Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #30, September 11, 2007.

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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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

CONFERENCES

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "Mini-Digest of Education Statistics 2006," by Thomas D. Snyder (NCES 2007067, August 2007, .pdf format, 63p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007067

B. "Technical Report of the NAEP Mathematics Assessment in Puerto Rico-Focus on Statistical Issues," by G.P. Baxter, S. Ahmed, E. Sikali, T. Waits, M. Sloan, and S. Salvucci (NCES 2007462, Sept. 2007, .pdf format, 29p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007462

C. "Postsecondary Institutions in the United States: Fall 2006 and Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2005-06," by Laura G. Knapp (NCES 2007166, September 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007166

2. National Center for Special Education Research Report: "Perceptions and Expectations of Youth With Disabilities. A Special Topic Report of Findings From the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2)," by Mary Wagner, Lynn Newman Renée Cameto, Phyllis Levine, and Camille Marder (September 2007, .pdf format, 128p.).

http://ies.ed.gov/ncser/pubs/index.asp#NLTS2perceptions

3. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "Economic Patterns of Single Mothers Following Their Poverty Exits," by Quinn Moore, Anu Rangarajan, and Peter Schochet (June 2007, .pdf format, 92p.).

http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/07/PovertyExits/index.htm

4. Government Accountability Office Report: "No Child Left Behind Act: Education Should Clarify Guidance and Address Potential Compliance Issues for Schools in Corrective Action and Restructuring Status" (GAO-07-1035, September 2007, .pdf format, 57p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d071035.pdf

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

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/date.php

5. Department of Housing and Urban Development Periodical: Cityscape:A Journal of Policy Development and Research (Vol. 9, No. 2, 2007 HTML and .pdf format, 200p.). This is a special issue devoted to "Low-Income and Minority Homeownership."

http://www.huduser.org/periodicals/cityscpe/vol9num2/index.html

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US States:

Kansas:

University of Kansas Institute for Policy & Social Research Compendium: Kansas Statistical Abstract, 2006 (2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 590p.).

http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/ksdata/ksah/

Maryland:

Maryland State Data Center: "American Community Survey: Geographies With a Population Over 65,000 for 2006" (September 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.mdp.state.md.us/msdc/dw_2006ACS.htm

North Carolina:

State Demographics Unit Report: "2006 Certified County Population Estimates" (September 2007, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

http://demog.state.nc.us/demog/cert06pa.html

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical: Population Bulletin (Vol. 23, No. 9, September 2007, .pdf format, 3p.). The topic of this month's issue is: "Highlights from the 2007 North Dakota KIDS COUNT Fact Book."

http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/sdc/publications/popbulletins.htm#popbulletinschronological

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NGO and Other Countries:

Denmark:

Statistics Denmark StatBank Denmark Updates: "DKSTAT: People, who changes into Danish citizenship by sex, age and former citizenship" (September 2007, data now current through 2006).

http://www.statbank.dk/DKSTAT

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Compendium: New Statistical Projects and Publications In Israel, by Michael Bar-Yaacov and Avishai Cohen (Quarterly 2/2007, Issue No. 146), September 2007.). The report contains links to many of the reports listed in the compendium.

http://www.cbs.gov.il/q146_eng.htm

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Japan:

Statistics Bureau Compendium: Statistical Handbook of Japan: 2007 (September 2007, .pdf format).

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

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Lithuania:

Statistics Department Compendium: Women and men in Lithuania 2006 (September 2007, .pdf format, 113p.).

http://www.stat.gov.lt/en/catalog/list/?cat_y=2&cat_id=3&id=1211&PHPSESSID=dc1dc8297ac74ba7174e5bbdb064db5c

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Malta:

National Statistics Office Report: "Census Taking in Malta" (2007).

http://www.nso.gov.mt/site/page.aspx?pageid=350

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Non-westerners enter new phase of life," by Coen van Duin (Sep. 4, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/dossiers/allochtonen/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-2276-wm.htm

B. "Municipalities invest less in school accommodation" (Sep. 6, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/onderwijs/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-90073-wk.htm

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Release: "Child welfare, 2006: More youths received assistance" (Sep. 5, 2007). The news release links to 10 topical tables.

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/03/03/10/barneverng_en/

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Scotland:

General Register Office Reports:

A. "Life Expectancy for Administrative Areas within Scotland, 2004-2006" (September 2007, .pdf format, 44p.).

B. "Life Expectancy at Birth: Methodological Options for Small Populations" (September 2007, .pdf format, 25p.).

Both are linked to from a GRO News Release: "Latest Life Expectancy Figures Announced" (Sep. 4, 2007).

http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/press/2007-news/latest-life-expectancy-figures-announced.html

Scroll down to titles (Nos. 4 and 8) for links to full text.

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Switzerland:

Swiss Federal Statistical Office Report: "'The Traineeship Generation' - Myth or Reality? An Analysis of the Swiss Graduates Survey 1991 to 2005" (September 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).

http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/en/index/news/publikationen.html?publicationID=2878

Click on "Download" at the bottom of the page for link to full text.

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UK:

National Statistics Office News Release: "New estimates of education productivity" (Sep. 4, 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/edpro0907.pdf

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Urban Institute Report: "Investing in Children," by C. Eugene Steuerle, Gillian Reynolds, and Adam Carasso (September 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=411539

Related data appendix (.pdf format, 59p.):

http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/411521_data_appendix.pdf

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Century Foundation Report: "Youth Vote 2008," by Kristen J. Oshyn and Tova Andrea Wang (Sept. 2007, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.tcf.org/list.asp?type=PB&pubid=624

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University of Chicago Books:

A. Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in Suburban America, by David M.P. Freund (2007, 496p., ISBN: 978-0-226-26275-8). For more information see:

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/hfs.cgi/00/222105.ctl

B. How Welfare States Care: Culture, Gender and Parenting in Europe by Monique Kremer (2007, 300p., ISBN: 978-90-5356-975-7). For more information see:

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/hfs.cgi/00/256371.ctl

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US News and World Report Article: "Finding a Good Grade School, for a Fee: As admission to selective schools grows more competitive, consultants offer families help," by Eddy Ramirez (Sep. 2, 2007).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/articles/070902/10consult.htm

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Economist Articles:

A. "Revenge begins to seem less sweet: Americans are losing their appetite for the death penalty. Texas is the exception" (Sep. 1, 2007).

http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9719806

B. "Bac to school: Nicolas Sarkozy wants to shake up France's schools" (Sep. 8, 2007).

http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9769433

C. "Tied to the kitchen: Guilt, as well as lack of child care, stops Dutch women working more" (Sep. 8, 2007).

http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9769426

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New England Journal of Medicine Book Review Extract: Evaluating the Science and Ethics of Research on Humans: A Guide for IRB Members, by Dennis J. Mazur, reviewed by Karen J. Maschke (Book Review extract, Vol. 357, No. 10, Sep. 6, 2007 p. 1061-1062).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/357/10/1061

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WORKING PAPERS:

California Center for Population Research [University of California - Los Angeles]:

A. "Parental Investments and Child Endowments: Do Parents Compensate or Reinforce Endowment Differences among Siblings?" by Amy Hsin (CCPR-021-07, September 2007, .pdf format, 19p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/ccprwpabstracts/ccpr_021_07.htm

B. "The Measurement of Same-Sex Unmarried Partner Couples in the 2000 U.S. Census," by Dan Black, Gary Gates, Seth Sanders and Lowell Taylor (CCPR-023-07, September 2007, .pdf format, 18p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/ccprwpabstracts/ccpr_023_07.htm

C. "What Explains Race and Ethnic Variation in Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce, and Nonmarital Fertility?" by R. Kelly Raley and Megan M. Sweeney (CCPR-026-07, September 2007, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/ccprwpabstracts/ccpr_026_07.htm

D. "Development-Induced Displacement and Children's Human Capital," by Alison M. Buttenheim, Jed Friedman, and Harold Alderman (CCPR-027-07, September 2007, .pdf format, 60p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/ccprwpabstracts/ccpr_027_07.htm

E. "Unwanted Fertility, Contraceptive Technology and Crime: Exploiting a Natural Experiment in Access to The Pill," by Juan Pantano (CCPR-028-07, August 2007, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/ccprwpabstracts/ccpr_028_07.htm

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John F. Kennedy School of Government [Harvard University]: "The Role of Religious and Social Organizations in the Lives of Disadvantaged Youth," by Rajeev Dehejia, Thomas DeLeire, Erzo F.P. Luttmer and Joshua Mitchell (Working Paper No.RWP07-037, August 2007, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://ksgnotes1.harvard.edu/research/wpaper.nsf/rwp/RWP07-037

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

A. "The Effect of Emigration on Child Labor," by Gil S. Epstein and Nava Kahana (Discussion Paper 3025, September 2007, .pdf format, 15p.).

Abstract:

We present a general model of child labor that incorporates the various components presented in the literature as explanations for its existence. Our proposal is to mitigate the phenomenon by encouraging temporary emigration. It emerges that the remittances sent by the emigrating parents might enable not only their children, but also others, to stop working. We show how this equilibrium can be sustained even upon the return of the emigrant parents to their home country.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp3025.pdf

B. "Students’ Academic Self-Perception," by Arnaud Chevalier, Steve Gibbons, Andy Thorpe, Martin Snell, and Sherria Hoskins (Discussion Paper 3031, September 2007, .pdf format, 42p.).

Abstract:

Participation rates in higher education differ persistently between some groups in society. Using two British datasets we investigate whether this gap is rooted in students’ misperception of their own and other’s ability, thereby increasing the expected costs to studying. Among high school pupils, we find that pupils with a more positive view of their academic abilities are more likely to expect to continue to higher education even after controlling for observable measures of ability and students’ characteristics. University students are also poor at estimating their own test-performance and over-estimate their predicted test score. However, females, white and working class students have less inflated view of themselves. Self-perception has limited impact on the expected probability of success and expected returns amongst these university students.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp3031.pdf

C. "Large Panels with Common Factors and Spatial Correlations," by Hashem Pesaran and Elisa Tosetti (Discussion Paper 3032, September 2007, .pdf format, 44p.).

Abstract:

This paper considers the statistical analysis of large panel data sets where even after conditioning on common observed effects the cross section units might remain dependently distributed. This could arise when the cross section units are subject to unobserved common effects and/or if there are spill over effects due to spatial or other forms of local dependencies. The paper provides an overview of the literature on cross section dependence, introduces the concepts of time-specific weak and strong cross section dependence and shows that the commonly used spatial models are examples of weak cross section dependence. It is then established that the Common Correlated Effects (CCE) estimator of panel data model with a multifactor error structure, recently advanced by Pesaran (2006), continues to provide consistent estimates of the slope coefficient, even in the presence of spatial error processes. Small sample properties of the CCE estimator under various patterns of cross section dependence, including spatial forms, are investigated by Monte Carlo experiments. Results show that the CCE approach works well in the presence of weak and/or strong cross sectionally correlated errors. We also explore the role of certain characteristics of spatial processes in determining the performance of CCE estimators, such as the form and intensity of spatial dependence, and the sparseness of the spatial weight matrix.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp3032.pdf

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JOURNAL TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Demography (Vol. 44, No. 3, August 2007).

http://muse.jhu.edu/content/alerts/journals/demography/toc/dem44.3.html

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

Luxembourg Income Study: "Aldi Hagenaars Memorial Award," is an annual $500 award for the "best LIS working paper of the previous year." For more information:

http://www.lisproject.org/workshop/aldiaward.htm

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CONFERENCES:

International Network for Social Network Analysis: "Sunbelt XXVIII: International Sunbelt Social Network Conference," to be held Jan. 22-27, 2008 in St. Pete Beach Florida. For more information see:

http://www.insna.org/2008/sunbelt2008.html

More information about INSNA:

http://www.insna.org/

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Population Reference Bureau:"Research Associate, Domestic Programs." "The Population Reference Bureau seeks an individual who will be responsible for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data and research about U.S. demographic issues." For more information see:

http://www.prb.org/About/JobOpportunities.aspx

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings from Sep. 5-11, 2007).

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

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DATA:

US National Center for Education Statistics: "BPS:2006 Beginning Postsecondary Students DAS Online application." "The DAS contains data from the 2004/06 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:04/06). This study is the first follow-up of a national sample of students who first entered postsecondary education in academic year 2003-04 and were first surveyed as part of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study. They were followed-up three years later in 2006. This DAS allows users to conduct analyses on data gathered in this study while on-line via the web.

http://nces.ed.gov/dasol/index.asp

More information about DAS:

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

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Department of Housing and Urban Development: "32 years of Housing Data" tables and graphs (September 2007, Microsoft Excel format). "The report is a summary of the broad trends in American housing since the beginning of the American Housing Survey in 1973, through the 2005 survey. Many of the tables in the report consist of numbers extracted from each of the AHS reports and assembled into series."

http://www.huduser.org/datasets/ahs/ahsprev.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "32 Years" (without the quotes). Tables are directly under the report.

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Human Mortality Database: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database.

- Sept. 7, 2007 - Data for Slovenia (1983-2006) added as a new country.

Data availability:

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

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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German Social Science Infrastructure Services: The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) released the following data news.

Revision of ISSP 2003 National Identity II (v2.0) released (Sept. 4, 2007).

http://www.gesis.org/en/data_service/issp/news.htm

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American Religion Data Archive (Penn State University) Updates: The ARDA has recently added the following datasets (ASCII and SPSS portable format, with documentation in ASCII format). Note: the ARDA requires users to agree to a four part condition statement before providing data.

A. International Religious Freedom Data, 2003

http://www.thearda.com/Archive/Files/Descriptions/IRF2003.asp

B. International Religious Freedom Data, 2005

http://www.thearda.com/Archive/Files/Descriptions/IRF2005.asp

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Updates. The KIDS COUNT interactive web data extractor has recently added the following data: "New Child Poverty Rates and Rankings (state level data); Health Insurance Coverage Rates (state level data).

http://www.kidscount.org/sld/compare.jsp?c=11

KIDS COUNT:

http://www.kidscount.org/sld/index.jsp

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