Current Social Science Research Report--Social #27, August 21, 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:

http://www.disc.wisc.edu/reports/cssrindex.html

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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

EMPLOYMENT OPPPORTUNITIES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. National Center for Education Statistics Report:

A. "Persistence and Attainment of 2003-04 Beginning Postsecondary Students: After Three Years," by Lutz Berkner, Shirley He, Marcinda Mason, and Sara Wheeless (NCES 2007169, August 2007, .pdf format, 59p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007169

B. "Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments: A Report From the NAEP Technology-Based Assessment Project," by Randy Elliot Bennett, Hilary Persky, Andrew R. Weiss, and Frank Jenkins (NCES 2007466, August 2007, .pdf format, 199p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007466

2. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "A Study of Locality, Agency, and Individual Characteristics Affecting Food Stamp Program Participation in Virginia," by Carol Baron, Renee Loeffler, William McMakin, and Karen Hamrick (CCR-32, August 2007, .pdf format, 55p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/CCR32/

3. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Sexual Violence Reported by Correctional Authorities, 2006," by Allen J. Beck, Paige M. Harrison, and Devon B. Adams (NCJ 218914, August 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 37p., with .zip compressed spreadsheets).

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/svrca06.htm

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US States:

Hawai'i:

Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism Compendium: 2006 State of Hawaii Data Book (August 2007, .pdf format, 1000p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.hawaii.gov/dbedt/info/economic/databook/

Illinois:

Illinoisdata.com Reports:

A. "Northern Illinois population estimates by race/hispanic origin" (August 2007).

http://www.nibidc.com/dbs/demographics/chas_2000/illinois.htm

B. "Northern Illinois population migration characteristics" (August 2007).

http://www.nibidc.com/dbs/demographics/migration/illinois.htm

Minnesota:

Department of Education "Home Primary Language Maps" (August 2007, .pdf format).

http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/Data/Data_Downloads/Maps/Home_Primary_Languages/index.html

Missouri:

State Data Center Update: "Population Estimates by Age" (state and county summaries, HTML, comma separated value [.csv] and SAS format (Windows v9)) has been updated through 2006.

http://mcdc.missouri.edu/websas/estimates_by_age.shtml

New Mexico:

Economic Development Department Reports:

A. "Census counts of the 50 States 1910-2006" (August 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

http://ww1.edd.state.nm.us/images/uploads/demographics/censusCountsOfThe50States1910-2006.xls

B. "Census counts of New Mexico counties, 1910-2005" (August 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

http://ww1.edd.state.nm.us/images/uploads/demographics/censusCountsOfNewMexicoCounties.xls

C. "Census counts of New Mexico municipalities, 1910-2005" (August 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

http://ww1.edd.state.nm.us/images/uploads/demographics/censusCountsOfNewMexicoMunicipalities.xls

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NGO and Other Countries

Australia:

Bureau of Statistics, Various:

A. "Data Visualisation," by Damien Kennedy (Research Paper, July 2007, .pdf format, 46p.).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/1211.0.55.001Jul%202007?OpenDocument

B. "General Social Survey: 2006." ABS has released GSS reports for all states and territories (July 2007, .pdf format).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/PrimaryMainFeatures/4159.0?OpenDocument

and click on "Related Information" tab below the title.

C. "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 1996 to 2006" (July 2007, .pdf format, 64p.).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/3218.01996%20to%202006?OpenDocument

D. "Population by Age and Sex, Australia, 2006," (July 2007, Microsoft Excel and SuperTABLE format).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/3235.02006?OpenDocument

E. "Guide to Migrant Statistical Sources, 2007 (Edition 1)" (August 2007).

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3414.0?OpenDocument

F. "Australian Social Trends: 2007," by Susan Linacre (August 2007, .pdf format, 232p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/4102.02007?OpenDocument

G. "Population Distribution, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2006" (August 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 88p.).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/4705.02006?OpenDocument

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Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Federal Office of Statistics Report: "Natural demographic trends according to place of residence FBiH June 2006" (August 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.fzs.ba/Dem/Vital/Mj/Vitalna%20statistika.pdf

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports:

A. "Salaries and Salary Scales of Full-time Teaching Staff at Canadian Universities, 2006/2007: Preliminary Report" (Culture, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics - Research Papers, No. 52, August 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/81-595-MIE/81-595-MIE2007052.htm

B. "Movie Theatres and Drive-ins: Data Tables: 2005" (August 2007, .pdf format, 8p.). Tables are also available in HTML format.

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/87F0009XIE/2007001/part1.htm

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Czech Republic:

Statistical Office Periodical: Czech Demography (Vol. 1, 2007, .pdf format, 123p.).

http://www.czso.cz/eng/redakce.nsf/i/czech_demography

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Denmark:

Statistics Denmark StatBank Denmark Update:

"ARE207: Area by region"

http://www.statbank.dk/ARE207

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Hong Kong:

Census and Statistics Department Press Release: "Mid-year Population for 2007" (Aug. 14, 2007). The press release links to a topical table).

http://www.censtatd.gov.hk/press_release/press_releases_on_statistics/index.jsp?sID=1959&sSUBID=9500&displayMode=D

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Students At Universities and Other Institutions of Higher Education 2005/06" (August 2007, .pdf format. 100p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format, and ancillary information in Microsoft Word format).

http://www.cbs.gov.il/publications/stud_06/stud_e.htm

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Lithuania:

Statistics Department Compendium: Demographic Yearbook: 2006 (August 2007, .pdf format, 220p.).

http://www.stat.gov.lt/en/catalog/list/?cat_y=2&cat_id=3&id=1208

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Macao:

Department of Census and Statistics Compendium, Periodical:

A. 2006 Yearbook of Statistics (July 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 478p.).

http://www.dsec.gov.mo//english/pub/e_ae_pub.html

B. Monthly Bulletin of Statistics (July 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 79p.).

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

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "One in seven people who move house settle in the four largest municipalities" (Aug. 14, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/bevolking/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-90068-wk.htm

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New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Report: "Births and Deaths: June 2007 quarter" (August 2007, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.stats.govt.nz/products-and-services/hot-off-the-press/births-and-deaths/births-and-deaths-jun07-qtr-hotp.htm

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

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Release: "Population passed 4.7 million in June" (Aug. 16, 2007).

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/02/02/folkendrkv_en/

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Scotland:

Scottish Executive Reports:

A. "2006 Scottish Survey of Achievement (SSA) Social Subjects (Enquiry Skills) and Core Skills" (August 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/06/21120102/2

B. "Scottish Survey of Achievement: 2006 Social Subjects (Enquiry Skills) and Core Skills - Supporting Evidence" (August 2007, .pdf format, 213p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/08/15104710/23

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Sierra Leone:

Statistics Sierra Leone: "2004 Population and Housing Census Analytical Report by Modules" (November 2006, .pdf format). Note: these are executive summaries only. Contact information for full reports is available at the site.

http://www.statistics.sl/Analytical%20Modules.htm

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office News Release: "Instructional and professional support staff at higher education institutions and vocational colleges, Slovenia, 2006" (Aug. 14, 2007).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1066

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden Press Release: "Reduced population growth in first half of 2007" (Aug. 14, 2007).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____210743.asp

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UK:

1. "National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 3 in England, 2007 (Provisional)" (August 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000738/index.shtml

2. Home Office Statistical Bulletin: "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2006," by Kerry Bennett, Tina Heath and Richard Jeffries (SB 14/07, August 2007, .pdf format, 94p.).

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs07/hosb1407.pdf

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation Report: "Evidence for a successful implementation of the minimum package of HIV prevention interventions in Burma," by Ruth Bessinger, Maung Maung Nyein Chan, Kim Longfield, Tin Aung, Habibur Rahman (TR-07-60, 2007, .pdf format, 27p.).

http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/pdf/tr-07-60.pdf

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Demographic Research Article: "Differential mortality by lifetime earnings in Germany," by Hans-Martin von Gaudecker and Rembrandt D. Scholz (Vol. 17, Article 4, .pdf format, p. 83-108).

http://www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol17/4/

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Guttmacher Institute Periodical: Guttmacher Policy Review (Vol. 10, No. 3, Summer 2007, .pdf and HTML format).

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/10/3/index.html

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Population Reference Bureau Report, Periodical

A. "2007 World Population Data Sheet," (August 2007, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.prb.org/pdf07/07WPDS_Eng.pdf

B. Population Bulletin (Vol. 62, No. 3, Sept. 2007, .pdf format, 12p.). The theme of this issue is "World Population Highlights: Key Findings from PRB's 2007 World Population Data Sheet."

http://www.prb.org/pdf07/62.3Highlights.pdf

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Brookings Institution Report: "A Review of Key Indicators of Recovery Two Years After Katrina," by Amy Liu and Allison Plyer (Cities and Suburbs, August 2007, .pdf format).

http://www.brookings.edu/metro/pubs/200512_katrinaindex.htm

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Children Now Issue Brief: "Children in Immigrant Families: A California Data Brief," (August 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).

http://publications.childrennow.org/publications/invest/immigrantkids_2007.cfm

More information about Children Now:

http://www.childrennow.org/about_us/index.html

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Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Books:

A. Disease and Demography in Colonial Burma, by Judith Richell (2006, 350p., ISBN: 8791114705). For more information see:

http://www.niaspress.dk/asian_studies_bookshop/detail.asp?ID=Disease%20and%20Demography%20in%20Colonial%20Burma

B. Childbirth and Tradition in Northeast Thailand: Forty Years of Development and Cultural Change," by Anders Poulsen (2007, 288p., ISBN: 8776940039). For more information see:

http://www.niaspress.dk/asian_studies_bookshop/detail.asp?ID=Childbirth%20and%20Tradition%20in%20Northeast%20Thailand

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WORKING PAPERS:

California Center for Population Research [University of California - Los Angeles]: "An Analysis of Core Networks among First-Generation Immigrants," by Chinyere Osuji (CCPR-019-07, December 2006, .pdf format, 37p.).

Abstract:

Examining core networks has implications for the ability of first-generation immigrants to build social capital and engage in upward mobility in future generations. Using data from the Greater Boston Social Survey, I examine core networks of Puerto Rican and Dominican immigrants to find determinants of having a non-household centered core network, its size, and racial diversity. Ethnicity, organizational membership, and having medium skin tone all had positive effects on core network size. Puerto Ricans fared better in terms of having a core network as well as racial heterogeneity in their networks. Education was an important determinant of network size and diversity for Dominican immigrants. Overall, organizational membership increased the likelihood of having a more racially diverse core network.

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/ccprwpseries/ccpr_019_07.pdf

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Urban Institute: "Helping Women Stay Off Welfare: The Role of Post-Exit Receipt of Work Supports," by Gregory Acs and Pamela J. Loprest (Discussion Paper No. 07-04, August 2007, .pdf format, 41p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.urban.org/publications/411513.html

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Many Children Left Behind? Textbooks and Test Scores in Kenya," by Paul Glewwe, Michael Kremer, and Sylvie Moulin (w13300, August 2007, .pdf format, 45p.).

Abstract:

A randomized evaluation suggests that a program which provided official textbooks to randomly selected rural Kenyan primary schools did not increase test scores for the average student. In contrast, the previous literature suggests that textbook provision has a large impact on test scores. Disaggregating the results by students? initial academic achievement suggests a potential explanation for the lack of an overall impact. Textbooks increased scores for students with high initial academic achievement and increased the probability that the students who had made it to the selective final year of primary school would go on to secondary school. However, students with weaker academic backgrounds did not benefit from the textbooks. Many pupils could not read the textbooks, which are written in English, most students? third language. The results are consistent with the hypothesis that the Kenyan education system and curricular materials are oriented to the academically strongest students rather than to typical students. More generally, many students may be left behind in societies that combine 1) a centralized, unified education system; 2) the heterogeneity in student preparation associated with rapid expansion of education; and 3) disproportionate elite power.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W13300

B. "The Power of TV: Cable Television and Women's Status in India," by Robert Jensen and Emily Oster (w13305, August 2007, .pdf format, 53p.).

Abstract:

Cable and satellite television have grown rapidly throughout the developing world. The availability of cable and satellite television exposes viewers to new information about the outside world, which may affect individual attitudes and behaviors. This paper explores the effect of the introduction of cable television on gender attitudes in rural India. Using a three-year individual-level panel dataset, we find that the introduction of cable television is associated with improvements in women's status. We find significant increases in reported autonomy, decreases in the reported acceptability of beating and decreases in reported son preference. We also find increases in female school enrollment and decreases in fertility (primarily via increased birth spacing). The effects are large, equivalent in some cases to about five years of education in the cross section, and move gender attitudes of individuals in rural areas much closer to those in urban areas. We argue that the results are not driven by pre-existing differential trends. These results have important policy implications, as India and other countries attempt to decrease bias against women.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W13305

C. "From "White Christmas" to Sgt. Pepper: The Conceptual Revolution in Popular Music," by David Galenson (w13308, August 2007, .pdf format, 49p.).

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Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and other songwriters of the Golden Era wrote popular songs that treated common topics clearly and simply. During the mid-1960s Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney created a new kind of popular music that was personal and often obscure. This shift, which transformed popular music from an experimental into a conceptual art, produced a distinct change in the creative life cycles of songwriters. Golden Era songwriters were generally at their best during their 30s and 40s, whereas since the mid-'60s popular songwriters have consistently done their best work during their 20s. The revolution in popular music occurred at a time when young innovators were making similar transformations in other arts: Jean-Luc Godard and his fellow New Wave directors created a conceptual revolution in film in the early '60s, just as Andy Warhol and other Pop artists made painting a conceptual activity.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W13308

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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: "What we do and don't know about trade liberalization and poverty reduction," by Rob Vos (DESA Working Paper No. 50, August 2007, .pdf format, 18p.).

Abstract:

Strong opinions about the impact of globalization on poverty are not always backed by robust factual evidence. As argued in this paper, however, it is not all that easy to lay our hands on ‘robust’ facts. Quantitative analyses of trade liberalization appear highly sensitive to basic modelling and parameter assumptions. Altering these could turn the expectation that, for instance, Africa’s poor stand to gain from further trade opening under the Doha Round into one in which they would stand to lose. Most studies agree though that trade opening probably adds to aggregate welfare, but gains are small and unevenly distributed.

http://www.un.org/esa/desa/papers/2007/wp50_2007.pdf

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]:

A. "Young People’s Attitudes towards Muslims in Sweden," by Pieter Bevelander and Jonas Otterbeck (Discussion Paper 2977, August 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).

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Since the 1950’s, the Muslim population in Sweden has grown from just a few individuals to approximately 350,000 of which one third is of school age or younger. With the use of multiple regression technique, the principal objective of this study has been to clarify and examine young people’s attitudes towards Muslims, and the relationships between these attitudes and a large number of background factors. The material employed in the analysis comprises a representative sample of 9,498 non-Muslim youths (4,680 girls and 4,818 boys) between 15-19 years of age. The main results of the study show that when controlling for several background variables simultaneously, many variables affect the attitude towards Muslims. The country of birth, socio-economic background and school/program factors are found to have an effect on the attitude towards Muslims. Moreover, especially socio-psychological factors, the relationship to friends and the perceptions of gender role patterns are found to be important. In addition, local/regional factors like high levels of unemployment, high shares of immigrants in a local environment also have an effect on the attitude towards Muslims. No differences in the attitude of boys and girls were measured. The article gives some support for the contact hypothesis and hypotheses on different kinds of social dominance. Finally, the influence of negative discourses on Islam and Muslims are discussed.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2977.pdf

B. "Far Above Rubies: The Association Between Bride Price and Extramarital Sexual Relations in Uganda," by David Bishai and Shoshana Grossbard (Discussion Paper No. 2982, August 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).

Abstract:

The custom of bride price involves the payment of goods or cash from the groom’s family to the bride’s family at the time of marriage. We present a theory that views bride price as a payment in hedonic markets for marital fidelity. Data from a household survey in Uganda are used to test the theoretical prediction that payment of bride price will be associated with fewer non-marital sexual relationships for women. The data show a robust association between bride price payment and lower rates of non-marital sexual relationships for women but not for men.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2982.pdf

C. "Intergenerational Transmission of Educational Attainment in Germany: The Last Five Decades," by Guido Heineck and Regina T. Riphahn (Discussion Paper No. 2985, August 2007, .pdf format, p.). GET PAGINATION.

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Over the last decades the German education system underwent numerous reforms in order to improve "equality of opportunity", i.e. to guarantee all pupils equal access to higher education. At the same time internationally comparative evidence yields that Germany features particularly low intergenerational mobility with respect to educational attainment. This study investigates the development in intergenerational education mobility in Germany for the birth cohorts 1929 through 1978 and tests whether the impact of parental background on child educational outcomes changed over time. In spite of massive public policy interventions and education reforms our results yield no significant reduction in the role of parental background for child outcomes over the last decades.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2985.pdf

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

University of Texas, Department of Sociology: "Immigration/Demography Assistant Professor (Tenure Track): The Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for an assistant professor position with a starting date of August 2008. We are looking for applicants who specialize in the demography of immigration in the United States, preferably from Latin America; other sub-specializations are open. Successful candidates must present evidence of teaching and research publication excellence or potential for the same. Duties to be performed will include undergraduate and graduate teaching, research publication, and service. The potential for securing external research funding will also be considered. Recruitment in this area is part of the University of Texas' long-term goal of enhancing the population sciences in collaboration with the Population Research Center. Screening will begin September 15, 2007 and continue until the position is filled. A Ph.D. in hand by the time of start date is required. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a writing sample, evidence of teaching excellence, and three letters of reference to:

Search Committee Chair (Immigration Demography)
Department of Sociology
1 University Station A1700
University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712

The University of Texas is an AA/EEO employer. A background check will be conducted on the successful candidate. Position funding is pending budgetary approval.

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings from Aug. 15-20, 2007.

http://careers.aera.net/c/search_results.cfm?site_id=557

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings from Aug. 15-21, 2007).

http://jobs.amstat.org/search/results/

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DATA:

Integrated Public Use Microdata Update: IPUMS at the University of Minnesota announced on Aug. 17, 2007 that the variable HHTYPE had been added to all samples between 1940 and 2005.

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

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Mexican Migration Project [Princeton University]: The Mexican Migration Project has released two updated national level supplemental files. For more information see:

http://mmp.opr.princeton.edu/webnews/news-en.aspx

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Harvard University Open Collections Program: "Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930." "Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930, is a web-based collection of selected historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the US from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression. Immigration has profoundly influenced the character and the growth of the United States. Its salient themes--including acculturation, nativism, racism and prejudice, homesteading, and industrialization--and the policies governing it are illustrated in the online collection. Concentrating heavily on the 19th century, Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930, includes approximately 1,800 books and pamphlets as well as 9,000 photographs, 200 maps, and 13,000 pages from manuscript and archival collections. By incorporating diaries, biographies, and other writings capturing diverse experiences, the collected material provides a window into the lives of ordinary immigrants."

http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/immigration/

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