Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #104, March 17, 2009.

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1. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: School Year 2006-07 (Fiscal Year 2007)," by Lei Zhou (NCES 2009337, March 2009, .pdf format, 23p.).

B. "Enrollment in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2007; Graduation Rates, 2001 and 2004 Cohorts; and Financial Statistics, Fiscal Year 2007," by Laura G. Knapp, Janice E. Kelly-Reid, and Scott A.Ginder (NCES 2009155, March 2009, .pdf format, 58p.).

2. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Research Briefs:

A. "Marital Quality and Parent-Adolescent Relationships: Effects on Adolescent and Young Adult Well-Being (January 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 9p.).

B. "Marital Quality and Parent-Adolescent Relationships: Components of Relationship Strengths in Married Couple Families" (January 2009, HTML and .pdf format 7p.).

3. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Tables: The EEOC has updated its statistics on workplace discrimination charges to include data from 2008. A link to the tables can be found via the EEOC press release "EEOC Reports Job Bias Charges Hit Record High Of Over 95,000 In Fiscal Year 2008" (March 11, 2009).

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US States:


State Data Center Reports:

A. "Historical and Projected Population 16 Years and Over 1970 to 2030: (February 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Demographic and Socio-Economic Outlook" (revised, March 2009, .pdf format).

C. "2005 to 2007 Multi-Year American Community Survey 3-year Estimates Geographies with a Population Over 20,000" (March 2009, Microsoft Excel format).

D. "Maryland Residential Growth Map" (interactive web mapping tool).

North Dakota:

State Data Center Report: "North Dakota Head Start State Collaboration Office Needs Assessment: 2008-2009 Survey Results" (February 2009, .pdf format, 83p.).


Department of Health Reports:

A. "Preliminary 2007 Deaths By County and Municipality" (March 2009, .pdf format).

B. "Birth and Death Statistics, 1990-2007" (March 2009, interactive web application, .pdf format).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division Report: "International Migration Report 2006: A Global Assessment," (2009, .pdf format, 343p.).

2. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Report: "Social Services Policies and Family Well-being in the Asian and Pacific Region," (Asia-Pacific Population and Social Studies Series No. 165, February 2009, .pdf format, 113p.).


World Bank Report: "Girls' Education in the 21st Century: Gender Equality, Empowerment, and Economic Growth," edited by Mercy Tembon and Lucia Fort (March 2009, .pdf format, 313p.).,,contentMDK:22091605~pagePK:64257043~piPK:437376~theSitePK:4607,00.html



Australian Bureau of Statistics Report: "Schools, 2008," (March 2008, .pdf, and compressed and uncompressed Microsoft Excel format, 40p.).



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Articles:

A. "University enrolment 2006/2007," (March 2009, .HTML and .pdf format).

B. "University degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded: 2006," (March 2009, .HTML and .pdf format).

.pdf of full version:


Czech Republic:

Czech Statistical Office Compendium: Czech Republic in International Comparison 2008 (selected indicators) (March 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).



Statistics Finland News Release: "Discontinuation of education decreased slightly" (Mar. 11, 2009).



Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Population of localities with over 1,000 residents -31.12.2008 (provisional data)" (March 2009, Microsoft Excel format). The tables are in Hebrew and English.



State Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Teachers and supporting staff in tertiary educational institutions" (Mar. 16, 2009, .pdf format, 12p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.

B. "Graduated "Master of science" and "Specialists" (Mar. 13, 2009, .pdf format, 12p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.

C. "Doctors of sciences" (Mar. 10, 2009, .pdf format, 4p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Mar. 11-17, 2009).


New Zealand:

Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Report: "Mortality and Demographic Data 2005" (March 2009, .pdf format, 59p., with statistical tables in .zip compressed Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word format).


Northern Ireland:

Statistics and Research Agency Report: "Births in Northern Ireland, 2008" (March 2009, .pdf format, 12p.).



Statistics Norway News Releases: Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Mar, 11-17, 2009).


Palestinian National Authority Compendium, Report:

A. Statistical Abstract No. 9 (December 2008, .pdf format, 646p.). The compendium is in Arabic, with an English section at the end of it. Tables are in Arabic and English.

B. "Final Results Housing Report West Bank" (February 2009, .pdf format, 229p.). The report is in Arabic and English. The English version is at the back of the Arabic version. Table heads throughout the Arabic version are in English as well.



General Register Office Reports:

A. "2008 Births, Marriages and Deaths - Preliminary Annual Figures" (March 2009, .pdf format, Microsoft Excel, and comma separated value [.csv] format).

B. "Births, Marriages and Deaths - Quarterly Figures: 4th Quarter 2008" (March 2009, .pdf format, Microsoft Excel, and comma separated value [.csv] format).



Statistics Singapore Compendium: Singapore In Brief, 2009 (March 2009, .pdf format, 14p.).

Palm OS devices:



Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting, and Statistics Periodical: Monthly Bulletin of Statistics (February 2009, .pdf format and Microsoft Excel format, 63p.).



1. Communities and Local Government Report: "Statutory Homelessness: 4th Quarter (October to December) 2008, England" (March 2009, .pdf format and Microsoft Word format, 21p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

2. Ministry of Justice Report: "Average time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders: December 2008" (March 2009, .pdf format, 19p.).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru First Release: "Statistical Focus on Age in Wales, 2009" (March 2009, .pdf format, 2p.).

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Demographic Research Article: "The National Immigrant Survey of Spain. A new data source for migration studies in Europe," by David Reher and Miguel Requena (Vol. 20, Article 12, March 2009, .pdf format, p. 253-278).


Center on Budget Policy Priorities Report: "USDA Study Shows States Failing To Connect Many Needy Children To Free School Meals," (March 2009, HTML and .pdf format , 7p.).

More information about CBPP::


Population Reference Bureau Periodical: Population Bulletin (Vol. 64, No. 1, March 2009, .pdf format).


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "Sex-related similarities and differences in the neural correlates of beauty," by Camilo J. Cela-Conde, Francisco J. Ayala, Enric Munar, Fernando Maestu, Marcos Nadal, Miguel A. Capo, David del Río, Juan J. Lopez-Ibor, Tomas Ortiz, Claudio Mirasso, and Gisele Marty (Vol. 106, No. 10, March 10, 2009, p. 3847-3852).

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Marriage Meets the Joneses: Relative Income, Identity, and Marital Status," by Tara Watson and Sara McLanahan (w14773, March 2009, .pdf format, 36p.).


In this paper we investigate the effect of relative income on marital status. We develop an identity model based on Akerlof and Kranton (2000) and apply it to the marriage decision. The empirical evidence is consistent with the idea that people are more likely to marry when their incomes approach a financial level associated with idealized norms of marriage. We hypothesize that the "marriage ideal" is determined by the median income in an individual's local reference group. After controlling flexibly for the absolute level of income and a number of other factors, the ratio between a man's income and the marriage ideal is a strong predictor of marital status -- but only if he is below the ideal. For white men, relative income considerations jointly drive co-residence, marriage, and fatherhood decisions. For black men, relative income affects the marriage decision only, and relative income is tied to marital status even for those living with a partner and children. Relative income concerns explain 10-15 percent of the decline in marriage since 1970 for low income white men, and account for more than half of the persistent marriage gap between high- and low-income men.

B. "Beyond Incentives: Do Schools use Accountability Rewards Productively?" by Marigee Bacolod, John DiNardo, and Mireille Jacobson (w14775, March 2009, .pdf format, 61p.).


"Accountability mandates" -- the explicit linking of school funding, resources, and autonomy to student performance on standardized exams -- have proliferated in the last 10 years. In this paper, we examine California's accountability system, which for several years financially rewarded schools based on a deterministic function of test scores. The sharp discontinuity in the assignment rule -- schools that barely missed their target received no funding -- generates "as good as random" assignment of awards for schools near their eligibility threshold and enables us to estimate the (local average) treatment effect of California's financial award program.

This design allows us to explore an understudied aspect of accountability systems -- how schools use their financial rewards. Our findings indicate that California's accountability system significantly increased resources allocated to some schools. In the 2000 school year, the average value of the award was about 60 dollars per student and 50 dollars in 2001. Moreover, we find that the total resources flowing to districts with schools that received awards increased more than dollar for dollar. This resource shift was greatest for districts with schools that qualified for awards in the 2000 school year, the first year of the program, increasing total per pupil revenues by roughly 5 percent.

Despite the increase in revenues, we find no evidence that these resources increased student achievement. Schools that won awards did not purchase more instructional material, such as computers, which may be inputs into achievement. Although the awards were likely paid out as teacher bonuses, we cannot detect any effect of these bonuses on test scores or other measures of achievement. More worrisome, we also find a practical effect of assigning the award based in part on the performance of "numerically significant subgroups" within a school was to reduce the relative resources of schools attended by traditionally disadvantaged students.

C. "Vanishing Third World Emigrants?" by Timothy J. Hatton and Jeffrey G. Williamson (w14785, March 2009, .pdf format, 40p.).


This paper documents a stylized fact not well appreciated in the literature. The Third World has been undergoing an emigration life cycle since the 1960s, and, except for Africa, emigration rates have been level or even declining since a peak in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. The current economic crisis will serve only to accelerate those trends. The paper estimates the economic and demographic fundamentals driving these Third World emigration life cycles to the United States since 1970 -- the income gap between the US and the sending country, the education gap between the US and the sending country, the poverty trap, the size of the cohort at risk, and migrant stock dynamics. It then projects the life cycle up to 2024. The projections imply that pressure on Third World emigration over the next two decades will not increase. It also suggests that future US immigrants will be more African and less Hispanic than in the past.


Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "On the intertemporal allocation of consumption, mortality and life-history strategies," by Junji Kageyama (WP-2009-008, March 2009, .pdf format, 21p.).


This paper studies the bio-evolutionary origin of time preference. By examining human life-history strategies, it shows that time preference reflects the change in the value of survival, which in turn depends on future reproduction and production. It also demonstrates that our biologically endowed time preference is fully embodied in mortality, is always larger than one, reaches its lowest at around age twenty and increases thereafter. These implications are consistent with empirical findings.


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]:

A. "Individual Teacher Incentives, Student Achievement and Grade Inflation," by Pedro S. Martins (Discussion Paper No. 4051, March 2009, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Literacy Traps: Society-wide Education and Individual Skill Premia," by Vidya Atal, Kaushik Basu, John Gray, and Travis Lee (Discussion Paper No. 4047, March 2009, .pdf format, 17p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]:

A. "Explaining Cross-Country Differences in Contact Rates," by Annelies Blom (ISER Working Paper 2009-08, March 2009, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "'It is time computers do clever things!'. The impact of dependent interviewing on interviewer burden," by Emanuela Sala, S.C. Noah Uhrig, and Peter Lynn (ISER Working Paper 2009-07, March 2009, .pdf format, 25p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability):

Annals of Statistics (Vol. 37, No. 2, April 2009).

Journal of Family History (Vol. 34, No. 2, April 2009).

Social Science and Medicine (Vol. 68, No. 6, March 2009).

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Vienna Institute of Demography / IIASA: "Education and Demography," a to be held conference held 30 November - 1 December 2009 (Vienna). For more information see:

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 17, 2009.


American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 17, 2009.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 17, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Mar. 17, 2009.

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DATA: Samples of Anonymised Records: "1991 and 2001 SARS are now available for download free of charge to non-profits." Note: registration is required for access to this data. Rules vary between UK and non-UK users. For more information, including links to access information, see:





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:

For new data or new editions of new data in the last month:

and pick "1 month" for either.

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Panel Study Of Income Dynamics Bibliography Update: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

Boisvert, Danielle and Wright, John Paul. Nonshared Environmental Influences On Sibling Differences in Externalizing Problem Behavior. Criminal Justice and Behavior. 2008; 35(7):863-878.

Case, Anne and Paxson, Christina. Stature and Status: Height, Ability, and Labor Market Outcomes. Journal of Political Economy. 2008; 116(3):499-532.

Remdall, Michael S.; Handcock, Mark S., and Jonsson, Stefan H. Bayesian Estimation of Hispanic Fertility Hazards From Survey and Population Data. Demography. 2009; 46(1):65-84.

South, Scott J.; Crowder, Kyle, and Pais, Jeremy. Inter-neighborhood Migration and Spatial Assimilation in a Multi-Ethnic World: Comparing Latinos, Blacks and Angios. Social Forces. 2008; 87(1):415-445.

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