Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #87, November 4, 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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

DATA

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Census Bureau Report: "The Geographic Distribution and Characteristics of Older Workers in Pennsylvania: 2004," by Cynthia Taeuber and Matthew R. Graham (LED-OW04-PA, October 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/ledow04pa.pdf

2. Government Accountability Office Report: "2010 Census: Census Bureau Needs Procedures for Estimating the Response Rate and Selecting for Testing Methods to Increase Response Rate," (GAO-08-1012, September 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-08-1012

3. Department of Homeland Security Compendium: 2007 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.dhs.gov/ximgtn/statistics/publications/yearbook.shtm

4. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "Numbers and Types of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2006-07 - First Look," by Lee Hoffman (NCES 2009304, October 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2009304

5. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report, Brief:

A. "Pathways to Adulthood and Marriage: Teenagers’ Attitudes, Expectations, and Relationship Patterns," by Robert G. Wood, Sarah Avellar, and Brian Goesling (October 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 82p.).

http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/08/pathways2adulthood/

B. "The Well-Being of Children in Working Poor and Other Families: 1997 and 2004," by Richard Wertheimer, Kristin Anderson Moore, Mary Burkhauser, and Ashleigh Collins (August 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/08/WellBeingChildren/index.shtml

6. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "Simulated Effects of Changes to State and Federal Asset Eligibility Policies for the Food Stamp Program," by Karen Cunnyngham and James Ohls (Contractor and Cooperator Report No. CCR-49, October 2008, .pdf format, 126p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/CCR49/

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US States:

Maryland:

State Data Center Updates: "Public School Enrollment, Historical 2007 and Projections 2008 to 2017" (October 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.mdp.state.md.us/msdc/dw_school08.htm

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NGO and Other Countries

United Nations:

Department of Economic and Social Affairs Wall Charts:

A. "Urban and Rural Areas, 2007," (October 2008, .pdf and Excel format, 2p.).

http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wup2007/2007urban_rural.htm

B. "Urban Agglomerations 2007," (October 2008, .pdf and Excel format, 2p.).

http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wup2007/2007urban_agglo.htm

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European Community:

Eurostat Compendium: Eurostat Yearbook: 2008 (2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 566p. ).

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page?_pageid=2693,70381876,2693_70592044&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

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Austria:

Statistics Austria News Release: "Population forecasts" (Oct. 29, 2008). The news release links to several statistical tables (HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.statistik.at/web_en/statistics/population/demographic_forecasts/population_forecasts/index.html

Click on "More" for link to full text. Further tables are available at the German language site.

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Fiji Islands:

Bureau of Statistics Report: "2007 Census of Population and Housing: (October 2008, .pdf format).

http://www.statsfiji.gov.fj/Census2007/census07_index2.htm

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Finland:

Statistics Finland News Releases:

A. "New Internet portal facilitates searching for statistics" (Nov. 4, 2008).

http://www.stat.fi/ajk/tiedotteet/v2008/tiedote_028_2008-11-04_en.html

B. "Students in preparatory education for a skills examination number 77,100 in 2007" (Nov. 3, 2008).

http://www.stat.fi/til/aop/2007/aop_2007_2008-11-03_tie_003_en.html

C. "Students in apprenticeship training number 63,300 in 2007" (Nov. 3, 2008).

http://www.stat.fi/til/aop/2007/aop_2007_2008-11-03_tie_004_en.html

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Iceland:

Statistics Iceland News Release: "Graduates at the upper secondary and tertiary levels in 2006-2007" (Nov. 3, 2008).

http://www.statice.is/Pages/444?NewsID=3001

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Ireland:

Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Compendium, Reports:

A. Statistical Yearbook of Ireland: 2008 (October 2008, .pdf format, 403p.).

http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/statistical_yearbook_ireland_2008.htm

B. "Vital Statistics: First Quarter 2008" (October 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/documents/vitalstats/current/vstats.pdf

C. "Recorded Crime: 3rd Quarter 2008" (October 2008, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/documents/crime_justice/current/recordedcrime.pdf

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2008).

http://www.ssb.no/english/previous14days/

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Pakistan:

Federal Bureau of Statistics Compendium: Pakistan Statistical Year Book 2008 (October 2008, .pdf format).

http://www.statpak.gov.pk/depts/fbs/publications/yearbook2008/yearbook2008.html

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Poland:

Central Statistical Office Report: "Population. Size and structure by territorial division. As of June 30, 2008" (October 2008, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format, 120p.). The report is in Polish and English.

http://www.stat.gov.pl/gus/45_655_ENG_HTML.htm

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Scotland:

General Register Office Report: "Increased Winter Mortality in Scotland, 2007/08" (October 2008, .pdf format, Microsoft Excel, and comma separated value [.csv] format).

http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/publications-and-data/increased-winter-mortality/increased-winter-mortality-in-scotland-2007-08

Links to full text and tables are at the bottom of the page.

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Singapore:

Statistics Singapore Periodical: Monthly Digest of Statistics: October 2008 (November 2008, .pdf format, 105p.).

http://www.singstat.gov.sg/pubn/reference/mdsoct08.pdf

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office News Release: "Population, Slovenia, 30 June 2008," by Barica Razpotnik (Oct. 30, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1950

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden Press Releases:

A. "Children and their families 2007" (Nov. 4, 2008).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____251213.asp

B. "Childbirths among Swedish born and foreign born women" (Nov. 3, 2008).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____251100.asp

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Switzerland:

Federal Statistical Office Report: "On the way to gender equality: Current situation and developments" (Federal office for the equality of women and men, November 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/en/index/news/publikationen.html?publicationID=3378

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UK:

1. Department for Work and Pensions Report: "Child Support Agency Quarterly Summary Statistics: September 2008" (October 2008, .pdf format, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/child_support/csa_quarterly_sep08.asp

Link to tables is at the bottom of the page.

2. Home Office Report: "Seizures of Drugs in England and Wales, 2006/07," by Kevin Smith (October 2008, .pdf format, 14p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/stats-release.html

See under "30 October 2008, Seizures of Drugs in England and Wales, 2006/07"

3. Ministry of Justice Report: "Offender management caseload statistics 2007" (October 2008, .pdf format, 168p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/prisonandprobation.htm

4. National Statistics Office Report: "National interim life tables 2005-07; subnational life expectancy 2005-07" (October 2008, news release in .pdf format, 9p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=8841

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Wales:

Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Reports:

A. "Absenteeism from Secondary Schools, 2007/08" (October 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://new.wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/schools2008/hdw200810301/?lang=en

B. "Social Landlords Possessions and Evictions, 2007-08" (October 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://new.wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/housing2008/hdw20081029/?lang=en

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Brookings Institution Report: "The Enduring Challenge of Concentrated Poverty in America," by Alan Berube and Elizabeth Kneebone (October 2008, .pdf format, 220p.).

http://www.brookings.edu/reports/2008/1024_concentrated_poverty.aspx?emc=lm&

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Population Reference Bureau Brief, Data Sheet:

A. "Reproductive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa," by James Gribble and Joan Haffey (October 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.prb.org/pdf08/reproductivehealth_subsaharanafrica.pdf

B. "2008 Africa Population Data Sheet," (October 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.prb.org/pdf08/africadatasheet2008.pdf

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Rand Corporation Report: "Prepared to Learn; The Nature and Quality of Early Care and Education for Preschool-Age Children in California," by Lynn A. Karoly, Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, Gail L. Zellman, Michal Perlman, and Lynda Fernyhough (TR-539-PF/WKKF/PEW/NIEER/WCJVSF/LAUP, October 2008, .pdf format, 216p.).

http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/TR539/

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Pew Hispanic Center Report: "Latino Settlement in the New Century," by Richard Fry (October 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).

http://pewhispanic.org/reports/report.php?ReportID=96

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National Research Council Monograph: Coverage Measurement in the 2010 Census, edited by Robert M. Bell and Michael L. Cohen (National Academies Press, 2008, OpenBook and .pdf format, 149p.). Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site. Note: NAP requires free registration before providing a .pdf copy.

http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12524

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American Enterprise Institute Periodical: Education Outlook (No. 6, October 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.). The topic of this issue is: "The Costs of Failure Factories in American Higher Education," by Mark Schneider.

http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.28863/pub_detail.asp

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WORKING PAPERS:

University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty:

A. "Inside the War on Poverty: The Impact of Food Stamps on Birth Outcomes," by Douglas Almond, Hilary W. Hoynes, and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach (DP 1359-08, October 2008, .pdf format, 53p.).

Abstract:

This paper evaluates the health impact of a signature initiative of the War on Poverty: the rollout of the modern Food Stamp Program (FSP) during the 1960s and early 1970s. Using variation in the month the FSP began operating in each U.S. county, we find that pregnancies exposed to the FSP three months prior to birth yielded deliveries with increased birth weight, with the largest gains at the lowest birth weights. These impacts are evident with difference-in-difference models and event study analyses. Estimated impacts are robust to inclusion of county fixed effects, time fixed effects, measures of other federal transfer spending, state by year fixed effects, and county-specific linear time trends. We also find that the FSP rollout leads to small, but statistically insignificant, improvements in neonatal infant mortality. We conclude that the sizeable increase in income from Food Stamp Program benefits improved birth outcomes for both whites and African Americans, with larger impacts for births to African American mothers.

http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/dps/pdfs/dp135908.pdf

B. "The School Breakfast Program and Breakfast Consumption," by Geetha M. Waehrer (DP 1360-08, October 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

This paper analyzes the effect of participation in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) on breakfast consumption using time-diary data from the Child Development Supplement of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Participation effects are identified by comparing differences in breakfast patterns between weekdays (when children are in school) and weekends (when they are not), for program participants versus nonparticipants. Results suggest that the SBP is associated with a significant reduction in the likelihood of eating breakfast. Additional analyses of the availability of the SBP in schools and adjustments for the quality of the time-diary data fail to alter this basic result. A plausible interpretation of this counter-intuitive result is that, contrary to parents’ expectations, participating children may not actually be eating the breakfasts provided at school.

http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/dps/pdfs/dp136008.pdf

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University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "Population Ageing and the Well-being of Older Persons in Thailand," by John E. Knodel and Napaporn Chayovan (PSC Research Report No. 08-659, October 2008, .pdf format, 123p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=5635

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Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "Close kin influences on fertility behavior," by Robert White and Laura Bernardi (WP-2008-024, October 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).

Abstract:

Family members are uniquely situated to influence the decision-making of their kin in nearly every facet of life. We examine the importance of social interactions in fertility outcomes by assessing family members’ scope of influence on their fellow kin’s fertility behavior. With the unique KASS genealogical dataset from eight countries in Europe, we study the effects of family members’ fertility outcomes on individual fertility to assess the presence and the extent of inter-generational transmission of fertility behaviors and siblings’ influences on fertility outcomes. We find only limited evidence of the inter-generational transmission of fertility behaviors, but a relatively important effect of siblings for individual fertility. Rather than parents, siblings’ influences appear to constitute the largest share of familial influences on fertility outcomes. We also find that among siblings, women’s fertility is more subject to the influences of their sisters. These findings indicate the relative importance of close kin influences on individual fertility and demonstrate the consequences of family structure for fertility change.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2008-024.pdf

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Urban Institute: "Racial Disparities in Education Finance: Going Beyond Equal Revenues," by Sheila Murray and Kim Rueben (Discussion Paper No. 29 , November 2008, .pdf format, 17p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=411785

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Nov. 4, 2008.

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

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Nov. 4, 2008.

http://jobs.amstat.org/search/results

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Nov. 4, 2008.

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

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DATA:

National Center for Education Statistics:

A. "Documentation to the NCES Common Core of Data Local Education Agency Universe Survey: School Year 2006-07 Version 1a," by Jennifer Sable (NCES 2009301, October 2008, .pdf format, 73p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2009301

B. "Documentation to the NCES Common Core of Data Public Elementary/ Secondary School Universe Survey: School Year 2006-07 Version 1a," (NCES 2009302, October 2008, .pdf format, 190p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2009302

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Nov. 2, 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=2008-07-28&enddate=2008-11-02

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/

For new data or new editions of new data in the last month:

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/newdata.asp

and pick "1 month" for either.

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