Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #64, May 20, 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

CONFERENCES

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Census Bureau Report: "Participation of Mothers in Government Assistance Programs: 2004," by Jane Lawler Dye (Household Economic Studies P70-116, May 2008, .pdf format, 15p.). The report and detailed tables (Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format) are linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Fewer Mothers With a Recent Birth Rely On Government Assistance Than in 1996" (CB08-78, May 14, 2008). Data are from the Survey of Income and Program Participation.

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/families_households/011934.html

2. National Center for Education Statistics Report, Issue Brief:

A. "National Indian Education Study 2007 Part I: Performance of American Indian and Alaska Native Students at Grades 4 and 8 on NAEP 2007 Reading and Mathematics Assessments," by Rebecca Moran, Bobby D. Rampey, Gloria S. Dion, and Patricia L. Donahue (NCES 2008457, May 2008, .pdf format, 88p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008457

B. "Attrition of Public School Mathematics and Science Teachers," by Gillian Hampden-Thompson, William L. Herring, and Gregory Kienzl (NCES 2008077, May 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008077

3. Department of Labor Spotlight on Statistics: "Sports and Exercise" (May 2008).

http://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2008/sports/

4. General Accountability Office Report: "2010 Census: Bureau Needs to Specify How It Will Assess Coverage Follow-up Techniques and When It Will Produce Coverage Measurement Results" (GAO-08-414, May 2008, .pdf format, 50p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-414

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US States:

Illinois:

Department of Public Health Reports:

A. "Marriages Occurring in Illinois 2000-2005" (May 2008).

http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/bdmd/marr00_09.htm

B. "Marriages, Divorces and Annulments Occurring in Illinois 1958 to 2005" (May 2008).

http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/bdmd/marr_div_annul.htm

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization Report: "Education for All by 2015: Will We Make it? (May 2008, .pdf format, 434p.).

http://portal.unesco.org/education/en/ev.php-URL_ID=49591&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

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World Bank Compendium: Migration and Remittances Factbook 2008 (2008, .pdf format).

http://econ.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTDEC/EXTDECPROSPECTS/0,,contentMDK:21352016~isCURL:Y~menuPK:3145470~pagePK:64165401~piPK:64165026~theSitePK:476883,00.html

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Bulgaria:

National Statistical Institute Report: "Creches and Children in Creches for the Period 2000-2007" (May 2008).

http://www.nsi.bg/ZActual_e/KG00-07.htm

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Compendium, Periodical:

A. Canada Year Book 2007 (May 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 505p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/11-402-XIE/11-402-XIE2007000.htm

B. Juristat (Vol. 28, No. 3, 2008, .pdf format, 16p.). The feature article of this issue is: "Youth Crime in Canada, 2006," by Andrea Taylor-Butts and Angela Bressan.

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/85-002-XIE/85-002-XIE2008003.pdf

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Germany:

Federal Statistics Office Press Release: "Largest share of students transferring to Berlin" (May 20, 2008).

http://www.destatis.de/jetspeed/portal/cms/Sites/destatis/Internet/EN/press/pr/2008/05/PE08__187__213,templateId=renderPrint.psml

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Iceland:

Statistics Iceland Report: "Children in pre-primary schools in December 2007" (May 2008, .pdf format, 20p.). The report is in Icelandic. Table headings are in Icelandic and English. There is an English summary at the end of the report.

http://www.statice.is/Pages/452?itemid=5b1605d1-f299-4b47-9e49-ff904e874377

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Ireland:

Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Report: "Vital Statistics, Third Quarter 2007" (May 2008, .pdf format, 28p.). The report is linked to from a CSO/AP-OS News Release: "Births, Deaths and Marriages in Quarter 3 2007: Almost 3 in 5 mothers under 30 unmarried" (May 14, 2008).

http://www.cso.ie/newsevents/pressrelease_vitalstatisticsquarter32007.htm

Link to full text is near the bottom of the news release.

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Macedonia:

State Statistics Office News Release: "Reported, accused and convicted adult and juveniles perpetrators of criminal offence" (May 15, 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.stat.gov.mk/english/statistiki_eng.asp?ss=05.01&rbs=1

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "More women to obtain doctorate" (May 15, 2008).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/onderwijs/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2008/2008-2459-wm.htm

B. "Groningen has largest proportion of young social security claimants," by Ton van Maanen and Rolf Hut (May 15, 2008).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/arbeid-sociale-zekerheid/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2008/2008-2462-wm.htm

C. "Fewer very large families," by Joop Garssen and Hennie Roovers (May 15, 2008).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/bevolking/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2008/2008-2456-wm.htm

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New Zealand: Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa "Hot off the Press": "Longitudinal Immigration Survey: New Zealand (LisNZ)--Wave 1" (May 19, 2008, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://www.stats.govt.nz/products-and-services/hot-off-the-press/longitudinal-immigration-survey/longitudinal-immigration-survey-nz-may08-hotp.htm

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Release: "Education statistics. Activities of popular education organisations. 2007" (May 16, 2008). The news release links to 6 topical tables.

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/04/02/50/voppl_en/

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Philippines:

National Statistics Office News Release, Special Release:

A. "Marriage Statistics: 2005" (May 20, 2008).

http://www.census.gov.ph/data/sectordata/sr08330tx.html

B. "2006 Survey on Overseas Filipinos" (May 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.census.gov.ph/data/sectordata/sr07251tx.pdf

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Scotland:

1. Scottish Government Compendium: High Level Summary of Statistics: Key Trends for Scotland 2008 (May 2008, .pdf format, 262p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/hls2008/Q/EditMode/on/ForceUpdate/on

2. General Register Office Report: "Estimates of Households & Dwellings in Scotland, 2007" (May 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/publications-and-data/household-estimates-statistics/estimates-of-households-and-dwellings-in-scotland-2007/index.html

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office Compendium: Slovene regions in figures: 2008 (May 2008, .pdf format, 56p.). The compendium is in Slovene and English.

http://www.stat.si/eng/pub_regije.asp

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden Press Release: "Students and graduated students in undergraduate education 2006/07" (May 15, 2008).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____236277.asp

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UK:

1. Home Office Statistical Bulletin: "Persons Granted British Citizenship United Kingdom, 2007," by John Freelove Mensah (May 2008, .pdf format, 34p.).

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/hosb0508.pdf

2. National Statistics Office Reports:

A. "Inter-regional migration movements within the UK during the year to September 2007" (May 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/STATBASE/Prep/10191.asp

B. "International Migration Annual Reference Volume Series MN33" (May 2008, .pdf format, 6p., with tables in .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/prep/507.asp

C. "Super Output Area mid-year population estimates for England and Wales (experimental)" (May 2008, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=14357

D. "Quarterly Population Estimates: Jun. 1995-March 2008 (experimental)" (May 2008, Microsoft Excel format, with commentary in .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=13523

3. Department for Work and Pensions Report: "Fraud and Error in the Benefit System (from March 2006)" (2008, .pdf format, with selected tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd2/fraud_error.asp

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Wales:

Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: Statistical Focus on Rural Wales, 2008" (May 2008, .pdf format, 78p.).

http://new.wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/compendia2008/hdw200805151/?lang=en

Click on "Statistical Focus on Rural Wales, 2008" for link to full text.

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Pew Research Center Report: "Inside the Middle Class: Bad Times Hit the Good Life," (April 2008, .pdf format, 169p.).

http://pewsocialtrends.org/pubs/706/middle-class-poll

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American Enterprise Institute Brief: "Still at Risk," by Frederick M. Hess (Education Outlook (No. 2, April 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.27846/pub_detail.asp

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Brookings Institution Report: "Candidate Issue Index: Children," by Julia B. Isaacs (May 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2008/0515_children_isaacs_opp08.aspx

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Manhattan Institute Civic Report: "Measuring Immigrant Assimilation in the United States," by Jacob L. Vigdor (CR No. 53, May 2008, HTML and. pdf format, 45p.).

http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/cr_53.htm

More information about MH:

http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/about_mi_30.htm

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Demographic Research Article: "Effect of single parenthood on educational aspiration and student disengagement in Korea," by Hyunjoon Park (Vol. 18, Article 13, May 2008, .pdf format, p. 377-408).

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol18/13/default.htm

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "Sociality, selection, and survival: Simulated evolution of mortality with intergenerational transfers and food sharing," by Ronald Lee (Vol. 105, No. 20, May 20, 2008, p. 7124-7128).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/20/7124?etoc

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Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine Article: "Retail Sales of Alcohol and the Risk of Being a Victim of Assault," by Russell Bennetts and Rachel Seabrook (PLoS Medicine Vol. 5, No. 5, e108 doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050108, May 2008, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0050108&ct=1

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Public Library of Science (PLoS) One Article: "Widening of Socioeconomic Inequalities in U.S. Death Rates, 1993-2001," by Ahmedin Jemal, Elizabeth Ward, Robert N. Anderson, Taylor Murray, and Michael J. Thun (PLoS ONE 3(5): e2181 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002181, May 2008, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0002181

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WORKING PAPERS:

California Center for Population Research [University of California-Los Angeles]: "Re-Examining the Moving to Opportunity Study and its contribution to changing the distribution of poverty and ethnic concentration," by William A.V. Clark (PWP-CCPR-2008-008, April 2008, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://ebi.ccpr.ucla.edu:8080/pwp/ListPaper.do?state=listWorkingPaperDetails&ParentCategory=439

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US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies. Note: links to an abstract and full text can be found at the site listed below. "Neighborhood Effects on High-School Drop-Out Rates and Teenage Childbearing: Tests for Non-Linearities, Race-Specific Effects, Interactions with Family Characteristics, and Endogenous Causation using Geocoded California Census Microdata," by Rhiannon Patterson (WP 08-12, May 2008, .pdf format, 62p.).

http://www.ces.census.gov/index.php/ces/cespapers

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Parental Education and Parental Time With Children," by Jonathan Guryan, Erik Hurst, and Melissa Schettini Kearney (w13993, May 2008, .pdf format, 61p.).

Abstract:

Parents invest both their material resources and their time into raising their children. Time investment in children is thought to be critical to the development of "quality" children who will become productive adults. This paper has three goals related to the examination of parental time allocated to the care of their children. First, using data from the recent American Time Use Surveys (ATUS), we highlight what we think are the most interesting, and perhaps surprising, cross sectional patterns in time spent with children by parents within the United States. Second, we interpret our results in a Beckerian framework of time allocation with a view toward establishing whether parental childcare appears to be more akin to leisure or home production. Third, we examine data from a sample of 14 countries to establish whether the patterns we observe in the United States hold across countries and within other countries. We show that both within countries and across countries there is a strong positive relationship between parental education, or earnings, and time spent with children. We then show that time spent with children does not follow patterns typical of leisure or home production, suggesting an important difference. We speculate that one reason for this positive education gradient relates to the investment aspect of time spent with children.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13993

B. "The Non-Cognitive Returns to Class Size," by Thomas Dee and Martin West (w13994, May 2008, .pdf format, 61p.).

Abstract:

Although recent evidence suggests that non-cognitive skills such as engagement matter for academic and economic success, there is little evidence on how key educational inputs affect the development of these skills. We present a re-analysis of follow-up data from the Project STAR class-size experiment and find evidence that early-grade class-size reductions did improve subsequent student initiative. However, these effects did not persist into the 8th grade. Furthermore, the external and, possibly, the internal validity of these inferences is compromised by non-random attrition. We also present a complementary analysis based on nationally representative survey data and a research design that relies on contemporaneous within-student and within-teacher comparisons across two academic subjects. Our results indicate that smaller classes in 8th grade lead to improvements in measures of student engagement with effect sizes ranging from 0.05 to 0.09 and smaller effects persisting two years later. Using the estimated earnings impact of these non-cognitive skills and the direct cost of a class-size reduction, the implied internal rate of return from an 8th-grade class-size reduction is 4.6 percent overall, but 7.9 percent in urban schools.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13994

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Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada: "The Population Ecumene of Canada: Exploring the Past and Present," by Carolyn Weiss, Patricia Cillis, and Neil Rothwell (Geography Working Paper Series No. 2008003, May 2008, .pdf format, HTML and .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/92F0138MIE/92F0138MIE2008003.htm

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Social Change," by Jeremy Greenwood and Nezih Guner (Discussion Paper 3485, May 2008, .pdf format, 67p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.iza.org/index_html?lang=en&mainframe=http%3A//www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract%3Fdp_id%3D3485

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

American Sociological Review (Vol. 73, No. 3, June 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

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CONFERENCES:

Institute for Labour and Family Research Call for Papers: "Impact of Poverty and Social Exclusion on Children’s Lives and their Well-being," to be held Sep. 8-9, 2008, in Bratislava, Slovakia). For more information see:

http://www.euro.centre.org/data/1210768430_66871.pdf

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through May 19, 2008.

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

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DATA:

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

May 13, 2008: Data for Czech Republic were revised and updated through 2006.

May 13, 2008: Data for Total Germany, East Germany, and West Germany 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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National Longitudinal Survey of Youth: The following NLSY data has been made available by the Center for Human Resource Research at the Ohio State University:

DCYA-2006-May08 NLSY79: Child/Young Adult 1979-2006 Partial Release May 2008.

"The NLSY79 Child-YA 1986-2006 Partial data release contains a subset of the comprehensive 1986-2006 Child-Young Adult dataset. This "partial release" contains the complete 1994-2006 records (including created variables) for the NLSY79 Young Adults and the following Areas of Interest for the 1986-2006 Children of the NLSY79: 1. Child assessment scores 2. Child questionnaire data: Child Supplement and Mother Supplement items 3. Child background 4. Family background 5. Maternal household composition 6. Sampling weights The following data items, which are still available through 2004, will be updated in the summer of 2008 to include information based on reports in the mothers' 2006 interview. 1. Maternal work history 2. Natality 3. Childcare."

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

Scroll to title or item number.

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Socioeconomic Data And Application Center (SEDAC) [Columbia (New York) University]: TerraViva! SEDAC Viewer Available on CD has been updated for 2008. "2008 TerraViva! SEDAC Viewer has been updated with a wide range of new SEDAC data. This map viewer and standalone software application (Microsoft Windows-based) uses a powerful data-viewing engine and tools to enable the visualization and integration of hundreds of socioeconomic and environmental variables and layers, including a range of satellite-based data. TerraViva! is of primary interest to researchers and analysts working in a variety of areas, from environmental and ecological sciences to the social and health sciences." For more information see:

http://sedac.ciesin.org/terraVivaUserWeb/

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Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics Online (State University of New York at Albany) Update: The following tables were added or updated on May 15, 2008: "DEA budget and staff; defendants charged and sentenced, drug law violators, and length of trials in U.S. District Courts; U.S. Courts of Appeals cases; and persons under supervision of the Federal Probation System."

http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/whats_new.html

See links under May 15 entry.

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets as of May 15, 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

New and updated data:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR/announce.html?startdate=2008-05-03&enddate=2008-05-15

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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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

UNdata: "The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has launched a new internet-based data service for the global user community. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point from which users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN System. Useful features like Country Profiles, Advanced Search and Glossaries are also provided to aid research. Currently, there are 14 databases and 6 glossaries containing over 55 million data points and covering a whole range of statistics including Population, Industry, Energy, Trade and National Accounts. Whilst this initial version of UNdata is fully equipped with all the functionalities for data access, the development team is continuously adding new databases and features to further enhance the usefulness to users. When fully developed, UNdata will have a comprehensive array of international and national databases providing the world instant access to a wealth of statistical information."

http://data.un.org/

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University of Wisconsin Data and Information Service Center Country Statistical Yearbook Update. Our Country Statistical Yearbook page has added links to several yearbooks.

New:

Armenia:

Statistical Yearbooks: 1996-2007
Armenia in Figures: 2006, 2007

Canada:

Canada Yearbook: 2007, 1867-1967, selected others

http://www.disc.wisc.edu/yearbooks/

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