Current Social Science Research Report--Social #13, May 1, 2007.

CSSRR-Social is a weekly email report produced by the Data and Information Services Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It seeks to help social science 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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Index to this issue:

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

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US STATES

NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

WORKING PAPERS

TABLES OF CONTENTS

CONFERENCES

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Government Accountability Office Report: "2010 Census: Census Bureau Should Refine Recruiting and Hiring Efforts and Enhance Training of Temporary Field Staff," (GAO-07-361 April 2007, .pdf format, 61p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07361.pdf

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

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

2. National Center for Education Statistics Brief: "Course Credit Accrual and Dropping Out of High School," by Gillian Hampden-Thompson, Gregory Kienzl, Bruce Daniel and Akemi Kinukawa (NCES 2007018, April 2007, .pdf format, 3p).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007018

3. Department of Health and Social Services, Office of the Inspector General Report: "Enrollment Levels in Head Start" (OEI-05-06-00250, April 2007, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

4. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) assigns each Head Start grantee a specific number of children, known as the funded enrollment, which the grantee is required to serve. Head Start regulations require grantees to maintain enrollment at 100 percent of the funded enrollment level. This report (1) determines the enrollment levels of Head Start grantees, (2)describes grantees challenges to maintaining full enrollment, (3) assesses ACFs monitoring of enrollment, and (4) assesses ACFs enforcement of full enrollment. We reviewed attendance data from 179 randomly selected Head Start grantees.

The OIG found that almost all Head Start grantees had high enrollment levels. In the 2006 program year, 40 percent of grantees were fully enrolled and 81 percent had enrollment levels of 95 percent or higher. Overall, 5 percent of Head Start slots were funded but not fully enrolled. We also found that the most commonly cited challenges by grantees to maintaining full enrollment were low-income requirements, competition with other childcare programs, and transportation issues. In addition, we found that ACFs monitoring of enrollment levels may rely on inaccurate data. In fact, only 11 percent of grantees reported actual enrollment levels that matched those we determined based on our review of attendance records. Lastly, we found that ACFs enforcement of full enrollment has increased overall, but varies by region. In particular, there was variation among regions in the levels of underenrollment that prompted funding reductions and in the amounts of the reductions.

We recommend that ACF address grantee challenges to maintaining full enrollment. We also recommend that ACF ensure that enrollment data are accurate. Lastly, we recommend that ACF issue guidance concerning the use of funding reductions for grantees not at full enrollment. In response to our draft report, ACF indicated general support for our recommendations. However, ACF pointed out problems with two suggestions we offered on how our recommendation to address grantee enrollment challenges regarding the requirement that grantees fill 90 percent of slots with children from very low-income families might be implemented. We continue to recommend that ACF address grantees reported challenges to maintaining full enrollment, including challenges related to the income-eligibility guidelines.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-05-06-00250.pdf

5. Social Security Administration Office of Policy Report: "SSI Disabled Recipients Who Work, 2006" (April 2007, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_workers/2006/index.html

6. Department of Housing and Urban Development Periodical: ResearchWorks (Vol. 4, No. 4, April 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 7p.).

http://www.huduser.org/periodicals/ResearchWorks/april_07/RW_vol4num4t1.html

7. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Contacts between Police and the Public, 2005," by Matthew R. Durose, Erica L. Smith, and Patrick A. Langan (NCJ 215243, April 2007, .pdf, ASCII text, and zipped Excel format, 14p.).

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/cpp05.htm

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US States:

Iowa:

State Data Center Updates: The SDC announced the following updates on Apr. 27, 2007 (all .pdf and Microsoft Excel format). For the US and all states: States ranked by total taxes 2000-2006." In addition, two data profiles (.pdf format, 4p.) have been added: "Data Profile: Asia and Pacific Americans in Iowa: 2007," and "Older Iowans: 2007."

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

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NGO and Other Countries

Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports:

A. "Demographic Changes in Canada from 1971 to 2001 Across an Urban-to-Rural Gradient," by Éric Caron Malenfant, Anne Milan, Mathieu Charron and Alain Bélanger (April 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 29p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/bsolc/english/bsolc?catno=91F0015MWE2007008

Click on "View" and either follow the table of contents links (HTML) or .PDF version for link to full text .pdf.

B. "Mortality, Summary List of Causes 2004," (April 2007, .pdf format, 140p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/84F0209XIE/84F0209XIE2004000.htm

Related article:

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/070427/d070427b.htm

C. "Immigrants’ perspectives on their first four years in Canada: Highlights from three waves of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada," by Grant Schellenberg and Hélène Maheux (Canadian Social Trends, April 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 34p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/11-008-XIE/11-008-XIE2007000.htm

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Finland:

Statistics Finland News Release: "University students numbered 176,500 in 2006" (Apr. 27, 2007).

http://www.stat.fi/til/yop/2006/yop_2006_2007-04-24_tie_001_en.html

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Iceland:

Statistics Iceland News Releases:

A. "Children in pre-primary schools in December 2006" (51/2007, Apr. 25, 2007). There are links to relevant tables at the bottom of the news release.

http://www.statice.is/?PageID=444&NewsID=2447

B. "Personnel in pre-primary schools in December 2006" (52/2007, Apr. 25, 2007). There are links to relevant tables at the bottom of the news release.

http://www.statice.is/?PageID=444&NewsID=2448

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Ireland:

Centrals Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Straidrimh Reports:

A. "Measuring Ireland's Progress full report" (April 2007, .pdf format, 103p., with accompanying tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/measuringirelandsprogress2006.htm

B. "Census 2006: Vol. 1: Results by section" (April 2007, .pdf format, 173p.).

http://www.cso.ie/census/census2006_volume_1.htm

C. "Crime and Victimisation, Quarterly National Household Survey, 2006 (including results for 1998 and 2003)" (April 2007, .pdf format, 46p.).

http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/documents/crime_justice/current/crimevictimisation_qnhs2006.pdf

D. " Interpreting Crime Statistics, A Background Briefing Note" (April 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/documents/crime_justice/current/interpretingcrimestats.pdf

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "National Expenditure on Education, 1962-2004" (April 2007, .pdf format, 163p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format, and ancillary information in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.cbs.gov.il/publications/edu04/edu_e.htm

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Japan:

Statistics Bureau Reports:

A. "Population Estimates: "November 1, 2006 (Final estimates), April 1, 2007 (Provisional estimates)" (April 2007, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

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

B. "Summary of Results of Internal Migration in 2006" (April 2007).

http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/idou/3.htm

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Press Release, Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Fewer victims of common crime" (Press release, Apr. 27, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/veiligheid-recht/publicaties/persberichten/archief/2007/2007-033-pb.htm

B. "Fewer flash annulments in 2006," by Mila van Huis (Web Magazine, Apr. 26, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/bevolking/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-2179-wm.htm

C. "Compensation for childcare costs amounts to 845 million euro (1.152 billion US dollars)," by Hans Kasperski and Peter Meuwissen (Web Magazine, Apr. 26, 2007)

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/arbeid-sociale-zekerheid/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-2178-wm.htm

D. "Most single-parent families on income support female-headed" (Web Magazine, Apr. 24, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/arbeid-sociale-zekerheid/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-90031-wk.htm

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Norway:

Statistics Norway Reports, News Release:

A. "Primary and lower secondary school 2006" (April 2007, .pdf format, 12p., with 6 tables).

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/04/02/20/nos_grunnskole_en/nos_d376_en/

B. "Immigration and Immigrants 2006," edited by Bjørn Mathisen (April 2007, .pdf format, 141p.).

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/02/sa_innvand_en/sa87/

C. "Population statistics. Deaths. 2006: Gender gap in life expectancy narrows: (News release, Apr. 26, 2007). The news release links to several topical tables.

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/02/02/10/dode_en/

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Scotland:

General Registry Office Report: "Mid-2006 Population Estimates Scotland" (April 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 35p., with tables in .pdf, Microsoft Excel, and comma separated value [.csv] format). The report is linked to from a GRO news release: "Scotland’s Mid-Year Population Estimates" (Apr. 24, 2007).

http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/press/2007-news/scotlands-mid-year-population-estimates.html

Link to full text is at the end of the news release, just before "Notes for news editors."

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Slovenia:

Statistics Slovenia News Releases:

A. "Survey on Living Conditions, EU-SILC, Slovenia, 2005 - provisional data," by Matija Remec (Apr. 24, 2007). At the bottom of the news release there is a link to relevant SI-Stats database tables.

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=846

B. "Population, Slovenia, 31 December 2006," by Katja Kalin (Apr. 26, 2007).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=859

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden Press Release: "Increased population in smaller localities" (Apr. 27, 2007).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____200674.asp

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UK:

1. Department for Constitutional Affairs Report: "Deaths reported to Coroners: 2006" (April 2007, .pdf format, 29p.).

http://www.dca.gov.uk/statistics/coroners.htm

2. Department for Work and Pensions Report: "Child Support Agency Quarterly Summary Statistics: Quarterly, March 2007" (April 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/csa.asp

Links to spreadsheets are at the bottom of the page.

3. House of Commons Library Research Paper: "Social Indicators." (Research Paper No. 07/38, Apr. 25, 2007, .pdf format, 63p.) "This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include crime and justice, defence, education, elections, health and population. Regular updates of individual pages, together with spreadsheets containing data, are available to Members and staff on the parliamentary intranet."

http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/research/rp2007/rp07-038.pdf

4. National Statistics Office, Various:

A. "Key Population and Vital Statistics: 2005" (VS 32, PP1, No. 28, April 2007, .pdf format, 107p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=539&Pos=&ColRank=1&Rank=272

B. Population Trends (No. 127, Spring 2007, .pdf format, 76p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=6303

C. Monthly Digest of Statistics: April 2007, edited by Dilys Rosen (April 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 136p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=611&Pos=&ColRank=1&Rank=272

Note: clicking on Any of the tables in the .pdf will link to the associated Excel table.

D. "Improved Methods for Population Statistics Revisions in 2007" (April 2007, .pdf format, with a Microsoft Excel table).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=14834

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Demographic Research Article: "Cohort birth order, parity progression ratio and parity distribution trends in developed countries," by Tomas Frejka and Jean-Paul Sardon (Vol. 16, Article 11, April 2007, .pdf format, p. 315-374).

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol16/11/default.htm

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Briefs:

A. "Facts About African Americans in the Food Stamp Program." (April 2007, HTML format and .pdf format, 2p.)

http://www.cbpp.org/4-19-07fa-fact1.htm

B. "Facts About Latinos in the Food Stamp Program." (Apr. 19, 2007, HTML format and .pdf format, 2p.)

http://www.cbpp.org/4-19-07fa-fact2.htm

More information about CBPP:

http://www.cbpp.org/info.html

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The Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life: "Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion." (April 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 85p.). Link to executive summary and full report:

http://pewforum.org/surveys/hispanic/

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation Findings: "Social interactions in urban public places," (April 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.)

http://www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/findings/housing/2048.asp

More information about JRF:

http://www.jrf.org.uk/about/

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Amnesty International News Report: "Maze of injustice -- the failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA." (Apr. 24, 2007, HTML format)

http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGAMR510582007&lang=e

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European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research [Vienna, Austria] Brief: "Poverty Among Migrants in Europe," by Orsolya Lelkes (April 2007, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.euro.centre.org/detail.php?xml_id=892

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WORKING PAPERS:

RAND Labor and Population Program: "Why Wait? The Effect of Marriage and Childbearing on the Wage Growth of Men and Women," by David S. Loughran and Julie Zissimopoulos (WR482, March 2007, .pdf format, 43p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR482/

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Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research:

A. "Transition of nuptiality and fertility onset in the Czech Republic since the 1990s - the role of women’s education and its expansion," by Krystof Zeman (WP-2007-017, April 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

In this article we argue that social and economic changes in the past fifteen years have influenced distinct socio-economic categories of women differently. We show that the transition of family formation behaviours was not uniform but rather dependent on the educational level of women. We found wide differences between educational categories in terms of the changes in level, timing and sequencing of first birth and first marriage, using the techniques of nuptiality and fertility life tables and the hazard modelling of first marriage and first conception. Two different types of "trendsetters" were identified in Czech society. The trendsetters of non-marital fertility are women with primary education, who tend to be lone mothers or to cohabit even after childbirth. The second group of trendsetters are more highly educated women, who postpone their fertility onset until their 30s, but who still place their first childbirth traditionally inside marriage. The number of possible reasons for the family formation transition is manifold, ranging from the changing economic roles of women through actual setting of family policy to the post-modern value change, all further reinforced by educational expansion since the 1990s. There is no general explanation of the transitional behaviour, as women of different education levels are reacting differently to the social and economic changes.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2007-017.pdf

B. "Childbearing dynamics of couples in a universalistic welfare state: the role of labor-market status, country of origin, and gender," by Gunnar Andersson and Kirk Scott (WP-2007-016, April 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).

Abstract:

In this paper, we provide a study of childbearing dynamics by the labor-market status of co-residing one- and two-child parents in Sweden. We apply event-history techniques to longitudinal register data on life histories of foreign-born mothers from ten different countries and the partners to these women as well as a sample of Swedish-born mothers and their partners. Our context is a universalistic welfare state geared towards gender and social equality where formal social rights largely are independent of a person’s civil status, citizenship, and country of origin. We investigate to what extent the associations of parents’ labor-market status with childbearing in Sweden differ between women and men and by country of origin. We find that patterns of association are fairly similar on both these personal dimensions. As measured by the way labor-market activity of parents is related to their subsequent childbearing behavior, we find striking evidence of equality by gender as well as some evidence of integration of immigrants into the dynamics of Swedish society.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2007-016.pdf

C. "Differences between male and female fertility in Russia - an evaluation of basic pattern and data quality using the first wave of the Russian GGS," by David Alich (WP-2007-015, April 2007, .pdf format, 30p.).

Abstract:

While most demographic fertility studies focus on child birth behavior of females, little is known about differences between males and females fertility behavior. The lack of empirical research about men stems from problems such as linking fathers and their biological offspring, biological differences in male reproductive behavior as compared to women, missing data and concerns about the quality of existing data sources. Using the data from the Russian Generation and Gender Survey (2004) of the cohorts 1924 to 1970, this study provides insights into sex-specific fertility differences, by comparing fertility age, timing and parity patterns of Russian men and women. Aggregate measures as well as event history techniques are used to analyze the hypotheses that men have a longer reproductive life span, that they start their fertility career later than women and that males vary more in their number of biological children born than do females. Furthermore, we evaluate how reliable Russian male fertility reports are compared to women’s. The results show that in spite of a typical age difference at the transition to parenthood of approximately two years, males and females have much more common fertility patterns than is suggested by previous studies. Moreover, it is shown that men’s fertility reports are not necessarily biased. These findings suggest that comprehensive future research of Russian men´s fertility pattern is possible.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2007-015.pdf

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Vienna [Austria] Institute of Demography: "On Projecting the Distribution of Private Households by Size," by Dalkhat M. Ediev (VID Working Paper 04/2007, April 2007, .pdf format, 54p.).

Abstract:

The paper introduces a general approach to distributing households by size, which is based on recurrent procedure of estimating conditional proportions of households of a given size among households with the same or larger size. Based on formal study and on empirical evidence, models and methods are proposed for deriving the distribution of households from their average size. The methods are tested and compared using census data and projections of Austrian and EU households. The approach proposed is also developed to distribute households both by size and by sociodemographic characteristics of the household head. Methods proposed are consistent and robust and may find a wide range of applications in household modelling and projecting, in enriching household projections by headship rates and other extrapolative methods, and also in studying the economic, ecological and other implications of household dynamics.

http://www.oeaw.ac.at/vid/download/WP2007_04.pdf

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Luxembourg Income Study:

A. "Inequality, Public Opinion, and Redistribution," by Lane Kenworthy and Leslie McCall (LIS Working Paper No. 459, March 2007, .pdf format, 35p.).

Abstract:

According to the "median-voter" hypothesis, greater inequality in the market distribution of earnings or income tends to produce greater generosity in redistributive policy. We outline the steps in the causal chain specified by the hypothesis and attempt to assess these steps empirically. Prior studies focusing on cross-country variation have found little support for the median-voter model. We examine over-time trends in eight nations during the 1980s and 1990s. Here too the median-voter hypothesis appears to have little utility.

http://www.lisproject.org/publications/liswps/459.pdf

B. "Inequality Patterns in Western-Type Democracies: Cross-Country Differences and Time Changes," by Andrea Brandolini and Timothy Smeeding (LIS Working Paper No. 459, April 2007, .pdf format, 44p.).

Abstract:

This paper compares levels and trends in income inequality in industrialized nations. In the mid-1990s, the United States had the highest overall level of inequality of any rich OECD nation, while Northern and Central European countries had the lowest levels. Using a variety of national sources, no common trend is observed in the last quarter of a century. The inequality of disposable incomes increased in the United States and the United Kingdom in the 1980s, and in Sweden and Finland in the 1990s; it rose somewhat in the late 1990s in Canada and the Federal Republic of Germany, but it showed no persistently upward trend in the Netherlands, France and Italy. The paper shows the importance of public redistribution in determining the inequality of disposable income.

http://www.lisproject.org/publications/liswps/458.pdf

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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) [Laxenburg, Austria] Interim Report: "Human Capital, Age Structure and Economic Growth: Evidence from a New Dataset," by Jesus Crespo Cuaresma and Wolfgang Lutz (IR-07-011, April 2007, .pdf format, 18p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.iiasa.ac.at/cgi-bin/pub/pubsrchKK?SWID:IR07011&O,n

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ESRC Research Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) [London (UK) School of Economics]: "Child Support Awards in Britain: An analysis of data from the Families and Children Study," by Stephen Morris (CASE/119, April 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract:

This paper examines the extent to which mothers that care for children where the father is non-resident have an award or agreement for child support in place. Data from the Families and Children Study are used to explore not only whether mothers have an award or order but the type of award they have. Results show that mothers without awards are significantly disadvantaged. Moreover, awards were less commonplace where there were fewer children, where mothers claimed Income Support, were from an Asian background and where contact between the non-resident father and his children was infrequent. Private agreements, in contrast to a CSA award or no award, were more likely where mothers had recently separated, when there was frequent contact between the non-resident father and his children, and where children were younger; they were less common among those living in social housing.

http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/dps/case/cp/CASEpaper119.pdf

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International Poverty Centre [United Nations Development Programme]:

"Distinguishing Chronic Poverty from Transient Poverty in Brazil: Developing a Model for Pseudo-Panel Data," by Rafael Perez Ribas and Ana Flávia Machado (Working Paper No. 36, April 2007, .pdf format, 30p.).

http://www.undp-povertycentre.org/pub/IPCWorkingPaper36.pdf

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Like Mother Like Son? Experimental Evidence on the Transmission of Values from Parents to Children," by Marco Cipriani, Paola Giuliano, and Olivier Jeanne (Discussion Paper 2768, April 2007, .pdf format, 25p.).

Abstract:

This paper studies whether prosocial values are transmitted from parents to their children. We do so through an economic experiment, in which a group of Hispanic and African American families play a standard public goods game. The experimental data presents us with a surprising result. We find no significant correlation between the degree of cooperation of a child and that of his or her parents. Such lack of cooperation is robust across age groups, sex, family size and different estimation strategies. This contrasts with the typical assumption made by the theoretical economic literature on the inter-generational transmission of values. The absence of correlation between parents' and children's behavior, however, is consistent with part of the psychological literature, which emphasizes the importance of peer effects in the socialization process.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2768.pdf

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Institute For Social And Economic Research (ISER) [University Of Essex, Colchester, UK]: "Older Couples' Labour Market Reactions to Family Disruptions," by David Haardt (ISER Working Paper No. 2007-08, April 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).

Abstract:

In this paper, I analyse how spouses in older couples react to 'shocks' or 'surprises' in their partner’s labour income using data from the British Household Panel Survey, 1991-2004. Wives' labour supply proves to be much more sensitive to shocks than husbands'. After a divorce or separation, wives reduce their labour supply while the effect on husbands' labour supply is positive or not statistically significant. If a wife becomes unemployed, it does not affect her husband's labour supply while wives whose husband becomes unemployed reduce their labour supply, too. A decline in husband's health causes the wife to reduce her working hours while husbands tend to increase their labour supply when facing a decline in wife’s health. Partner’s death does not have statistically significant labour supply effects. Negative income shocks due to other reasons (such as choice) tend to reduce partner’s labour supply and vice versa, but only slightly.

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/pubs/workpaps/pdf/2007-08.pdf

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

Child Abuse & Neglect (Vol. 31, No. 4, April 2007).

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

Journal of Marriage and the Family (Vol. 69, No. 2, May 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database and the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/JOMF

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CONFERENCES:

Department of Policy Analysis and Management [Cornell University]: "GSOEP and CNEF Users Conference," to be held September 7-8, 2007. "The purpose of the workshop is to introduce and familiarize new users with the file structure and potential of the GSOEP (German Socio-Economic Panel) and CNEF (Cross-National Equivalent Files) data. Current users will also benefit from sessions with highly trained researchers who will explain more subtle issues involved in analyses that use the GSOEP sample of residents of the former East Germany." For more information go to:

http://www.human.cornell.edu/che/PAM/Research/Centers-Programs/German-Panel/upload/2007-GSOEP-CNEF-User-Workshop.pdf

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support Hearing Testimony: "Hearing on Proposals for Reducing Poverty," a hearing held April 26, 2007.

Hearing testimony (HTML format):

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=552

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DATA:

US Census Bureau American Community Survey Multi-Year Estimates Study (April 2007): "In preparation for the release of the first official 3-year estimates in 2008 using data collected in 2005 through 2007, the Census Bureau decided to conduct this Multi-Year Estimates Study. The goal of the study is two-fold: to test production methods that are planned for the 2008 release and to help data users begin to understand the characteristics of multi-year estimates. The production methods for standard products, including thresholds and data release rules were used to determine the final set of products. The data use the same disclosure limitation methodology as the original 1-year data. The confidentiality edit was previously applied to the raw data files when they were created to produce the 1-year estimates and these same data files with the original confidentiality edit were used to produce the 3-year and 5-year estimates. In addition, data profiles for tabulation areas that contained only a small number of households are not being released. In order to prevent the disclosure of the data for these areas through subtracting estimates from nested geographic areas, some additional tabulation areas are also not being released. We are researching alternative options to address disclosure risks for these types of areas for the production of our first 5-year data product in 2010. Data profiles that include demographic characteristics such as age and sex; social characteristics such as educational attainment and marital status; economic characteristics such as employment status and income; and housing characteristics such as housing occupancy and housing values were produced for a broad set of geographic areas in 34 of the 36 ACS test counties (excludes Fort Bend and Harris counties). The data profiles display the estimated totals and estimated percentages along with their associated margins of error for each single and multi-year estimate." Data is available either via web based extraction or ftp.

http://www.census.gov/acs/www/AdvMeth/Multi_Year_Estimates/overview.html

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US Internal Revenue Service Migration Data: The Missouri State Data Center has made these files available. "The IRS migration files permit tracking movement at the county-to-county level for consecutive tax years. You can, for example, see how many households ("Returns") were filed in Los Angeles county, CA in 2004 and were then found filing their 2005 returns in Clark county, NV (Las Vegas) -- 6,129 . You can also see how many went the other way: there were 1,885 "moves" going from Clark in 2004 to Los Angeles in 2005. An Exemptions data item shows the number of exemptions claimed on these tax returns and serves as a proxy for the number of persons involved. Information (medians and means) regarding the adjusted gross income reported by these movers is reported as well. We have processed these files for the entire U.S. for the most recent six years available, the most recent data being based on returns for tax years 2004 and 2005. A "Migration Profile" report has been developed that brings together in one place all the data available for one county for one pair of tax years. To see one of these go to the main menu page (at mcdc2.missouri.edu/cgi-bin/uexplore?/pub/data/irsmig/Migration_Profiles) and click on of the menu page for a state. Then choose a county within that state and generate the county level report."

http://mcdc2.missouri.edu/cgi-bin/uexplore?/pub/data/irsmig/Migration_Profiles

Data that reports are based on (Microsoft Excel format):

http://mcdc2.missouri.edu/cgi-bin/uexplore?/pub/data/irsmig

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Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) Update: IPUMS at the University of Minnesota has announced the following updates:

A. "Posted a new version of the 2005 ACS (American Community Survey); a correction was made to the MORTAMT1 variable." (Apr. 24, 2007).

B. "Added new occupation crosswalks (OCC to OCCSOC) for the 2000 census samples and the ACS samples; these are available via links from our Occupation and Industry documentation page. Also improved our OCC and OCCSOC code lists (available from the respective variable descriptions) for the 2000 census and ACS samples." (Apr. 26, 2007).

http://usa.ipums.org/usa/revisions.shtml

Data access:

http://usa.ipums.org/usa/data.shtml

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Human Mortality Database Update, Correction: Note: HMR requires free registration before providing data. On April 26, 2007 "[u]pdated data (1947-2005) for Austria were reposted; errors in population estimates for 1982-2000 have been corrected, which affects all population estimates since 1981. In addition, we now use December 31st population estimates for 1951-1970, whereas earlier HMD data for Austria used July 1st estimates for this period."

Data availability:

http://www.mortality.org/Public/DataAvailability.html

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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United Nations Common Database: "The new UN data access system (UN-data) will improve the dissemination of statistics by UNSD to the widest possible audience. An easy to use data access system was developed that meets UNSD’s vision of providing an integrated information resource with current, relevant and reliable statistics free of charge to the global community." UN-data will be launched in the summer of 2007.

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/UNdata/default.htm

UN Common Data Database is now free of charge and can be accessed at:

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cdb/cdb_help/cdb_quick_start.asp

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United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific:

A. "Annual Core Indicators online database," (April 2007).

http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1207

B. "Short-term Indicators for Asia and the Pacific online database, Quarter 1, March 2007" (April 2007).

http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1206

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Apr. 30, 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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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 5608 -Scottish Household Survey, 2005

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5608

SN 5592 -ONS Omnibus Survey, Time Use Module, February, June, September and November 2005

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5592

SN 5600 National Child Development Study: Employment Histories, 1974-2000

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5600

SN 5613 1970 British Cohort Study: Employment Histories, 1996-2004

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5613

SN 5614 Millennium Cohort Study: Birth Registration and Maternity Hospital Episode Data, 2001-2003

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5614

SN 5626 Annual Population Survey, October 2005 - September 2006: Special Licence Access

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5626

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report: "The Year in Hate."

http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/intrep.jsp?iid=40

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