February 1, 2011

CSSRR Health/Sociology–February 1, 2011

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Working Papers:

California Center for Population Research [University of California-Los Angeles] Working Papers: CCPR has recently released several working papers. The new papers are 2010-50–56.


CSSRR Health–February 1, 2011

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United Nations:

World Health Organization Europe Report: “European status report on alcohol and health 2010″ (2010, .pdf format, 373p.).


CSSRR Health–February 1, 2011

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State Health Access Data Center Informaiton Brief: “12-Month Continuous Eligibility in Medicaid: Impact on Service Utilization,” by Shana Alex Lavarreda, Livier Cabezas, Dylan H. Roby, and E. Richard Brown (December 2010, .pdf format, 5p.).


More information about SHADAC:


CSSRR Health–February 1, 2011

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Center for Health Policy Research [University of California-Los Angeles] Report: “Holding On: Older Californians with Disabilities Rely on Public Services to Remain Independent,” by Kathryn G. Kietzman, Steven P. Wallace, Eva Durazo, Jacqueline Torres, Anne Soon Choi, A. E. Benjamin, and Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck (January 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).



National Academy of Social Insurance/Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Brief: “Governance Issues for Health Insurance Exchanges,” by Paul N. Van de Water and Richard P. Nathan (Health Policy Brief No. 1, January 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).


CSSRR Health–February 1, 2011

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

European Journal of Public Health (Vol. 21, No. 1, February 2011).


CSSRR Economics/Sociology–February 1, 2011

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Centre d’Etudes de Populations, de Pauvret√© et de Politiques Socio-Economiques / International Network for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development [Differdange, Luxembourg] Working Papers:

A. “Homemaking and women’s well-being in Europe. Effect of divorce risk, selection and dominating gender-role attitudes,” by Malgorzata Mikucka (Working Paper No. 2011-09, January 2011, .pdf format, 40p.).


Whereas it is known that employment affects individual well-being, the literature on the effect of homemaking is so far inconclusive. The paper investigates the effect of being a housewife on well-being of women, using European Values Study data for 36 European countries (year 2008) and multilevel regression methodology.

Results show that the effect of homemaking on well-being is overall positive and it varies across countries. Three possible explanations of this variation are examined.

First hypothesis concerns traditional gender-role attitudes in a country. Results confirm that in more traditional countries homemakers have higher wellbeing, but only in western Europe. Effect of individual norms is strong: housewives with traditional gender-role attitudes declare higher well-being.

Second hypothesis refers to the economic risk of specialization to homemaking, and states that higher divorce risk decreases well-being of housewives. Contrary to expectations, higher divorce risk in a country is accompanied by higher well-being of housewives. I interpret this as a sign of equality concerns incorporated into legal divorce procedures.

Third hypothesis concerns positive and negative selection to homemaking.

Results show that the relationship between prevalence of homemaking and the well-being of housewives is curvilinear. Highest well-being gains from homemaking occur in countries with lowest and highest prevalence of homemaking.


B. “Measuring and validating social cohesion: a bottom-up approach,” by Sylvain Acket, Monique Borsenberger, Paul Dickes, and Francesco Sarracino (Working Paper No. 2011-08, January 2011, .pdf format, 33p.).


The aim of this paper is to provide a synthetic macro index of social cohesion based on the observation of several individual level variables. Based on the definition of social cohesion by Bernard (1999) and Chan et al. (2006) an index of social cohesion (henceforth VALCOS Index) was created. It covers the political and sociocultural domains of life in their formal and substantial relations. Results suggest that the VALCOS-Index of social cohesion is strongly and significantly correlated with other macro indicators largely used by the scientific community. The aggregation of EVS 2008 data on social cohesion together with many macro indicators of several dimensions of social life (including economic, socio-demographic, health and subjective well-being indicators) allowed us to rank social cohesion across 39 European countries and to explore differences across groups of countries. Subsequently, we validated our index by correlating it with many national level variables.


C. “A multidimensional assessment of social cohesion in 47 European countries,” by Paul Dickes, Marie Valentova, and Monique Borsenberger (Working Paper No. 2011-07, January 2011, .pdf format, 20p.).


This paper presents a theoretically based, multidimensional and comparable measurementof social cohesion applicable in 47 European countries using the most recent micro-level data of European Value Study (EVS) from 2008. The analysis is conducted in four steps. In the first part, we create a set of measurable intermediate indicators that correspond to social cohesion dimensions suggested by the theory. In the second part, we verify whether these indicators empirically corroborate the multidimensional structure of the concept proposed by the theory. The third part examines whether the obtained intermediate indicators of social cohesion form the same constructs across countries and whether they can yield a cross country equivalent measure of social cohesion. In the fourth step, composite scores of all dimensions of social cohesion are calculated for all 47 countries to demostrate applicability of this constructed measurement in comparative research.


CSSRR Economics/Health–February 1, 2011

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Center for Health and Wellbeing [Princeton University] Working Paper: “The Long Reach of Childhood Health and Circumstance: Evidence from the Whitehall II Study,” by Anne Case and Christina Paxson (January 2011, .pdf format, 38p.).


We use data from the Whitehall II Study to examine the joint evolution of health status and economic status over the life course. We study the links between health and socioeconomic status in childhood and health and employment status in middle and older ages. Because the population from which this cohort was drawn consisted almost exclusively of white collar civil servants, the Whitehall II sample will in general provide inconsistent estimates of the association between childhood conditions and adult outcomes for the population as a whole. To sign the direction of the bias, we compare our findings for Whitehall II with those from two nationally representative data sets in which we can mimic selection into white collar positions. We find that the Whitehall II estimates are systematically lower than those from our nationally representative cohorts, until we restrict those cohorts to their white collar members only. In contrast to researchers who have used the Whitehall II data to argue against parental disadvantage as an explanation of socioeconomic inequality in health, we find early life socioeconomic status is significantly associated with health over the life course. Using fixed effect first-difference models, we examine the association between health and employment status in middle age and health and employment status at older ages. We find that current position in the civil service is not associated with future health, but current self-assessed health is significantly associated with promotion in the civil service.


CSSRR Economics–February 1, 2011

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently added new working papers. The papers are No. 11/21 to 11/24.



World Bank Policy Research Programme: WBPR has recently released several new working papers. See the list at:


New papers are: WPS No. 5552-5556.

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