Current Social Science Research Report--Social #5, March 6, 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

EMPLOYMENT OPPPORTUNITIES

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Census Bureau Facts for Features: "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: May 2007" (CB07-FF.05, Mar. 1, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).

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

See under Mar. 1, 2007 listing.

2. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "Strategic Action Plan on Homelessness," (March 2007, .pdf format, 69p.).

http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/homelessness/strategies07/index.htm

3. Department of Housing and Urban Development Report: "Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)" (February 2007, .pdf format, 80p.).

http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/homeless/ahar.cfm

4. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "An Historical Overview of Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education, by State: Fiscal Years 1990-2002," by Elise St. John, Jason Hill and Frank Johnson (NCES 2007317, February 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 641p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007317

Click on "Browse this document" for link to HTML version.

B. "The Path Through Graduate School: A Longitudinal Examination 10 Years After Bachelorís Degree," by Stephanie C. Nevill and Xianglei Chen (NCES 2007162, February 2007, .pdf format, 119p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007162

5. Government Printing Office Compendia: Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: George W. Bush, 2003 Book I - January 1 to June 30, 2003 Only (February 2007, ASCII text and .pdf formats).

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

6. National Science Foundation Report: "Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2007" (NSF-07315, March 2007, .pdf format, 304p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

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

Click on any of the links under "View Information" for link to Excel tables.

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US States:

Hawai'i:

Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism Compendium State of Hawaii Data Book Timeseries (February 2007, Microsoft Excel format). "The time series data presented here are compiled from DBEDT Data Books published between 1962 and 2006. Only selected tables that have at least five years of continuous data are included. Section and table numbers are the same as those in the 2005 Data Book. There are total 24 sections of data. The first wave of data covers sections 1 to 16. Rest of the sections will be in wave two and are scheduled to be uploaded in May 2007."

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

Iowa:

State Data Center Report: "Women in Iowa: 2007" (March 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.iowadatacenter.org/Publications/women2007

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NGO and Other Countries

United Nations:

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Report: "Persistent and Emerging Issues in Rural Poverty Reduction," (2007, .pdf format, 84p.).

http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1199

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Australia:

Queensland Government Office of Economic and Statistical Research Report: "Schools Australia 2006" (February 2007, .pdf format, 1p.). "The Schools Australia brief compares for Queensland and Australia the yearly trends in students, schools and teachers, released in the yearly Australian Bureau of Statistics publication, Schools Australia."

http://www.oesr.qld.gov.au/queensland-by-theme/society/education-training/briefs/schools-aus/index.shtml

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Research Papers:

A. "Gender Differences in Quits and Absenteeism in Canada," by Xuelin Zhang (February 2007, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an executive summary and full text are available at:

http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/11F0019MIE/11F0019MIE2007296.htm

B. "The Role of University Characteristics in Determining Post-graduation Outcomes: Panel Evidence from Three Recent Canadian Cohorts," by Julian Betts, Christopher Ferrall and Ross Finnie (February 2007, .pdf format, 41p.). Links to an executive summary and full text are available at:

http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/11F0019MIE/11F0019MIE2007292.htm

For both reports, link to full text is at the bottom of the executive summary.

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Guyana:

Bureau of Statistics Periodical: Statistical Bulletin: 4th Quarter 2006 (March 2007, .zip compressed .pdf format).

http://www.statisticsguyana.gov.gy/pubs/stats_bulletin_(thematic_area).zip

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Iceland:

Statistics Iceland News Release: "Population by municipalities and urban nuclei 31 December 2006" (26/2007, Mar. 2, 2007). The news release links to relevant statistical tables covering annual population figures for Iceland from 1990-2006).

http://www.statice.is/?PageID=444&NewsID=2221

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India:

Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Report: Note MSPI requires free registration before providing reports. "Perceived Adequacy of Food Consumption in Indian Households 2004-2005" (Level and Pattern of Consumer Expenditure,2004-05 NSS (National Social Survey) 61th Round (July2004 - June, 2005) (Report No. 512, October 2006, .pdf format, 356p.).

http://mospi.nic.in/mospi_nsso_rept_pubn.htm

Scroll to Report No. 512. Note that there is a corrigendum that goes with the report

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Japan:

Ministry of Health: 20th Life Tables: (March 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/database/db-hw/lifetb20th/index.html

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "Composition of the population changes in new housing estates," by Chantal Melser and Helma Schapendonk-Maas (Feb. 27, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/dossiers/nederland-regionaal/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-2120-wm.htm

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Norway:

Statistics Norway Report: "A practical approach for model based poverty prediction," by Astrid Mathiassen and Geir Ovensen (No. 2007/09, February 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/05/90/rapp_200709_en/

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Scotland:

Scottish Executive Reports:

A. "Domestic Abuse in Scotland: Findings from the 2003 and 2004 Scottish Crime Surveys," by Sara Davidson and Kirsty Whyte (February 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 29p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/02/26152753/0

B. "HM (Her Majesty's) Inspectorate of Prisons: Report on HMP Barlinnie (February 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 62p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/02/01130102/0

C. "Higher Education Students' Income, Expenditure, and Debt: A Comparative Study of Students in Scotland and England 2004-2005," by Claire Callender and David Wilkinson (December 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 59p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/03/01154326/0

D. "Pupils in Scotland, 2006" (February 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 104p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/02/27083941/0

E. "Day Care Services, Scotland 2006" (February 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/02/21130548/2

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden News Release: "Considerable regional differences in life expectancy" (Feb. 28, 2007). The news release links to a SS Report: "Life expectancy in Sweden 2001-2005" (February 2007, .pdf format, 132p.). The report is in Swedish, and contains an English summary at the end of it. In addition, key Swedish words for table heads are translated into English at the end of the report.

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____194523.asp

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UK:

National Statistics Office Press Notice: "More young people achieve key qualification level: Level 2 attainment at 19 rises by 5.1 percentage points" (Feb. 27, 2007).

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2007_0031

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Demographic Research Article: "Modeling fertility in modern populations," by Anastasia Kostaki and Peristera Paraskevi(Vol. 16, No. 6, Mar. 2007, .pdf format, p. 141-194). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol16/6/default.htm

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Demographic and Health Surveys Report: "New Estimates of Unmet Need and the Demand for Family Planning," by Charles F. Westoff (DHS Comparative Reports 14, December 2007, .pdf format, 68p.).

http://www.measuredhs.com/pubs/pub_details.cfm?id=636&srchTp=home

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Rand Corporation Monograph: "Working Around the Military" Revisited: Spouse Employment in the 2000 Census Data, by Nelson Lim, Daniela Golinelli, and Michelle Cho (National Defense Research Institute, 2007, .pdf format, 98p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG566/

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Annie E. Casey Foundation Data Snapshot: "One Out of Five U.S. Children is Living in an Immigrant Family" (Kids Count Data Snapshot No. 4, March 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/sld/snapshot_immigrant.jsp

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Economist Article: "Divorce: For richer and poorer: Rich people with wobbly marriages need to think hard about where they live" (Mar. 1, 2007).

http://www.economist.com/world/international/displaystory.cfm?story_id=8780173

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WORKING PAPERS:

Brookings Institution Hamilton Project: "College Grants on a Postcard: A Proposal for Simple and Predictable Federal Student Aid" by Susan M. Dynarski and Judith Scott-Clayton (Hamilton Project Discussion Paper, February 2007, .pdf format, 30 p.) Links to a summary, full text and related policy brief are available at:

http://www.brookings.edu/views/papers/200702dynarski-scott-clayton.htm

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Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research:

A. "Social construction of neglect: the case of unaccompanied minors from Morocco to Spain," by Nuria Empez (WP-2007-007, February 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/cgi-bin/publications/paper.plx?debug=0&listtype=4&personalid=&pubid=2497

B. "A review of migration and fertility theory through the lens of African immigrant fertility in France," by Anne Genereux (WP-2007-008, February 2007, .pdf format, 74p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/cgi-bin/publications/paper.plx?debug=0&listtype=4&personalid=&pubid=2498

C. "Eligibility for maternity leave and first birth timing in Great Britain," by Cordula Zabel (WP-2007-007, February 2007, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/cgi-bin/publications/paper.plx?debug=0&listtype=4&personalid=&pubid=2501

D. "Transition to modern contraception in Russia: evidence from the 1996 and 1999 Womenís Reproductive Health Surveys," by Irina Troitskaia and Gunnar Andersson (WP-2007-010, February 2007, .pdf format, 18p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/cgi-bin/publications/paper.plx?debug=0&listtype=4&personalid=&pubid=2502

E. "Familienbildungsprozesse als Moglichkeit der Legalisierung: Zur Situation Kameruner MigrantInnen in Deutschland" (Family formation as means to legality: the case of Cameroonian migrants in Germany)," by Annett Fleischer (WP-2007-011, February 2007, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text (both in German) are available at:

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/cgi-bin/publications/paper.plx?debug=0&listtype=4&personalid=&pubid=2518

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

A. "Family Planning as an Investment in Development: Evaluation of a Programís Consequences in Matlab, Bangladesh," by Shareen Joshi and T. Paul Schultz (Discussion Paper 2639, February 2007, .pdf format, 74p.).

Abstract:

he paper analyzes 141 villages in Matlab, Bangladesh from 1974 to 1996, in which half the villages received from 1977 to 1996 a door-to-door outreach family planning and maternal-child health program. Village and individual data confirm a decline in fertility of about 15 percent in the program villages compared with the control villages by 1982, as others have noted, which persists until 1996. The consequences of the program on a series of long run family welfare outcomes are then estimated in addition to fertility: womenís health, earnings and household assets, use of preventive health inputs, and finally the inter-generational effects on the health and schooling of the womanís children. Within two decades many of these indicators of the welfare of women and their children improve significantly in conjunction with the program-induced decline in fertility and child mortality. This suggests social returns to this reproductive health program in rural South Asia have many facets beyond fertility reduction, which do not appear to dissipate over two decades.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2639.pdf

B. "Motherís Education and Birth Weight," by Arnaud Chevalier and Vincent O'Sullivan (Discussion Paper 2640, February 2007, .pdf format, 39p.).

Abstract:

Low birth weight has considerable short and long-term consequences and leads to high costs to the individual and society even in a developed economy. Low birth weight is partially a consequence of choices made by the mother pre- and during pregnancy. Thus policies affecting these choices could have large returns. Using British data, maternal education is found to be positively correlated with birth weight. We identify a causal effect of education using the 1947 reform of the minimum school leaving age. Change in compulsory school leaving age has been previously used as an instrument, but has been criticised for mostly picking up time trends. Here, we demonstrate that the policy effects differ by social background and hence provide identification across cohorts but also within cohort. We find modest but heterogenous positive effects of maternal education on birth weight with an increase from the baseline weight ranging from 2% to 6%.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2640.pdf

C. "Theoretical Unification in Justice and Beyond," by Guillermina Jasso (Discussion Paper 2641, February 2007, .pdf format, 65p.).

Abstract:

he goal of scientific work is to understand more and more by less and less. In this effort, theoretical unification plays a large part. There are two main types of theoretical unification--unification of different theories of the same field of phenomena and unification of theories of different fields of phenomena. Both types are usually a surprise; even when vigorously pursued, their form, when they finally appear, may differ radically from preconceptions. This paper examines a series of twenty-one unification surprises in the study of justice and beyond, sixteen in the study of justice and five in the unification of three fundamental sociobehavioral forces--justice, status, and power--and the subsequent unification of the three sociobehavioral forces with identity and with happiness.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2641.pdf

D. "Class Origin, Family Culture, and Intergenerational Correlation of Education in Rural China," by Hiroshi Sato and Shi Li (Discussion Paper 2642, February 2007, .pdf format, 41p.).

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This paper examines the determinants of intergenerational correlation of education in rural China by using a data from a large survey of households. Three generations who completed education during the period from pre-1949 to the beginning of the 2000s are included. The focus is on the influence of family class status (chengfen) on offspring education. Our investigation suggests that family class status is still important for the intergenerational transmission of education. The offspring of landlord/rich peasant families are more likely to achieve higher educational attainment, even though parental education, family wealth, and other family characteristics are the same. The unique determinant of the intergenerational transmission of education in the postreform era is found to be an education-oriented family culture, created as an intergenerational cultural rebound against class-based social discrimination during the Maoist era. We have also found that the cultural reaction is a combination of class-specific effects with cohort-specific effects.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2642.pdf

E. "Does Secondary School Tracking Affect Performance? Evidence from IALS," by Kenn Ariga and Giorgio Brunello (Discussion Paper 2643, February 2007, .pdf format 16p.).

Abstract:

There is substantial cross-country variation in secondary school design, with some countries tracking students into different ability schools very early, and other countries with little or no tracking at all. Does tracking length affects school performance, as measured by standardized test scores? We use the international data from the International Adult Literacy Survey to estimate the relationship between the experienced tracking length and the performance in standardized cognitive test scores of young adults, aged between 16 and the mid-twenties. Our IV estimates suggest that the contribution of tracking to performance is positive and statistically significant: conditional on total years of schooling, one additional year spent in a track raises average performance by 3.3 to 3.4 percentage points, depending on the estimates.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2643.pdf

F. "Always Poor or Never Poor and Nothing in Between? Duration of Child Poverty in Germany," by Michael Fertig and Marcus Tamm (Discussion Paper 2645, February 2007, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

his paper analyses the duration of child poverty in Germany. In our sample, we observe the entire income history from the individuals' birth to their coming of age at age 18. Therefore we are able to analyze dynamics in and out of poverty for the entire population of children, whether they become poor at least once or not. Using duration models, we allow poverty exit and re-entry to be correlated even after controlling for observable characteristics and also account for correlations with initial conditions. Our results indicate that household composition, most importantly single parenthood, and the labour market status as well as level of education of the household head are the main driving forces behind exit from and re-entry into poverty and thus determine the (long-term) experience of child poverty. However, unobserved heterogeneity seems to play an important role as well.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2645.pdf

G. "Gender-Biased Behavior at Work: What Can Surveys Tell Us About the Link Between Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination?" by Heather Antecol, Vanessa E. Barcus, and Deborah Cobb-Clark (Discussion Paper 2647, February 2007, .pdf format, 25p.).

Abstract:

This paper examines the links between survey-based reports of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. In particular, we are interested in assessing whether these concepts measure similar forms of gender-biased behavior and whether they have the same effect on workersí job satisfaction and intentions to leave their jobs. Our results provide little support for the notion that survey-based measures of sexual harassment and gender discrimination capture the same underlying behavior. Respondents do appear to differentiate between incidents of sexual harassment and incidents of gender discrimination in the workplace. Both gender discrimination and sexual harassment are associated with a substantially higher degree of job dissatisfaction, particularly amongst men. While women who experience gender discrimination are somewhat more likely to intend to change jobs, amongst men it is sexual harassment that leads to an increased propensity to quit. We find no significant interactions between our two measures of gender bias, perhaps implying that the intensity of gender bias is relatively unimportant for understanding job dissatisfaction and the intention to quit. At the same time, this may reflect the lack of precision with which we estimate this interaction, especially for men.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2647.pdf

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Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich Bavaria, Germany]: "The Free Movement of Inactive Citizens in the EU -- A Challenge for the European Welfare State?" by Wolfgang Ochel (WP 1930, February 2007, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.cesifo.de/portal/page?_pageid=36,302752&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_file_id=13940

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

American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 112, No. 4, January 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/AJS/journal/contents/v112n4.html

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CONFERENCES:

The 2000 NICHD-NCES Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) Conference: "Development from Birth Through Age Two," a conference to be held May 8-10, 2007 in Bethesda Maryland. For more information see:

http://ies.ed.gov/whatsnew/conferences/?id=209&cid=2

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Quebec (Canada) Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics/Centre interuniversitaire quebecois de statistiques sociales Call for Papers: "Social Statistics & Ethnic Diversity: Should We Count, How Should We Count, and Why?" to be held in Montreal, Quebec, Dec. 6-8, 2007). For more information on the call for papers see:

http://www.ciqss.umontreal.ca/en/SSED/index.html

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Integrated Public Use Microdata Surveys (IPUMS) [University of Minnesota]:

A, "IPUMS Summer Workshop," to be held June 25-27, 2007 at the University of Minnesota. For more information see:

http://www.pop.umn.edu/training/summer.shtml

B. "Summer Workshop on GIS: Primary focus on using data from the NHGIS (National Historical Geographic Information System), to be held Jun. 28-29, 2007 at the University of Minnesota. For more information see:

http://www.pop.umn.edu/training/gis.shtml

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Integrated Public Use Microdata Surveys (IPUMS) [University of Minnesota]: "The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) has openings for Post-Doctoral Associates (Job Code 9546) for the 2007-2008 academic year. Post-Doctoral Research Associates will work on IPUMS-USA, IPUMS-International, the North Atlantic Population Project, or related projects. The aim of these projects is to create, document, and distribute datasets of U.S. and international census microdata." For more information see:

http://www.pop.umn.edu/employment/research.shtml

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Hearing Testimony: "Improving Head Start for America's Children," a hearing held February 28, 2007 (.pdf format, with selected slides in Microsoft PowerPoint format).

http://edworkforce.house.gov/hearings/ecese022807.shtml

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DATA:

US Census Bureau:

A. "American Community Survey Prototype Summary File (SF) (.zip compressed ASCII data, with documentation in .pdf format). For more information and access to data see:

http://www.census.gov/acs/www/UseData/sf/acs_summary_file.htm

B. "2006 State Government Employment and Payroll," (March 2007, ASCII text format, Excel spreadsheets, and viewable tables). "These statistics contain summary information on the number of employees and gross payrolls by governmental function for each of the fifty state governments."

http://www.census.gov/govs/www/apesst.html

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Luxembourg Income Study Data Release: LIS has announced:

A. "The introduction of Wave V, Release 2"

B. "The introduction of Wave 6"

http://www.lisproject.org/whatsnew.htm

See Feb. 28, 2007 announcements. Announcements link to more information about each data item, along with which parts of each wave are now available.

Data access:

http://www.lisproject.org/dataccess.htm

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

"Revisions of ISSP 2003 and ISSP 2004 released," (Feb. 21, 2007).

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

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Human Mortality Database Update: Note: HMR requires free registration before providing data. Data for Norway, Iceland, Finland, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, and Hungary have been updated to 2005. Data for Estonia (1959-2005) has been added.

Data availability:

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

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Mar. 2, 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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