Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #50, February 12, 2008.

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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

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "State Court Processing of Domestic Violence Cases," by Erica L. Smith, Matthew R. Durose and Patrick A. Langan (NCJ-214993, February 2008, .pdf, ASCII text, 8p., with .zip compressed spreadsheets).

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

2. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Fact Sheets:

A. "Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Courts, 2004," by Anne L. Stahl (Fact Sheet February #1, 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/fs200801.pdf

B. "Petitioned Status Offense Cases in Juvenile Courts, 2004," by Anne L. Stahl (Fact Sheet February #2, 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/fs200802.pdf

C. "Drug Offense Cases in Juvenile Courts, 1985-2004," by Anne L. Stahl (Fact Sheet February #3, 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/fs200803.pdf

3. Department of Housing and Urban Development Periodical: Research Works (December/January 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.huduser.org/periodicals/ResearchWorks/decjan_08/RW_vol5num1t1.html

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US States:

Michigan:

Michigan.gov Report: "Profiles of Rural Statistical Areas: 2006" (February 2008, Microsoft Excel format). This data is derived from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey." "These profiles are being released on an experimental basis, and the Census Bureau is seeking feedback." For more information, along with the data, see:

http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-17451_18668_41233-184738--,00.html

Montana:

Department of Public Health & Human Services Report: "2006 Montana Vital Statistics Annual Report (Including Reference Tables)" (January 2008, .pdf format, 175p.).

http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/statisticalinformation/vitalstats/2006report/2006report.shtml

Nebraska:

Department of Health and Human Services Report: "Substance Abuse and Associated Consequences in Nebraska: An Epidemiological Profile," by Jeff Armitage (December 2007, .pdf format, 136p.).

http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/srd/SubstanceAbuseReport07.pdf

North Carolina:

Department of Health and Human Services Reports:

A. "NC Resident Live Births by Selected Risk Factors and Characteristics: (2005 and 2006, February 2008).

2005:

http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/births/matched/2005/

2006:

http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/births/matched/2006/

Washington:

Center for Health Statistics Reports:

A. "Fetal Death Data: 2006" (February 2008, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/CHS/chs-data/FetDeath/fet_VD.htm

B. "Infant Death Data" 2006" (February 2008, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/CHS/chs-data/infdeath/inf_vd.htm

C. "Divorce Data: 2006" (February 2008, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/CHS/chs-data/divorces/Div_VD.htm

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Population Division Report Database: "World Population Policies 2007" (2008).

http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wpp2007/wpp2007.htm

Click on "Downloading the Database" and follow the instructions.

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Australia

Parliamentary Library of Australia: "Background Note: Indigenous socioeconomic indicators." (February 2008, .HTML format)

http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/BN/2007-08/Indigenous_socioeconomic_indicators.htm

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report, The Daily Article:

A. "Sport participation in Canada, 2005," by Fidelis Ifedi (February 2008, .pdf format, 101p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/bsolc/english/bsolc?catno=81-595-MIE2008060

B. "University enrolment: 2005/2006" (The Daily, Feb. 7, 2008).

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/080207/d080207a.htm

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Denmark:

Statbank Denmark Updates: Statbank Denmark has recently updated the following dataset: BEV22: Summary vital statistics, by quarter" (Updated for 4th Quarter 2007, February 2008).

http://www.statbank.dk/statbank5a/selectvarval/define.asp?PLanguage=1&subword=tabsel&MainTable=BEV22&PXSId=98601&tablestyle=&ST=SD&buttons=0

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States of Jersey Government Report: "Jersey Annual Social Survey 2007" (February 2008, .pdf format, 76p.).

http://www.gov.je/ChiefMinister/Statistics/News/report1.htm

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "Children from one-parent families more likely to switch to lower school type," by Lieke Stroucken (Feb. 5, 2008).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/onderwijs/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2008/2008-2378-wm.htm

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New Zealand:

1. Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Hot Off the Press: "National Population Estimates: December 2007 quarter" (February 2008, .pdf format, 8p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.stats.govt.nz/products-and-services/hot-off-the-press/national-population-estimates/national-population-estimates-dec07qtr-hotp.htm

2. Ministry Of Justice/Tahu o te Ture Report: "The Experience of E-Crime: Findings from the New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey 2006." (December 2007,.pdf format, 37p.).

http://www.justice.govt.nz/pubs/reports/2007/crime-safety-survey-2006/experience-of-e-crime/e-crime.pdf

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Palestinian National Authority:

"Census 2007: Press Conference on the Preliminary Findings (Population, Buildings, Housing Units and Establishments" (Feb. 9, 2008, .pdf format, 19p.). Text of the report is in English, table heads are in English and Arabic.

http://www.pcbs.gov.ps/Portals/_pcbs/PressRelease/census2007_e.pdf

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Philippines:

National Statistics Office News Release: "Marriages: 2004: Marriages in 2004 decrease by 1.9 percent" (Feb. 7, 2008).

http://www.census.gov.ph/data/sectordata/sr08295tx.html

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Scotland:

1. Scottish Government Reports:

A. "Expenditure on School Education in Scotland, 2006-07" (February 2008, .pdf format, 20p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/02/06111814/0

B. "Attitudes Towards Youth Crime and Willingness to Intervene: Findings from the 2006 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey," by Simon Anderson and Fiona Dobbie (February 2008, .pdf format, 58p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/02/01151926/0

Research Findings (February 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/02/01151910/2

2. Scottish Executive Neighborhood Statistics Update: The website was updated as of Feb. 7, 2008).

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

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UK:

Communities and Local Government Report: "Housing Statistics 2007" (February 2008, .pdf format, 114p.).

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/housingstatistics2007

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Pew Hispanic Center Report: "U.S. Population Projections: 2005-2050," by Jeffrey S. Passel and D’Vera Cohn (February 2008, .pdf format, 49p.).

http://pewhispanic.org/files/reports/85.pdf

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Urban Institute Compendium: Every Kid Counts in the District of Columbia: 14th Annual Fact Book 2007, by Jennifer Comey, Peter A. Tatian, Elizabeth Guernsey, and Betsy Chang (February 2008, .pdf format, 73p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=1001144

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Science Special Issue: The Feb. 8, 2008 (Vol. 319, No. 5864) is a special issue on cities. Links to summaries and full text are available for institutional and individual subscribers. Check your organization's library for further information.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/vol319/issue5864/index.dtl

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Palgrave MacMillan Monograph: The Many Dimensions of Poverty, edited by Nanak Kakwani and Jacques Silber (2008, 304p., ISBN: 9780230004900)). For more information see:

http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=276181

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Institute of Medicine Monograph: Violence Prevention in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Finding a Place on the Global Agenda, Workshop Summary, Kimberly A. Scott, Rapporteur (National Academies Press, 2008, OpenBook and .pdf format, 280p.). Note: NAP requires free registration before providing .pdf versions. Pricing information for a print copy is available at the site.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12016

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National Research Council Monograph: A, Experimentation and Evaluation Plans for the 2010 Census: Interim Report, edited by Lawrence D. Brown, Michael L. Cohen, and Daniel L. Cork (National Academies Press, 2008, OpenBook and .pdf format, 108p.). Note: NAP requires free registration before providing .pdf versions. Pricing information for a print copy is available at the site.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12080

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Violence Policy Center Report:"Black Homicide Victimization in the United States: An Analysis of 2005 Homicide Data" (January 2008,.pdf format, 19p.)

"The annual study, Black Homicide Victimization in the United States: An Analysis of 2005 Homicide Data, uses 2005 data the most recent data available from the FBI and ranks the 50 states according to their black homicide victimization rates. The study found overwhelmingly that firearms, usually handguns, were the weapon of choice in the homicides. This is the second year that the VPC has issued the report.

The top 10 states with each state’s corresponding black homicide victimization rate are: 1) Missouri, 32.79 per 100,000; 2) Pennsylvania, 32.14 per 100,000; 3) Wisconsin, 30.49 per 100,000; 4) Indiana, 28.70 per 100,000; 5) Michigan, 28.06 per 100,000; 6) California, 27.05 per 100,000; 7) Arkansas, 25.34 per 100,000; 8) Alaska, 24.87 per 100,000; 9) Nevada, 24.42 per 100,000; and, 10) Maryland, 24.16 per 100,000."

http://www.vpc.org/studies/blackhomicide08.pdf

More information about VPC:

http://www.vpc.org/aboutvpc.htm

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WORKING PAPERS:

University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "Fitting Event-History Models to Uneventful Data," by Douglas A. Wolf and Thomas M. Gill (TRENDS Working Paper No. 08-07, February 2008, .pdf format, 9p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=4905

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

A. "Marriage and Socioeconomic Change in Contemporary Indonesia," by Jenna Nobles and Alison Buttenheim (CCPR-066-07, December 2007, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at::

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/asp/ccpr_066_07.asp

B. "Adoption and Foster Care by Gay and Lesbian Parents in the United States," by Gary Gates, M.V. Lee Badgett, Jennifer Ehrle Macomber, and Kate Chambers (CCPR-065-07, December 2007, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at::

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/asp/ccpr_065_07.asp

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "50,000 People a Day: The Use of Federally Funded Services for Intimate Partner Violence," by Radha Iyengar, Lindsay Sabik, Cindy Southworth, Sarah Tucker, and Cynthia Fraser (w13785, February 2008, .pdf format, 20p.).

Abstract:

Intimate partner violence is a serious and preventable health problem affecting more than 30 million Americans each year. We use an innovative new research design to describe the frequency and correlates of emergency and crisis intervention services provided by domestic violence programs using safe, non-invasive collection methods. During the 24-hour survey period, 48,350 individuals used the services of primary purpose domestic violence programs, corresponding to a population rate of 16 per 100,000 people. Of these individuals, 14,518 required emergency shelter, 7,989 required transitional housing and 25,843 were provided with non-residential services. Seven times more individuals are served by domestic violence programs than are served in emergency rooms in the US on an average day. The results show unmet demand for services provided by domestic violence programs with 10 percent victims (5,183 requests) seeking services at a domestic violence provider unable to be served daily due to resource constraints. Although DV costs $5.8 billion annually, 70% of which is spent on medical costs, the government only spends $126 million annually. Thus greater funding of domestic violence programs is likely to be a cost-effective investment.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13785

B. "Assessing Urban Crime And Its Control: An Overview," by Philip J. Cook (w13781, February 2008, .pdf format, 44p.).

Abstract:

Urban crime rates in the United States fell markedly during the 1990s and remain at historically low levels. The statistical evidence presented here indicates that decline, like the crime surge that preceded it, has been largely uncorrelated with changes in socioeconomic conditions across cities. The ups and downs of crime have a considerable effect on residential location and property values. The police represent the largest public expenditure in city-level crime control efforts, and they are increasingly held accountable for reducing crime rates. Indeed, there is considerable evidence that an increase in police expenditures does pay off in the form of lower crime rates. This is an incomplete story, however. Assessments of police effectiveness typically neglect the considerable role of private and community-level protection and control efforts, not to mention the vital importance of (uncompensated) private inputs into police investigations. In areas with endemically high violence rates, the reluctance of witnesses to cooperate remains a serious problem.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13781

C. "Neighborhood Violence and Urban Youth," by Anna Aizer (w13773, February 2008, .pdf format, 47p.).

Abstract:

Three quarters of American children have been exposed to neighborhood violence in their lifetimes. Most of the existing research has concluded that exposure to violence leads to restricted emotional development, aggressive behavior and poor school outcomes. However, this literature fails to account for the fact that children exposed to neighborhood violence are highly disadvantaged in other ways: they are more likely to be black, poor and have poorly educated parents. As such, it is not clear whether exposure to violence or the underlying measures of disadvantage are responsible for the poor child outcomes observed. Using individual survey data on urban youth and their families from Los Angeles, we find that the most violent neighborhoods are also characterized by the highest degree of disadvantage: greatest poverty, highest unemployment, least education. And while living in a violent neighborhood increases the probability of exposure to violence, within violent neighborhoods those personally exposed to street violence are significantly more disadvantaged and are more likely to associate with violent peers than their unexposed neighbors. Once we control for observed and unobserved family disadvantage, the impact of violence declines for some child outcomes, suggesting that underlying disadvantage explains some of the negative outcomes observed, but not all - it is still the case that associating with violent peers is negatively correlated with cognitive test scores. In addition, when we control for underlying differences across families, the relationship between violence and internalizing behavioral problems appears stronger.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13773

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John F. Kennedy School of Government [Harvard University]: "On the Morality of Immigration," by Mathias Risse (Working Paper No. RWP08-007, February 2008, .pdf format, 12p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://ksgnotes1.harvard.edu/research/wpaper.nsf/rwp/RWP08-007

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Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research:

A. "Cohort fertility patterns in the Nordic Countries," by Gunnar Andersson, Marit Ronsen, Lisbeth B. Knudsen, Trude Lappegard, Gerda R. Neyer, Kari Skrede, Kathrin Teschner, and Andres Vikat (WP-2008-008, February 2008, .pdf format, 53p.).

Abstract:

Previous analyses of period fertility suggest that the trends of the Nordic countries are sufficiently similar to speak of a common "Nordic fertility regime". We investigate whether this assumption can be corroborated by comparing cohort fertility patterns in the Nordic countries. We study cumulated and completed fertility of Nordic birth cohorts based on the childbearing histories of women born in 1935 and later derived from the population registers of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. We further explore childbearing behaviour by women’s educational attainment. The results show remarkable similarities in postponement and recuperation between the countries and very small differences in completed fertility across educational groups. Median childbearing age is about 2-3 years higher in the 1960-64 cohort than in the 1950-54 cohort, but the younger cohort recuperates the fertility level of the older cohort at ages 30 and above. A similar pattern of recuperation can be observed for highly educated women as compared to women with less education. An interesting finding is that of a positive relationship between educational level and the final number of children when women who become mothers at similar ages are compared. Country differences in fertility outcome are generally rather low. Childlessness is highest in Finland and lowest in Norway, and the educational differentials are largest in Norway. Despite such differences, the cohort analyses in many ways support the notion of a common Nordic fertility regime.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2008-008.pdf

B. "Education and permanent childlessness: Austria vs. Sweden; a research note," by Gerda R. Neyer and Jan M. Hoem (WP-2008-008, February 2008, .pdf format, 21p.).

Abstract:

In this research note we extend our previous study of the association between educational attainment and permanent childlessness in Sweden (Hoem et al., 2006) to cover Austria, and we make comparisons between the two countries. In both investigations we have defined educational attainment in terms of both educational level and educational field. We find largely the same pattern of childlessness by educational field in both countries; in particular at each educational level women educated for teaching jobs or for health occupations typically have lower childlessness than other lines of education. However, for most groups childlessness is higher in Austria, and for academic education it is much higher. We attribute these differences to institutional differences in the two countries which may bring about a different culture of reproductive behavior.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2008-007.pdf

C. "Marriage over space and time among male migrants from Cameroon to Germany," by Annette Fleischer (WP-2008-006, February 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).

Abstract:

Restrictive immigration and integration policies in Germany increasingly force African migrants to develop strategies and practices to acquire legal residence and obtain an essential work permit. Our account of Cameroonian men in Germany contributes to the discussion about the role of the nation state in transnational migration processes. Since national policies in the receiving country determine the right to settle and the risk of expulsion, the German nation state plays a decisive role for African migrants. The present paper emphasises the impact of national migration policies on Cameroonian men’s marriage strategies. Diminishing options for legalising their status in Germany by other means make Cameroonians increasingly dependent on sustaining a three-year marriage to a German wife. Mainly based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Cameroon and Germany, the present article explores the distribution of marriage over space and time as a means of securing the right to work and stay in Germany.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2008-006.pdf

D. "The costs of risky male behaviour: sex differences in seasonal survival in a small sexually monomorphic primate," by Cornelia Kraus, Manfred Eberle, and Peter Kappeler (WP-2008-005, February 2008, .pdf format, 23p.).

Abstract:

Male excess mortality is widespread among mammals and frequently interpreted as a cost of sexually selected traits that enhance male reproductive success. Sex differences in the propensity to engage in risky behaviours are often invoked to explain the sex gap in survival. Here we aim to isolate and quantify the survival consequences of two potentially risky male behavioural strategies in a small sexually monomorphic primate, the grey mouse lemur Microcebus murinus: (1) Most females hibernate during a large part of the austral winter, whereas most males remain active, and (2) during the brief annual mating season males roam widely in search for receptive females. Using a 10-year capture-mark-recapture data set from a population of M. murinus in Kirindy Forest, western Madagascar, we statistically modelled sex-specific seasonal survival probabilities. Surprisingly, we did not find any evidence for direct survival benefits of hibernation - winter survival did not differ between males and females. In contrast, during the breeding season males survived less well than females (sex gap: 16%). Consistent with the "risky male behaviour"-hypothesis, the period for lowered male survival was restricted to the short mating season. Thus, sex differences in survival can be substantial even in the absence of sexual dimorphism.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2008-005.pdf

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World Bank Development Programme:

A. "Social interactions and student achievement in a developing country: An instrumental variables approach," by Mohammad Niaz Asadullah and Nazmul Chaudhury (WPS 4508, February 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 7p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469382&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000158349_20080206084506

B. "Madrasas and NGOs: complements or substitutes? non-state providers and growth in female education in Bangladesh," by Mohammad Niaz Asadullah and Nazmul Chaudhury (WPS 4511, February 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 20p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469382&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000158349_20080207083658

C. "Brazil within Brazil: testing the poverty map methodology in Minas Gerais," by Chris Ebers, Peter Lanjouw, and Phillippe George Leite (WPS 4513, February 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 41p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469382&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000158349_20080211091341

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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis [Laxenburg, Austria: "The Contribution of Migration to Europe's Demographic Future: Projections for the EU-25 to 2050," by Wolfgang Lutz and Sergei Scherbov (Interim Report 07-024, September 2007, .pdf format, 13p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.iiasa.ac.at/cgi-bin/pub/pubsrchKK?SWID:IR07024&O,n

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ESRC Research Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) [London (UK) School of Economics]: "Driven to swim with the tide? Urban redevelopment and community participation in China," by Hyun Bang Shin (CASE/130, February 2008, .pdf format, 27p).

Abstract:

Over the last decade, there has been growing attention to the issue of neighbourhood governance and community participation in China. The focus has been on the extent to which community involvement in rule-making and decision-making processes could be promoted. The issue of community participation in urban redevelopment, however, has received little attention. Urban redevelopment in contemporary Chinese cities is taking place on an unprecedented scale, dissolving long-standing local communities and demolishing poverty-stricken neighbourhoods. Examining the case of Beijing, this paper questions current redevelopment planning and residents’ appeal procedures. It considers the extent to which local communities in dilapidated neighbourhoods have difficulty making an impact on decisions affecting their neighbourhoods’ redevelopment. The paper considers the extent to which local residents could express discontent and put forward ‘rightful claims’. The paper concludes that community participation in neighbourhood redevelopment remains at the bottom of the ladder of participation, and that the vested interests of local authorities and developers in urban redevelopment projects restrict poor residents’ active participation in decision-making processes.

http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/dps/case/cp/CASEpaper130.pdf

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

A. "Inequality of Learning amongst Immigrant Children in Industrialised Countries," by Sylke V. Schnepf (Discussion Paper No. 3337, February 2008, .pdf format, 39p.).

Abstract:

Literature examining immigrants’ educational disadvantage across countries focuses generally on average differences in educational outcomes between immigrants and natives disguising thereby that immigrants are a highly heterogeneous group. The aim of this paper is to examine educational inequalities among immigrants in eight high immigration countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA. Results indicate that for almost all countries immigrants’ educational dispersion is considerably higher than for natives. For most countries higher educational dispersion derives from very low achieving immigrants. Quantile regression results reveal that at lower percentiles language skills impact more on educational achievement than at the top of the achievement distribution. Results are presented separately for immigrants of different age cohorts, varying time of immigrants’ residence in the host country and subject examined (maths and reading) highlighting thereby the different patterns found by immigrant group and achievement measure.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp3337.pdf

B. "'Arranged' Marriage, Co-Residence and Female Schooling: A Model with Evidence from India," by Indraneel Dasgupta, Pushkar Maitra, and Diganta Mukherjee (Discussion Paper No. 3336, February 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).

Abstract:

We model the consequences of parental control over choice of wives for sons, for parental incentives to educate daughters, when the marriage market exhibits competitive dowry payments and altruistic but paternalistic parents benefit from having married sons live with them. By choosing uneducated brides, some parents can prevent costly household partition. Paternalistic self-interest consequently generates low levels of female schooling in the steady state equilibrium. State payments to parents for educating daughters fail to raise female schooling levels. Policies (such as housing subsidies) that promote nuclear families, interventions against early marriages, and state support to couples who marry against parental wishes, are however all likely to improve female schooling. We offer evidence from India consistent with our theoretical analysis.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp3336.pdf

C. "On the Dynamics of Interstate Migration: Migration Costs and Self-Selection," by Christian Bayer and Falko Juessen (Discussion Paper No. 3330, February 2008, .pdf format, 42p.).

Abstract:

This paper develops a tractable dynamic microeconomic model of migration decisions that is aggregated to describe the behavior of interregional migration. Our structural approach allows us to deal with dynamic self-selection problems that arise from the endogeneity of location choice and the persistency of migration incentives. Keeping track of the distribution of migration incentives over time has important consequences for the econometrical treatment, because the dynamics of this distribution influences the estimation of structural parameters, such as migration costs. For US interstate migration, we obtain a cost estimate of less than one-half of an average annual household income. This is substantially smaller than the migration costs estimated by previous studies. We attribute this difference to the treatment of the dynamic self-selection problem.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp3330.pdf

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Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: "Globalization and the Rise of Mega-Cities in the Developing World," by Frederick Van der Ploeg and Steven Poelhekke (WP 2208, February 2008, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.cesifo-group.de/portal/page/portal/ifoHome/b-publ/b3publwp/_wp_abstract?p_file_id=15064

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

American Sociological Review (Vol. 73, No. 1, February 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/asoca/asr/2008/00000073/00000001

Population Review (Vol. 46, No. 2, 2007).

http://www.populationreview.com/Articles_46_2.html

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Minnesota Population Center: "2008-2009 Post-doctoral Research Associates," (deadline for application is March 15, 2008). For more information see:

http://www.pop.umn.edu/about-mpc/employment-opportunities/research-positions/

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions (Feb. 5-12, 2008).

http://chronicle.com/jobs/100/800/8000/

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings from Feb. 6-12, 2008, 2008.

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Financial Services Committee Hearing Publication: "Rooting Out Discrimination in Mortgage Lending: Using HMDA as a Tool for Fair Lending Enforcement," a hearing held Jul. 25, 2007 (House Serial Publication No.110-54, .pdf format, 454p.).

http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS89336

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DATA:

National Longitudinal Survey: The Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State University has released the following documentation:

- QX97-R11 Prelim NLSY97 Round 11 Preliminary Questionnaire 2007
- C01QX2008_Prelim NLSY79 Questionnaire 2008 Preliminary

http://www.chrr.ohio-state.edu/nls-info/ordering/display_db.php3

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

"for ISSP members: ISSP 2008 "Religion III" setup files release."

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

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

Feb. 4, 2008 -- Data for Portugal were revised and updated through 2006.

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 Feb. 11, 2008, 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

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/access/recent.html

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UK Data Archive (Essex University, Colchester, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following datasets to its holdings. Note: There maybe charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/

SN 5746 -Learning Cultures in Community-Based Education in Scotland, 2003-2006

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5746

SN 5767 -Active People Survey, 2005-2006

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5767

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) (Columbia University, New York, New York) "World Data Center for Human Interactions in the Environment." "This portal, hosted by NASA’s Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), provides access to a wide range of global data, associated documentation, and visualization and analysis tools, and to the community of experts on global data."

http://sedac.ciesin.org/wdc/index.jsp

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American Religion Data Archive (Penn State University) Updates: The ARDA has announced the following updates:

A. "The Association of Religion Data Archives is excited to announce a new look and many new features. Two of the most significant new features are GIS U.S. Maps and the Learning Center.Partnering with Social Explorer (www.socialexplorer.com), the ARDA now provides a U.S. Maps tool that allows for interactive mapping of demographic data by census tracts and religious adherence data by counties. All of the GIS maps allow for zooming, moving, and searching across locations and let you create customized demographic and religious reports.

B. "(ARDA has expanded its) Learning Center. The Learning Center contains many new Learning Modules for classroom use and now includes a Dictionary of Religious and Statistical Terms. The new Center also offers multiple interactive tools, including the Compare Yourself Survey that allows students and others to compare themselves to the U.S. population on a variety of religious indicators."

http://www.thearda.com/

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