Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #40, November 20, 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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Census Bureau Facts For Features: "The 2007 Holiday Season" (CB07-FF.19, Nov. 7, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/010897.html

2. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "The Nation’s Report Card: 2007 Trial Urban District Assessment in Mathematics," by Anthony D. Lutkus, Wendy S. Grigg, and Gloria S. Dion (NCES 2008452, November 2007, .pdf format, 66p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008452

B. "The Nation’s Report Card: 2007 Trial Urban District Assessment in Reading," by Anthony D. Lutkus, Wendy S. Grigg, and Patricia L. Donahue (NCES 2008455, November 2007, .pdf format, 66p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008455

3. Department of Housing and Urban Development Reports:

A. "The American Housing Survey and Non-Traditional Mortgage Products," by Frederick J. Eggers and Donald Bradley (September 2007, .pdf format, 77p.),

http://www.huduser.org/Publications/pdf/mortgage_prod.pdf

B. "Research to Develop a Community Needs Index," by Frederick J. Eggers (June 2007, .pdf format, 195p.).

http://www.huduser.org/publications/commdevl/comm_needs.html

4. National Endowment for the Humanities Report: "To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence" (November 2007, .pdf format, 99p.).

http://www.nea.gov/news/news07/TRNR.html

5. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report, Fact Sheet:

A. "Pretrial Release of Felony Defendants in State Courts," by Thomas H. Cohen and Brian A. Reaves (NCJ 214994, November 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 18p., with .zip compressed spreadsheets).

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

B. "Unidentified Human Remains in the United States, 1980-2004," by Kristen Hughes (Fact Sheet NCJ 219533, November 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 2p., with .zip compressed spreadsheets).

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/uhrus04.htm

6. Federal Bureau of Investigation Report: "Hate Crime Statistics, 2006" (November 2007, HTML, .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/hc2006/index.html

7. Government Accountability Office Report: "Immigration Benefits: Seventeenth Report Required by the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998" (GAO-08-85R, November 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-267R

8. National Science Foundation InfoBrief: "U.S. Doctoral Awards in Science and Engineering Continue Upward Trend in 2006," by Jaquelina C. Falkenheim (NSF 08-301, November 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf08301/

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US States:

Alaska:

Department of Labor Report: "Alaska Population Projections 2007 - 2030," by Brynn Keith, J. Gregory Williams, and Eddie Hunsinger (July 2007, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://www.labor.state.ak.us/research/pop/projections/AlaskaPopProj.pdf

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Florida:

Office of the Attorney General Report: "Hate Crimes in Florida: January 1, 2006 -- December 31, 2006" (November 2007, .pdf format, 45p.).

http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/MRAY-78ZSMD/$file/2006HateCrimesReport.pdf

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Report: "Social Panorama of Latin America 2007: Preliminary Report," (November 2007, .pdf format, 59p.).

http://www.eclac.org/publicaciones/xml/9/30309/PSI2007_Sintesis_Lanzamiento.pdf

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Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Federal Office of Statistics Report: "Natural demographic trends according to place of residence" (September 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

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

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report, The Daily Article:

A. "Participation in Postsecondary Education: Graduates, Continuers and Drop-outs, Results from YITS (Youth in Transition Survey) Cycle 4," by Danielle Shaienks and Tomasz Gluszynski (Culture, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics Research Paper, November 2007, .pdf format, 42p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/81-595-MIE/81-595-MIE2007059.htm

B. "Police personnel and expenditures" (Nov. 16, 2007).

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/071116/d071116a.htm

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Fiji Islands:

Bureau of Statistics Report: "Detailed tables on the Provisional Results - 2007 Population and Housing Census" (November 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.statsfiji.gov.fj/Releases/Census2007_Rel2.%20tables.pdf

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Finland:

Statistics Finland News Release:

A. "Education in Finland: more education for more people" (Nov. 12, 2007).

http://www.stat.fi/tup/suomi90/marraskuu_en.html

B. "Comprehensive schools had 570,700 pupils in 2007" (Nov. 15, 2007).

http://www.stat.fi/til/pop/2007/pop_2007_2007-11-15_tie_001_en.html

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Germany:

Federal Statistics Office News Release: "Public assistance in 2006: 1.1 million persons receiving special benefits" (Nov. 16, 2007). There is a link to a German version which contains a topical table.

http://www.destatis.de/jetspeed/portal/cms/Sites/destatis/Internet/EN/press/pr/2007/11/PE07__462__221,templateId=renderPrint.psml

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Guyana:

Bureau of Statistics Report: "Population & Housing Census 2002 - Guyana National Report" (November 2007, .pdf format, 233p.).

http://www.statisticsguyana.gov.gy/cen02.html

Scroll to "Population & Housing Census 2002 - Guyana National Report"

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Ireland:

Central Statistics Office Report: "Census 2006 - Volume 12 - Travel to Work, School and College" (November 2007, .pdf format, 327p., with interactive tables in Beyond 2020 format).

http://www.cso.ie/census/census2006_volume_12.htm

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Japan:

Statistics Bureau Periodical: Japan Monthly Statistics (November 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

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

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Overall social security debt amounts to 1.3 billion euro (1.91 billion US dollars)" (Nov. 15, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/arbeid-sociale-zekerheid/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-90086-wk.htm

B. "Far fewer young big-city dwellers depend on social security," by Lotte Oostrom (Nov. 15, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/arbeid-sociale-zekerheid/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-2317-wm.htm

C. "Two thirds of social security recipients low-educated," by Andrea Annema, Frank Linder and Muirne Paap (Nov. 15, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/arbeid-sociale-zekerheid/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-2279-wm.htm

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Romania:

National Institute of Statistics Press Release: "Population and demographic phenomena in September 2007" (Nov. 15, 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.insse.ro/cms/files/statistici/comunicate/populatie/a07/pop09e07.pdf

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office News Release: "Population, detailed data, Slovenia, 30 June 2007" (Nov. 15, 2007).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1253

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UK:

1. Department for Work and Pensions First Release: "DWP Quarterly Statistical Summary" (November 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/stats_summary/Stats_Summary_Nov_2007.pdf

2. National Statistics Office News Release: "Royal couple are one in ten on diamond wedding anniversary" (Nov. 18, 2007, .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/dwa1107.pdf

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Demographic Research Articles:

A. "First union formation in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: patterns across countries and gender," by Kalev Katus, Allan Puur, Asta Põldma, Luule Sakkeus (Vol. 17, Article 10, November 2007, .pdf format, p. 247-300).

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol17/10/default.htm

B. "Stochastic forecast of the population of Poland, 2005-2050," by Anna Matysiak and Beata Nowok (Vol. 17, Article 11, November 2007, .pdf format, p. 301-338).

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol17/11/default.htm

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Allen Guttmacher Institute Periodical: Guttmacher Policy Review (Vol. 10, No 4, Fall 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/10/4/index.html

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Population Reference Bureau Report, Article:

A. "Addressing Population in Poverty Reduction Strategies," by Lori S. Ashford (2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.prb.org/pdf07/povertyreductionstrategies.pdf

B. "Gender Disparities in Health and Mortality," by Sandra Yin (November 2007).

http://www.prb.org/Articles/2007/genderdisparities.aspx

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Urban Institute Report: "Policies for Affordable Housing in the District of Columbia: Lessons from Other Cities," by G. Thomas Kingsley and Barika X. Williams (November 2007, .pdf format, 46p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411568.html

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National Opinion Research Center (University of Chicago) Press Release: "A Different View of Our Nation," (November 2007).

http://www.norc.uchicago.edu/News/A+Different+View+of+Our+Nation.htm

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America's Second Harvest Report: "Child Food Insecurity in the United States: 2003 - 2005: State-By-State Levels Of Child Food Insecurity Averaged For Years 2003 - 2005" (November 2007, .pdf format, 4p., with state statistics in HTML format). The report is linked to from an ASH news release: "New Report Finds Nearly One Quarter of All Children in Twelve States Don't Have Consistent Access to Meals" (Nov. 15, 2007).

http://www.secondharvest.org/news_room/2007_press_releases/111507a.html

Link to full text and tables is in the middle of the page.

More information about ASH:

http://www.secondharvest.org/about_us/

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Modern Language Association Report: "Enrollments in Languages Other Than English in United States Institutions of Higher Education, Fall 2006," by Nelly Furman, David Goldberg, and Natalia Lusin (November 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.mla.org/2006_flenrollmentsurvey

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WORKING PAPERS:

Population Council: "Poverty and fertility: Evidence and agenda," by Sajeda Amin, John B. Casterline, and Laura Spess (Poverty, Gender, and Youth Working Paper no. 4, 2007, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.popcouncil.org/publications/wp/pgy/004.html

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Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "High fertility in city suburbs: compositional or contextual effects?" by Hill Kulu and Paul J. Boyle (WP-2007-034, November 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).

Abstract:

Fertility rates are known to be higher in city suburbs. One interpretation is that the suburban ‘context’ influences the behaviour of individuals who reside there while an alternative is that the ‘composition’ of the suburban population explains the higher fertility levels. Furthermore, suburban in-migrants who intend to have children may have a significant influence on suburban fertility rates. Using Finnish longitudinal register data we show that fertility rates are higher in the suburbs and rural areas and lower in the cities. While fertility variation across these residential contexts decreases significantly after controlling for women’s demographic and socio-economic characteristics, it does not disappear entirely suggesting that the local context may have some influence on fertility. While movers to suburbs do display higher fertility levels than non-migrant residents, their overall impact is not great because they form a small share of the suburban population.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2007-034.pdf

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

A."Is There a ' 'Marriage Premium' for Gay Men?" by Madeline Zavodny (Discussion Paper 3192, November 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).

Abstract:

It is well-known that married men earn more than comparable single men, with typical estimates of the male marriage premium in the range of 10 to 20 percent. Some research also finds that cohabiting men earn more than men not living with a female partner. This study uses data from the General Social Survey and the National Health and Social Life Survey to examine whether a similar premium accrues to gay men who live with a male partner and whether cohabiting gay men have different observable characteristics than non-cohabiting gay men. Controlling for observable characteristics, cohabiting gay men do not earn significantly more than other gay men or more than unmarried heterosexual men. Cohabiting heterosexual men also do not earn more than non-cohabiting heterosexual men.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp3192.pdf

B. "Non-Cognitive Child Outcomes and Universal High Quality Child Care," by Nabanita Datta Gupta and Marianne Simonsen (Discussion Paper 3188, November 2007, .pdf format, 42p.).

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Exploiting a rich panel data child survey merged with administrative records along with a pseudo-experiment generating variation in the take-up of pre-school across municipalities, we provide evidence of the effects on non-cognitive child outcomes of participating in large scale publicly provided universal pre-school programs and family day care vis-à-vis home care. We find that, compared to home care, being enrolled in pre-school at age three does not lead to significant differences in child outcomes at age seven no matter the gender or mother’s level of education. Family day care, on the other hand, seems to significantly deteriorate outcomes for boys whose mothers have a lower level of education. Finally, increasing hours in family day care from 30-40 hours per week to 40-50 hours per week and hours in pre-school from 20-30 hours per week to 30-40 hours per week leads to significantly poorer child outcomes.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp3188.pdf

C. "Acculturation Identity and Educational Attainment," by by Lena Nekby, Magnus Rödin, and Gülay Özcan (Discussion Paper 3172, November 2007, .pdf format, 39p.).

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This paper explores the identity formation of a cohort of students with immigrant backgrounds in Sweden and the consequences of identity for subsequent educational attainment. Unique for this study is that identity is defined according to a two-dimensional acculturation framework based on both strength of identity to the (ethnic) minority and to the (Swedish) majority culture. Results indicate that integrated men are associated with significantly higher levels of education than assimilated men. No differences in educational attainment are found between the assimilated and the integrated for women. These results put into question the premise of oppositional identities, i.e., a trade-off between ethnic identity and educational achievement, among immigrants in Sweden.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp3172.pdf

D. "The Focusing and Informational Effects of Norms on Pro-Social Behavior," by Erin L. Krupka and Roberto A. Weber (Discussion Paper 3169, November 2007, .pdf format, 35p.).

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This paper reports an experiment examining the effect of social norms on pro-social behavior. We test two predictions derived from work in psychology regarding the influence of norms. The first is a 'focusing' influence, whereby norms only impact behavior when an individual’s attention is drawn to them; and the second is an 'informational ' influence, whereby a norm exerts a stronger impact on an individual the more others he observes behaving consistently with that norm. We find support for both effects. Either thinking about or observing the behavior of others produces increased pro-social behavior--even when one expects or observes little pro-social behavior on the part of others--and the degree of pro-social behavior is increasing in the actual and expected pro-social behavior of others. This experiment eliminates strategic influences and thus demonstrates a direct effect of norms on behavior.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp3169.pdf

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

Child Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 31, No. 10, October 2007).

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

Cities (Vol. 24, No. 6, November 2007).

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

Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (Vol. 36, No. 2, December 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

http://fcs.sagepub.com/content/vol36/issue2/?etoc

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

University of Texas-Austin Department of Sociology and the Center for Mexican-American Studies: The Department of Sociology and the Center for Mexican-American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin invite applications for a tenured associate or full professor position with a starting date of August 2008. We are looking for applicants who specialize in the area of world migration and immigration, focusing on US-Mexico and Latin American immigration. Successful candidates must present evidence of teaching and research publication excellence, and potential for securing external research funding.  She/he would be appointed in the Sociology Department, and have an affiliation with the Center for Mexican-American Studies and the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. Screening will begin December 15, 2007 and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a writing sample, and contact information for three references to:  Search Committee Chair (Immigration/CMAS), 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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DATA:

Integrated Public Use Microdata Update: IPUMS at the University of Minnesota announced on Nov. 15, 2007 "new versions of all ACS samples; a correction was made to the BUILTYR2 variable."

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

See Nov. 15, 2007 item.

Data Access:

http://usa.ipums.org/usa-action/createExtract.do

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

- Nov. 9, 2007 - Data for Switzerland updated through 2006.

- Nov. 9, 2007 - Population estimates for Spain 2002-2006 were revised.

Data availability:

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

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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Association of American Religion Data Archives (Penn State University): ARDA has recently added the following data files:

Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006

http://www.thearda.com/Archive/Files/Descriptions/RELPUB06.asp

The Right to Die II, November 2005

http://www.thearda.com/Archive/Files/Descriptions/RTDII05.asp

ARDA:

http://www.thearda.com/

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

US National Science Foundation "Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2007." This site, "which provides data on the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering education and employment," has recently been updated. "The data are organized by topic and are presented in tables, graphics, and spreadsheets for downloading."

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/

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