Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #88, November 11, 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

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "Numbers and Types of Public Elementary and Secondary Education Agencies From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2006-07 - First Look," by Lee Hoffman (NCES 2009303, October 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2009303

2. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Civil Bench and Jury Trials in State Courts, 2005," by Lynn Langton and Thomas H. Cohen (NCJ 223851, October 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 20p., with .zip compressed spreadsheets).

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/cbjtsc05.htm

3. National Science Foundation Press Release: "Using Mathematical Models to Predict Global Migration: Mathematicians create a new approach to figure out who will move where in the 21st Century" (Press Release 08-197, Nov. 6, 2008). The press release is accompanied by a video interview with Prof. Joel E. Cohen of Rockefeller University.

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=112586&govDel=USNSF_51

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US States:

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical: Population Bulletin (Vol. 24, No. 11, November 2008, .pdf format, 3p.). The topic of this issue is: "Population by Race and Hispanic Origin in North Dakota: Census 2000 and July 1, 2007 Estimate."

http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/sdc/publications/popbulletins.htm#popbulletinschronological

Wisconsin:

Department of Administration Report: "Population & Household Projections: 2000-2035," by David Egan-Robertson, Don Harrier and Phil Wells (October 2008, .pdf format, 25p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.doa.state.wi.us/subcategory.asp?linksubcatid=105&linkcatid=11&linkid=64&locid=9

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NGO and Other Countries:

Armenia:

National Statistical Service Compendia:

A. Armenia in Figures: 2008 (November 2008, .pdf format, 112p.). The compendium is in Armenian and English.

http://www.armstat.am/en/?nid=80&id=799

B. Women and Men in Armenia: 2008 (November 2008, .pdf format, 106p.). The compendium is in Armenian and English.

http://www.armstat.am/en/?nid=80&id=800

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Article: "Structure and Change in Canada’s Rural Demography: An Update to 2006," by Ray D. Bollman and Heather A. Clemenson (in Rural and Small Town Canada Analysis Bulletin, Vol. 7, No. 7, November 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/21-006-XIE/21-006-XIE2007007.htm

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Germany:

Federal Statistics Office News Release: "First half of 2008: More births, deaths and marriages" (Nov. 11, 2008).

http://www.destatis.de/jetspeed/portal/cms/Sites/destatis/Internet/EN/press/pr/2008/11/PE08__418__126,templateId=renderPrint.psml

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Macao:

Statistics and Census Service Periodical: Monthly Bulletin Of Statistics, October 2007 (November 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 79p.).

http://www.dsec.gov.mo/Statistic/General/MonthlyBulletinOfStatistics.aspx?lang=en-US

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Nov. 5-11, 2008).

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

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Nov. 5-11, 2008).

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

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New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aoteroa Report: "New Zealand Period Life Tables: 2005-07," (November 2008, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format 15p.).

http://www.stats.govt.nz/products-and-services/hot-off-the-press/nz-life-tables/new-zealand-period-life-tables-2005-07-hotp.htm

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Scotland:

General Register Office Report: "2007 Small Area Population Estimates, Scotland" (November 2008, Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format).

http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/publications-and-data/small-area-population-estimates/2007-small-area-population-estimates/index.html

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South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Compendium: South African Statistics 2008 (October 2008, .pdf format, 186p.).

http://www.statssa.gov.za/publications/statsdownload.asp?ppn=SAStatistics&SCH=4259

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UK:

National Statistics Office Report: "Adoptions 2007" (November 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/prep/15049.asp

Click on "Latest Release" for link to data.

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Urban Institute Press Books:

Policy and Evidence in a Partisan Age: The Great Disconnect, by Paul Gary Wyckoff (2008, 128p., ISBN 978-0-87766-749-0, ). For more information see:

http://www.urban.org/books/policyandevidence/

B. Child Welfare: The Challenges of Collaboration, by Timothy Ross (2008, 268p., ISBN 978-0-87766-756-8,). For more information see:

http://www.urban.org/books/childwelfare/

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Rand Corporation Research Brief: "Exposure to Sex on TV May Increase the Chance of Teen Pregnancy," by Anita Chandra, Steven Martino, Rebecca L. Collins, Marc N. Elliott, Sandra H. Berry, David E. Kanouse, and Angela Miu (RB-9398, November 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p).

http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9398/

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University of Chicago Press Monographs:

A. Redesigning Social Inquiry: Fuzzy Sets and Beyond, by Charles C. Ragin (2008, 240p., ISBN: Cloth: 9780226702735, Paper: 9780226702759). For more information see:

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/presssite/metadata.epl?mode=synopsis&bookkey=314943

B. Same Sex, Different Politics: Success and Failure in the Struggles over Gay Rights, by Gary Mucciaroni (2008, 392p., ISBN: Cloth: 9780226544083, Paper: 9780226544090). For more information see:

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/presssite/metadata.epl?mode=synopsis&bookkey=314386

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European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research Policy Brief: "Poverty Across Europe: The Latest Evidence Using the EU-SILC Dataset," by Orsolya Lelkes and Eszter Zólyomi (November 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.euro.centre.org/detail.php?xml_id=1372

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WORKING PAPERS:

Rand Corporation Labor and Population Program: "Comparing Life Satisfaction," by Arie Kapteyn, James P. Smith, and Arthur van Soest (WR623, October 2008, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR623/

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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. "Are Mixed Neighborhoods Always Unstable? Two-Sided and One-Sided Tipping," by David Card, Alexandre Mas, and Jesse Rothstein (w14470, November 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

A great deal of urban policy depends on the possibility of creating stable, economically and racially mixed neighborhoods. Many social interaction models -- including the seminal Schelling (1971) model -- have the feature that the only stable equilibria are fully segregated. These models suggest that if home-buyers have preferences over their neighborhoods' racial composition, a neighborhood with mixed racial composition is inherently unstable, in the sense that a small change in the composition sets off a dynamic process that converges to either 0% or 100% minority share. Card, Mas, and Rothstein (2008) outline an alternative "one-sided" tipping model in which neighborhoods with a minority share below a critical threshold are potentially stable, but those that exceed the threshold rapidly shift to 100% minority composition. In this paper we examine the racial dynamics of Census tracts in major metropolitan areas over the period from 1970 to 2000, focusing on the question of whether tipping is "two-sided" or "one-sided". The evidence suggests that tipping behavior is one-sided, and that neighborhoods with minority shares below the tipping point attract both white and minority residents.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14470

C. "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

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Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research [Rostock, Germany]:

A. "On systems with shared resources and optimal switching strategies," by Maxim S. Finkelstein (WP-2008-025, October 2008, .pdf format, 11p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/cgi-bin/publications/paper.plx?debug=0&listtype=4&personalid=&pubid=3135

B. "Fertility of migrants: a comparative study between Italy and Russia," by Eleonora Mussino and Alyson van Raalte (WP-2008-026, October 2008, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/cgi-bin/publications/paper.plx?debug=0&listtype=4&personalid=&pubid=3165

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Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada: "The Returns to Schooling on Academic Performance: Evidence from Large Samples Around School Entry Cut-off Dates," by Marc Frenette (Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series No. 317, November 2008, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/11F0019MIE/11F0019MIE2008317.htm

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Institute for Fiscal Studies [London, UK]:

A. "Does welfare reform affect fertility? Evidence from the UK," by Mike Brewer, Anita Ratcliffe, and Sarah Smith (WP 08/09, November 2008, .pdf format, 42p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications.php?publication_id=4345

B. "Are boys and girls affected differently when the household head leaves for good? Evidence from school and work choices in Colombia," by Emla Fitzsimons and Alice Mesnard (WP 08/11, November 2008, .pdf format, 39p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications.php?publication_id=4347

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

Population Studies (Vol. 62, No. 3, November 2008),

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/lps

Sociological Theory (Vol. 26, No. 4, December 2008).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117977824/home

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CONFERENCES:

National Opinion Research Center (University of Chicago, Illinois): "Metadata Workshop: The Next Frontier in Documenting Survey Data: What Data Producers and Archivists Need to Know about DDI, XML, and SMDX," to be held Dec. 2, 2008, in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information see:

http://www.norc.uchicago.edu/News/Metadata+Workshop+-+The+Next+Frontier+in+Documenting+Survey+Data.htm

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Agework.Com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Nov. 11, 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. 11, 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. 11, 2008.

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

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Nov. 11, 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:

Data for Sweden were revised and updated through 2007.

Data for Finland were revised and updated through 2007.

Data for Taiwan were revised and updated through 2007.

Data availability:

http://www.mortality.org/Public/DataAvailability.html

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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Bureau of Labor Statistics Newsletter: NLS (National Longitudinal Surveys) News (No. 08-133, November 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.bls.gov/nls/nls133.pdf

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on Nov. 9, 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=2008-11-09

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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