Current Demographic Research Report #167, January 29, 2007.

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1. Census Bureau Report, Facts for Features:

A. "Service Annual Summary (SAS): "Health Care and Social Assistance: 2005" .pdf and Microsoft Excel format). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Emergency and Other Relief Services Revenue Increases 27 Percent in 2005, Census Bureau Reports" (CB07-16, Jan. 26, 2007).

Click on title and then "2005" next to "Health Care and Social Assistance" near the bottom of the page for link to full text.

B. "Super Bowl XLI," (CB07-FFSE.01, January 22, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

See Jan. 22. item.

2. Centers for Disease Control, Various:

A. "A Glance at the HIV/AIDS Epidemic" (January 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

B. Emerging Infectious Diseases (Vol. 13, No. 2, February 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next EID is released, this one, along with all others, will be available at:

C. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Article: "Use of Mammograms Among Women Aged >40 Years --- United States, 2000--2005," (Vol. 56, No. 03, January 26, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 49-51).



3. National Center for Health Statistics Health E-Stats: "Physical Activity Among Adults: United States, 2000 and 2005," by Patricia Barnes (January 2007). activity.htm

4. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Reports:

A. "Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders among American Indians and Alaska Natives," (National Survey on Drug Use and Health,January 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

B. "Methamphetamine Use" (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, January 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

5. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief: "A Comparison of Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Characteristics for the Private Sector for the Years 2001 and 2004, by Average Payroll," by John P. Sommers (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Statistical Brief No. 160, January 2007, .pdf format, 6p.). Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=798

6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Various:

A. Monthly Labor Review (Vol. 129, No. 12, December 2006).

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next _MLR_ is released, this one, along with all others back to 1981, will be available at:

B. Compensation and Working Conditions Online. The latest article is dated Jan. 24, 2007).

C. "Union Members in 2006" (Jan. 26, 2007, HTML, ASCII text, and .pdf format, 12p.).

7. Department of Housing and Urban Development Periodical: _ResearchWorks_ (Vol. 4, No. 1), December/January 2007, .pdf format, 7p.).

8. Government Accountability Office Report, Correspondence:

A. "Poverty in America: Economic Research Shows Adverse Impacts on Health Status and Other Social Conditions as well as the Economic Growth Rate" (GAO-07-344, January 2007, .pdf format, 30p.).

B. "Medicaid Outpatient Prescription Drugs: Estimated 2007 Federal Upper Limits for Reimbursement Compared with Retail Pharmacy Acquisition Costs: (Correspondence, GAO-07-239R, December 2006, .pdf format, 29p.).

Note: These are temporary addresses. GAO reports are always available and correspondence may be available at:

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US States:


Department of Commerce and Labor Report: "Idaho Fringe Benefits Survey" (January 2006, .pdf format, 83p.).


State Data Center Updates: On Jan. 26, 2007, ISD issued the following updates (all .pdf and Microsoft Excel format): for Iowa counties: "#Annual total number of children in foster care: 1997-2006; Family Investment Program (FIP) activity: 2000-2006; Food Assistance (formerly known as Food Stamps) Program: 2000-2006; Medicaid (Title XIX) recipients and benefits: 2001-2006.

See under Jan. 26, 2007 heading.

North Dakota State Data Center Reports:

A. "2006 Overview of Children's Well-Being in North Dakota: A Focus on American Indian Children" (North Dakota KIDS COUNT, January 2007, .pdf format, 35p.).

Click on title for link to full text.

B. "2006 Abridged Fact Book" (North Dakota KIDS COUNT, December 2006, .pdf format, 20p.).

Click on title for link to full text.


Office of Workforce Development Report: "Ohio Job Outlook to 2014" (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format, with a Microsoft PowerPoint slide show, 38 slides).

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Other Country and NGO

European Commission:

EUROSTAT Report: "Demographic outlook - National reports on the demographic developments in 2005" (January 2007, .pdf format, 93p.).,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-RA-07-001


World Bank Report: "Migration and Remittances: Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union," edited by Ali Mansoor and Bryce Quillin (January 2007, .pdf format, 213p.).,,contentMDK:21173991~pagePK:146736~piPK:146830~theSitePK:258599,00.html


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Report, Issue Brief:

A. "Women and Men in OECD Countries," by Derek Blades (January 2007, .pdf format, 30p.).

B. "Economic Survey of Spain 2007," (January 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).


European Parliament:

European Parliament Green Paper: "Promoting healthy diets and physical activity: a European dimension for the prevention of overweight, obesity and chronic diseases," (2007, .pdf format, 22p.).

Press Release:


International Labour Organization Employment Brief: "Global Employment Trends Brief 2007" (January 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).



Australian Ministry of Health and Welfare Report: "General practice activity in Australia, 2005-06," by Helena Britt, Graeme C Miller, Janice Charles, Ying Pan, Lisa Valenti,Joan Henderson, Clare Bayram, Julie O'RHalloran, and Stephanie Knox (General practice series no. 19, January 2007, .pdf format, 200p.).



Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institut Canadien D'Information Sur La Sante Analysis in Brief: "Understanding Emergency Department Wait Times: How Long Do People Spend in Emergency Departments in Ontario?" (January 2007, .pdf format, 21p.). ins_e



Statistics Estonia News Release: "Last year the decline of population number slowed down" (Jan. 23, 2007).



Statistics Georgia Report: "Food Security Situation. Trends in Figures" (#25, January 2007, .zip compressed .pdf format, 18p.). The publication is in Georgian and English.



Statistics Iceland Report: "Registered students in schools at the upper secondary and tertiary level in autumn 2006" (January 2007, .pdf format, 36p.). The publication is in Icelandic, but the table heads are in Icelandic and English, The report is linked to from a SA news release: "Registered students in schools at the upper secondary and tertiary level in autumn 2006" (No. 8, 2007). Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.


Japan: Statistics Bureau Report: "Population Estimates by Age (5-Year Group) and Sex: Aug. 1, 2006 Final Estimate; Jan. 1, 2007 Provisional Estimate" (January 2007, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).



State Statistical Office Report: "Teachers and supporting staff in tertiary educational institutions" (January 2007, .pdf format, 4p.). The report is in Greek and English.



Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Fewer children live with both parents" (Jan. 26, 2007). The news release links to several topical tables.

B. "Fall in households' net financial wealth" (Jan. 26, 2007).

C. "The number of farms still decreases" (Jan. 25, 2007). The news release links to several topical tables.

D. "More men at folk high schools" (Jan. 25, 2007). The news release links to several topical tables.

E. "Fewer men in higher education" (Jan. 24, 2007). The news release links to several topical tables.



Central Statistical Office Periodical: "Statistical Bulletin No 12 - January 2007" (Microsoft Excel format).



Scottish Executive Report: "Statistics on Drug Seizures by Scottish Police Forces" (January 2007, .pdf format, 21p.).



Statistical Office Report: "The Number of employment in 2006" (January 2007, .pdf format, 10p.).



Statistical Office News Release: "Natural and migration changes of population, detailed data, Slovenia, 1995-2005" (Jan. 24, 2007). The release links to relevant tables in SSO's interactive SI-Stats web extractor.


Sri Lanka:

Department of Census and Statistics Report: "Computer Literacy of Teachers," by Amara Satharasinghe, (January 2007, .pdf format, 10p.).



Statistics Sweden Compendium: Statistical Yearbook of Sweden: 2006 (January 2007, .pdf format, 784p.). The _Yearbook_ is in Swedish. Many of the table headings are in Swedish and English.



Directorate General of Budget, Accounting, and Statistics Report: "Key Economic and Social Indicators (January 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

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Statistics Department/Potungaue Sitetistika Press Release, Compendium:

A. "Population Census 2006: A preliminary Count of Tonga population Census 2006, grew by 3.4% over the past 10 years" (Dec. 21, 2006).

B. _Statistical Abstract: 2006_ (2007, .pdf format, 337p.).



1. Home Office Report: "Crime in England and Wales 2005/06: Supplementary Tables: Nature of burglary, theft, criminal damage, vehicle and violent crime" (January 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

***Related article: "Robbery continues to rise, crime figures show," by Mark Oliver (_Guardian_ [London], Jan. 25, 2007).,,1998423,00.html

National Statistics Office Periodical: _Monthly Digest of Statistics: January 2007_ (.pdf format, 177p.).

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Urban Institute, Various:

A. "Options to Fix the AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax)," by Leonard E. Burman, Greg Leiserson, William G. Gale, and Jeff Rohaly (January 2007, .pdf format, 58p.).

B. "The President's Health Insurance Proposal - A First Look," by Leonard E. Burman, Jason Furman, and Roberton Williams (January 2007, .pdf format, 10p.).

C. "From Personal Income to Taxable Income, 1950-2004," by Adam Carasso and C. Eugene Steuerle (Tax Analysts Tax Facts, January 2007, HTML and ..pdf format, 1p.).

Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief: "Aging Out of Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT): Issues for Young Adults with Disabilities," (January 2007, .pdf format, 13p.).

Pew Research Center For the People and the Press Report: "A Portrait of 'Generation Next': How Young People View Their Lives, Futures and Politics" (January 2007, .pdf format, 43p., Topline Questionnaire, .pdf format, 23p.).

Harvard University School of Public Health Report: "Children Left Behind: How Metropolitan Areas Are Failing American Children," by Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Nancy McArdle, Theresa L. Osypuk, Bonnie Lefkowitz, and Barbara K. Krimgold (January 2007, .pdf format, 42p.).

The data is taken from a new HUSPH website: The site brings together a wide range of indicators of how people of different racial/ethnic backgrounds live in U.S. metropolitan areas. The site includes comparative data about housing, neighborhood conditions, residential integration, and education, and goes beyond many similar websites by including information on health factors such as disability rates, health insurance, births to teenager mothers, births to unmarried mothers, prenatal care, smoking during pregnancy, preterm births, and low birthweight rates."

Public Health Reports Article: "Trends in Premarital Sex in the United States, 1954-2003," by Lawrence B. Finer (Vol. 122, No. 1, January-February 2007, .pdf format, p. 73-78). The report is linked to from an Allan Guttmacher Institute news release: "Premarital Sex is Nearly Universal Among Americans, and has Been for Decades," by Rebecca Wind (Dec. 19, 2006).

World Economic Forum Report: "The Global Gender Gap Report 2006," by Ricardo Hausmann, Laura D. Tyson, and Saadia Zahidi (January 2007, .pdf format, 152p.).

More information on WEF:

Foreign Affairs Special Web Feature: "The Challenge of Global Health," by Laurie Garrett (January/February 2007).

Book on India from India by the Turn of Millennium, by P. Nag (2006, 510p.).

Search title for "India by the Turn of Millennium" (without the quotes) and click on "More info" for synopsis and table of contents.


Rand Corporation Technical Report: "Qatar Supreme Council for Family Affairs Database of Social Indicators," by Lynn A. Karoly and Michael Mattock (Qatar Policy Institute, 2006, .pdf format, 128p.).

Nature Letter Abstract: "Aberrant innate immune response in lethal infection of macaques with the 1918 influenza virus," by Darwyn Kobasa, Steven M. Jones, Kyoko Shinya, John C. Kash, John Copps, Hideki Ebihara, Yasuko Hatta1, Jin Hyun Kim, Peter Halfmann, Masato Hatta1, Friederike Feldmann, Judie B. Alimonti, Lisa Fernando, Yan Li, Michael G. Katze, Heinz Feldmann, and Yoshihiro Kawaoka (Vol. 445, No. 7125, Jan. 18, 2007).

***Related article: "Resurrected 1918 flu strikes hard, fast," by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press via _Wilmington [North Carolina] Star News_, Jan. 19, 2007).

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: " Childhood maltreatment predicts adult inflammation in a life-course study," by Andrea Danese, Carmine M. Pariante, Avshalom Caspi, Alan Taylor, and Richie Poulton (Vol. 104, No. 4, Jan. 23, 2007, p. 1319-1324).

Journal of the American Medical Association Book Review Extract: _Better But Not Well: Mental Health Policy in the United States Since 1950_, by Richard G. Frank and Sherry A. Glied, reviewed by Daniel Luchins (Vol. 297, No. 4, Jan. 24/31, 2007. p. 415).

British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "Rich, young, educated women get better breast cancer care than poor, older women," by Janice Hopkins Tanne (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7586, Jan. 27, 2007 p. 174).

B. "Measles campaign's "historic victory" for global public health," by Peter Moszynski (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7586, Jan. 27, 2007 p. 177).

C. "Expected survival exceeds 35 years for young Danes with HIV" (News extract, "Shortcuts from other journals," Vol. 334, No. 7586, Jan. 27, 2007 p. 178).

D. "British policy makes sex workers vulnerable," by Sophie E. Day and Helen Ward (Observations extract, Vol. 334, No. 7586, Jan. 27, 2007 p. 187).

E. "Patient mobility in the European Union," by Helena Legido-Quigley, Irene Glinos, Rita Baeten, and Martin McKee (Analysis extract, Vol. 334, No. 7586, Jan. 27, 2007 p. 188).


Lancet, Various: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "DDT for malaria control: the issue of trade" (Editorial, Vol. 369, No. 9558, Jan. 27, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 248). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Smelling the past," Book in Brief of The Great Stink of Paris and the Nineteenth-Century Struggle Against Filth and Germs, by David Barnes (Vol. 369, No. 9558, Jan. 27, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 266). This article is available free of charge.

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (vol. 7, no. 2 Jan. 29, 2007). "The Johns Hopkins University Population Information Program delivers the reproductive health and family planning news you need. Each week our research staff prepares an electronic magazine loaded with links to key news stories, reports, and related developments around the globe."

Note: January 2004 - present Pop. Reporter is available via CD-ROM. Contact Peggy D'Adamo at with your request and complete mailing address.

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University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty: _Investment in Child Quality Over Marital States_, by Meta Brown and Christopher J. Flinn (Discussion Paper 1320-07, January 2007, .pdf format, 57p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Altruism, Fertility, and the Value of Children: Health Policy Evaluation and Intergenerational Welfare by Javier A. Birchenall and Rodrigo R. Soares (w12836, January 2007, .pdf format, 29p.).


This paper accounts for the value of children and future generations in the evaluation of health policies. This is achieved through the incorporation of altruism and fertility in "value of life" type of framework. We are able to express adults' willingness to pay for changes in child mortality and also to incorporate the welfare of future generations in the evaluation of current policies. Our model clarifies a series of puzzles from the literature on the "value of life" and on intergenerational welfare comparisons. We show that, by incorporating altruism and fertility into the analysis, the estimated welfare gain from recent reductions in mortality in the U.S. easily doubles.

B. "On the Determinants of Mortality Reductions in the Developing World by Rodrigo R. Soares (w12837, January 2007, .pdf format, 52p.).


This paper presents and critically discusses a vast array of evidence on the determinants of mortality reductions in developing countries. We argue that increases in life expectancy between 1960 and 2000 were largely independent from improvements in income and nutrition. We then characterize the age and cause of death profile of changes in mortality and ask what can be learned about the determinants of these changes from the international evidence and from country-specific studies. Public health infrastructure, immunization, targeted programs, and the spread of less palpable forms of knowledge all seem to have been important factors. Much of the recent debate has revolved around antagonistic approaches, which are not supported by the evidence discussed here. Finally, the paper suggests that the evolution of health inequality across and within countries is intrinsically related to the process of diffusion of new technologies and to the nature of these new technologies (public or private).

C. "The Demographic Transition and the Sexual Division of Labor," by Bruno L. S. Falcao and Rodrigo R. Soares by Rodrigo R. Soares (w12838, January 2007, .pdf format, 35p.).


This paper presents a theory where increases in female labor force participation and reductions in the gender wage-gap are generated as part of a single process of demographic transition, characterized by reductions in mortality and fertility. The paper suggests a link between changes in mortality and transformations in the role of women in society that has not been identified before in the literature. Mortality reductions affect the incentives of individuals to invest in human capital and to have children. Particularly, gains in adult longevity reduce fertility, increase investments in market human capital, increase female labor force participation, and reduce the wage differential between men and women. Child mortality reductions, though reducing fertility, do not generate this same pattern of changes. The model reconciles the increase in female labor market participation with the timing of age-specific mortality reductions observed during the demographic transition. It generates changes in fertility, labor market attachment, and the gender wage-gap as part of a single process of social transformation, triggered by reductions in mortality.

D. "Do Food Stamps Cause Obesity? Evidence from Immigrant Experience by Neeraj Kaushal (w12849, January 2007, .pdf format, 39p.).


I use changes in immigrant eligibility for food stamps under the 1996 federal law and heterogeneous state responses to set up a natural experiment research design to study the effect of food stamps on Body Mass Index (BMI) of adults in immigrant families. I find that in the post-1996 period food stamps use by foreign-born unmarried mothers with a high school or lower education was 10 percentage points higher in states with substitute programs than in states that implemented the federal ban. However, this increase in FSP participation was not associated with any statistically significant difference in BMI. I find that FSP participation was associated a statistically insignificant 0.3 percent increase in BMI among low-educated unmarried mothers.

E. "Health Information and Subjective Survival Probability: Evidence from Taiwan," by Jin-Tan Liu, Meng-Wen Tsou, and James Hammitt (w12864, January 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).


The effect of new health information on individuals' expectations about their longevity is examined using a Bayesian learning model. Using two-period panel-structured survey data from Taiwan, we find that subjective probabilities of living to age 75 and 85 are significantly smaller for respondents with more abnormal medical test outcomes and for those receiving more extensive advice on health behavior from their physicians. The subjective probability of survival declines with health shocks such as developing heart disease. Using pooled cross-sectional data, we find that males and married persons are more optimistic about their longevity expectations than females and single persons, and that income is strongly correlated with the subjective probability of living to age 75. Consistent with previous studies, the longevity of the same-sex parent is strongly associated with an individual's own expectation of living to age 75.

International Monetary Fund: "What Should Macroeconomists Know about Health Care Policy?" by William Hsiao and Peter S. Heller (WP 07/13, January 2007, .pdf format, 101p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Education Research Section [Princeton University]: "Tipping and the Dynamics of Segregation in Neighborhoods and Schools," by David Carr, Alexandre Mas, and Jesse Rothstein (October 2006, .pdf format, 48p.).


In a classic paper, Schelling (1971) showed that extreme segregation can arise from social interactions in preferences: once the minority share in a neighborhood exceeds a "tipping point", all the whites leave. We use regression discontinuity methods and Census tract data from the past four decades to test for the presence of discrete non-linearities in the dynamics of neighborhood racial composition. White mobility patterns in most cities exhibit tipping-like behavior, with a range of tipping points centered around a 13% minority share. These patterns are very pronounced during the 1970s and 1980s, and diminish but do not disappear in the 1990s. We find similar dynamic patterns in neighborhoods and in schools. A variety of specification checks rule out the possibility that the discontinuity in the initial minority share is driven by income stratification or other factors, and underscore the importance of white preferences over neighbors' race and ethnicity in the dynamic process of segregation. Finally, we relate the location of the estimated tipping points in different cities to measures of the racial attitudes of whites, and find that cities with more racially tolerant whites have higher tipping points.

James Baker Institute for Public Policy [Rice University, Dallas Texas]: " Does Reducing College Costs Improve Educational Outcomes for Undocumented Immigrants?" by Aimee Chin and Chinhui Juhn (January 2007, .pdf format, 39p.).


Ten states, beginning with Texas and California in 2001, have passed laws permitting undocumented students to pay the in-state tuition rate--rather than the more expensive out-of-state tuition rate--at public universities and colleges. We exploit state-time variation in the passage of the laws to evaluate the effects of these laws on the educational outcomes of Hispanic childhood immigrants who are not U.S. citizens. Specifically, we use individual-level data from the 2001-2005 American Community Surveys supplemented by the 2000 U.S. Census, and estimate the effect of the laws on the probability of attending college for 18-24 year olds who have a high school degree and the probability of dropping out of high school for 16-17 year olds. We find some evidence suggestive of a positive effect of the laws on the college attendance of older Mexican men, although in general estimated effects of the laws are not significantly different from zero. We discuss various reasons for the estimated zero effects. Two important considerations are that little time has elapsed since the state laws were passed and that unchanged federal policy on financial aid and legalization for undocumented students may dampen the state laws' benefits. Thus, the longer-run effects of the laws may well differ from the short-run effects presented in this paper."

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research:

A. "Selectivity in higher-order childbearing in Sweden," by Gunnar Andersson (WP-2007-003, January 2007, .pdf format, 10p.).


In this note, we present relative risks of giving birth for mothers with different numbers of children. We use Swedish register data and study the propensity to continue the childbearing beyond child number two. We pay special attention to births of those higher orders that are studied only rarely in conventional demographic analyses. As the parity increases to higher numbers, we expect to find some kind of selection so that the group of mothers increasingly consists of very birth prone women. For births after a fourth child, we indeed find such an effect in that the relative risk of giving birth to an additional child then increases with the birth order. In our intensity-regression models, we also check whether this selection effect of increasing birth risks can be picked up by the inclusion of a specific factor for unobserved heterogeneity in the mothers' propensity to give birth. We find that the positive gradient in the propensity to give birth indeed disappears when such a factor is included into our model.

B. "Pushing the limit: long-term trends in late fertility in Sweden," by Francesco C. Billari, Hans-Peter Kohler, Gunnar Andersson, and Hans Lundstrom (WP-2007-004, January 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).


In this paper we discuss trends in the limits to late childbearing, their determinants and potential implications from an empirical long-term perspective. Although the high levels observed in non-contracepting populations have not been reached, fertility in Europe at ages 40+ and 45+ has increased substantially in recent years. This trend received considerable attention, especially in combination with the emergence of new reproductive technologies and often low levels of general fertility. Nevertheless, physiological studies agree on the fact that age limits to childbearing, at least for women, have not shifted to later ages. Our empirical analyses of high-quality long-term data from Sweden document an increase in the absolute and relative number of births at ages 40+ and 45+, together with an increase in first birth occurrence-exposure rates at ages close to 40. While extreme age at birth seems to move upwards, evidence for a rectangularization of the transition to motherhood is still weak.

World Bank Policy Research Programme:

A. "Rural poor in rich rural areas: poverty in rural Argentina," by Dorte Verner (WPS4096, December 2006, ASCII text and .pdf format, 53p.). Links to a summary and full text are available at:

B. "What makes cities healthy?" by Shahid Yusuf, Kaoru Nabeshima. and Wei Ha (WPS4107, January 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 58p.). Links to a summary and full text are available at:

C. "Social health insurance reexamined," by Adam Wagstaff (WPS4111, January 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 27p.). Links to a summary and full text are available at:

Luxembourg Income Study: LIS has recently added several working papers to its collection:

Click "Send" all papers, in reverse order.

Papers 442-456 are new.

London School of Economics: "A conceptual framework for community-based health insurance in low-income countries: social capital and economic development," by Philipa Mladovsky and Elias Mossialos (WP 2/2006, November 2006, .pdf format, 28p.).


Current thinking in major international development agencies construes community-based health insurance (CBHI) as a transitional mechanism to achieving universal coverage for health care in low-income countries. The policy link between CBHI and universal coverage is implicitly determined by the historical experience of mutual health insurance in countries such as Germany and Japan in the 19th century, where the socioeconomic context was dramatically different to that of today's much less successful schemes. This paper argues that the economic and health system frameworks employed in the analysis of CBHI have not taken into account context-dependent considerations such as goals, values and power. It is proposed that a critical engagement with social capital theories could contribute to our understanding of why CBHI schemes do not appear on course to develop according to the 19th century precedent, achieving significant levels of population coverage in a sustainable way. A framework of social capital and economic development is used to organize and interpret existing evidence and information on CBHI. This process suggests that solidarity, trust, extra-community networks, vertical civil society links and state-society relations at the local level affect the possibility of success of CBHI. To this extent, it may be possible to talk of "social determinants of CBHI". In order to align themselves to local community goals and values, CBHI schemes may need to actively foster certain types of vertical and horizontal bridging relations which could result in the evolution of structures and operations quite different to those proposed by current models of CBHI. paperseries/LSEHWP2.pdf

Institute for Fiscal Studies [London, UK]:

A. "The impact of income shocks on health: evidence from cohort data," by Jerome Adda, James Banks and Hans-Martin von Gaudecker (W07/05, January 2007, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "The SES health gradient on both sides of the Atlantic," by James Banks, Michael Marmot, Zoe Oldfield and James Smith (W07/04, January 2007, .pdf format, 53p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

Papers 2570-2584 are new.

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Other Journals:

AIDS (Vol. 21, No. 3, Jan. 30, 2007).

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 97, No. 2, February 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Elite database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

Child Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 31, No. 1, January 2007).

Cities (Vol. 23, No. 6, December 2006).

International Journal for Quality in Health Care (Vol. 18, No. 6, Vol. 19, No. 1, December 2006, February 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

International Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 35, No. 6, December 2006).

Public Health (Vol. 121, No. 2, February 2007).

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Luxembourg Income Study 2007 Introductory Workshop: "The Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Summer Workshop is a one-week workshop designed to introduce researchers in the social sciences to comparative research in income distribution, employment and social policy using the LIS database. We welcome applications from researchers with varying levels of knowledge and experience.

The Luxembourg Income Study has made comparable over 160 large microdata sets that contain comprehensive measures of income, employment and household characteristics for 30 industrialized countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States).

The language of instruction is English. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be fully trained to use the database independently. Workshop faculty includes the LIS directors, Janet Gornick and Markus Jantti, the LIS staff and guest lecturers. In addition, the winner of the annual Aldi Hagenaars Memorial Award will present his/her paper. The workshop format includes a mixture of lectures on comparative research, laboratory sessions and individual one-on-one advisory sessions. Attendees will also be introduced to the new Luxembourg Wealth Study Tuition of 1,400 Euros covers instructional materials, single-occupancy accommodations, and full board. Transportation to and from Luxembourg is the responsibility of the student. The 2007 workshop will be held from June 24 to June 30, 2007 (with departure on July 1). Applications are available (.pdf format, 2p.) at:

2007 Minority Women's Health Summit, to be held Aug. 23-26, 2007, in Washington D.C. The Summit has issued a call for abstracts, which are due by Feb. 9, 2007. For more information see:

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US National Institutes of Health:

A. "FP Announcement: NICHD International and Domestic Pediatric and Maternal HIV Studies Coordinating Center" (NOT-HD-07-008, Jan. 24, 2007). For more information see:

B. "Translational Research in Eating Disorders (R01)" (PA-07-285, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with National Institute of Mental Health, reissue of PA-06-523, Jan. 9, 2007). For more information see:

C. "Mental Health Consequences of Violence and Trauma (R03)," (PA-07-313, National Institute of Mental Health, Dec. 19, 2007).

D. "Mental Health Consequences Of Violence And Trauma (R21)," (PA-07-314, National Institute of Mental Health, Dec. 19, 2007).

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US House Ways and Means Committee Hearing Testimony: "Hearing on the Economic and Societal Costs of Poverty," held Jan. 24, 2007 (.pdf or HTML format).

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US Census Bureau:

A. "State Legislative District Summary File" (January 2007). "The State Legislative District Summary File Supplement contains the geographic codes that relate each 2000 Census block to pre-2010 Census state legislative districts." lock_Supplement/

Documentation (.pdf format, 62p.).

Demographic profiles from these files are available via the Missouri State Data Center at:

B. "Geographic Mobility Tables for 2000-2005" (Jan. 18, 2007, Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format).

C. "2002 Economic Census. Volume 1, NAICS Report Series Disc E" (January 2007) Microsoft Access format, available on DVD). There is a 70 US dollar fee for this product.

D. "State and County QuickFacts Update." The Bureau has added complete data download capability to its well known data extractor. "The entire State and County QuickFacts dataset, with U.S., state, and county data is available for download. Downloadable data files for cities may be issued later. The current downloadable data set may include items not displayed on QuickFacts tables." Data is available in comma delimited ASCII text format, with a data dictionary in ASCII format

QuickFacts extractor:

Links to the complete dataset are also available at the bottom of any HTML table extracted from the QuickFacts extractor.

US National Center for Health Statistics: "National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey" updates. The following NHANES data files have recently been released: "Alcohol Use (ALQ C 2003-2004); Drug Use (DUQ C 2003-2004); Immunization (IMQ C 2003-2004); Lab 06 Ferritin and Transferrin Receptor (L06TFR C 2003-2004); Lab 04 Volatile Organic Compounds in Blood and Water (L04 1999-2000). Data are available in SAS .xpt format, with documentation in .pdf format. For links to data and ancillary information see:

Under "January 2007".

US National Center for Education Statistics: "Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K) Child Disability Composite Errata and ECB Functionality Errata for Data Products Released 2000 through 2006" (NCES 2007031, errata report, .pdf format, 5p., corrected files, .zip compressed. ASCII text format).

US Department of Housing and Urban Development: "2005 GSE (Government Sponsored Enterprises) Mortgage Data" (self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text format, with accompanying documentation in .pdf format).

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Data Update: "MEPS HC-089: 2004 Full Year Consolidated Data File." For more information see: te.shtml

Data Access:

Samples of Anonymised Records Update: The SARS site now offers site update news via email. To subscribe, go to:

More information on SARS:

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:

SN 5553 -Childcare and Early Years Provision: Providers Survey, 2005

SN 5582 -Unrepresented Worker Survey, 2001-2004

SN 5552 -Childcare and Early Years Provision: Parents' Use, Views and Experiences, 2003-2005

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US Centers for Disease Control "Health Data for All Ages" Updates (Beyond 20/20 format): The following tables have been recently updated: " Overweight/obesity among adults: US, 1988-2004 (Source: NHANES); Overweight among children: US, 1988-2004 (Source: NHANES); Asthma, all ages US, 2000-2005 (Source: NHIS). These tables can be found under "Health Conditions/Risk Factors".

Center for International Earth Science Information Network Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (CIESIN/SEDAC) [Columbia University, New York, New York]: "Urban Landsat Cities From Space." For more information, and access to maps and map data, see:

Kaiser Family Foundation Website Update: has recently updated its website. For the updates see:

New items are available from Jan. 9-29, 2007. The new items span across the first to pages of the "what's new" page.

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Panel Survey of Income Dynamics Bibliography Update: The following items have been added to the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID Bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed by author or keyword.

Blau, F. D. and Kahn, L. M. The U. S. Gender Pay Gap in the 1990s: Slowing Convergence. Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 2006; 60(2):45-66.

Hasegawa, Hikaru and Ueda, Kazuhiro. Measuring Chronic and Transient Components of Poverty: A Bayesian Approach. Empirical Economics. 2006

Haas, Steven A. Health Selection and the Process of Social Stratification: The Effect of Childhood Health on Socioeconomic Attainment. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 2006; 47(December):339-354.

Kantarevic, Jasmin and Mechoulan, Stephane. Birth Order, Educational Attainment, and Earnings: An Investigation Using the PSID. Journal of Human Resources. 2006; 41(4):755-777.

Olivetti, C. Changes in Women's Hours of Market Work: The Role of Returns to Experience. Review of Economic Dynamics. 2006; 9(4):557-587.

Plotnick, Robert D.; Garfinkel, Irwin; McLanahan, Sara S., and Ku, Inhoe. The Impact on Child Support Enforcement Policy on Nonmarital Childbearing. Journal of Policy Analysis and Magement. 2007; 26(1):79.

Schortgen, Alicia Corinne. The Face of Donors In America: Who Gives and Why It Matters. Texas: University of Texas at Austin; 2006148 pp.

Wagmiller, Robert; Lennon, Mary Clare; Kuang, Li; Alberti, Philip, and Aber, J. Lawrence. The Dynamics of Economic Disadvantage and Children's Life Chances. American Sociological Review. 2006; 71(5):847-866.

Wolfe, Barbara; Haveman, Robert; Pence, Karen, and Schwabish, Jonathan A. Do Youth Nonmarital Childbearing Choices Reflect Income and Relationship Expectations?. Population Economics. 2007; 20(1):73-100.

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Director--Data and Information Services Center
Social Sciences Research Services
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