May 16, 2017

CSSRR Health/Sociology–May 16, 2017

Filed under: H. Working Papers,Health,S. Working Papers,Sociology — admin @ 3:58 pm

University of Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology Working Paper: “Gradual Change or Punctuated Equilibrium? Reconsidering Patterns of Health in Later-Life,” by Michal Engelman and Heide Jackson (2017-01, May 2017, .pdf format, 30p.).


This paper examines the curious mismatch between the supposition of gradual, continuous change embedded in common health trajectory models and a pattern of punctuated stability that is captured in the nationally-representative and widely-used Health and Retirement Study. Inspired by an insight from evolutionary biology, our analysis contrasts the conclusions drawn from mixed regression methods (growth curve models and latent class growth analysis) designed to capture trajectories in repeated-measure data with methods (multistate life tables and sequence analysis) designed to describe discrete states and transition patterns. Although a gradually increasing number of functional limitations is consistent with prevailing notions of health decline, our ndings suggest that later life functional health, as captured in survey data, is more aptly characterized as a punctuated equilibrium: long-term stability that is irregularly interrupted by changes in health status or mortality. We conclude by discussing the implications of a punctuated equilibrium model
for studies of health and aging.


CSSRR Economics/Health/Sociology–May 16, 2017

National Bureau of Economic Research Working Papers: NBER has released the following working papers for the weeks of May 15, 2017. Note: check your library for electronic availability.


New papers are: 23395-23410.

Health related: 23402, 23403.

Sociology related: 23395, 23408.

CSSRR Health/Sociology–May 16, 2017

Filed under: H. Data,Health,S. Data,Sociology — admin @ 3:56 pm

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Data Release: ICPSR announced the release of a new datasets on May 14, 2017. 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:


The new releases are linked from:


Click on “New Releases through 2017-5-14“.

CSSRR Health/Sociology–May 16, 2017

South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Report: “South Africa Demographic and Health Survey 2016: Key Indicators Report, 2016,” (Report 03-00-09, May 2017, .pdf format, 58p.).

www.statssa.gov… 03-00-09&SCH=7015

CSSRR Health–May 16, 2017

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Human Mortality Database Data Release:

Data for Netherlands were revised and updated through 2014.


Data access:


CSSRR Health–May 16, 2017

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Population Reference Bureau Report: “Integrating Health Services for Young People: Tackling the Growing Noncommunicable Disease Epidemic,” by Toshiko Kaneda and Reshma Naik (May 2017, .pdf format, 16p.).


CSSRR Economics/Health–May 16, 2017

Filed under: E. Working Papers,Economics,H. Working Papers,Health — admin @ 3:50 pm

Program on the Global Demography of Aging [Harvard University] Working Paper: “Health gradients in South Africa: Inequalities in the measure of the beholder,” by Carlos Riumallo-Herl,David Canning, Ryan Wagner, Chodziwaddiza Kabudula, and Mark Collinson (PGDA Working Paper No. 139, May 2017, .pdf format, 30p.).


As the literature on health inequalities continues to grow very few studies have tested the sensibility of this measure to the choice of welfare indicator. In this paper we use data from an aging survey in South Africa to evaluate the health gradients using two measures of economic status: consumption per capita and an asset index. In particular, we measure the concentration indexes for a variety of health indicators ranging from general health service utilization to individual self-reported and biomarker outcomes. We find that the concentration indexes for different health indicators differ across economic indicators suggesting that the choice of welfare indicator can lead to different estimations of inequalities. In line with other studies, these results advocate for greater caution when selecting the economic indicator in the analysis of inequalities and for more explicit testing of different indicators in future studies. Overall, the results call for a greater understanding of how SES can influence health to generate appropriate measurements of health inequalities.


CSSRR Economics–May 16, 2017

Filed under: E. US Govt. Pub,Economics — admin @ 3:49 pm

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Article: “Older workers: Labor force trends and career options,” by Mitra Toossi and Elka Torpey (May 2017, HTML format).



US Census Bureau Data Tables: “2015 Annual Survey of State Government Finances,” (May 2017, Excel format).


CSSRR Economics–May 16, 2017

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

American Economic Review (Vol. 107, No. 5, May 2017).


CSSRR Economics–May 16, 2017

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United Nations:

Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Reports:

A. “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in South Asia: Key Policy Priorities and Implementation Challenges,” (May 2017, .pdf format, 38p.).


B. “Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2017,” (May 2017, .pdf format, 88p.).


CSSRR Economics–May 16, 2017

Filed under: E. Working Papers,Economics — admin @ 3:47 pm

European Central Bank:


NEW: No. 2062 “The great Irish (de)leveraging 2005-14,” by Reamonn Lydon and Tara McIndoe-Calder.

No. 2061 “Capital requirements, risk shifting and the mortgage market,” by Arzu Uluc and Tomasz Wieladek.

No. 2060 “Reading the footprints: how foreign investors shape countries’ participation in global value chains,” by Christian Buelens and Marcel Tirpak.

No. 2059 “Does marketing widen borders? Cross-country price dispersion in the European car market,” by Eyal Dvir and Georg Strasser.

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