Current Demographic Research Report #55, October 25, 2004.

CDERR (Current Demographic Research Reports) is a weekly email report produced by the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that helps researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. This report will contain selected listings of new: reports, articles, bibliographies, working papers, tables of contents, conferences, data, and websites. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:


Index to this issue:


Census Bureau Facts for Features, Slide Presentation, Research Report
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Report
Internal Revenue Service Report
Federal Bureau of Investigation Compendium
US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service Report
United Nations Population Division Monograph
United Nations ESCAP Periodical
World Health Organization Monograph
World Bank Periodical Special Report
Pan American Health Organization Symposium Presentations
Joseph Roundtree Foundation Centenary Report
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Report
National Academies Press Monograph
Kaiser Family Foundation Report, Chartpack
Allen Guttmacher Institute Periodical
Population Reference Bureau Articles
_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Editorial Extract
_PNAS_ Editorial Extract, Article Abstract
_Science_ News Focus
Info Health Pop. Reporter


Penn State Population Research Institute
University of Washington Center for the Study of Demography and Ecology
Princeton University Center for Research on Child Wellbeing
John F. Kennedy School of Government
World Bank Development Programme
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)
University of Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology Training Seminar
University of Chicago PRC/NORC Demography Workshop Paper




National Institutes of Health
2nd Conference on Young People & Societies in Europe...


National Institutes of Health


Census Bureau
National Longitudinal Study
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
UK Data Archive


Population Reference Bureau



Census Bureau Facts for Features, Slide Presentation, Research Report:

A. "Presidential Election: 2004" (CB04-FFSE.14, Oct. 14, 2004).

B. "The Foreign-Born Population in the United States: 2003" (Oct. 2004, Microsoft PowerPoint and HTML with .jpg images, 23 slides).

C. "Comparing Pretesting Methods: Cognitive Interviews, Respondent Debriefing, and Behavior Coding," by Kristen Ann Hughes (Research Report Series Survey Methodology #2004-02, September 2004, .pdf format, 20p.).

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Reports:

A. "Children in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Child-Only Cases with Relative Caregivers: Final Report," by Deborah Gibbs, Jennifer Kasten, Anupa Bir, Sonja Hoover, Dean Duncan, and Janet B. Mitchell (June 2004, HTML and .pdf format, 126p.).

B. "A Study of Work Participation and Full Engagement Strategies: Final Report," by Jacqueline Kauff, Michelle K. Derr, and LaDonna Pavetti (September 2004, .pdf format, 128p.).

Click on "Full Report in 'Printer Friendly' PDF Format for full text.

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

A. "Adolescent Treatment Admissions: 1992 and 2002" (Drug and Alcohol Services Administration System (DASIS) Report, October 2004, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

B. "Alcohol Dependence or Abuse and Age at First Use" (Drug and Alcohol Services Administration System (DASIS) Report, October 2004, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Report: "Restricted-Activity Days in the United States, 1997 AND 2001," by Jeffrey A. Rhoades (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Research Findings #22, July 2004, HTML and .pdf format, 29p.). "This report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides estimates of restricted-activity days for the civilian non-institutionalized population of the United States using data from the 1997 and 2001 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)."

Internal Revenue Service Report: "Special Studies in Federal Tax Statistics: 2003," edited by James Dalton and Beth Kilss (Statistics of Income Division, Selected Papers Given in 2003 at the Annual Meetings of the American Statistical Association, 2004, .pdf format, p.).

Federal Bureau of Investigation Compendium: _Crime in the United States, 2003_ (2004, .pdf format, 515p, with selected tables in Microsoft Excel format).

Click on "2003" under "Crime in the United States"

US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service Report: "Food Assistance Landscape, September 2004," by Victor Oliveira (Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report No. FANRR28-5, October 2004, .pdf format, 6p.).


Expenditures for USDA's 15 food assistance programs totaled $23.3 billion during the first half of fiscal 2004 (October 1, 2003, to March 31, 2004), an 11-percent increase over the first half of fiscal 2003. If this trend continues during the second half of fiscal 2004, expenditures for the entire fiscal year will surpass the record $41.8 billion spent on food assistance in fiscal 2003 (prior to fiscal 2003, the previous historical record was $38.1 billion set in fiscal 1996). Five programs -- the Food Stamp Program, the National School Lunch Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the School Breakfast Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program -- accounted for almost 95 percent of USDA's total expenditures for food assistance. While each of these major programs expanded during the first half of fiscal 2004, most of the increase in total food assistance expenditures was due to the expansion of the Food Stamp Program.

Click on "Entire Document" at the bottom of the abstract for full text.

United Nations Population Division Monograph: _World Population to 2300_ (Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2004, .pdf format, 240p.).

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Periodical: "Statistical Indicators for Asia and the Pacific," (Vol. 34, No. 3, September 2004, .pdf format). "This quarterly publication provides statistics for the assessment of demographic and economic trends. Data includes population, industry, transport, internal and external trade, prices and financial statistics in selected countries or areas of the ESCAP region, accompanied by charts. Each country's data is presented in a single section or in regional comparative tables where possible, depending availability."

Click on "View full text" for link to full text.

World Health Organization Monograph: _Health systems in transition: learning from experience_, edited by Josep Figueras, Martin McKee, Jennifer Cain, Suszy Lessof (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, 2004, .pdf format, 152p.). "The period following the break-up of the Soviet Union has brought enormous political and socioeconomic change to the European Region. The health sector has not been spared the effects of transition, and the countries emerging from the process have each engaged to varying degrees in health system reform. It is at last possible to reach some judgement about how this process has unfolded, to identify successes and failures, and to understand better the scale and nature of the remaining challenges. This book draws on the experience and lessons learned in the Region over the past ten years of transition in key health systems areas, such as health care financing, the restructuring of hospitals, public health, gains in health system quality, fostering citizens' rights and mobilizing communities for health. It serves as a valuable resource for policy-makers, academics and donor institutions working in the Region.

World Bank Periodical Special Report: "Scaling Up Poverty Reduction," a series of articles in a special report in _Development Outreach_ (October 2004).

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

Pan American Health Organization Symposium Presentations: "Symposium on Diabetes Economics," held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sep. 27, 2004 (Microsoft PowerPoint format).

Joseph Roundtree Foundation Centenary Report: "Poverty and Place: Policies For Tomorrow: Neighbourhoods of choice and connection: The evolution of American neighbourhood policy and what it means for the United Kingdom," by Bruce Katz (Paper prepared for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Centenary Event, July 2004, .pdf format, 48p.).

More information on Joseph Rountree Foundation:

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Report: The Health Risks and Consequences of Trafficking in Women and Adolescents: Findings from a European study. London: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. 2003," by Cathy Zimmerman (2004, .pdf format, 131p.).

For more information on LSHTM:

National Academies Press Monograph: _On Evaluating Curricular Effectiveness: Judging the Quality of K-12 Mathematics Evaluations_, edited by Jere Confrey and Vicki Stohl (Committee for a Review of the Evaluation Data on the Effectiveness of NSF-Supported and Commercially Generated Mathematics Curriculum Materials, National Research Council, 2004, OpenBook format, 288p.). Note: Print copy ordering information is available at the site.

Kaiser Family Foundation Report, Chartpack:

A. "Gay Men and Lesbians in the U.S. Military: Estimates from Census 2000," by Gary Gates (September 2004, .pdf format, 24p.).

B. "Views of the New Medicare Drug Law - Chartpack on People with Disabilities" (October 2004, .pdf format, 20p.). "This comprehensive survey of people on Medicare, conducted in June and July 2004, assesses their attitudes toward the new Medicare drug law. This chartpack, issued in September 2004, presents additional analysis on the survey data, focusing on the views of people under age 65 with physical and/or mental disabilities."

Allen Guttmacher Institute Periodical: _Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health_ (Vol. 36, No. 5, September/October 2004, HTML and .pdf format).

Population Reference Bureau Articles:

A: "In Harm's Way: Hurricanes, Population Trends, and Environmental Change," by Roger-Mark De Souza (October 2004).,_Population_Trends,_and_Environmental_Change.htm

B. "Presidential Elections: Swing States and Bellwethers," by Kelvin Pollard (October 2004).

C. "Study Finds U.S. Manufactured-Home Owners Face 'Quasi-Homelessness'," by Paola Scommegna (October 2004).

D. "A Demographic Portrait of Asian Americans," by Yu Xie and Kimberly A. Goyette (October 2004).

_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Editorial Extract: "Emerging Infectious Diseases: A Clear and Present Danger to Humanity," by Anthony S. Fauci (Vol. 292, No. 15, Oct. 20, 2004, p. 1887-1888).

_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_ Editorial Extract, Article Abstract:

A. "National Academy of Sciences endorses National Institutes of Health plan for enhanced access to research information," by Nicholas R. Cozzarelli, Kenneth R. Fulton, and Diane M. Sullenberger (Vol. 101, No. 42, Oct. 19, 2004, p. 14991).

B. "Forecast and control of epidemics in a globalized world," by L. Hufnagel, D. Brockmann and T. Geisel (Vol. 101, No. 42, Oct. 19, 2004, p. 15124-15129).

_Science_ News Focus: The Oct. 15, 2004 issue of _Science_ (Vol. 306, No. 5695) contains five short articles in its "News Focus" section on Influenza.

Scroll to or "find in page" "News Focus" (without the quotes).

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 4, No. 43, Oct. 25, 2004). "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."

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Penn State Population Research Institute: "Population Cohorts and Processes of Cognitive Aging," by Duane F. Alwin, Ryan J. McCammon, Willard L. Rodgers and Linda A. Wray (WP 04-08, October 2004, .pdf format, 48p.).


Prior theory and research indicate that the unique formative experiences of birth cohorts can have influences on observed patterns of cognitive aging. Historical processes are implicated, for example, in the fact that cohorts differ markedly in their levels of schooling. This paper examines the role of cohort differences in educational experiences in understanding processes of cognitive aging. Using recent data from the U.S. Health and Retirement Survey based on probability samples of cohorts born from 1904 through 1947 (N = 21,410), we assessed diachronic measures over four biennial observations, from 1996 through 2002, of several survey-based cognitive performance tasks. We applied a set of latent growth curve models to the examination of differences in levels and patterns of change in cognitive functioning within cohorts. Employing both linear and quadratic functional forms, significant differences are found in the cognitive growth patterns of different birth cohorts. Results suggest that the failure to take cohort differences in educational experiences into account in the investigation of patterns of cognitive aging can lead to a biased assessment of levels of cognitive decline in old age. Our discussion addresses the implications of these results for theories of cognitive aging.

University of Washington Center for the Study of Demography and Ecology: "Constructing and Reconstructing Gender: Credit Supply and Women's Demand for Entrepreneurial Capital," by Diana Fletschner and Michael R. Carter (WP 04-10, 2004, .pdf format, 30p.).


Rural credit programs that target rural women in developing countries are typically based on supply-side arguments. We argue that women's acquisition of entrepreneurial capital may also be restricted by demand-side constraints since women who take a more entrepreneurial approach often stand at odds with activity-regulating social norms. By explicitly incorporating social effects in modeling rural women's decision-making, we provide an analytical framework that helps understand the factors limiting women's acquisition of capital, and the full impact of an intervention that enhances women's access to credit. We argue that the impact of a credit program that relaxes some women's supply-side constraints may extend well beyond the direct beneficiaries. By contributing to the reconstruction of gender, these programs indirectly relax other women's demand-side constraints, and could have a social-multiplier effect allowing an entire group or community to move to a higher-income equilibrium. We evaluate group effects on the likelihood that rural women in Paraguay would have a demand for entrepreneurial capital and find the effect of the group's behavior to be positive and significant.

Princeton University Center for Research on Child Wellbeing:

A. "Parental Substance Abuse and Child Health and Behavior," by Lawrence Berger and Cynthia Osborne (WP 2004-15-FF, October 2004, .pdf format, 29p.).


Parental substance abuse is associated with adverse health and development outcomes for children. Yet, research has not confirmed the relative effects of maternal, paternal, and both parents' substance abuse on child outcomes, nor has it not focused on the effects of nonresident fathers' substance abuse. We use data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 3,031) to explore these issues among a cohort of 3 year old children. We find that children living with a substance abusing parent are at considerable risk for poor health and behavior outcomes, that such risk is not moderated by parent gender, and that the risk is considerably larger when both parents have substance abuse problems. Moreover, children with substance abusing fathers are at higher risk of health and behavior problems when their fathers live with them. This research has important implications for tax, pricing, and control policies aimed at reducing demand for alcohol and other drugs, as well as for targeting substance abuse treatment policies. Furthermore, it has implications for policies aimed at impacting family formation, as children with substance abusing fathers may have better health and behavioral outcomes when their fathers do not co-reside.

B. "The Effects of Partnership Instability on Parenting and Young Children's Health and Behavior," by Cynthia Osborne and Sara McLanahan (WP 2004-16-FF, October 2004, .pdf format, 23p.).


We use data from the Fragile Families Study (N = 3317) to document the number of changes in maternal romantic partnerships experienced by children between their birth and age 3, particularly children born to unmarried mothers. We also examine the association between partnership instability and parenting, child health and behavior. We find significantly high levels of partnership instability among children born to unmarried mothers. In addition, partnership instability is negatively associated with parenting, child health, and behavioral problems for children at age 3. Each partnership change has a modest effect on each outcome, yet children who experience several partnership changes are at extreme elevated risks of negative development. This finding is especially true for children born to unmarried parents. These findings imply that policies aimed at promoting partnership stability may positively impact child wellbeing.

C. "Instability in Fragile Families: The Role of Race-Ethnicity, Economics, and Relationship Quality," by Cynthia Osborne, Wendy Manning, and Pamela Smock (WP 2004-17-FF, October 2004, .pdf format, 30p.).


Children are increasingly born into cohabiting parent families, and past research based on children born 10 to 20 years ago suggests that children born to cohabiting parents experience greater family instability than children born to married parents. We update and extend this work by drawing on three waves of the Fragile Family Study to examine family stability among children born between 1998 and 2000; our focus on a very recent birth cohort of children is useful, given the recent growth in children's experience of parental cohabitation. We first determine whether children born into cohabitation and marriage experience similar rates of parental disruption. Second, we move beyond prior work by evaluating whether and how potentially important factors such as relationship quality and economic circumstances are tied to family stability. Our findings contribute to a broader understanding of family transitions and child wellbeing.

John F. Kennedy School of Government [Harvard University]: "How Did the Social Policy Changes of the 1990s Affect Material Hardship among Single Mothers? Evidence from the CPS Food Security Supplement," by Scott Winship and Christopher Jencks (RWP04-27, July 2004, .pdf format, 60p.).


Although many opponents of welfare reform predicted that it would increase hardship, the official poverty rate for female headed families with children fell from 42 percent in 1996 to 34 percent in 2002. Skeptics have nonetheless argued that declines in official poverty rates may have been accompanied by increases in material hardship, since single mothers who entered the labor market often incurred new expenses and lost valuable non-cash benefits. We investigate this possibility using the Current Population Survey's Food Security Supplement. Food-related problems declined among mother-only families between 1995 and 2000 and rose between 2000 and 2002, but the decline was far larger than the subsequent increase. These changes parallel changes in the official poverty rate during the same years. In contrast to previous economic expansions, the proportional decline in poverty during the late-1990s was at least as large among mother-only families as among two-parent families. We argue that this change was linked to welfare reform and other social policy changes that encouraged single mothers to enter the labor force. As a result, single mothers' material standard of living probably improved more during this economic expansion than during earlier ones.$File/rwp04_027_Winship_Jencks.pdf

World Bank Development Programme:

A. "Approaches to Results-Based Funding in Tertiary Education: Identifying Finance Reform Options for Chile," by Lauritz Holm-Nielsen, Jette Samuel Jeppesen, and Kristian Thorn (Working Paper 3436, October 2004, .pdf format, 24p.).


Unrealized potential exists for increasing accountability and transparency in Chilean tertiary education by allocating resources based on achieved results rather than historical precedence and political negotiation. Against this background, Thorn, Holm-Nielsen, and Jeppesen profile approaches to results-based funding of tertiary education to identify efficacious finance reform options for Chile. International experience shows that financing by results is not a ready-made concept, but a broad label that offers a menu of design options. To decipher results-based funding, the authors cover all phases in designing and implementing a results-based funding system and highlight strengths and weaknesses of concepts, such as taximeter funding, performance contracts, and formula-based allocations.

B. "Addressing Gender-Based Violence in the Latin American and Caribbean Region: A Critical Review of Interventions," by Sarah Bott, Mary Ellsberg, and Andrew Morrison (Working Paper 3438, October 2004, .pdf format, 70p.).


Morrison, Ellsberg, and Bott present an overview of gender-based violence (GBV) in Latin America, with special emphasis on good practice interventions to prevent GBV or offer services to its survivors or perpetrators. Intimate partner violence and sexual coercion are the most common forms of GBV, and these are the types of GBV that they analyze. GBV has serious consequences for women's health and well-being, ranging from fatal outcomes, such as homicide, suicide, and AIDS-related deaths, to nonfatal outcomes, such as physical injuries, chronic pain syndrome, gastrointestinal disorders, complications during pregnancy, miscarriage, and low birth-weight of children. GBV also poses significant costs for the economies of developing countries, including lower worker productivity and incomes, and lower rates of accumulation of human and social capital. The authors examine good practice approaches in justice, health, education, and multisectoral approaches. In each sector, they identify good practices for: (1) law and policies; (2) institutional reforms; (3) community-level interventions; and (4) individual behavior change strategies.

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Income Inequality and Gender in New Zealand, 1998-2003," by Kerry L. Papps (Discussion Paper 1365, October 2004, .pdf format, 17p.).


A number of authors have documented an increase in earnings or income inequality in New Zealand during the late 1980s and early 1990s, a period of major economic reform, however no study has evaluated changes in inequality during the post-reform era. This paper applies a recently-developed method for decomposing changes in inequality to New Zealand income and earnings data and extends it to analyse changes in inequality between men and women. Across the total working-age population, income inequality rose among both males and females between 1998 and 2003. In both cases, the majority of this was unexplained by changes in the observed determinants of income, however shifts in the distribution of education and the associated returns were responsible for part of the increase. Among the subset of workers, earnings inequality increased significantly for both genders. Although changes in the returns to measured characteristics contributed to the rise in inequality, this was partially offset by changes in the distribution of these characteristics. Between-gender inequality fell with respect to both samples. In contrast to within-gender inequality, this was largely explained by changes in the returns to the observed characteristics. Overall, there is evidence that the male and female income distributions are converging, although both are becoming more dispersed.

Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester UK]: "Linking Household Survey and Administrative Record Data: what should the matching variables be?" by Stephen P. Jenkins, Peter Lynn, Annette Jackle, and Emanuela Sala (WP 2004-23, October 2004, .pdf format, 21p.).


Linkages of household survey responses with administrative data may be based on unique individual identifiers or on survey respondent characteristics. The benefits gained from using unique identifiers need to be assessed in the light of potential problems such as non-response and measurement error. We report on a study that linked survey responses to UK government agency records on benefits and tax credits in five different ways. One matched on a respondent-supplied National Insurance Number and the other four used different combinations of sex, name, address, and date of birth. As many linkages were made using matches on sex, date of birth, and post-code, or on sex, date of birth, first name and family name, as were made using matches on self-reported National Insurance Number, and the former were also relatively accurate when assessed in terms of false positive and false negative rates. The five independent matching exercises also shed light on the potential returns from hierarchical and pooled matching.

University of Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology Training Seminar: "Income Attainment During Transformation Processes: A Meta-Analysis of the Market Transition Theory," by Willem-Jen Verhoeven, Wim Jansen, and Jos Dessens (Oct. 26, 2004 Seminar, October 2004, .pdf format 78p.).


The changing communist regime in China and the "velvet: revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have provided an opportunity to investigate trends in income attainment during processes of transformation. Nee (1989) formulated the market transition theory, which indicates the main determinants of changing income attainment during the process of transformation from a state-regulated, centrally planned economy to a market economy. An extensive literature, with studies testing the predictions derived from this theory on China and CEE, has emerged since this seminal article by Nee. However, there are theoretical and empirical inconsistencies in these studies. This calls for a systematic comparison of the empirical results and evaluate Nee's theory. This paper reports a meta-analysis performed on 64 publications to determine to what extent there is consistent empirical evidence for the hypothesized relationship between marketization processes and the changing effect of income determinants. We found that political capital remains important during transformation in urban China, the gender gap in income increases in urban China as well as in CEE, and although human capital and market-related resources are important determinants of income, it is not evident that their importance increases during the transformation process. We find some support in favor for the market transition theory, but it needs revision and elaboration.

University of Chicago Population Resource Center/National Opinion Research Center (NORC) Demography Workshop Paper: "Alimony Rights and Intra-Household Allocation of Resources: Evidence from Brazil," by Marcos Rangel (Oct. 28, 2004 Demography Workshop, September 2004, .pdf format, 48p.).


Household economic theory has largely relied on the concept of a "unitary" family decision-making model. Exploiting an exogenous extension of alimony rights to cohabiting couples in Brazil, this paper presents robust empirical evidence challenging this long-held notion. Alimony rights improve women's outside options, strengthen their negotiating positions, and increase their influence over the allocation of resources within intact partnerships. Econometric results indicate that empowerment of women reduces hours worked by female adults and impacts the level of investment in the human capital of children. These findings suggest that models of the family should take intra-household heterogeneity in preferences into account.

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American Sociological Review (Vol. 69, No. 4, August 2004). 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.

Population Studies (Vol. 58, No. 3, November 2004).

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National Institutes of Health: "Summer Institute on Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions," an institute to be held from Jul. 24 -Aug. 5, 2005 in Airlie, Virginia. For more information see:

2nd Conference on Young People & Societies in Europe and around the Mediterranean Call for Papers: For more information, including deadlines for this conference, to be held in October 2005 in Marseilles, France, see:

Click on "Call for papers" (.pdf format, 2p.).

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National Institutes of Health: "The Effect of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination/Bias on Health Care Delivery" (PA-05-006, National Cancer Institute, National Institute for Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, and National Institute on Drug Abuse). For more information see:

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Census Bureau: "Census Bureau Releases Information on Home Workers" (News Release CB04-183, Oct. 19, 2004). The release links to a series of detailed tables (Working at Home: 2000 (PHC-T-35), Microsoft Excel, .pdf, and comma separated value (.csv) format).

Click on "Detailed tables" at the top of the news release for link to data.

National Longitudinal Study Newsletter: The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the latest NLS Newsletter (04-118, October 2004, .pdf format, 5p.). The newsletter announces the availability of NLSY97 data for Round 6. It also announces a correction to "Mature Women Pension Data" which can be downloaded from the Ohio State University Center for Human Resources Research (CHRR) at:

Click on "NLSY97" and then download "D97-R6EH -- NLSY97 Event History and Main File Data Rounds 1-6 Release 11/2004"


Click on "NLS Mature Women and Young Women" and then download "D-MW-89Pension -- Mature Women 1989 Pension File. The corrected file has the word "fixed" in it.

Note that for both these files, users must also download the NLS Database Investigator extraction software at:

NLS Newsletter:

Department of Housing and Urban Development: "50th Percentile Rent Estimates: 2005" (October 2004, Microsoft Excel format, with documentation in Microsoft Word format). "Rent estimates at the 50th percentile (or median) are calculated for all Fair Market Rent areas. THESE ARE NOT FAIR MARKET RENTS. Under certain conditions, as set forth in the Interim Rule (Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 191, Monday October 2, 2000, pages 58870-58875), these 50th percentile rents can be used to set success rate payment standards." Data are available by metropolitan area and county. Data are available annually back to 2001 at the site.

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: "MEPS HC-067H: 2002 Home Health File" (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, October 2004, .zip compressed or self decompressing (.exe) ASCII and SAS transport format, with documentation and SAS programming statements in several formats).

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR): ICPSR at the University of Michigan has recently released the following datasets, which may be of interest to demography 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:

National Incident-Based Reporting System, 2002 (#4066)

Current Population Survey, October 2002: School Enrollment/Library Use (#4089)

Current Population Survey: Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Survey, 2004 (#4090)

National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), 2003: [United States] (#4099)

For all new additions for the week of Oct. 18-22, 2004 see:

Click on "Recent updates & additions". New additions are marked "new". Other items are updates to already available studies.

UK Data Archive [University of Essex, Colchester]: Note: There may be restrictions and costs associated with UK Data Archive data. For more information see:

Scottish Household Survey, 2003 (SN 5020)

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Population Reference Bureau: "PRB Country Statistics & Reports." "PRB's country pages provide quick access to essential information on population, health, and the environment for over 200 countries. On each country page, you will find a fact sheet with demographic, health, and other development indicators, selected PRB reports or articles, and links to key sources of information, including the most relevant searchable databases on international development."

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Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology
4470 Social Science University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706