.oeaw.ac.at/vid/download/WP2007_01.pdf
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ESRC Research Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) [London [UK]:" Work-Life Balance in a Low-Income Neighbourhood," by Hartley Dean and Alice Coulter (CASE/114, November 2006, .pdf format, 19p.).

Abstract:

"Work-life balance" generally refers to how people may combine paid employment with family responsibilities. The UK government~Rs attempts to promote work-life balance are connected to wider concerns to maximise labour-force participation and include policies on tax credits, child care and employment rights. Employers favour work-life balance if it promotes the flexibility of labour supply and enables them to retain valued staff. There are concerns about the extent to which work-life balance policies benefit lower-income groups. This paper reports findings from a study, based on in-depth interviews with 42 economically active parents from a low-income neighbourhood. Participants supported the idea of work-life balance, but many found it difficult to achieve. Stress and long hours are unavoidable in some jobs, or else income and prospects must be forgone in order to obtain" family-friendly" working conditions. Employment rights are poorly understood. Standards of management at work are inconsistent. Pay levels are insufficient and, though benefits/tax credits help, they are complex and badly administered. Childcare provision is available, but quality and access is uneven. Participants had mixed views as to the efficacy of support and services available in the neighbourhood. Participants offered different accounts of their experiences depending upon whether they were having to put their work first or family life first, and whether they felt ambivalent or content about this. The clearest finding was that participants tended to be fundamentally disempowered - by the unpredictability of the labour market, the dominance of a "business case" rationale, their lack of confidence in childcare provision and a lack of belief in their employment and benefit rights.

http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/dps/case/cp/CASEpaper114.pdf
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Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]:

A. "Is It the Way She Moves? New evidence on the gender wage growth gap in the early careers of men and women in Italy," by Emilia Del Bono and Daniela Vuri (ISER Working Paper 2006-59, December 2006, .pdf format, 49p.).

Abstract:

This paper explores newly available Italian data derived from a 1:90 sample of social security administrative records (INPS) to investigate gender differences in pay during the initial stages of a worker's career. We find that a significant and growing pay differential between men and women emerges during the first years of labour market experience, and that gender differences are highest when workers move across firms. In particular, we find that the most significant gender gap in log wage growth is associated with job moves which take place within a very short period of time, involve positive wage growth and result in the highest salary increases. Moreover, this gender mobility penalty occurs mainly when workers move to larger firms and we show that this is most likely explained by the fact that women value more than men some of the characteristics of these jobs or employers. Overall our results suggest that job and firm characteristics, rather than differences in worker characteristics or across-the board discrimination, are the most important determinants of the gender wage growth differential in the Italian labour market.

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/pubs/workpaps/pdf/2006-59.pdf

B. "Respondent Incentives in a Multi-Mode Panel Survey: Cumulative Effects on Non-Response and Bias," by Annette Jäckle and Peter Lynn (ISER Working Paper 2007-01, January 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).

Abstract:

Respondent incentives are increasingly used as a measure of combating falling response rates and resulting risks of nonresponse bias. Nonresponse in panel surveys is particularly problematic, since even low wave-on-wave nonresponse rates can lead to substantial cumulative losses, and if nonresponse is differential, may lead to increasing bias across waves. Although the effects of incentives have been studied extensively in cross-sectional contexts, little is known about cumulative effects across waves of a panel. We provide new evidence about the effects of continued incentive payments on attrition, bias and item nonresponse, using data from a large scale, multi wave, mixed mode incentive experiment on a UK government panel survey of young people. In this study, incentives significantly reduced attrition, far outweighing negative effects on item nonresponse in terms of the amount of information collected by the survey per issued case. Incentives had proportionate effects across a range of respondent characteristics and as a result did not reduce attrition bias. The effects of incentives were larger for unconditional than conditional incentives and larger in postal than telephone mode. Across waves, the effects on attrition decreased somewhat, although the effects on item nonresponse and the lack of effect on bias remained constant. The effects of incentives at later waves appeared to be independent of incentive treatments and mode of data collection at earlier waves.

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/pubs/workpaps/pdf/2007-01.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.ingentaconnect.com/

Click on "Browse" and browse to the journal of choice.

American Sociological Review (Vol. 71, No. 6, 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.
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Other Journals:

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 165, No. 2, Jan. 15, 2007).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol165/issue2/index.dtl?etoc

Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 64, No. 1, February 2007). 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://mcr.sagepub.com/content/vol64/issue1/?etoc

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CONFERENCES/CALLS FOR PAPERS:

US National Institutes of Health: "Understanding and Reducing Disparities in Health" Presentation Materials. Presentation materials (audio .mp3s, and slide show .pdfs) from the conference, held in Bethesda, Maryland on Oct. 23-24, 2006, have been made available to the public.

http://obssr.od.nih.gov/HealthDisparities/presentation.html
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European Centre: "International Microsimulation Association Conference 2007," to be held August 20-22, 2007 in Vienna, Austria. For more information see:

http://www.euro.centre.org/detail.php?xml_id=816

More information about European Centre:

http://www.euro.centre.org/Organisation_ec.php

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

US National Institutes of Health:

A. "Research on Social Work Practice and Concepts in Health (R01),"(PA-07-292, National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with other agencies, Jan. 11, 2007).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-07-292.html

B. Interim Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants, Cooperative Agreements and Contracts (NOT-OD-07-033, Jan. 4, 2007). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-07-033.html

C. "Research On Ethical Issues In Human Subjects Research" (R01) (PA-07-277, National Institute on Child Health and Development, in conjunction with several other agencies, Jan. 5, 2007, revision of PA-06-369). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-07-277.html
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William and Flora Hewlett Foundation/Population Reference Bureau: "Request for Letters of Interest for Hewlett/PRB Global Teams of Research Excellence in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development" (January 2007, .pdf format. 2p.).

http://www.prb.org/pdf07/HewlettLetterOfIntent1.pdf

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DATA:

World Health Organization: "Reproductive Health Indicators Database Update" (data is up to July 31, 2006, HTML and Excel format).

http://www.who.int/reproductive-health/global_monitoring/RHRxmls/RHRmainpage.htm
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UK Data Archive (Essex University, Colchester, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following datasets to its holdings. Note: There maybe charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/

SN 5571 -Annual Population Survey, July 2005 - June 2006

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5571

SN 5572 -Annual Population Survey, July 2005 - June 2006: Special Licence Access

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5572

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

World Health Organization: Centralized Information System for Infectious Diseases: "The centralized information system for infectious diseases (CISID) uses advanced technology to collect, analyse and present data on infectious diseases in the WHO European Region. The objectives of the system are: to provide a standardized, timely and complete picture of the epidemiology of important infectious diseases; to indicate the burden they place on public health; to identify more precisely the geographical areas where particular problems occur and action is particularly needed; to allow sharing of data at the subnational level to identify specific geographic areas of risk and risk groups by age and gender; and rapidly to disseminate critical, timely information about infectious diseases to public health professionals through the CISID early warning system (EWS). Query results in both the Analyser 1 and Analyser Pro are available in .pdf, Microsoft Excel, comma separated value (.csv), and .xml format.

http://data.euro.who.int/cisid/?TabID=67

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Jack Solock
Director--Data and Information Services Center
Social Sciences Research Services
3313 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
608-262-9827
jsolock@ssc.wisc.edu