December 22, 2009

CSSRR Economics–December 22, 2009

Filed under: E. Other Reports, Articles,Economics — admin @ 5:00 pm

Conference Board News Releases: The Conference Board has added news releases for Dec. 16-22, 2009.


CSSRR Health/Sociology–December 22, 2009

Pew Research Center Articles: Pew has released several articles on various topics of interest for the period Dec. 16-22, 2009.


CSSRR Economics/Health/Sociology–December 22, 2009

Urban Institute: UI has announced several new releases from Dec. 15-21, 2009. Reports are usually in .pdf format. Older new releases can be found by clicking on “next page” at the top right side of the page.


CSSRR Economics/Sociology–December 22, 2009

Rand Corporation, Various: Rand has updated its latest publication list (all .pdf format for Dec. 16-22, 2009).


CSSRR Economics/Health/Sociology–December 22, 2009

Brookings Institution Updates: BI has added several items to its website from Dec. 16-22  2009. Note: the items are on p. 1-2 of this website.


CSSRR Economics/Sociology–December 22, 2009

Filed under: E. Data,Economics,S. Data,Sociology — admin @ 4:48 pm

Panel Study of Income Dynamics Data Release: “Data from the Child Development Supplement Wave III (CDS-III) collected 2007/2008 and the Transition into Adulthood Study – 2007 (TA-2007) have now been released into the public domain and can be accessed at the PSID Data Center.

The CDS-III is the third wave of data collected from an original cohort of 3,563 children aged 0-12 and their caregivers in 2,394 PSID families starting in 1997 (CDS-I) and again in 2002/2003 (CDS-II). During 2007 and 2008, 1,506 children aged 10-19 and 1,608 caregivers were successfully re-interviewed for a 90% overall response rate.

The CDS gathers a broad array of measures on developmental outcomes across the domains of health, psychological well-being, time use, social relationships, cognitive development, achievement motivation, and education as well as a number of measures of the family, neighborhood, and school environments in which the sample members live and learn.

Children who participated in the CDS are followed in the Transition into Adulthood (TA) study once they turn 18 and complete high school. Data were first collected from 745 young adults in TA-2005 and these same young adults and those newly age eligible in 2007 for a total of 1,115 interviews. Data are currently being collected for TA-09. The study collects data on young adult developmental pathways and outcomes, filling a gap between the detailed information about development from early and middle childhood through adolescence (as measured in CDS-I, CDS-II, and CDS-III), and the detailed information on adulthood once these youth assume the role of economic independence and become PSID heads and wives.

The breadth and depth of seven waves of measurement on this cohort offers a substantially rich resource to study development of children and teens alike from infancy/early childhood through middle childhood and adolescence into young adulthood.”


More information about PSID:


CSSRR Sociology–December 22, 2009

Filed under: S. Working Papers,Sociology — admin @ 4:40 pm

Annie E. Casey Foundation Working Paper: “Why Are Young Children Missed So Often in the Census?” by William P. O’Hare (December 2009, .pdf format, 15p.).


CSSRR Economics/Health/Sociology–December 22, 2009

University of Wisconsin Data and Information Service Center Country Statistical Yearbook Update. Our Country Statistical Yearbook page has added links to several yearbooks. Note: check carefully to see if the link is to a hypertext or .pdf yearbook, or information about a print one, as well as the language of the yearbook. Our Country Statistical Yearbook page now points to compendia for 131 countries.


The Demographic Handbook of Armenia, 2009


Statistical Abstract 2008


Japan Statistical Yearbook 2010


Statistical Yearbook 2009


CSSRR Economics–December 22, 2009

Filed under: E. US Govt. Pub,Economics — admin @ 11:49 am

Federal Reserve Bank of New York Periodical: Current Issues in Economics and Finance (Vol. 15, No. 8, December 2009, .pdf format, 10p.). The title article of this issue is “Why Are Banks Holding So Many Excess Reserves?” by Todd Keister and James J. McAndrews.


CSSRR Economics–December 22, 2009

Filed under: E. US Govt. Pub,Economics — admin @ 11:48 am

Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical: Employment and Earnings Online (Vol. 56, No. 11, November 2009, .pdf format, 216p.).


CSSRR Economics–December 22, 2009

Filed under: E. Working Papers,Economics — admin @ 11:48 am

Working Papers: New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers is dated Dec. 11, 2009.


CSSRR Economics–December 22, 2009

Filed under: E. US Govt. Pub,Economics — admin @ 11:47 am

Bureau of Economic Analysis Periodical: Survey of Current Business (Vol. 89, No. 12, December 2009, .pdf format).


CSSRR Economics, Health–December 22, 2009

Filed under: E. Working Papers,Economics,H. Working Papers,Health — admin @ 11:46 am

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Economics Department Working Papers: Note: this is a .pdf format hyperlinked list of papers.


NEW: Papers No. 729-744.

Health related No. 739

CSSRR Economics–December 22, 2009

Filed under: E. Working Papers,Economics — admin @ 11:45 am

Asian Development Bank: ADB has recently released the following working papers:


NEW: Nos. 178-187

CSSRR Economics–December 22, 2009

Filed under: E. Working Papers,Economics — admin @ 11:44 am

European Central Bank:


NEW: Nos. 1120, 1122-1134.

CSSRR Economics–December 22, 2009

Filed under: E. Working Papers,Economics — admin @ 11:44 am

College of Business and Economics [Australia National University] Working Papers:


NEW: No. 511 “Why Are Health Care Report Cards So Bad (Good)?” by Yijuan Chen.

No. 510 “Nonparametric Bounds on Returns to Education in South Africa: Overcoming Ability and Selection Bias,” by Martine Mariotti and Juergen Meinecke.

No. 509 “Market Responses to Climate Stress: Rice in Java in the 1930s,” by P. van der Eng.

CSSRR Economics–December 22, 2009

Filed under: E. Working Papers,Economics — admin @ 11:43 am

Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Board Finance and Economic Discussion Series:


NEW: 2009-48 “A Dynamic Analysis of Consolidation in the Broadcast Television Industry,” by Jessica C. Stahl.


District 2: Federal Reserve Bank of New York (New York):


NEW: Staff Report Nos. 411-416


District 4: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (Ohio):

Working Papers:


NEW: WP 09-10 “Job Separations, Heterogeneity, and Earnings Inequality,” by Pedro Amaral.


District 8: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri):


NEW: 2009-059A “Forecast Disagreement Among FOMC Members,” by Chanont Banternghansa, and Michael W. McCracken.


District 11: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Texas):

Working Papers:


NEW: No. 0906 “Credit Market Shocks: Evidence From Corporate Spreads and Defaults,” by Roland Meeks.

CSSRR Economics–December 22, 2009

Filed under: E. Table of Contents,Economics — admin @ 10:39 am

Table of Contents: Check your library for print/electronic availability.

Games and Economic Behavior (Vol. 68, No. 1, January 2010).


Journal of Economic Literature (Vol. 47, No. 4, December 2009).


Journal of Finance (Vol. 64, No. 4, December 2009).


Review of Financial Economics (Vol. 19, No. 1, January 2010).


CSSRR Health–December 22, 2009

Filed under: H. Tables of Contents,Health — admin @ 10:38 am

Table of Contents: Check your library for print/electronic availability.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Vol. 91, No. 1, January 2010).


American Journal of Industrial Medicine (Vol. 53, No. 1, January 2010).


Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Vol. 50, No. 4, December 2009).


Toxicological Sciences (Vol. 113, No. 1, January 2010).


CSSRR Economics, Sociology–December 22, 2009

Filed under: E. Working Papers,Economics,S. Working Papers,Sociology — admin @ 10:14 am

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: IZA has recently released several new working papers.


The new working papers are: 4636-4650.

Sociology related: 4637, 4641, 4643.

CSSRR Sociology–December 22, 2009

Filed under: S. Working Papers,Sociology — admin @ 10:12 am

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research Working Papers:

A. “Historical family systems and the great European divide: the invention of the Slavic East,” by Mikolaj Szoltysek and Barbara Zuber Goldstein (WP-2009-41, December 2009, .pdf format, 34p.).


In 1940, almost two years into World War II, the book, “Agrarverfassung und Bevölkerung in Litauen und Weissrussland” (Agrarian constitution and population in Lithuania and Belarus), was published. The habilitation thesis of the young German historian Werner Conze, the book was an extensive study of premodern family patterns of the peasant serf population in Lithuania from the 16th to the 18th centuries. In an approach that was innovative for its time, Conze used a type of historical source which, up to that point, had not yet received a lot of interest, namely, quantitative data derived from original inventory lists of historic estates. The analysis of the data led Conze to detect a difference between West and East. The comparison emphasised the cultural divide between the Germans and the Slavs to the East by postulating smaller family sizes throughout the western or German-influenced part of historic Lithuania, and larger families with more complex structures throughout the Slavic parts of the country. Thus, Conze also suggested that population growth in the Lithuanian west had been restrained, while the Lithuanian east had experienced abundant population growth. Conze’s scientific insights remain present in today’s historical-demographic literature, and have become an essential building block of any argument in support of the validity and persistence of East-West differentials in family systems in East-Central Europe. Because of this study’s continued importance, it may prove useful to re-examine “Agrarverfassung und Bevölkerung,” looking at its auctorial and ideological context, its methodological procedures, and its empirical content. Our critical assessment of some of Conze’s basic assumptions reveals serious shortcomings in his analysis, which resulted from his tendency to make unwarranted inferences from non-representative and circumstantial evidence, and from his underlying motivation to search for German-Slavic differences. We will discuss the extent to which the pervading notion of the East-West divide in historical East-Central Europe must be revised in response to these shortcomings. By uncovering the inadequacies of Conze’s contribution, we hope to pave the way for a truly scientific understanding of familial characteristics of Eastern Europe, and to end the perpetuation of certain stereotypes of Slavic populations.


B. “Losses of expected lifetime in the US and other developed countries: methods and empirical analyses,” by Vladimir M. Shkolnikov, Evgueni M. Andreev, Zhen Zhang, James Oeppen, and James W. Vaupel (WP-2009-41, December 2009, .pdf format, 50p.).


Patterns of diversity in age at death are examined using e, a dispersion measure that also equals the average expected lifetime lost at death. We apply two methods for decomposing differences in e. The first method estimates the contributions of average levels of mortality and mortality age structures. The second (and newly developed) method returns components produced by differences between age- and cause-specific mortality rates. The US is close to England and Wales in mean life expectancy, but has higher life expectancy losses and lacks mortality compression. The difference is determined by mortality age structures whereas the role of mortality levels is minor. The difference is related to excess mortality at ages under 65 from various causes in the US. Regression on 17 country-series suggests that e correlates with income inequality across countries but not across time. This result can be attributed to dissimilarity between the age- and cause-of-death structures of temporal mortality reduction and inter-country mortality variation. It also suggests that factors affecting overall mortality decrease differ from those responsible for excess lifetime losses in the US in particular. The latter can be related to weaknesses of health system and other factors resulting in premature death including heart diseases, amenable causes, accidents and violence.


C. “How ageing is shaped by trade-offs,” by Annette Baudisch (WP-2009-043, December 2009, .pdf format, 12p.).


The evolution of different life history strategies and thus different ageing patterns essentially depends on the nature of the underlying trade-offs between survival and reproduction. To fully comprehend ageing, we need to understand these trade-offs.


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