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October 30, 2014

CSSRR Economics/Health/Sociology–October 30, 2014

US National Technical Information Service [NTIS] Website of Interest: “The National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) is now offering the American public free public access to a searchable online database of approximately three million federal science and technology reports.” Documents are available in .pdf format. Note: NTRL is in the processing of scanning reports published prior to 1995. You will need to create a user account in order to search for reports.

ntrl.ntis.gov…

March 19, 2014

CSSRR Economics/Health/Sociology–March 19, 2014

US Census Bureau Report, Data Update,  Facts for Features, Website:

A. “2012 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey” (March 2014, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

www.census.gov…

B. “2012 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates” (March 2014, ASCII text format, with documentation (.pdf format, 1p.). The data is linked from a Census Bureau news release: “Number of Children Without Health Insurance Declines, While It Rises for Working-Age Adults, Census Bureau Reports” (CB14-42, Mar. 13, 2014).

www.census.gov…

C. “Facts for Features: Earth Day: April 22, 2014″ (CB14-FF.06, Mar. 12, 2014, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

www.census.gov…

D. “Population Bracketology” (March 2014) “Test your knowledge of population data! Start by choosing your geographic level: metro areas or states. Click on the name in each match-up that you think has the larger population. Green shows a correct answer, red indicates an incorrect answer. When you have opposing names picked for the next round, pick again. See how close you can come to a perfect score of 63. When you are finished, play again or mouse-over results to view the most current population estimates for each pair.”

www.census.gov…

This is part of a series of Census Bureau data visualizations available at the Census Bureau Data Visualization Gallery:

www.census.gov…

CSSRR Economics/Health/Sociology–March 19, 2014

Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management Website: “Diversitydatakids.org….” “Diversitydatakids.org–the first nationally comprehensive, interactive tool for data and policy analysis on child wellbeing across racial and ethnic groups.” For more information and a link to the website see the press release at:

heller.brandeis.edu…

www.diversitydatakids.org…

January 14, 2014

CSSRR Sociology–January 14, 2014

National Opinion Research Center (NORC) Call for Proposals: NORC is now accepting proposals for questions for the 2016 General Social Survey (.pdf format, 5p.). Deadline for proposals is March 15, 2014.

www.norc.org…

November 14, 2013

CSSRR Economics/Sociology–November 14, 2013

US Census Bureau Measuring America Report, Infographic Update:

A. “Home Value and Homeownership Rates: Recession and Post-Recession Comparisons From 2007-2009 to 2010-2012,” by Christine Flanagan and Ellen Wilson (American Community Survey Brief ACSBR 12-20, November 2013, .pdf format, 16p.). The report is linked to from a Census Bureu news release: “Home Value and Homeownership Rates During and After Recession Explored in the American Community Survey” (CB13-190, Nov. 14, 2013).

www.census.gov…

B.“Manufacturing in America” (November 2013).

www.census.gov…

Measuring America:

www.census.gov…

October 29, 2013

CSSRR Economics/Sociology–October 29, 2013

Urban Insitute Website: “The Housing Finance Policy Center (HFPC) was established to provide timely, impartial data and analysis, and to educate policymakers and the public on how the housing finance system affects households, communities and the broader economy. The goal of the Center is to produce analyses and ideas that foster sound public policy, efficient markets, and economic opportunity.”

www.urban.org…

September 3, 2013

CSSRR Economics–September 3, 2013

Filed under: E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 3:03 pm

Urban Institute Website of Interest: “27 Weeks and Counting: Long-Term Unemployment in America,” (August 2013).

datatools.urban.org…

August 2, 2013

CSSRR Economics/Sociology–August 2, 2013

Population Association of America Announcement: It has come to our attention that there is an issue of great importance that may be of interest to our readers. For those of you who are interested in the Roybal-Allard Dear Colleague Letter, the text can be found at (.pdf format, 2p.):

blog.academyhealth.org…

Ancillary materials from the Population Association of America can be found at (.pdf format, 4p.):

www.populationassociation.org…

With an update at:

www.populationassociation.org…

June 28, 2013

CSSRR Economics–June 28, 2013

Filed under: E. Data,E. US Govt. Pub,E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 3:50 pm

US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Various:

A. “International Food Security Assessment, 2013-2023,” by  Birgit Meade and Stacey Rosen (International Agriculture and Trade Outlook No. GFA-24, June 2013, .pdf format, 48p.).

www.ers.us…

B. “Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods in Schools: Implications for Foodservice Revenues,” by Joanne Guthrie, Constance Newman, Katherine Ralston, Mark Prell, and Michael Ollinger (Economic Information Bulletin No. EIB-114, June 2013, .pdf format, 46p., with graphs and charts also available in .zip compressed .png format).

www.ers.us…

C. “Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America” was updated on Jun. 25, 2013).

www.ers.us…

D. Amber Waves (June, 2013, HTML and .pdf format).

www.ers.us…

May 13, 2013

CSSRR Economics–May 13, 2013

Filed under: E. Data,E. US Govt. Pub,E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 3:42 pm

US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, various:

A. Announcement of Service Cuts (April 2013): “The appropriations bill the President signed in March funds the Federal Government–including ERS–through the remainder of the current fiscal year. ERS’s appropriation in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 is $71.391 million after total reductions of 7.8 percent from the sequestration and additional USDA-wide across-the-board rescissions contained in the final spending bill. In order to continue providing high-quality, objective research on agriculture, food, natural resources, the environment, and rural communities, ERS will focus on the areas that are most important in informing decision makers and on the topics where we have particular strengths as an intramural Federal research agency.”

For more on the information to be cut see:

www.ers.us…

B. “SNAP Policy Database” (April 2013, Microsoft Excel format). “The SNAP Policy Database provides a central data source for information on State policy options in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The database includes information on State-level SNAP policies relating to eligibility criteria, recertification and reporting requirements, benefit issuance methods, availability of online applications, use of biometric technology (such as finger-printing), and coordination with other low-income assistance programs. Data are provided for all 50 States and the District of Columbia for each month from January 1996 through December 2011.”

www.ers.us…

C. “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation Leads to Modest Changes in Diet Quality,” by Christian Gregory, Michele Ver Ploeg, Margaret Andrews, and Alisha Coleman-Jensen (Economic Research Report No. ERR-147, April 2013, .pdf format, 30p., with charts and graphs also available in .zip compressed .png format).

www.ers.us…

April 22, 2013

CSSRR Economics/Sociology–April 22, 2013

US Census Bureau Infographic: “Home Improvements” (How do we Know?, April 2013, HTML and .pdf format (1 or 3 p.). (econ/soc)

www.census.gov…

How do we Know?

www.census.gov…

April 11, 2013

CSSRR Economics/Health/Sociology–April 11, 2013

United Nations:

Dag Hammarskjold Website: United Nations Research Guides & Resources (April 2013).

research.un.org…

December 6, 2012

CSSRR Economics/Sociology–December 6, 2012

US Census Bureau News Releases,  Easy Stats Web Extractor:

A. “Census Bureau Releases American Community Survey Estimates, Most Detailed Portrait of Every U.S. Community” (CB12-228, Dec. 6, 2012).

www.census.gov…

B. “Census Bureau Reports Increased State Government Revenues and General Expenditures for 2011″ (CB12-231, Dec. 6, 2012). The news release links to a report” “State Government Finances Summary: 2011,” by Cheryl H. Lee, Mara Beleacov, and Nancy Higgins (G11-ASFIN,.pdf format, 10p.), and data (Microsoft Excel and ASCII text format–file format for ASCII text version is in HTML format).

www.census.gov…

C. “The U.S. Census Bureau has released Easy Stats, an online tool developed to make statistics quicker and easier to access. The interactive tool provides selected demographic and economic statistics from the American Community Survey. Easy Stats allows searching by geography down to the local level, including incorporated places like cities and towns and census designated places. View detailed race, age and gender breakdowns, and compare communities.”

www.census.gov…

October 30, 2012

CSSRR Economics/Health/Sociology–October 30, 2012

Annie E. Casey Foundation KidsCount Data Update: KidsCount has updated several data files from Sep. 18-Oct. 12, 2012. See the list under “Data Center Spotlight” at:

datacenter.kidscount.org…

October 25, 2012

CSSRR Economics–October 25, 2012

Filed under: E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 1:21 pm

Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality/Russell Sage Foundation Website: “Recession Trends.” “The ongoing economic downturn is the worst of the postwar period. It bears some similarity, at least as regards origins, to the economic catastrophe of the Great Depression, and it may well have similarly far-reaching economic and social consequences. The purpose of the Recession Trends website, which is a collaboration between the Russell Sage Foundation and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, is to monitor and report on such economic and social effects. We do so by offering two main resources:

Recession Briefs: We offer 16 up-to-date Recession Briefs, each written by the top authority in the field, that document the effects of the downturn on wealth, consumption, the labor market, housing, poverty, the safety net, health, education, crime, attitudes, and a variety of other key domains. If you want the latest and best evidence on the effects of the downturn, click here to explore our Recession Briefs.

Graphing Utility:
Have you ever wondered where to go to get the best and latest trend data on the social effects of the downturn? It’s here! We offer a simple-to-use graphing utility that provides customizable graphs on the key trends in each of our 16 domains. It’s the most comprehensive compilation of trend data available on the social consequences of the downturn. Click here to check out our Graphing Utility.”

www.stanford.edu…

July 23, 2012

CSSRR Economics/Sociology–July 23, 2012

US Census Bureau Data Visualization Gallery (July 2012). “The Census Bureau is working to increase its use of visualization in making data available to the public, and this gallery is an early part of that effort. The first posted visualizations will pertain largely to historical population data, building on prior work done to portray historical changes in the growth and redistribution of the U.S. population. For later visualizations, the topics will expand beyond decennial census data to include the full breadth of Census Bureau data sets and subject areas, from household and family dynamics, to migration and geographic mobility, to economic indicators.

www.census.gov…

January 26, 2012

CSSRR Economics/Health/Sociology–January 26, 2012

Annie E. Casey Foundation KidsCount Data Update: KidsCount has updated several data files as of Jan. 5, 2012. See the list under “Data Center Spotlight” at:

datacenter.kidscount.org…

November 15, 2011

CSSRR Economics–November 15, 2011

Filed under: E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 4:11 pm

American Economic Association Resources for Economists Update: RFE, AEA’s meta link page for all things Economics, edited by Bill Goffe, was updated on Nov. 11, 2011.

www.aeaweb.org…

November 14, 2011

CSSRR Economics/Health/Sociology–November 14, 2011

Bertellsman Stiftsung Sustainable Governance Indicators 2011: “The SGI is the most thorough cross-national survey of governance in the OECD. The project identifies reform needs and highlights forward-looking practices, while offering full access to the data underlying 147 indicators.” Data are available in Microsoft Excel format, with documentation in .pdf format.

www.sgi-network.org…

More information about Bertellsman Stiftsung:

www.sgi-network.org…

Click on “About”.

November 1, 2011

CSSRR Economics/Sociology–November 1, 2011

US Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts Update: Several items at the state, county, and place level were updated on Oct. 19, 2011. Data are available in HTML, ASCII text, tab delimited, and Microsoft Excel format.

quickfacts.census.gov…

State and County QuickFacts:

quickfacts.census.gov…

August 16, 2011

CSSRR Economics–August 16, 2011

Filed under: E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 3:45 pm

American Economics Association Metasite Update: “RFE: Resources for Economists on the Internet” (Vol. 14, No. 7), edited by Bill Goffe, has been updated through Jul. 26, 2011). “This guide is sponsored by the American Economic Association. It lists more than 2,000 resources in 97 sections and sub-sections available on the Internet of interest to academic and practicing economists, and those interested in economics. Almost all resources are also described. In selecting resources for RFE, I exercise some editorial judgment and select items that either offer a substantial amount of information, or are specialized to a given area.”

www.aeaweb.org…

August 5, 2011

CSSRR Economics/Health/Sociology–August 5, 2011

Century Foundation Website: “Graph of the Day” (June 2011). “From U.S. health care costs to the U.S. prison population, the Graph of the Day series by The Century Foundation, illustrates data and findings in public policy research.

tcf.org…

More information about CF:

tcf.org…

April 26, 2011

CSSRR Economics–April 26, 2011

Filed under: E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 10:22 am

American Economics Association Metasite Update: “RFE: Resources for Economists on the Internet” (Vol. 14, No. 4), edited by Bill Goffe, has been updated through Apr. 16, 2011). “This guide is sponsored by the American Economic Association. It lists more than 2,000 resources in 97 sections and sub-sections available on the Internet of interest to academic and practicing economists, and those interested in economics. Almost all resources are also described. In selecting resources for RFE, I exercise some editorial judgment and select items that either offer a substantial amount of information, or are specialized to a given area.”

CSSRR editor’s note: In the ancient days of the Internet, subject specialists and librarians used to put together annotated lists of resources in a specific field. There are still a few of these around, if you look past Google. This was and still is one of the best.

www.aeaweb.org…

February 16, 2011

CSSRR Economics–February 16, 2011

Filed under: E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 4:39 pm

Harvard University School of Public Health Diversitydata.org… Update: “Diversitydata.org now features rankings, maps, and charts based on newly released Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data for 2009 (2005 and 2008 data also available.) Explore how the incidence of high interest rate loans, loan denial rates, loan originations and applications differ for borrowers of different race or ethnicity and, in some cases, income level, across metro areas. Compare concentrations of high interest rate loans in predominantly minority versus predominantly white neighborhoods. Contrast patterns of home purchase loans with refinance loans and identify changes over time. Investigate the dramatic increases in government-backed loans as a share of mortgages.”

diversitydata.sph.harvard.edu…

Click on “Mortgage Lending.”

February 9, 2011

CSSRR Economics/Sociology–February 9, 2011

US Department of Health and Social Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Website: “The 2011 HHS Poverty Guidelines” (January 2011). The page links to the Federal Register notices on the topic from 1982-2011, a FAQ, and further resources on the topic.

aspe.hhs.gov…

January 18, 2011

CSSRR Economics–January 18, 2011

Filed under: E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 12:11 pm

American Economic Association Website Update: Resources for Economists, edited by Bill Goffe, has been updated as of December 2010.

rfe.org…

October 19, 2010

CSSRR Economics–October 19, 2010

Filed under: E. Data,E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 11:24 am

US Department of Housing and Urban Development: State of the Cities Data Systems: Current Labor Force Data Update: “HUD USER recently added estimated August 2010 employment statistics to the State of the Cities Data System for the largest 50 U.S. cities and their metropolitan areas. The data compare the number of residents employed, the unemployment rate, and the size of the labor force in metropolitan areas, central cities, and suburbs for August 2006 and August 2010, the most recent month for which local area unemployment data are available.”

socds.huduser.org…

August 18, 2010

CSSRR Economics/Health/Sociology–August 18, 2010

Kaiser Family Foundation statehealthfacts.org… Website Updates: statehealthfacts.org… has updated several of its tables from Jul. 7-Aug. 11, 2010. The new tables are dated at:

www.statehealthfacts.org…

Home page:

www.statehealthfacts.org…

March 30, 2010

CSSRR Economics/Sociology–March 30, 2010

Kids Count Data Center Update: The Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center has recently updated the following topics, taken from new estimates available from the 2008 American Community Survey

NEW DATA ON IMMIGRANT CHILDREN

Children with all available parents not in the labor force by children in immigrant families

Children with all available parents in the labor force by children in immigrant families

Children in low-income working families by children in immigrant families

Children living without secure parental employment by children in immigrant families

NEW YOUTH EMPLOYMENT DATA

Teens not attending school and not working

Teens not attending school and not working by race
Unemployed Teens ages 16-19

Persons age 18-24 not attending school, not working and no degree beyond high school

NEW EMPLOYMENT DATA AVAILABLE

Low-income working families with children

Children in low-income working families by age group

Children in low-income households where no adults work

Children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment

Children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment by race

Children under 6 with no parent in the labor force

Children under 6 with all available parents in the labor force

Children age 6-12 with all available parents in the labor force

datacenter.kidscount.org…

See under Data Center Spotlight section.

March 9, 2010

CSSRR Economics/Health–March 9, 2010

Filed under: E. Website of Interest,Economics,H. Website Updates,Health — admin @ 3:38 pm

Kaiser Family Foundation statehealthfacts.org… Website Updates: statehealthfacts.org… has updated several of its tables from Feb 3-Mar 3. 2010. The new tables are dated at:

www.statehealthfacts.org…

Home page:

www.statehealthfacts.org…

February 16, 2010

CSSRR Economics–February 16, 2010

Filed under: E. Data,E. US Govt. Pub,E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 12:37 pm

US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Various:

A. “Farm Household Well-Being: Comparing Consumption- and Income-Based Measures,” by Carol Adaire Jones, Daniel Milkove, and Laura Paszkiewicz (Economic Research Report No. ERR-91, February 2010, .pdf format,42p.).

www.ers.us…

B. “USDA Agricultural Projections to 2019″ (No. OCE-2010-1, February 2010, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 100p.).

www.ers.us…

C. “Agricultural Baseline Projection Tables” (February 2010, Microsoft Excel format). The latest tables are projections to 2019.

usda.mannlib.cornell.edu…

Interactive web query:

www.ers.us…

D. “Your Food Environment Atlas” (February 2010, interactive web query, with underlying data in Microsoft Excel format). “Food environment factors?such as store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics?interact to influence food choices and diet quality. The Food Environment Atlas assembles statistics on food environment indicators to stimulate research on the determinants of food choices and diet quality and provides a spatial overview of a community?s ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so. The Atlas currently includes 90 indicators of the food environment in three broad categories?food choices, health and well-being, and community characteristics.”

www.ers.us…

November 19, 2009

CSSRR Economics–November 19, 2009

Filed under: E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 4:46 pm

American Economic Association Website Update: Resources for Economists, edited by Bill Goffe, has been updated as of November 2009.

rfe.org…

October 21, 2009

CSSRR Economics–October 21, 2009

Filed under: E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 2:32 pm

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Website: “Resources for Economist or Economic Analyst.” (October 2009). “The Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington publishes a variety of news releases and other publications providing some descriptive analysis of BLS economic data. There are also regional office versions of many of these publications focusing on state, county, or metropolitan areas. To produce thes data featured in these publications, BLS employs many survey and statistical methods developed and refined over the course of years. Links to a selection of publications related to BLS survey and estimation methods are presented.”

www.bls.gov…

October 16, 2009

CSSRR Sociology–October 16, 2009

Filed under: E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 10:00 am

Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) [Columbia University] Website: “Integrated Assessment Of Climate Change: Model Visualization and Analysis (MVA).” “The goal of this Web site is to provide access to data from climate change research, as well as citations and information related to these efforts. The site also provides access to geospatial data relevant to climate change.”

sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu…

October 6, 2009

CSSRR Economics–October 6, 2009

Filed under: E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 3:53 pm

American Economic Association Website Update: Resources for Economists, edited by Bill Goffe, has been updated through August 2009.

rfe.org…

October 5, 2009

CSSRR Economics/Sociology–October 5, 2009

Missouri:

State Data Center Website Update: “American Community Survey Profiles 2005-2008″ (web based extractor) (September 2009).

mcdc1.missouri.edu…

July 24, 2009

CSSRR Economics–July 24, 2009

Filed under: E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 2:14 pm

Websites of Interest:

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri):

A. “Reforming the Nation’s Financial System: A Timeline” (July 2009). This is “a new website designed to help the public keep track of major financial regulatory developments.  The site tracks Congressional and regulatory agency hearings and testimonies as well as key House and Senate committee member statements. The timeline begins with March 19, 2009, when the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs held its first hearing on “Modernizing Bank Supervision and Regulation.”   The timeline site is a companion to the Financial Crisis (timeline.stlouisfed.org…) site.

www.stlouisfed.org…

B. “Tracking the Global Recession” (2009). “To provide accurate and useful information on the current economic environment and the behavior of economic data around business cycle turning points, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has created ‘Tracking the Global Recession.’ The website will be updated periodically as new information and data releases are available.”

research.stlouisfed.org…

July 20, 2009

CSSRR Economics–July 20, 2009

Filed under: E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 10:06 am

American Economic Association Website of Interest: “RFE,” (updated July 2009). “RFE” is a compendium of Internet resources that may be of interest to economist. In addition to subject categories, the compendium is also searchable.

www.aeaweb.org…

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