Current Social Science Research Report--Social #10, April 10, 2007.

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Index to this issue:

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

US

US STATES

NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

WORKING PAPERS

TABLES OF CONTENTS

CONFERENCES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Census Bureau News Releases:

A. "50 Fastest-Growing Metro Areas Concentrated in West and South" (CB07-51, Apr. 5, 2007). The news release links to tables (Microsoft Excel, .pdf, and comma separated value [.csv] format).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/009865.html

B. "First Phase of 2010 Census Begins in Puerto Rico," (April 3, 2007).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/2010_census/009868.html

2. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families Report: "Child Maltreatment 2005" (April 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 163p.). The report is linked to from an ACF news release: "ACF Marks Child Abuse Prevention Month With Annual Child Maltreatment Report" (Apr. 2 2007).

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/news/press/2007/child_abuse_prevention_release.htm

Link to full text is at the bottom of the news release.

3. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "Using Vouchers to Deliver Social Services: Learning from the Goals, Uses, and Key Elements of Existing Federal Voucher Programs," by Andrew Burwick and Gretchen Kirby (March 2007, .pdf format, 38p.).

http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/07/vouchers/overview/index.htm

4. Department of Housing and Urban Development Report: "The State of Fair Housing: FY 2006 Annual Report" (April 2007, .pdf format, 128p.). The report is linked to from a HUD news release: "Housing discrimination complaints at an all-time high: Over 10,000 complaints filed last year; most alleged race or disability discrimination" (Apr. 3, 2007).

http://www.hud.gov/news/release.cfm?content=pr07-032.cfm

Link to full text is at the bottom of the news release.

5. National Center Education Statistics Report: "Literacy in Everyday Life: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy," by Mark Kutner, Elizabeth Greenberg, Ying Jin, Bridget Boyle, Yung-chen Hsu, and Eric Dunleavy (NCES 2007480, April 2007, .pdf format, 155p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007480

6. Department of Education Institute for Education Sciences Report: "Effectiveness of Reading and Mathematics Software Products: Findings from the First Student Cohort," by Mark Dynarski, Roberto Agodini, Sheila Heaviside, Timothy Novak, Nancy Carey Larissa Campuzano, Barbara Means, Robert Murphy, William Penuel, Hal Javitz, Deborah Emery, and Willow Sussex (Report to Congress, March 2007, .pdf format, 112p.).

http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20074005/index.asp

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

7. National Institute of Justice Report: "Sexual Assault During and After Separation/Divorce: An Exploratory Study," by Walter S. DeKeseredy (March 2007, .pdf format, 129p.).

http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/217591.pdf

8. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics Report:

A. "U.S. Legal Permanent Residents: 2006," by Kelly Jeffrey (March 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/IS-4496_LPRFlowReport_04vaccessible.pdf

B. "Naturalization Rate Estimates: Stock vs. Flow," by Derekh D. F. Cornwell (March 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/ois_naturalizations_fs_2004.pdf

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US States:

Iowa

State Data Center Updates: The State Data Center has announced the following updates for Apr. 5, 2007 (all .pdf and Microsoft Excel format): for the State of Iowa: "Special census results and certification (Palo); Urban and rural population (1850-2000) and metropolitan and non-metropolitan population (1950-2006); for combined statistical areas: "Population estimates and numeric and percent change: 2000-2006; Population estimates and rankings: 2000-2006; for metropolitan areas: "Population estimates and components of change: 2000-2006; Population estimates and numeric and percent change: 2000-2006; Population estimates and rankings: 2000-2006; for micropolitan areas: "Population estimates and numeric and percent change: 2000-2006; Population estimates and rankings: 2000-2006

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

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Missouri:

State Data Center Mable-Geocorr Update: "New Version of MABLE/Geocorr2k (Version 1.3) (April 2007). "Version 1.3 of MABLE/Geocorr2k is now available for testing. This venerable web application is a geographic utility for viewing the relationships between many different geographic layers. The new version includes a number of new geographic layers and allows using a new weight variable reflecting 2006 county-level population estimates. Performance has been enhanced so that requests that require accessing all 50 states +DC should run in less than 4 minutes without the timing out problems encountered with earlier versions. This is still a beta test version and the links to geocorr2k on our Quick Links navigation box and from our Geography page will still point to the old version for another month or so."

http://mcdc2.missouri.edu/websas/test/geocorr2k.html

Summary of Changes:

http://mcdc2.missouri.edu/websas/test/whatsnew.geocorr2kv13.shtml

Oregon:

Portland State University Population Research Center Report: "2006 Oregon Population Report" (March 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 24p.).

http://www.pdx.edu/prc/annualorpopulation.html

See under "2006" listing.

Washington:

Center for Health Statistics Reports:

A. "2005 Fetal Death Data" (April 2007, HTML format, with historical tables back to 1992 in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/CHS/chs-data/FetDeath/fet_VD.htm

B. "2005 Marriage Data" (April 2007, HTML format, with historical tables back to 1991 in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/CHS/chs-data/marriage/Marr_VD.htm

C. "2005 Divorce Data" (April 2007, HTML format, with historical tables back to 1991 in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/CHS/chs-data/divorces/Div_VD.htm

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin Applied Population Laboratory Report: "Wisconsin's Public School Enrollment: Past, Present, and Future," by Richelle Winkler, Sara Lazenby, and Sarah Kemp (Fall 2006, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/poplab/Wisconsin's%20Public%20Schools%20Past%20Present%20Future.pdf

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NGO and Other Countries

United Nations

UN Monographs:

A. Ending Violence Against Women: From Words to Action - Study of the Secretary-General (April 2007, 210p., ISBN-10: 9211302536). For more information, including ordering information see:

https://unp.un.org/details.aspx?entry=E06213

Also fill in:

https://unp.un.org/details.aspx?entry=B06SYH

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European Commission:

Eurostat Periodical: Statistics In Focus (41/2007, .pdf format, 8p.). The focus of this issue is: "First demographic estimates for 2006," by Giampaolo Lanzieri.

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page?_pageid=1073,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-SF-07-041

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Bermuda:

Department of Statistics Report: "Young Bermudian Adults and Literacy" (February 2007, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.gov.bm/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_980_227_1014_43/http%3B/portalcontent.gov.bm%3B7087/publishedcontent/publish/cabinet_office/statistics/dept___statistics___additonal_files/articles/young_bermudian_adults_and_literacy_0.pdf

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Macedonia:

State Statistical Office Report: "Ministry of Statistics and Programme Information Report" (April 2007, .pdf format, 9p.). The report is in Greek and English.

http://www.stat.gov.mk/english/statistiki_eng.asp?ss=06.01&rbs=3

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Three times as many income support benefits in problem districts," by Chantal Melser (Apr. 3, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/dossiers/nederland-regionaal/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-2122-wm.htm

B. "One in nine income support claimants is 27 or younger" (Apr. 3, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/arbeid-sociale-zekerheid/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-90020-wk.htm

C. "Fewer people widowed" (Apr. 3, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/bevolking/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-90023-wk.htm

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New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Reports:

A. "Student Loans and Allowances 2005" (April 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).

http://www.stats.govt.nz/products-and-services/hot-off-the-press/student-loans-and-allowances/student-loans-and-allowances-2005-hotp.htm

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

B. "New Zealand Recorded Crime Tables" (April 2007).

http://www.stats.govt.nz/products-and-services/table-builder/crime-tables/default.htm

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South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Periodical: Bulletin of Statistics, March 2007 (Vol. 41, No. 1, March 2007, .pdf format, 163p.).

http://www.statssa.gov.za/Publications/statsdownload.asp?PPN=Bulletin&SCH=3893

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Brookings Institution Report: "A Pathway to the Middle Class: Migration and Demographic Change in Prince George's County," by Brooke DeRenzis and Alice M. Rivlin (Cities and Suburbs, April 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.brookings.edu/metro/gwrp/20070402_princegeorge.htm

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Urban Institute Reports:

A. "Severely Distressed Public Housing: The Costs of Inaction," by Margery Austin Turner, Mark Woolley, G. Thomas Kingsley, Susan J. Popkin, Diane Levy, and Elizabeth Cove (March 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411444.html

B. "A Profile of Immigrants in Arkansas," by Randolph Capps, Everett Henderson, John D. Kasarda, James H. Johnson, Jr., Stephen J. Appold, Derrek L. Croney, Donald J. Hernandez, and Michael E. Fix (April 2007, .pdf format, 124p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411441.html

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University of Chicago (Illinois) Book: Sociology in America: A History, edited by Craig Calhoun (2006, 880p., ISBN (Cloth): 978-0-226-09094-8, (Paper): 978-0-226-09095-5). For more information see:

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/hfs.cgi/00/204536.ctl

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article abstract: "On the path to extinction," by Peter Jagers, Fima C. Klebaner, and Serik Sagitov (Vol. 104, No. 15, Apr. 10, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 6107-6111). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/104/15/6107

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WORKING PAPERS:

Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation: "Unmet Need for Family Planning in Rwanda and Madagascar: An Analysis Report for the Repositioning of Family Planning Initiatives," by Florence Nyangara, Camille Hart, Ilene Speizer, and Scott Moreland (WP-07-93, March 2007, .pdf format, 43p.).

http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/pdf/wp-07-93.pdf

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University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "Race and Revitalization in the Rust Belt: A Motor City Story," by Reynolds Farley and Mick P. Couper (PSC Research Report No. 07-620, April 2007, .pdf format, 55p.). Links to an abstract and full text can be found at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=4378

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National Bureau of Economic Research: "No Child Left Behind: Estimating the Impact on Choices and Student Outcomes," by Justine S. Hastings and Jeffrey M. Weinstein (w13009, April 2007, .pdf format, 39p.).

Abstract:

Several recent education reform measures, including the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), couple school choice with accountability measures to allow parents of children in under-performing schools the opportunity to choose higher-performing schools. We use the introduction of NCLB in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District to determine if the choice component had an impact on the schools parents chose and if those changed choices led to academic gains. We find that 16% of parents responded to NCLB notification by choosing schools that had on average 1 standard deviation higher average test scores than their current NCLB school. We then use the lottery assignment of students to chosen schools to test if changed choices led to improved academic outcomes. On average, lottery winners experience a significant decline in suspension rates relative to lottery losers. We also find that students winning lotteries to attend substantially better (above-median) schools experience significant gains in test scores. Because proximity to high-scoring schools drives both the probability of choosing an alternative school and the average test score at the school chosen, our results suggest that the availability of proximate and high-scoring schools is an important factor in determining the degree to which school choice and accountability programs can succeed at increasing choice and immediate academic outcomes for students at under-performing schools.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W13009

B. "Preferences, Information, and Parental Choice Behavior in Public School Choice," by Justine S. Hastings, Richard Van Weelden, and Jeffrey Weinstein (w12995, March 2007, .pdf format, 38p.).

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The incentives and outcomes generated by public school choice depend to a large degree on parents' choice behavior. There is growing empirical evidence that low-income parents place lower weights on academics when choosing schools, but there is little evidence as to why. We use a field experiment in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public School district (CMS) to examine the degree to which information costs impact parental choices and their revealed preferences for academic achievement. We provided simplified information sheets on school average test scores or test scores coupled with estimated odds of admission to students in randomly selected schools along with their CMS school choice forms. We find that receiving simplified information leads to a significant increase in the average test score of the school chosen. This increase is equivalent to a doubling in the implicit preference for academic performance in a random utility model of school choice. Receiving information on odds of admission further increases the effect of simplified test score information on preferences for test scores among low-income families, but dampens the effect among higher-income families. Using within-family changes in choice behavior, we provide evidence that the estimated impact of simplified information is more consistent with lowered information costs than with suggestion or saliency.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12995

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United Nations Development Programme: "Gender Inequalities in Allocating Time to Paid and Unpaid Work: Evidence from Bolivia," by Marcelo Medeiros, Rafael Guerreiro Osório, and Joana Costa (Working Paper No. 34, April 2007, .pdf format, 14p.). No abstract is available for this working paper.

http://www.undp-povertycentre.org/pub/IPCWorkingPaper33.pdf

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Urban Density and Pupil Attainment," by Steve Gibbons and Olmo Silva (Discussion Paper 2728, April 2007, .pdf format, 43p.).

Abstract:

We explore the association between urban density and pupil attainment using three cohorts of pupils in schooling in England. Although -- as widely recognised -- attainment in dense urban places is low on average, this is not because urban environments disadvantage pupils, but because the most disadvantaged pupils with low average attainments attend the most urbanised schools. To control for this, we exploit changes in urban density faced by pupils during compulsory transition from Primary to Secondary school, and measure educational progress at the end of the Secondary phase, relative to attainment at the end of Primary schooling. Our results suggest that there are small but significant benefits from education in schools in more densely urbanised settings. We detect this density advantage even amongst pupils moving relatively short distances between Primary and Secondary schools within urban areas, so we cannot attribute it to broad urbanisation effects experienced by pupils making rural-urban school moves. A more likely explanation lies in greater school choice and competition between closely co-located educational providers.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2728.pdf

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

Journal of Population Research (Vol. 23, No. 1, May 2006).

http://www.jpr.org.au/index/jpr231

Population Research and Policy Review (Vol. 26, No. 1, February 2007). Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/lm11t562g775/?p=69c47132552f4f268df369b212eb9db1&pi=0

Social Work (Vol. 52, No. 1, 2007). This journal TOC is available via IngentaConnect, which provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals. Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/nasw/sw

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CONFERENCES:

National Center for e-Social Science: "Third International Conference on e-Social Science," to be held October 7-9, 2007 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The deadline for submissions of abstracts May 15, 2007. "The aim of this NSF-sponsored conference on e-Social Science is to bring together international representatives of the social science and cyber infrastructure research communities in order to create better mutual awareness, harmonize understanding, and instigate coordinated activities to accelerate research, development, and deployment of cyber infrastructure to support the social science research community." For more information see:

http://ess.si.umich.edu/index.htm

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Center for Human Resource Research [Ohio State University]: "A User Workshop on the National Longitudinal Surveys," to be held July 16-19, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio. "The Center for Human Resource Research will host a summer workshop for new and experienced users of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS). The workshop will be held on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Interested individuals should apply on-line at www.chrr.ohio-state.edu/workshop-nls by April 30." For more information see:

ftp://ftp.chrr.ohio-state.edu/pub/usersvc/workshop07.htm

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Union For African Population Studies (UAPS): "Fifth African Population Conference," to be held December 10-14, 2007 in Arusha, Tanzania. For more information see:

http://uaps2007.princeton.edu/

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DATA:

US National Center for Health Statistics Data Analysis System Update: "The new version, DAS Online 2.0 Beta, includes many new features and functions. DAS Online users may now estimate covariance analyses--both Weighted Least Squares and Logistic regressions. A Winsor filter has been added to filter out cases with extreme values by deleting a certain percentage of cases from the top and bottom of the range. For some newer datasets, users are offered more than one missing value code, called "reserve" codes--e.g., legitimate skip, unknown, refused, etc. Finally, several specification screens have been updated to be more user-friendly. DAS Users can find help with these features and others in the User Help Center as well as from the convenient help link from within the application."

http://nces.ed.gov/das/

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Apr. 6, 2007, which may be of interest to Sociology researchers. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

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

New and updated data:

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

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

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

Click on "list".

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

US Census Bureau: "Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP): Proposed Criteria for the 2010 Census and Beyond" (March 2007). This page links to four Federal Register items (HTML and .pdf format) related to Census 2010: "Census Tracts for the 2010 Census - Proposed Criteria"; "Census Block Groups for the 2010 Census - Proposed Criteria"; "Census Designated Places (CDPs) for the 2010 Census"; and "Census County Divisions (CCDs) for the 2010 Census."

http://www.census.gov/geo/www/psap2010/psapcriteria.html

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US Department of Housing and Urban Development: "HUD USER Map Gallery" (2007). This page contains an assortment of maps created by HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research for various purposes." The site is a work in progress and will be updated with more maps in the future.

http://www.huduser.org/maps/

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BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES:

Panel Survey of Income Dynamics Bibliography Update: The following items have been added to the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID Bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed by author or keyword.

http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/Publications/Bibliography/default.aspx

Wilson, George. The Rise of At-Will Employment and Racial Inequality in the Public Sector. Review of Public Personnel Administration. 2006; 26(2):178-187.

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