Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #89, November 18, 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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

CONFERENCES

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

DATA

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "Measuring the Status and Change of NAEP State Inclusion Rates for Students with Disabilities," by Sami Kitmitto and Victor Bandeira de Mello (NCES 2009-453, November 2008, .pdf format, 118p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pubs/studies/2009453.asp

2. National Institutes of Health Press Release: "New Program Teaches Preschoolers Reading Skills, Getting Along With Others," (Nov. 14, 2008).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/nov2008/nichd-14.htm

3. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Jails in Indian Country, 2007," by Todd D. Minton (NCJ 223760, November 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 51p., with .zip compressed spreadsheets).

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/jic07.htm

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US States:

North Carolina:

State Center for Health Statistics Report: "North Carolina Selected Vital Statistics: Volume 1 - 2007" (November 2008 .pdf or HTML format).

http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/vitalstats/volume1/2007/

South Carolina:

Department of Health and Environmental Control Report: "Homicide: Findings from the South Carolina Violent Death Reporting System (SCVDRS), 2003-2005" (October 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.scdhec.net/co/phsis/biostatistics/an_pubs/NVDRS%20Homicide%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

Wisconsin:

Department of Health Services Reports:

A. "Wisconsin Births and Infant Deaths, 2007" (November 2008, .pdf format, 112p.).

http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/births/pdf/07births.pdf

B. "Births to Teens in Wisconsin, 2007" (November 2008, .pdf format, 25p.).

http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/births/pdf/07teenbirths.pdf

C. "Ten Most Popular First Names for Newborns, Wisconsin, 2007" (November 2008).

http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/births/babynames.htm

D. "DHS has added 2007 population figures to the Population Estimates module of the WISH data query system. This module provides mid-year population estimates for the counties and state of Wisconsin by age, sex, race and ethnicity categories for non-Census years. Estimates are used to calculate population-based health statistics."

http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/wish/index.htm

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. Population Fund Compendium: State of World Population: 2008 (November 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 99p.). This year's topic is "Reaching Common Ground: Culture, Gender and Human Rights."

http://www.unfpa.org/swp/

2. Statistics Division Compendium: Demographic Yearbook, 2006 (2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 924p.).

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/dyb/2000_round.htm

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Bulgaria:

National Statistical Institute Press Release: "Adult Education Survey 2007-main results" (November 2008).

http://www.nsi.bg/ZActual_e/AdultEducationSurveyTables2007en.htm

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Cook Islands:

Statistics Office Report: "Population Estimates & Vital Statistics: December Quarter 2007" (2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.stats.gov.ck/CurReleases/popnestVital/popnestvital.htm

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Finland:

Statistics Finland News Releases:

A. "Comprehensive schools had 561,100 pupils in 2008" (Nov. 14, 2008).

http://www.stat.fi/til/pop/2008/pop_2008_2008-11-14_tie_001_en.html

B. "Polytechnic students numbered 132,500 in 2008" (Nov. 14, 2008).

http://www.stat.fi/til/akop/2008/akop_2008_2008-11-14_tie_001_en.html

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Table: "Summary Of Fertility Rates In 1996, 2000, 2006" (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 1p.).

http://www1.cbs.gov.il/reader/newhodaot/tables_template_eng.html?hodaa=200801231

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Jamaica:

Government of Jamaica Secretariat Information Portal: "JamStats" (September 2008). "JamStats is a database that captures information on some of Jamaica’s most critical social and economic indicators. A DevInfo 5.0 adaptation, it was developed by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) in partnership with the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), with support from UNICEF Jamaica."

http://www.jamstats.gov.jm/

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Macedonia:

State Statistical Office News Release: "Natural movement of the population" (Nov. 17, 2008, .pdf format, 5p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.

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

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Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Hot off the Press: "Births and Deaths: September 2008 quarter" (Nov. 18, 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.stats.govt.nz/products-and-services/hot-off-the-press/births-and-deaths/births-and-deaths-sep08-hotp.htm

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

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Nov. 13-18, 2008).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/_unique/_nieuws/default.htm

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Palestinian National Authority:

Central Bureau of Statistics News Release: "Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics Releases the Main Results of Local Community Survey, 2008" (Nov. 13, 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

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

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Poland:

Central Statistical Office Compendium: Demographic Yearbook of Poland 2008 (November 2008, compressed and uncompressed .pdf format, 559p.).

http://www.stat.gov.pl/gus/45_3697_ENG_HTML.htm

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Romania:

National Institute of Statistics Press Release: "Population and demographic phenomena in September 2008" (Nov. 17, 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.insse.ro/files/statistici/comunicate/populatie/a08/pop09e08.pdf

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Population, detailed data, Slovenia, 30 June 2008," by Ursula Iljas Petrovic, Barica Razpotnik, and Darja Ster (Nov. 14, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1978

B. "Activity of museums, galleries or exhibition grounds, Slovenia, 2007," by Nadja Svetlin Kastelic (Nov. 14, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1992

C. "Theatrical activity, Slovenia, 2007," by Nadja Svetlin Kastelic (Nov. 14, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1993

D. "Musical activity, Slovenia, 2007," by Nadja Svetlin Kastelic (Nov. 14, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1994

E. "Activity of cultural institutions, Slovenia, 2007," by Nadja Svetlin Kastelic (Nov. 14, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1995

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UK:

National Statistics Office Report: "Conception statistics 2006" (November 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/prep/15055.asp

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Urban Institute Report: "Understanding the Consequences of Hurricane Katrina for ACF Service Populations: A Feasibility Assessment of Study Approaches," by Fredrica D. Kramer, Kenneth Finegold, and Daniel Kuehn (November 2008, .pdf format, 145p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.urban.org/publications/411790.html

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Rand Corporation Report: "Valuing Benefits in Benefit-Cost Studies of Social Programs," by Lynn A. Karoly (TR-643-MCF, 2008, .pdf format, 113p.).

http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/TR643/

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Century Foundation "Reality Check" Updates: Two of CF's Reality Check reports have been recently updated for 2008: "Left Behind: Unequal Opportunity in Higher Education," by Richard D. Kahlenberg (November 2008, .pdf format, 12p.), and "Can Separate Be Equal? The Overlooked Flaw at the Center of No Child Left Behind," by Richard D. Kahlenberg (November 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://tcf.org/print.asp?type=PB&pubid=544

More information about CF:

http://tcf.org/about.asp

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Demographic Research Article: "Men's childbearing desires and views of the male role in Europe at the dawn of the 21st century," by Allan Puur, Livia Sz. Oláh, Mariam Irene Tazi-Preve, and Jürgen Dorbritz (Vol. 9, Article 56, November 2008, .pdf format, p. 1883-1912). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.

http://www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol19/56/

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WORKING PAPERS:

Federal Reserve Board Finance and Economics Discussion Series: School Desegregation, School Choice and Changes in Residential Location Patterns by Race," by Nathaniel Baum-Snow and Byron Lutz (WP 2008-57, November 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 60p. Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/feds/2008/200857/200857abs.html

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Effects of Welfare Reform on Educational Acquisition of Young Adult Women," by Dhaval M. Dave, Nancy E. Reichman, and Hope Corman (w14466, November 2008, .pdf format, 45p.).

Abstract:

Education beyond traditional ages for schooling is an important source of human capital accumulation among adult women. Welfare reform, which began in the early 1990s and culminated in the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act in 1996, has promoted work rather than educational acquisition for this group. Exploiting variation in welfare reform across states and over time and using relevant comparison groups, we undertake a comprehensive study of the effects of welfare reform on adult women's human capital acquisition. We first estimate effects of welfare reform on high school dropout of teenage girls, both to improve on past research on this issue and to explore compositional changes that may be relevant for our primary analyses of the effects of welfare reform on the educational acquisition of adult women. We conduct numerous specification checks and explore the mediating role of work. We find robust and convincing evidence that welfare reform has significantly decreased the probability of both high school and college attendance among young adult women--by 20-25 percent. This result indicates that the gains from welfare reform in terms of increases in employment and reductions in caseloads have come at a cost in terms of lower educational attainment among adult women at risk for relying on welfare.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14466

B. "Child Care Subsidies and Child Development," by Chris M. Herbst and Erdal Tekin (w14474, November 2008, .pdf format, 45p.).

Abstract:

Child care subsidies are an important part of federal and state efforts to move welfare recipients into employment. One of the criticisms of the current subsidy system, however, is that it overemphasizes work and does little to encourage parents to purchase high-quality child care. Consequently, there are reasons to be concerned about the implications of child care subsidies for child development. In this paper, we provide a systematic assessment of the impact of subsidy receipt on a wide range of child outcomes. Drawing on rich data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, we document a negative relationship between child care subsidies and child development. In particular, our results suggest that subsidy receipt in the year before kindergarten lowers reading and math test scores and increases a variety of behavior problems at kindergarten entry. Some of these negative effects persist to the end of kindergarten. A tentative explanation for the poorer outcomes is that subsidized children are more likely to receive intense exposure to low-quality child care.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14474

C. "Peer Effects and the Impact of Tracking: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Kenya," by Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas, and Michael Kremer (w14475, November 2008, .pdf format, 50p.).

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This paper provides experimental evidence on the impact of tracking primary school students by initial achievement. In the presence of positive spillover effects from academically proficient peers, tracking may be beneficial for strong students but hurt weaker ones. However, tracking may help everybody if heterogeneous classes make it difficult to teach at a level appropriate to most students. We test these competing claims using a randomized evaluation in Kenya. One hundred and twenty one primary schools which all had a single grade one class received funds to hire an extra teacher to split that class into two sections. In 60 randomly selected schools, students were randomly assigned to sections. In the remaining 61 schools, students were ranked by prior achievement (measured by their first term grades), and the top and bottom halves of the class were assigned to different sections. After 18 months, students in tracking schools scored 0.14 standard deviations higher than students in non-tracking schools, and this effect persisted one year after the program ended. Furthermore, students at all levels of the distribution benefited from tracking. A regression discontinuity analysis shows that in tracking schools scores of students near the median of the pre-test distribution score are independent of whether they were assigned to the top or bottom section. In contrast, in non-tracking schools we find that on average, students benefit from having academically stronger peers. This suggests that tracking was beneficial because it helped teachers focus their teaching to a level appropriate to most students in the class.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14475

D. "Can You Recognize an Effective Teacher When You Recruit One?" by Jonah E. Rockoff, Brian A. Jacob, Thomas J. Kane, and Douglas O. Staiger (w14485, November 2008, .pdf format, 56p.).

Abstract:

Research on the relationship between teachers' characteristics and teacher effectiveness has been underway for over a century, yet little progress has been made in linking teacher quality with factors observable at the time of hire. However, most research has examined a relatively small set of characteristics that are collected by school administrators in order to satisfy legal requirements and set salaries. To extend this literature, we administered an in-depth survey to new math teachers in New York City and collected information on a number of non-traditional predictors of effectiveness including teaching specific content knowledge, cognitive ability, personality traits, feelings of self-efficacy, and scores on a commercially available teacher selection instrument. Individually, we find that only a few of these predictors have statistically significant relationships with student and teacher outcomes. However, when all of these variables are combined into two primary factors summarizing cognitive and non-cognitive teacher skills, we find that both factors have a modest and statistically significant relationship with student and teacher outcomes, particularly with student test scores. These results suggest that, while there may be no single factor that can predict success in teaching, using a broad set of measures can help schools improve the quality of their teachers.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14485

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Institute of Behavioral Science [University of Colorado, Boulder]:

A. "The Correlates and Consequences of Parent-Teen Discordance in Reports of Teens' Sexual Experience," by Stefanie Mollborn and Bethany Everett (POP2008-07, October 2008, .pdf format, 25p.).

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Using national survey data, we investigate factors associated with incongruence in parents’ and adolescents’ reports of teens’ past sexual experience and explore the consequences of inaccurate parental knowledge on subsequent sexual behaviors. Most parents of teens who have not had vaginal intercourse accurately report their lack of experience, while most parents of teens who have had intercourse inaccurately report that the adolescent has not had sex. A wide variety of adolescent-, parent-, and family-level factors predict the accuracy of parents’ knowledge. The consequences of incongruence in parent-teen reports of adolescents’ sexual experience differ between under- and overestimation. Teenagers whose parents overestimate their sexual experience are subsequently more likely to have vaginal intercourse, have sex outside a romantic relationship, and (for girls) have a pregnancy. Teenagers whose parents underestimate their sexual experience are less likely to have vaginal intercourse, have sex while using drugs, and have a sexually transmitted infection diagnosis.

http://www.colorado.edu/ibs/pubs/pop/pop2008-0007.pdf

B. "On the Legal Auspices of Latin America - U.S. Migration," by Fernando Riosmena (POP2008-08, November 2008, .pdf format, 41p.).

Abstract:

In this paper, I compare trends in rates and patterns of transition into legal permanent residence (LPR) of Mexicans, Dominicans, and Nicaraguans. I find striking differences in the degree and modes of transition into LPR between the three countries. Dominicans evinced by far the highest likelihood of obtaining residence at all times and ages, mostly through parents and spouses, with no gender differences and little previous undocumented experience. In sharp contrast, Mexicans had a rather low likelihood of becoming a LPR and presented sharp gender differentials: women were more likely to legalize through husbands while men benefited from IRCA amnesty programs as much as from parents. Nicaraguans stood in-between, presenting few gender differences in rates and modes of transition and a heavy dependence on special provisions such as IRCA and NACARA. I argue these trends are the result of the interplay of conditions favoring the emigration of and the specific immigration policy context faced by migrant pioneers; the influence of social networks in reproducing the legal character of flows; and differences in the actual use of kinship ties as sponsors. I discuss the implications of these results in light of gender differences in migration dynamics from Latin America.

http://www.colorado.edu/ibs/pubs/pop/pop2008-0008.pdf

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World Bank Policy Research Programme: "Public participation, teacher accountability, and school outcomes: findings from baseline surveys in three Indian states," by Priyanka Pandey and Sangeeta Goyal (WPS 4777, November 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&piPK=64165421&theSitePK=469382&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000158349_20081112144351

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

Child Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 32, No. 10, October 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/issue/5847-2008-999679989-701804

Social Work (Vol. 53, No. 4, 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/nasw/sw

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program: "The International Institute for Applied Systems [Laxenburg, Austria] offers an excellent summer opportunity for graduate students interested in relating their work to global change issues. About 50-60 students from around the world spend the summer working closely with IIASA senior researchers on projects relevant to each student's thesis topic. They end the summer with an international network of colleagues interested in various aspects of global change issues, and often have produced a paper that can be published." For more information see:

http://www.iiasa.ac.at/Admin/YSP/reg-info/more_about_the_program.html?sb=2

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Institute for International Advanced Interdisciplinary Research/Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan:

"The Institute for International Advanced Interdisciplinary Research (IIAIR) and the Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality (CSSI) jointly invite applications from excellent junior scholars for a postdoctoral position. The CSSI pursues development of new theories and methodologies on social stratification and inequality with emphasis on studies of rational choice theory, minorities (including gender stratification and inequality), East Asia, transnational migration (especially focusing on "newcomers" in Japan), and fairness.

Faculty members of the center are sociologists, social psychologists, cultural anthropologists, religious anthropologists, a historian, and economists, and they study social stratification and inequality from various viewpoints. In addition, the CSSI conducts comparative studies of absolute poverty with the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality. Applicants should hold doctoral degrees. They should have a good command of English. Postdoctoral fellows of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science are not eligible for this application.

The successful candidate will be expected to work at the CSSI and the IIAIR. He/she will spend 90% of his/her working hours for the CSSI and 10% of them for the IIAIR. The employment period will be from January 1, 2009 (scheduled) through March 31, 2012. The salary of the successful candidate will be 5.2 million yen per year at maximum, which depends on his/her academic career. Grants for an excellent research project proposed by the successful candidate will be provided. The CSSI also academically and financially supports his/her presentations at international conferences. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a list of their presentations and publications, a research plan at the CSSI and the IIAIR, each copy of three major publications at most, and a letter of reference to:

Dr. Yoshimichi Sato, Director
Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality
Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
27-1, Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8576 JAPAN
Phone: +81-22-795-6036 Fax: +81-22-795-5972

Note that applicants must request MS Word files of (1) the curriculum vitae, (2) the list of their presentations and publications, and (3) the research plan at the CSSI and the IIAIR from the CSSI office (coesec@sal.tohoku.ac.jp). Although they are written in Japanese, applicants may fill them out in English. The deadline for completed applications is December 1, 2008.

All inquiries concerning the application should be addressed to Yoshimichi Sato at ysato@sal.tohoku.ac.jp

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CONFERENCES:

Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) Conference on Human Rights, to be held Jan. 22-25, 2009 in Evanston, Illinois. For more information see:

http://nuchr.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=28

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Intute: Social Sciences: Intute has updated it's Sociology conferences page with two new conferences:

- Urban Transformations: Public and Private Practices for Social Change Conference (American University, Washington, DC, Mar. 20, 2009).

- British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) Research Conference (University of Essex, Colchester, Jul. 9, 2009).

http://www.intute.ac.uk/socialsciences/cgi-bin/conferences.pl?term=&type=Conference&subject=120684

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

London [UK] School of Economics and Political Science Methodology Institute: "Professor of Social Research Methods." For more information see:

http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/recruitment/jobsAtLSE/currentVacancies.htm#02/08/SA

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Agework.Com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Nov. 18, 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 through Nov. 18, 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. 18, 2008.

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

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Nov. 18, 2008.

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

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DATA:

Department of Housing and Urban Development: "2007 AHS (American Housing Survey) National Data" (November 2008, data in ASCII text and SAS format, with documentation in .pdf format, and a link to the Census Bureau Report on this data (September 2008, .pdf format, 642p.).

http://www.huduser.org/datasets/ahs/ahsdata07.html

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Integrated Public Use Microdata Update: IPUMS at the University of Minnesota announced on Nov. 11, 2008: "Posted new versions of samples for 1970-2007."

See Nov. 11, 2008 item.

http://usa.ipums.org/usa/revisions.shtml

Data Access:

http://usa.ipums.org/usa-action/createExtract.do

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on Nov. 18, 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=2008-11-18

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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