Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #105, March 24, 2009.

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1. Census Bureau Facts for Features: " Facts For Features Special Edition Indianapolis Motor Speedway 100th Anniversary" (CB09-FFSE.01, Mar. 24, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

2. National Center for Education Compendium, Report, Statistics Brief:

A. Digest of Education Statistics, 2008 by Thomas D. Snyder, Sally A. Dillow, and Charlene M. Hoffman (NCES 2009020, March 2009, .pdf format, 702p.).

B. "Characteristics of Private Schools in the United States: Results from the 2007-08 Private School Universe Survey," by Stephen P. Broughman, Nancy L. Swaim, and Patrick W. Keaton (NCES 2009313, March 2009, .pdf format, 54p.).

C. "Literacy of Foreign-Born Adults in the United States: 2003," by Siri Warkentien, Michael Clark, and Beth Jacinto (NCES 2009034, March 2009, .pdf format, 4p.).

3. Bureau of Labor Statistics Newsletter: NLS News (No. 09-135, March 2009, .pdf format, 6p.).

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US States:


Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Report: "2008 County Population Estimates" (March 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, with "County Population Facts" in .pdf and Microsoft Word format).


Department of Labor News Release: "Population Movement Within Idaho Slows in 2008" (Mar. 19, 2009).

Michigan: Population Estimates: "Estimated Population of Michigan Counties and Regions: 2000-2008" (March 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).,1607,7-160-51170-211006--,00.html


State Demography Center Report: "Births, Fertility Rates Show Little Change between 2006 and 2007," by Martha McMurry (March 2009, .pdf format, 18p.).

North Dakota:

State Data Center Report: "Annual Estimates of the Population for Counties of North Dakota: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008 (March 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 1p.)




Department of Human Services Report: "Monthly Dashboard Results on Children, Adults, and Families (CAS) (March 2009, .pdf format, 43p.).


Office of Financial Management Research Brief: "Perceptions of Neighborhood Crime: 2008," by Erica Gardner (Research Brief 53, March 2009, .pdf format, 6p.).

West Virginia:

Department of Health and Human Resources Report: "WV WORKS State Plan 2009-2010" (March 2009, .pdf format, 28p.). "West Virginia's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program is WV WORKS. It is based on the goals of assisting economically dependent and at-risk families to become self supporting, enhancing the well-being of children, and on assisting families near the poverty level to remain self-sufficient. WV WORKS provides monthly cash assistance to eligible families. Most people who receive a monthly WV WORKS check also receive SNAP and Medicaid, but these are not guaranteed based just on receipt of a check."

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Population Division Brief: "What would it take to accelerate fertility decline in the least developed countries?" (No. 2009/1, March 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).



1. Australian Bureau of Statistics Report: "Causes of Death, Australia, 2007," (March 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 90p.). Note: Use the "Downloads" tab to locate the full-text of this report.

2. Queensland Government Report: "Schools Australia: 2008" (March 2009, .pdf format, 1p.).


Czech Republic:

Czech Statistical Office Report: "Population of the Czech Republic in year 2008 (preliminary results)" (March 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, with an ICD classification document in .pdf and Microsoft Word format).



Federal Statistical Office News Release: "2008: Population with Turkish passport decreasing by 25,000" (Mar. 23, 2009). A more detailed version is available in German.,templateId=renderPrint.psml



Statistics Iceland News Release: "Births 2008" (Mar. 17, 2009).



Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh News Release: "Births, Deaths and Marriages in Quarter 2 2008" (Mar. 19, 2009). The news release links to a report: "Vital Statistics Second Quarter" (2008)" near the bottom of the page (.pdf format, 28p.).



Statistics Bureau Reports (Microsoft Excel format).

A. "Population Estimates: (October 1, 2008 Final Estimates, March 1, 2009 Provisional Estimates)" (October 2009 HTML and Excel).

B. "Japan Monthly Statistics" (March 2009).



Statistics and Census Service Periodical: Demographic Statistics / 4th Quarter 2008 (March 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 5p.).



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Mar. 18-24, 2009).


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Hot off the Press: "International Travel and Migration: February 2009" (March 2009, .pdf format, 13p.).


Northern Ireland:

Statistics and Research Agency News Release: "Almost 4,000 Deaths From Cancer in 2008" (Mar. 19, 2009, .pdf format, 15p.).



Statistics Norway News Releases: Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Mar, 18-24, 2009).



Statistics Slovenia News Release: "Mother's Day 2009," by Tina Znidarsic (Mar. 20, 2009).



State Statistics Committee Tables:

A. "Total population, as of February 1, 2009. Average annual populations January 2009" (Mar. 18, 2009).

B. "Natural increase in population in January 2008" (Mar. 18, 2009).

C. "Migration of population in January 2009, by oblast" (Mar. 18, 2009).



Department for Children, Schools, and Families Report: "Level 2 and 3 Attainment by Young People in England Measured Using Matched Administrative Data: Attainment by Age 19 in 2008 (Provisional)" (March 2009, .pdf format, 17p.).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "Academic Achievement by Pupil Characteristics, 2005-2008" (March 2009, .pdf format, 26p.).

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Demographic Research Article: "Dispensing with marriage: Marital and partnership trends in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 2000-2006," by Victoria Hosegood, Nuala McGrath, and Tom A. Moultrie (Vol. 20, Article 13, March 2009, .pdf format, p. 279-312).

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Internationalization of U.S. Doctorate Education," by John Bound, Sarah Turner, and Patrick Walsh (w14792, March 2009, .pdf format, 53p.).


The representation of a large number of students born outside the United States among the ranks of doctorate recipients from U.S. universities is one of the most significant transformations in U.S. graduate education and the international market for highly-trained workers in science and engineering in the last quarter century. Students from outside the U.S. accounted for 51% of PhD recipients in science and engineering fields in 2003, up from 27% in 1973. In the physical sciences, engineering and economics the representation of foreign students among PhD recipients is yet more striking; among doctorate recipients in 2003, those from outside the U.S. accounted for 50% of degrees in the physical sciences, 67% in engineering and 68% in economics. Our analysis highlights the important role of changes in demand among foreign born in explaining the growth and distribution of doctorates awarded in science and engineering. Expansion in undergraduate degree receipt in many countries has a direct effect on the demand for advanced training in the U.S. Changes in the supply side of the U.S. graduate education market may also differentially affect the representation of foreign students in U.S. universities. Supply shocks such as increases in federal support for the sciences will have relatively large effects on the representation in the U.S. of doctorate students from countries where demand is relatively elastic. Understanding the determinants -- and consequences -- of changes over time in the representation of foreign born students among doctorate recipients from U.S. universities informs the design of policies affecting the science and engineering workforce.


Rostock [Germany] Center for the Study of Demographic Change:

A. "The mortality of non-Germans in Berlin: a comparison of results estimated from the Official Statistics and the Central Register of Foreigners," by Anke Hannemann and Rembrandt D. Scholz (Discussion Paper 25, February 2009, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "The mortality of non-Germans in Germany: a comparison of results estimated from the Official Statistics and the Central Register of Foreigners," by Anke Hannemann and Rembrandt D. Scholz (Discussion Paper 26, February 2009, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

Social Science and Medicine (Vol. 68, No. 7, April 2009).

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Intute: Social Sciences: Intute has updated it's Sociology conferences page with new conferences:

Informing public policy : new agendas for social research (London School of Economics, Apr. 23, 2009).

Economics of diet and obesity (May 20, 2009, University of Bristol, Bristol).

Globalisation and European integration (Jun. 5, 2009, University of Warwick, Coventry).

Darwin's influence on science, society and culture (Sep. 10, 2009, Catholic University of Portugal, Braga).

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 24, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Mar. 24, 2009.

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US House Committee on Education and Labor, Secondary Education Subcommittee Hearing Testimony: "Improving Early Childhood Development Policies and Practices," a hearing held Mar. 19, 2009 (.pdf format).


US House Committee on Oversight, Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Hearing Testimony: "Census 2010: Assessing the Bureau's Strategy for Reducing the Undercount of Hard-to-Count Populations," a hearing held Mar. 23, 2009 (.pdf format).

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Census Bureau: "The latest county and Puerto Rico municipio, and metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area population estimates - for July 1, 2008 - were released March 19, 2008."


Luxembourg Income Study: LIS announced the release of a new version of the LISSY (version 8.0) system. For more information about the new release 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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