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CSSRR-Social is compiled and edited by Jack Solock and Charlie Fiss.
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Index to this issue:
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS
NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES
OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.
TABLES OF CONTENTS
LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS
1. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Report: "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2006," (March 2007, HTML format).
Click on "2006" on the left side of the page.
2. Census Bureau Facts for Features: "Special Edition: Cinco de Mayo" (Mar. 6, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).
See under Mar. 6, 2007 listing.
3. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "Research and Practice Symposium on Marriage and Incarceration: A Meeting Summary," prepared by Health Systems Research, Inc An Altarum Company: Brandy Bauer,Jamie Hart, Anne Hopewell, Naomi Tein, (January 2007,.pdf format, 66p.)
4. National Science Foundation Report: "Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2007," (February 2007, .pdf format, 304p.).
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State Data Center Updates, Report: The State Data Center has issued the following updates for Mar. 9, 2007 (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format). "Employment in state and local governments (combined): 2000-2006"; "Employment in state governments: 2000-2006"; "Employment in local governments: 2000-2006." In addition, it has added the brief report: "Housing in Iowa: 2007" (March 2007, .pdf format, 3p.).
See under Mar. 9, 2007 listing.
State Planning Office Report: "2007 Report on Poverty" (February 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).
State Data Center Report: "Maryland Net Out-Migration Accelerates Second Consecutive Year" (March 2007, .pdf format, 8p., with tables in .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, and charts in .pdf format).
Department of Commerce Report: "2006 Selected Census Highlights" (2007, .pdf format, 4p.).
State Data Center Periodical: Wyoming State Data Center bulletin (Vol. XII, No. 1, December 2006, .pdf format, 8p.).
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NGO and Other Countries
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Reports:
A. "Quality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identification in community services data collections: Update on eight community services data collections," (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Mar. 9, 2007, .pdf format, 110p.)
B. "Public and state owned and managed Indigenous housing 2005--06: Commonwealth State Housing Agreement national data user guide" (The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, March 2007, .pdf format, 100p.)
Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports:
A. "Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics," by Sandra Besserer (Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, March 2007, .pdf format, 83p.).
Click on "View" and follow the links to full text.
B. "Portrait of the Canadian Population in 2006" (March 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 47p.). The report, as well as a SC The Daily article is linked to from:
Czech Statistical Office Compendium: "Statistical Yearbook of the Czech Republic 2006" (2007, Microsoft Excel format, with methodology in .pdf format, and charts in HTML format). Note: at the bottom of the page, there is also a link to the 2005 edition.
Statistics Estonia News Release: "Admittance to higher education is decreasing" (Mar. 5, 2007, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Word format, 2p.).
Statistics Finland News Release: "Discontinuation of education increased in university, polytechnic and upper secondary general education but decreased in vocational education" (Mar. 8, 2007).
Federal Statistics Office Press Release: "Number of foreigners in Germany nearly unchanged" (Mar. 7, 2007). The English press release links to a more detailed German press release, which contains a statistical table.
Central Statistical Office Periodical: Statistical Reflections (Vol. 1, No. 1, March 2007, .pdf format, 1p.). This topic of the issue is "Working time balance: 2002/2005."
Statistics Iceland News Releases:
A. "Population by country of birth and citizenship 31 December 2006: (No. 29/2007, Mar. 9, 2007).
Click on "Statistics" at the bottom of the news release for links to several topical tables.
B. "Pupils in compulsory schools in autumn 2006" (No. 27/2007, Mar. 6, 2007). The news release links to several topical tables (click on "Statistics" at the bottom of the page) as well as a SI Report: "Pupils in compulsory schools in autumn 2006" (March 2006, .pdf format, 19p.). The report is in Icelandic, table heads are in Icelandic and English. There is a short English summary in the report.
Central Bureau of Statistics Reports: "Population 2006 (provisional data)" (March 2007, Microsoft Excel and .pdf format, 6p.). Click on Excel icon for link to Excel table, click on title for link to .pdf version.
States of Jersey:
Statistics Unit Report: "Jersey Annual Social Survey 2006" (February 2007, .pdf format, 107p.).
Click on "JASS 2006 Report" at the bottom of the page for link to full text.
Statistics and Census Bureau Periodical: Monthly Bulletin of Statistics: February 2007 (March 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 79p.).
Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "Young women better educated than young men," by Jan Latten and Wieteke van Dijk (Mar. 8, 2007).
Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa News Release: "Kiwis Continue to Embrace Broadband" (Mar. 7, 2007). The news release links to several topical tables.
Statistics Norway News Release: "Population statistics.Population by age, sex, marital status and citizenship.1 January 2007: Number of foreign citizens almost doubled" (Mar. 8, 2007). The news release links to several topical tables).
Palestinian National Authority:
Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Impact of the Expansion and Annexation Wall on the Socioeconomic Conditions of Palestinian Households (August, 2006)" (February 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).
National Institute of Statistics Periodical: Monthly Bulletin of Statistics (No. 1, 2007, .pdf format, 190p.). The publication is in Romanian and English.
General Registry Office News Release: "More Births Than Deaths in 2006" (Mar. 6, 2007). The news release links to several topical tables ("2006 Preliminary Return"), in multiple formats).
Department of Census and Statistics Compendium: Statistical Data Sheet: 2006 (March 2007, .pdf format, 16p.).
Statistics Sweden Compendium, Press Releases:
A. Women and Men in Sweden 2006 (March 2007, .pdf format, 105p.). The report is linked to from a SS press release: "Gender equality statistics" (Mar. 7, 2007).
Click on title, under "Publications," near the bottom of the press release, for link to full text.
B. "Largest immigration ever" (Mar. 7, 2007).
C. "Panel of students for longitudinal studies: More than 10 per cent of grade 7 students participate in remedial education" (Mar. 5, 2007).
1. Department for Work and Pensions Reports:
A. "Organisations' responses to the Disability Discrimination Act," by Claire Simm, Jane Aston, Ceri Williams, Darcy Hill, Anne Bellis and Nigel Meager (Research Report No. 410, 2007, .pdf format, 191p.).
B. "New Deal for Lone Parents: Non-participation Qualitative Research," by Richard Brown and Lucy Joyce (Research Report No. 408, 2007, .pdf format, 74p.).
2. Department for Education and Skills News Release: "Methodological Revisions To Higher Education Initial Participation Rate," by Bill Rammell (Minister of Education) (Mar. 8, 2007).
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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.
Demographic Research Article: "Demographic transitions and children's resources: growth or divergence?" by Parfait M. Eloundou-Enyegue and C. Shannon Stokes (Vol. 16, Article 7, March 2007, .pdf format, p. 195-218).
Urban Institute Reports:
A. "Trends in the Low-Wage Immigrant Labor Force, 2000-2005," by Randolph Capps, Karina Fortuny, and Michael E. Fix (March 2007, .pdf format, 9p.).
B. "The Characteristics of Unauthorized Immigrants in California, Los Angeles County, and the United States," by Randolph Capps, and Karina Fortuny (March 2007, .pdf format, 64p.).
C. "Gender Gaps in Math and Reading Gains During Elementary and High School by Race and Ethnicity," by Laura LoGerfo, Austin Nichols, and Duncan Chaplin (March 2007, .pdf format, 29p.).
MDRC Report: "Between Welfare Reform and Reauthorization: Income Support Systems in Cuyahoga and Philadelphia, 2000 to 2005," by David Seith, Sarah Rich, and Lashawn Richburg-Hayes (March 2007, .pdf format, 268p.).
More information about MDRC:
British Medical Journal, Various:
A. "Ratio of boys to girls at birth," by Jens Peter Ellekilde Bonde and Allen Wilcox (Editorial extract, Vol. 334, No. 7592, Mar. 10, 2007, p. 486-487).
B. "Sex ratio and time to pregnancy: analysis of four large European population surveys," by Mike Joffe, James Bennett, Nicky Best, and Tina Kold Jensen (Article abstract, Vol. 334, No. 7592, Mar. 10, 2007, p. 524-528).
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University of Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology:
A. "Psychological Implications of Motherhood and Fatherhood in Midlife," by Tetyana Pudrovska (WP 2007-02, 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).
Using a sample of middle-aged men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957 and their siblings, I examine psychological consequences of parenthood in midlife. My analysis uses same-sex sibling dyads and includes two types of models: between-family models that treat siblings as independent observations, and within-family models that compare siblings from the same family and, thus, account for unobserved early-life endowments that confound the relationship between parenthood and well-being. The findings reveal that parents do not differ from non-parents in terms of mental health. The main psychological differences arise from specific configurations of the parental role. Moreover, unobserved family influences carried over from childhood remain powerful determinants of parenting experiences and psychological well-being even in midlife.
B. "Cognitive Skills and Survey Nonresponse: Evidence from Two Longitudinal Studies," by Jeremy Freese (WP 2006-10, 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).
This study examines the relationship between general cognitive skills (i.e., those measured by intendedly general tests of ability or aptitude) and cooperation with requests for continued participation in longitudinal studies. Using the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) of 1957 high school graduates, I find a consistent monotonic relationship in which those with higher measured skills are less likely to refuse to participate. Analyses indicate that this result cannot be explained by family background measures and is only slightly attenuated by the inclusion of measures of subsequent educational and occupational attainment and social participation. Meanwhile, in the 1998 wave of National Longitudinal Study of Youth in 1979 (NLSY79), the opposite relationship is observed: those with higher cognitive skills are somewhat more likely to refuse to participate. Further analyses reveal that this is due to some aspect of refusal conversion, as the pattern of initial refusals in the NLSY79 is similar to that of ultimate refusals in the WLS. One important difference between the refusal conversion efforts in the two studies is that NLSY79 has used significant financial incentives and WLS does not, which may explain the difference.
University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty: "Family Capital: How First-Generation Higher-Education Students Break the Intergenerational Cycle," by Anat Gofen (DP 1322-07, March 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).
The first children in a family to attain a higher education, referred to as "first-generation students," embody the realization of social mobility. Previous analysis has often portrayed them as succeeding despite their family background. This research suggests that although they face many material challenges, their families are often a key resource, rather than a constraint. This research attempts to reveal what enabled the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage to be broken. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were used to collect data from Israeli families in which intergenerational mobility took place (N = 50). Employing a grounded theory approach, the analysis reveals that breaking the intergenerational cycle mostly concerns family day-to-day life, and that it reflects three main components: time horizon, interpersonal relationships, and family values.
Rand Corporation: "Measurement Error and Misclassification: A Comparison of Survey and Register Data," by Arie Kapteyn and Jelmer Yeb Ypma (WR 283-1, November 2006, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:
University of Colorado Institute of Behavioral Science Population Program: "Inferring Directional Migration Propensities from the Migration Propensities of Infants: The United States," by Andrei Rogers Bryan Jones (POP2007-04, February 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).
Beginning with the 2010 decennial census, the U.S. Census Bureau plans to drop its long-form questionnaire and to replace it with the American Community Survey (ACS). The resulting absence of the larger sample provided by the census count will complicate the measurement and analysis of internal migration flows. Additionally, the strategy of averaging accumulated samples over time will mix changing migration patterns. The migration question will refer to a one-year time interval instead of the five-year interval used in the censuses between 1960 and 2000, complicating historical comparisons and the production of multiregional projections based on five-year age groups. Consequently, students of territorial mobility increasingly will find it necessary to complement or augment possibly inadequate data collected on migration with estimates obtained by means of "indirect estimation". This paper expands upon a method, previously tested on American, Mexican, and Indonesian data, that allows one to infer age-specific directional migration propensities at the regional level. The method uses birthplace-specific infant population data to approximated infant migration propensities, and from these infers the migration propensities of all other ages. The method is applied at both a four and nine division spatial scale.
World Bank: "Quantifying international migration: a database of bilateral migrant stocks," by Christopher R. Parsons, Ronald Skeldon, and Terrie L. Walmsley (WPS 4165, March 2007, .pdf and ASCII text format, 40p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full text can be found at:
Centre d'Etudes de Populations, de Pauvret et de Politiques Socio-Economiques/ International Networks for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development--Integrated Research Infrastructure in the Socio-economic Sciences (CEPS/INSTEAD--IRISS) [Luxembourg]: "Extreme incomes and the estimation of poverty and inequality indicators from EU-SILC," by Philippe Van Kerm (February 2007, 2007-01, .pdf format, 20p.)
"Micro-data estimates of welfare indices are known to be sensitive to observations from the tails of the income distribution. It is therefore customary to make adjustments to extreme data before estimating inequality and poverty statistics. This paper systematically evaluates the impact of such adjustments on indicators estimated from the EU-SILC (Community Statistics on Income and Living conditions) which is expected to become the reference source for comparative statistics on income distribution and social exclusion in the EU. Emphasis is put on the robustness of cross-country comparisons to alternative adjustments. Results from a sensitivity analysis considering both simple, classical adjustments and a more sophisticated approach based on modelling parametrically the tails of the income distribution are reported. Reassuringly, ordinal comparisons of countries are found to be robust to variants of data adjustment procedures. However, data adjustments are far from innocuous. Cardinal comparisons of countries reveal sensitive to the treatment of extreme incomes, even for seemingly small adjustments."
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]:
A. "Gender, Affect and Intertemporal Consistency: An Experimental Approach," by Kendra N. McLeish and Robert J. Oxoby (Discussion Paper No. 2663, March 2007, .pdf format, p.).
We conduct experiments in which participants made multiple intertemporal decisions throughout a seven week period. In addition to exploring dynamic consistency and the stability of single period discount rates, our experiments introduce a manipulation to identify the role of positive and negative mood/affect in intertemporal choice. Our results demonstrate that, while individuals’ single period discount rates are stable over time, there is evidence of dynamic inconsistency. While we find no differences in the discount rates of men and women, we find gender differences in the character of hyperbolic discounting in which women display greater patience in their "present bias." We also identify a gender-mood interaction: Negative mood in women yields increased impulsiveness while inducing positive affect in women or affect (positive or negative) in men yields little change.
B. "Nature and Nurture in the Intergenerational Transmission of Socioeconomic Status: Evidence from Swedish Children and Their Biological and Rearing Parents," by Anders Björklund, Markus Jantti, and Gary Solon (Discussion Paper 2665, March 2007, .pdf format, 25p.).
This study uses an extraordinary Swedish data set to explore the sources of the intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status. Merging data from administrative sources and censuses, we investigate the association between sons’ and daughters’ socioeconomic outcomes and those of their biological and rearing parents. Our analysis focuses on children raised in six different family circumstances: raised by both biological parents, raised by the biological mother without a stepfather, raised by the biological mother with a stepfather, raised by the biological father without a stepmother, raised by the biological father with a stepmother, and raised by two adoptive parents. Relative to the existing literature, the most remarkable feature of our data set is that it contains information on the biological parents even when they are not the rearing parents. We specify a simple additive model of pre-birth (including genetic) and post-birth influences and examine the model’s ability to provide a unified account of the intergenerational associations in all six family types. Our results suggest substantial roles for both pre-birth and post-birth factors
Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]: "Measurement Error in Stylised and Diary Data on Time Use," by Man Yee Kan and Stephen Pudney (WP 2007-03, February 2007, .pdf format, 29p.).
We investigate the nature of measurement error in time use data. Analysis of 'stylised' recall questionnaire estimates and diary-based estimates of housework time from the same respondents gives evidence of systematic biases in the stylised estimates and large random errors in both types of data. We examine the effect of these measurement problems on three common types of statistical analyses in which the time use variable is used as: (i) a dependent variable, (ii) an explanatory variable, and (iii) a basis for cross-tabulations. We develop methods to correct the biases induced by these measurement errors.
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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability):
Journal of Population Research (Vol. 22, No. 2, November 2005).
Latin American Research Review (Vol. 42, No. 1, 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.
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Brown University [Providence Rhode Island] Postdoctoral Research Associate: "Brown University announces a likely opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate that may be of interest to social demographers. The starting date is flexible, but could be as early as June 1, 2007. The initial appointment will be for a one-year term that may be renewed for a second year. Candidates with Ph.D. in hand are preferred, but those near completion of their dissertation may be considered." For more information see:
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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:
US House Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness Hearing Testimony: "The State of Higher Education: How Students Access and Finance a College Education," a hearing held March 8, 2007 (.pdf and Windows Media Player format, running time, 1 hour 22 minutes, 51 seconds).
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Human Mortality Database Update: Note: HMR requires free registration before providing data. Data for Latvia revised and updated through 2005.
National Center for Health Statistics Restricted Data: "2003-04 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) CD-ROM: Restricted-Use Data with Electronic Codebook" (March 2007, CD-ROM media). Information on obtaining a NCES restricted data licence is available at the site.
US Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing Affordabilty Data System Updates: The following changes have been made to the data:
1) Poverty Level Income, 2001: Due to a data processing error, the poverty level income variable (IPOV) in the 2001 HADS file (only) was too low. The error has been corrected. This affects all of the income and cost relative to poverty variables in the 2001 file; 2). Imputation for Underreported Income: As is described on page 10 of the HADS documentation, Households which report zero or negative incomes but are living in uncrowded, adequate housing that cost more than the Fair Market Rent are classified as having the area median income. Their housing cost burdens are calculated on this basis. We erroneously used Cost06 rather than ZSMHC when making this determination and when calculating burden for these households. This has been corrected. Note that Cost06 is the same as ZSMHC for renters, but not for owners. Thus, this correction changes the income classification and burden of some owner-occupied households; 3). Formatted Housing Cost Burden: The Burden variable uses the special code of -1 for households with zero or negative incomes. In the previous version of HADS, the formatted burden variable, FMTBurden, erroneously classified such households as having burdens under 30% of income. We have added an additional category to the formatting, so that FMTBurden reports such households separately." Data is available in self decompressing (.exe) ASCII text and SAS format, with documentation in .pdf format).
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:
SN 5595 International Social Survey Programme-Citizenship, 2004
SN 5457 -Education and the Working Class: Some General Themes Raised by a Study of 88 Working-Class Children in a Northern Industrial City, 1946-1960
SN 5599 -Predictors of Suicidality: Towards an Integrated Motivational Model, 2005-2006
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Early Childhood Longitudinal Study: The US National Center for Education Statistics has recently updated the ECLS bibliography (2007, .pdf format, 13p.).
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