Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #52, February 26, 2008.

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Index to this issue:

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

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NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

WORKING PAPERS

TABLES OF CONTENTS

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

CONFERENCES

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Census Bureau Reports:

A. "Housing Vacancies and Home Ownership - Annual Statistics: 2007" (February 2008).

http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/housing/hvs/annual07/ann07ind.html

B. "Living Arrangements of Children: 2004," by Rose M. Kreider (P70-114, February 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).

http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/p70-114.pdf

2. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics Report: "Estimates of the Legal Permanent Resident Population in 2006," by Nancy Rytina (February 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/LPR_PE_2006.pdf

3. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Campus Law Enforcement, 2004-05," by Brian A. Reaves (NCJ 219374, February 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 19p., with .zip compressed spreadsheets).

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/cle0405.htm

4. National Science Foundation InfoBrief: "Federal R&D Funding Down in FY 2007" (NSF 08-303, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf08303/?govDel=USNSF_178

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Population Fund Report:"Putting Young People Into National Poverty Reduction Strategies: A Guide to Statistics on Young People in Poverty." (2008,.pdf format, 35p.)

http://www.unfpa.org/upload/lib_pub_file/751_filename_poverty.pdf

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Australia:

Australian Institute for Health and Welfare Report: "Adoptions Australia 2006-07," (Child welfare series no. 44, February 2008, .pdf format, 84p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10547

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Bosnia & Herzegovina:

Federal Office of Statistics Compendium: Statistical Yearbook: 2007 (December 2007, .pdf format 442p.). The compendium is in Croatian and English.

http://www.fzs.ba/Eng/gode.htm

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report: "Study: Firearms and violent crime, 2006," (Juristat, Vol. 28, No. 2, February 2008, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/85-002-XIE/85-002-XIE2008002.htm

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Croatia:

Central Bureau of Statistics Compendium: Statistical Yearbook: 2007 (December 2007, .pdf format, 807p.) The Compendium can be navigated via a .pdf table of contents or an HTML table of contents.

http://www.dzs.hr/Eng/Publication/stat_year.htm

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Finland:

Statistics Finland News Release: "Number of comprehensive schools and comprehensive school level special education schools down by 130 from 2006; number of closures the highest in North Ostrobothnia and Pirkanmaa" (Feb. 22, 2008).

http://www.stat.fi/til/kjarj/2007/kjarj_2007_2008-02-22_tie_001_en.html

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Germany:

Federal Statistical Office Press Release: "16% of all children under six in full day care" (Feb. 22, 2008).

http://www.destatis.de/jetspeed/portal/cms/Sites/destatis/Internet/EN/press/pr/2008/02/PE08__070__225,templateId=renderPrint.psml

The press release links to a more detailed press release (in German) that contains a topical table.

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Iceland:

Statistics Iceland News Release: "Granting of Icelandic citizenship 2007" (No. 21/2008, Feb. 20, 2008).

http://www.statice.is/Pages/444?NewsID=2962

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Japan:

Statistics Bureau Periodical: Population Estimates: Monthly Report (Sep. 1, 2007 [Final estimates], Feb. 1, 2008 [Provisional estimates] (February 2008, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

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

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Macedonia:

State Statistical Office News Release: "Natural movement of the population: The natural increase for the IV quarter of 2007 decreases by 11.9% in relation to the same quarter of the previous year -- provisional data (Feb. 15, 2008). The news release links to a more detailed news release (.pdf format, 5p.) in Macedonian and English.

http://www.stat.gov.mk/english/statistiki_eng.asp?ss=03.01&rbs=1

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "More young suspects" (Feb. 21, 2008).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/veiligheid-recht/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2008/2008-90109-wk.htm

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New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa "Hot Off the Press": "Births and Deaths: December 2007 quarter" (February 2008, .pdf format, 13p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.stats.govt.nz/products-and-services/hot-off-the-press/births-and-deaths/births-and-deaths-dec07qtr-hotp.htm

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Population statistics. Population 1 January 2008 and changes in the 4th quarter and whole year 2007: Highest population increase ever" (Feb. 21, 2008).

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

B. "Population statistics. Population by age, sex, marital status and citizenship. 1 January 2008: Highest share of young adults in Oslo" (Feb. 21, 2008). The news release links to 21 topical tables.

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/02/01/10/folkemengde_en/

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Palestinian National Authority:

Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Population, Housing and Establishment Census-2007" (February 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).

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

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Philippines:

National Statistics Office News Releases:

A. "Death Statistics: 2004" (Feb. 22, 2008). The news release links to four topical tables.

http://www.census.gov.ph/data/sectordata/sr08322tx.html

B. "Live Birth Statistics: 2004" (Feb. 21, 2008). The news release links to four topical tables.

http://www.census.gov.ph/data/sectordata/sr08321tx.html

C. "Maternal Death Statistics: 2004" (Feb. 19, 2008). The news release links to four topical tables.

http://www.census.gov.ph/data/sectordata/sr08320tx.html

D. "Marriage Statistics: 2004" (Feb. 19, 2008). The news release links to five topical tables.

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

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Scotland:

Scottish Executive Reports: "Growing Up in Scotland: Year 2: Results from the second year of a study following the lives of Scotland’s children" (February 2008, .pdf format, 220p.). The page also links to four research findings: "Growing Up in Scotland - Sweep 2 - Topic Research Findings: Research Findings No.1/2008: Summary of Findings from Year 2" (February 2008, .pdf format, 8p.); "Growing Up in Scotland - Sweep 2 - Topic Research Findings: Research Findings No.2/2008: Experiences of pre-school education" (February 2008, .pdf format, 4p.); "Growing Up in Scotland - Sweep 2 - Topic Research Findings: Research Findings No.3/2008: Issues of child health and development at ages 1-2 and 3-4 years" (February 2008, .pdf format, 5p.); and "Growing Up in Scotland - Sweep 2 - Topic Research Findings: Research Findings No.4/2008: Parenting styles and parental support" (February 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/02/12135003/0

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Sri Lanka:

Department of Census and Statistics Report: "Vital Statistics 2001" (January 2008, .pdf format).

http://www.statistics.gov.lk/PopHouSat/VStat/Index.html

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden News Release: "Sweden's population 31/12/2007, definitive figures: Sweden's population continues to grow" (Feb. 19, 2008). The news release links to several topical tables (HTML or Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____227516.asp

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Ukraine:

State Statistics Committee Reports

A. "Total population, as of January 1, 2008. Average annual populations January-December 2007" (Feb. 21, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2007/ds/kn/kn_e/kn1207_e.html

B. "Natural increase in population in January-December 2007" (Feb. 21, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2007/ds/pp/pp_e/pp1207_e.html

C. "Migration of population in January-December 2007, by oblast" (Feb. 21, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2007/ds/mr/mr_e/mr1207_e.html

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UK:

National Statistics Office Periodical: Monthly Digest of Statistics, edited by Dilys Rosen (No. 746, February 2008, .pdf format, 135p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=611

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Population Reference Bureau articles.

A. "U.S. Population Could Reach 438 Million by 2050, and Immigration Is Key," by Carl Haub (February 2008).

http://www.prb.org/Articles/2008/pewprojections.aspx

B. "Improving Early Childhood Nutrition Has Long-Term Economic Benefits," by Sandra Yin (February 2008).

http://www.prb.org/Articles/2008/childnutrition.aspx

"Take a Number": "Population, Health, and Environment News You Might Have Missed" (February 2008).

http://www.prb.org/Journalists/TakeANumber.aspx

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Lowy Institute for International Policy [Sydney, New South Wales, Australia] Report: "World wide webs: Diasporas and the international system." by Michael Fullilove (February, 2008,.pdf format, 195p.)

http://www.lowyinstitute.org/Publication.asp?pid=753

More information about LI:

http://www.lowyinstitute.org/AboutUs.asp

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Century Foundation Book: Spin Cycle: How Research Is Used in Policy Debates: The Case of Charter Schools, by Jeffrey R. Henig (2008, 297p., ISBN: 978-0-87154-339-4). For more information see:

http://www.tcf.org/list.asp?type=PB&pubid=637

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K.K. Agencies Books on the Demography of India:

A. Poverty and Fertility in India: Demographic Field Theory Perspective, by Shekhar Mukherji (Jaipur, Rawat Publications, 2007, 324p., ISBN: 8131600858).

B. Socio-Economic Development and Population Dynamics in India edited by R.B.S. Verma, Manoj, Kumar Agarwal, and Raj Kumar Singh (Lucknow, New Royal Book Company, 2007, 233p., ISBN: 8189267434).

For more information, including price information:

http://www.kkagencies.com/

and search on ISBN or title.

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Nation Article: "Missing: The 'Right' Babies," by Kathryn Joyce (Mar. 3, 2008).

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080303/joyce

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Economist Article: "So long to Old Sparky: An unlamented end to the electric chair" (Feb. 14, 2008).

http://www.economist.com/world/na/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10697137

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British Medical Journal Editorial Extract: "Interpreting trends in fecundity over time is complicated by the lack of direct markers," by Jens Peter Ellekilde Bonde and Jørn Olsen (Vol. 336, No. 7640, p. 339-340).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/336/7640/339

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WORKING PAPERS:

Rand Corporation Labor and Population Program: "Childhood Educational Disruption and Later Life Outcomes: Evidence from Prince Edward County," by Paul Heaton (WR-522, February 2008, .pdf format, 42p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR552/

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Acting White or Acting Black: Mixed-Race Adolescents' Identity and Behavior," by Christopher Ruebeck, Susan Averett, and Howard Bodenhorn (w13793, February 2008, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13793

B. "Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migration and Racial Wage Convergence in the North, 1940-1970," by Leah Platt Boustan (w13813, February 2008, .pdf format, 39p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13813

C. "Is the GED an Effective Route to Postsecondary Education for School Dropouts?" by John H. Tyler and Magnus Lofstrom (w13816, February 2008, .pdf format, 46p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13816

D. "Evidence From Maternity Leave Expansions of the Impact of Maternal Care on Early Child Development," by Michael Baker and Kevin Milligan (w13826, February 2008, .pdf format, 42p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13826

E. "Educating Urban Children," by Richard J. Murnane (w13791, February 2008, .pdf format, 43p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13791

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Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "Reconstruction of continuous series of mortality by cause of death in West Germany for the years 1968-1997," by Marketa Pechholdova (WP-2008-09, February 2008, .pdf format, 57p.). Note:

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2008-009.pdf

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United Nations International Poverty Centre : "Do Changes in the Labour Market Take Families out of Poverty? Determinants of Exiting Poverty in Brazilian Metropolitan Regions," by Ana Flávia Machado and Rafael Perez Ribas (Working Paper No. 44, February 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).

http://www.undp-povertycentre.org/pub/IPCWorkingPaper44.pdf

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Centre d'Etudes de Populations, de Pauvreté et de Politiques Socio-Economiques / International Network for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development--Integrated Research Infrastructure in the Socio-economic Sciences (CEPS/INSTEAD--IRISS): "The analysis of welfare state effects on social trust in a multidimensional approach," by Larysa Tamilina (IRISS Working Paper No. 2008-04, February 2008, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract:

Crowding-out hypothesis asserts that in the presence of developed social obligations, social trust levels tend to be low. Empirical evidence of the crowding-out is however poor while this relationship is mainly studied under narrow assumption about unidimensionality of welfare state development operationalized through social spending as a percentage of GDP. The main objective of this study is to show that allowing for multidimensionality in welfare states provides more support for the crowding-out. The multidimensionality is formed around three axes: functional, outcome and qualitative. Functional dimension is defined on the basis of functions social policy performs taking as an example pension and unemployment spending. Outcome dimension accounts for the effects of decommodification and stratification on interpersonal and institutional trust. And, finally, qualitative dimension describes the impact of social provisions characteristics, namely their institutional design, delivery form and mode of financing on social trust levels. Empirical results generally support the idea that the sign in the relationship between welfare state and social trust depends on the measure of welfare state development.

http://www.ceps.lu/pdf/11/art1328.pdf

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "International Evidence on Well-being," by David G. Blanchflower (Discussion Paper No. 3354, February 2008, .pdf format, 88p.).

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National Time Accounting is a way of measuring society's well-being, based on time use. Its explicit form is the U-index, for 'unpleasant' or 'undesirable', which measures the proportion of time an individual spends in an unpleasant state. In this paper I review cross-country evidence on happiness and life satisfaction and consider whether these data will likely be replaced by the U-index. I find that first, that there are many similarities. According to both measures happiness is higher for the more educated, for married people, for those with higher income and for whites and lower for the unemployed; is U-shaped in age and un-trended over time in the USA although they are trended up in a number of EU countries and especially so in developing countries. Equivalent results are found using self-reported unhappiness data. Second, there is a large body of data on happiness that is unavailable on the U-index. For example, according to happiness research well-being across nations is lower the higher is the unemployment rate, the current inflation rate and the highest inflation rate in a person's adult life. Higher inequality also lowers happiness. Third, we know little about the predictive power of the U-index. Happiness and life satisfaction data seem able to forecast migration flows. Fourth, happy people are particularly optimistic about the future. Fifth, according to the happiness data the US ranks above France but the U-index suggests the reverse.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp3354.pdf

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

Cities (Vol. 25, No. 1, February 2008).

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

Population, Space, and Place (Vol. 14, No. 2, March/April 2008).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/106562735/home

Social Forces (Vol. 86, No. 3, March 2008).

http://socialforces.unc.edu/epub/index_html/folder.2007-02-09.8541500563/March-2008-86-3

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

Social Science Research Council:

A. "The New York Prize Fellowship in Sustainable Cities and the Social Sciences," (deadline for application is March 7, 2008). This fellowship is in conjunction with the Van Alen Institute. For more information see:

http://www.ssrc.org/environment/architecture/

B. "ESRC/SSRC Collaborative Visiting Fellowships," (deadline for application is April 4, 2008). This fellowship is in conjunction with the Economic and Social Research Council. For more information see:

http://fellowships.ssrc.org/esrc/

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Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut) Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE): The Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE) seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for one or more years, to start in Fall 2008. Candidates should be interested and have experience in empirical research with longitudinal data on the processes that generate inequalities of social class, race/ethnicity, generation, and gender across the life course." Application deadline is Mar. 28, 2008). For more information see:

http://www.yale.edu/ciqle/jobopenings.html

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American Statistical Association: "Edward C. Bryant Scholarship for an Outstanding Graduate Student in Survey Statistics" (application deadline, Apr. 1, 2008). For more information see:

http://www.amstat.org/awards/index.cfm?fuseaction=bryant&nl=1205

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CONFERENCES:

US Department of Labor: "The Art of Women's Lives," to be held Mar. 4-6, 2008 in Washington, DC. For more information see:

http://www.dol.gov/wb/art2008.htm

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Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "Causal Inference and Endogeneity in Duration Analysis," to be held Apr. 2-4, 2008 in Rostock Germany. For more information see (.pdf format, 1p.):

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/calendar/files/36812.282409668-Workshop%20Program.pdf

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

AgeWork.com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings from Feb. 18-26, 2008.

http://agework.geron.org/c/search_results.cfm?site_id=312

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings from Feb. 20-26, 2008.

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

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions (Feb. 19-26, 2008).

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

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DATA:

United Nations Population Division: "World Urbanization Prospects: The 2007 Revision Population Database." The website is an interactive extractor for urban data estimates from 1950 to present, and for projections to 2050. Data is available in HTML and comma separated value [.csv] format.

http://esa.un.org/unup/

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US Department of Housing and Urban Development: "FY 2008 Income Limits" (February 2008, .pdf, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel format). "The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is required by law to set income limits that determine the eligibility of applicants for HUD's assisted housing programs. The major active assisted housing programs are the Public Housing program, the Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments program, Section 202 housing for the elderly, and Section 811 housing for persons with disabilities."

http://www.huduser.org/datasets/il/il08/index.html

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets from Feb. 12-Feb. 26, 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 5782 -Annual Population Survey, July 2006 - June 2007: Special Licence Access

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5782

SN 5682 -Parenting of Youth: Social Protection and Economic Dependence, 2001

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5682

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