Current Social Science Research Report--Social #2, February 13, 2007.

CSSRR-Social is a weekly 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:

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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

CONFERENCES

DATA

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "Teacher Attrition and Mobility: Results from the 2004-05 Teacher Follow-up Survey," by John Marvel, Deanna M. Lyter, Pia Peltola, Gregory A. Strizek, and Beth A. Morton (NCES 2007307, January 2007, .pdf format, 63p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007307

2. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Report: "Juvenile Arrests 2004," by Howard N. Snyder (December 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 12p.).

HTML:

http://www.ncjrs.gov/html/ojjdp/214563/contents.html

.pdf:

http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/214563.pdf

3. Department of Homeland Security Reports:

A. "Naturalization Rate Estimates: Stock vs. Flow," by Derekh D. F. Cornwell (November 2006, .pdf format, 2p.).

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

B. "Border Apprehensions: 2005," by Amy Wu (November 2006, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/ois_apprehensions_fs_2004.pdf

4. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "The 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes’ Effect on Food Stamp Program Caseloads and Benefits Issued," by Kenneth Hanson and Victor Oliveira (Economic Research Report No. (ERR-37), February 2007, .pdf format, 30p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR37/

5. National Science Foundation InfoBrief: "First-time S&E Graduate Enrollment of Foreign Students Rebounds in 2005" (NSF 07-312, February 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf07312/

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US States:

Iowa:

State Data Center Report: "African Americans in Iowa: 2007" (February 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.iowadatacenter.org/Publications/aaprofile2007

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NGO and Other Countries

World Bank Report: "Vietnam : Country Gender Assessment" (December 2006, ASCII text and .pdf format, 86p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://web.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=51187349&piPK=51189435&theSitePK=387565&menuPK=64187510&searchMenuPK=387593&theSitePK=387565&entityID=000310607_20070124141846&searchMenuPK=387593&theSitePK=387565

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Statistics Canada/Statistique Candad Research Report: "Why Are Youth from Lower-income Families Less Likely to Attend University? Evidence from Academic Abilities, Parental Influences, and Financial Constraints," by Marc Frenette (Analytical Branch Studies Research Report No. 295, February 2007, .pdf format, 38p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/11F0019MIE/11F0019MIE2007295.htm

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Denmark:

Statistics Denmark Compendium: Denmark in Figures: 2007 (February 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.dst.dk/HomeUK/Statistics/ofs/Publications/dod.aspx

Click on the PDF icon for link to full text.

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Men and Women in Israel: 1985-2005" (February 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.cbs.gov.il/statistical/mw2007_e.pdf

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Young people and city-dwellers frequent victims of crime," by Harry Huys (Feb. 6, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/veiligheid-recht/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-2128-wm.htm

B. "Economic revival pushes up marriage rate," by Jan Latten and Wieteke van Dijk (Feb. 6, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/bevolking/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-2130-wm.htm

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New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Press Release: "Population Reaches 4.17 million" (Feb. 9, 2007).

http://www.stats.govt.nz/products-and-services/media-releases/national-population-estimates/national-population-estimates-dec06qtr-mr.htm

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Release: "Increase in kindergarten fees" (Feb. 9, 2007).

http://www.ssb.no/barnegenend_en/

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Scotland:

1. General Register Office Report: "Life Expectancy in Special Areas (Urban/Rural, Deprivation and Community Health Partnerships) in Scotland, 2003-2005" (February 2007, with tables in .pdf, Microsoft Excel, Lotus, and comma separated value [.csv] format.

http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/library/life-expectancy/life-expectancy-in-special-areas-2003-05/index.html

2. Scottish Executive: "Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics" Website: "Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics is the Scottish Executive's on-going programme to improve the availability, consistency and accessibility of small area statistics in Scotland. This internet site is the main way in which the Scottish Executive will disseminate the range of small area statistics including information on health, education, poverty, unemployment, housing, population, crime and social / community issues at the data zone level and above which support a number of the Executive's targets and commitments aimed at closing the gap between disadvantaged areas and the rest of Scotland."

http://www.sns.gov.uk/

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office News Release: "Student enrolment in higher education institutions, detailed data, Slovenia, 2006/07--Provisional Data" (Feb. 7, 2007). The release links to relevant portions of the SI-STAT Database.

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=704

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden Press Release: "Fewer and fewer men read books" (Feb. 7, 2007).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____192418.asp

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UK:

Department for Work and Pensions Report: "Evaluation of the Working Neighbourhoods Pilot: Final report," by Sara Dewson, Jo Casebourne, Alison Darlow, Tim Bickerstaffe, Del Roy Fletcher, Tony Gore, and Shuba Krishnan (February 2007, Research Report 411, .pdf format, 113p.).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2007-2008/rrep411.pdf

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Demographic Research Article: "Confounding and control," by Guillaume Wunsch (Vol. 16, Article 4, February 2007, .pdf format, p. 97-120). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol16/4/default.htm

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Urban Institute Experts Corner, Panel Discussion:

A. "Adult Education and Workforce Development Can Be Key Assets in Local Economic Development," by Nancy M. Pindus (January 2007).

http://www.urban.org/publications/901035.html

B. "The Nexus of Youth Homelessness and the Child Welfare System (panel discussion held Feb. 8, 2007, .mp3 format, audio software required to listen to the discussion, total running time: 1 hour, 24 minutes, 28 seconds).

http://www.urban.org/Pressroom/thursdayschild/feb2007.cfm

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College Board Report: "Advanced Placement Report to the Nation 2007" (February 2007, .pdf format, 96p.). The report, as well as state reports (.pdf format) and topical chards, are linked to from a College Board Press Release: "The College Board Announces States' Results in the 2007 Advanced Placement Report to the Nation: A Larger Percentage of High School Graduates Achieve High AP Standards." (Feb.6, 2007).

http://www.collegeboard.com/press/releases/152694.html

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Pew Charitable Trusts Report: "Time for Reform: Fix the Foster Care 'Lookback'," (February 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://kidsarewaiting.org/docs/?DocID=10

Click on "new analysis" or scroll down to "Download a full copy".

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National Head Start Association Report: "Special Report: Quality of Head Start Programs Imperiled By Steady Erosion of Funding" (February 2007, .pdf format, 13p.). The report is linked to from a NHSA news release: "HHSA Survey: Over Half of Head Start Programs Forced to Reduce Services to Children in Face of 11 Percent Federal Cuts That Could Grow to 13 Percent in Fiscal 2008" (Feb. 7, 2007).

http://www.saveheadstart.org/News/releases2.cfm?releaseID=45

Click on "survey" for link to full text.

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New Books from University of Chicago Press: University of Chicago Press has recently made available a list of new and nearly new releases.

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/new_releases/

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Springer Book: The Demography of Armed Conflict, edited by Helga Brunborg, Ewa Tabeau, and Henrik Urdal (International Studies in Population, Vol. 5, 2006, 396p., ISBN: 978-1-4020-5134-0). For more information see:

http://www.springer.com/west/home?SGWID=4-102-22-173662715-0

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British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "Success in gun law reform in Australia" (Shortcuts from other BMJPG Journals extract, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 284).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7588/284-d

B. "Understanding help seeking behaviour among male offenders: qualitative interview study," by Amanda Howerton, Richard Byng, John Campbell, David Hess, Christabel Owens, and Peter Aitken (Article abstract, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 303-310).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/334/7588/303

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WORKING PAPERS:

University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "Social Organization, Population, and Land Use," by William Axinn and Dirgha Ghimire (PSC Research Report No. 07-617, February 2007, .pdf format, 39p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=4361

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A.. "Optimal Migration: A World Perspective," by Jess Benhabib and Boyan Jovanovic (w12871, February 2007, .pdf format, 30p.).

Abstract:

We ask what level of migration would maximize world welfare. We find that skill-neutral policies are never optimal. An egalitarian welfare function induces a policy that entails moving mainly unskilled immigrants into the rich countries, whereas a welfare function skewed highly towards the rich countries induces an optimal policy that entails a brain-drain from the poor countries. For intermediate welfare functions that moderately favor the rich however, it is optimal to have no migration at all.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12871

B. "Women, Work, and Culture," by Raquel Fernandez (w12888, February 2007, .pdf format, 39p.).

Abstract:

This paper discusses some recent advances in the area of culture and economics and examines the effect of culture on a key economic outcome: female labor supply. To separate the effect of market variables and institutions from culture, I use an epidemiological approach, studying second-generation American women. I use both female LFP and attitudes in the women's country of ancestry as cultural proxies and show that both cultural proxies have quantitatively significant effects on women's work outcomes. The paper concludes with some suggestions for future empirical and theoretical research topics in this area.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12888

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John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University) Faculty Research Working Papers:

A. "Ambivalence About the Law," by Frederick Schauer (RWP07-007, February 2007, .pdf format, 24p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://ksgnotes1.harvard.edu/research/wpaper.nsf/rwp/RWP07-007

B. "Common Ownership as a Basis for Human Rights: Political Not Metaphysical," by Mathias Risse (RWP07-008, February 2007, .pdf format, 49p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://ksgnotes1.harvard.edu/research/wpaper.nsf/rwp/RWP07-008

C. "Migration, Territoriality, and Culture," by Mathias Risse and Michael Blake (RWP07-009, February 2007, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://ksgnotes1.harvard.edu/research/wpaper.nsf/rwp/RWP07-009

For all the above, click on the PDF icon for link to full text.

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Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research:

A. "Union formation and fertility in Bulgaria and Russia: a life table description of recent trends," by Dimiter Philipov and Aiva Jasilioniene (WP-2007-005, January 2007, .pdf format, 59p.).

Abstract:

The paper provides an extensive descriptive analysis and comparison of recent trends in union formation and fertility in Bulgaria and Russia. The analysis is based on data from the Generation and Gender Surveys (GGS) carried out in 2004. We generate a large number of single- and multi-decrement life tables describing various life course events: leaving home and separation from the parental family, entry into union, first and second childbirth, divorce. In addition, we provide information about the status of children within the family and changes in this status. Life tables are constructed for real cohorts as well as for synthetic cohorts. We study four real cohorts, born in 1940-44, 1950-54, 1960-64 and 1970-74. Synthetic-cohort life tables are constructed for three periods of time, referring to the pre-transitional demographic situation (1985-1989), the beginning of the transition (1990-1994) and recent demographic developments (1999-2003). We use the same approach of life table construction as Andersson and Philipov (2002), thus both studies complement each other and open wider opportunities for international comparison. Life tables are frequently supplemented with graphs of smoothed hazard curves. Complete life tables together with some summary indicators are presented in the Appendix. Our findings suggest that societal transformation had a stronger impact on the family-related behavior in the Bulgarian population than in the population of Russia. There is evidence that in some aspects Bulgaria is lagging behind other former socialist and Western European countries where the second demographic transition is more advanced. Evidence also suggests that Russia is lagging behind Bulgaria. However, certain specific features distinctive to Russia, such as the low level of childlessness and a drastic drop in second and subsequent births, lead us to think that Russia may have a model of change particular to the country.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2007-005.pdf

B. "Meanings and attitudes attached to cohabitation in Poland. Qualitative analyses of the slow diffusion of cohabitation among the young generation," by Monika A. Mynarska and Laura Bernardi (WP-2007-006, January 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).

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This study contributes to the understanding of the low level of non-marital cohabitations in Poland at the beginning of the XXI century. We employ interpretative analysis of semi-structured interviews in order to capture the meanings and attitudes associated to non-marital cohabitation by a selected sample of young Poles. Results indicate that although cohabitation has begun to be interpreted as a testing period leading to marriage, attitudes towards it are still very ambiguous. The idealization of marital commitment hinders the spread of informal unions. Understanding the determinants of the low cohabitation rate in Poland enable us to advance grounded hypotheses on its evolution in the near future and, more generally, to illustrate the ways in which local cultures influence the diffusion of behaviors.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2007-006.pdf

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Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada: "Why Are Youth from Lower-income Families Less Likely to Attend University? Evidence from Academic Abilities, Parental Influences, and Financial Constraints," by Marc Frenette (Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series No. 295, February 2007, .pdf format, 38p.). A link to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/11F0019MIE/11F0019MIE2007295.htm

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

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Crisis States Research Center [London (UK) School of Economics:

A. "Cities, Terrorism and Urban Wars of the 21st Century," by Jo Beall (WP 9, February 2007, .pdf format, 19p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.crisisstates.com/Publications/wp/WPseries2/wp9.2.htm

B. "Slum Wars of the 21st Century: the new geography of conflict in Central America," by Dennis Rodgers (WP 10, February 2007, .pdf format, 18p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.crisisstates.com/Publications/wp/WPseries2/wp10.2.htm

C. "The Missing Ingredient: non-ideological insurgency and state collapse in Western Afghanistan, 1979-1992, " by Antonio Giustozzi (WP 11, February 2007, .pdf format, 21p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.crisisstates.com/Publications/wp/WPseries2/wp11.2.htm

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Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, UK]: "Schooling and Citizenship: Evidence from Compulsory Schooling Reforms," by Thomas Siedler (ISER Working Paper 2007-02, January 2007, .pdf format, 43p.).

Abstract:

This paper examines whether schooling has a positive impact on individual's political interest, voting turnout, democratic values, political involvement and political group membership, using the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS). Between 1949 and 1969 the number of compulsory years of schooling was increased from eight to nine years in the Federal Republic of Germany, gradually over time and across federal states. These law changes allow one to investigate the causal impact of years of schooling on citizenship. Years of schooling are found to be positively correlated with a broad range of political outcome measures. However, when exogenous increase in schooling through law changes is used, there is no evidence of a causal effect running from schooling to citizenship in Germany.

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/pubs/workpaps/pdf/2007-02.pdf

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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS

Cities (Vol. 24, No. 1, February 2007).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/02642751

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

US National Institutes of Health: "Global Research Initiative Program, Behavioral/Social Sciences (R01)" (PAR-07-328, Feb. 8, 2007, reissue of reissue of PAR-05-082). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-07-328.html

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CONFERENCES:

Population Association of America: "2007 Annual Meeting Program," to be held March 29-31, 2007 in New York, New York.

http://paa2007.princeton.edu/default.aspx

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DATA:

US Department of Housing and Urban Development: "Annual Adjustment Factors: Fiscal Year 2007" (February 2007, Microsoft Word and .pdf format).

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

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Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada: "Police-reported data on organized crime, hate-motivated crime and cyber crime: 2005" (Februrary 2007). Data are available upon request only. For more information see:

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/070206/d070206b.htm

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Feb. 9, 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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