Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #106, March 31, 2009.

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1. Census Bureau News Releases:

A. "Census Workers to Verify Addresses in the U.S. First Major 2010 Census Operation to Employ 140,000 (CB09-CR.03, Mar. 25, 2009).

B. "Census Workers to Verify Addresses in Puerto Rico First Major 2010 Census Operation in Puerto Rico to Employ Thousands of Workers" (CB09-CR.03pr, Mar. 25, 2009).

2. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States and Other G-8 Countries: 2009," by David C. Miller, Anindita Sen, Lydia B. Malley, and Stephanie D. Burns (NCES 2009039, March 2009, .pdf format, 103p.).

3. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Births: Preliminary Data for 2007," by Brady E. Hamilton, Joyce A. Martin, and Stephanie J. Ventura (National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 57, No. 12, March 2009, .pdf format, 23p.).

4. Department of Health and Social Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Reports:

A. "Assets, Poverty, and Public Policy: Challenges in Definition and Measurement," by Yunju Nam, Jin Huang, and Michael Sherraden (December 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 33p.).

B. "The Effects of Holding Assets on Social and Economic Outcomes of Families: A Review of Theory and Evidence," by Robert Lerman and Signe-Mary McKernan (November 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 29p.).

5. Department of Homeland Security Reports:

A. "U.S. Legal Permanent Residents: 2008," by Randall Monger and Nancy Rytina (March 2009, .pdf format, 6p.).

Related Tables (Excel format):

B. "Naturalizations in the United States: 2008," by James Lee and Nancy Rytina (March 2009, .pdf format, 4p.).

Related Tables (Excel format):

6. Department of Housing and Urban Development Periodical: Cityscape (Vol. 11, No. 1, 2009, .pdf format, 148p.).

7. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Victims of Crime," by Erika Harrell(NCJ 225037, March 2009, .pdf, ASCII text, and zipped comma-delimited format, 8p.).

8. National Science Foundation Report: "Science and Engineering Doctorate Awards: 2006" (NSF 09-311, March 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 118p.). Click on the "Contents" links for links to Excel tables, which are available both compressed and uncompressed.

9. Social Security Administration, Office of Policy Compendium: Annual Statistical Supplement, 2008 (March 2009, HTML and .pdf format).

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US States:

North Carolina:

State Center for Health Statistics Compendia:

A. North Carolina Selected Vital Statistics Volume 1 - 2007 (2009, .pdf format, with tables in HTML format.

B. NC Vital Statistics Volume 2 Leading Causes of Death - 2007 (2009, HTML or .pdf format).


Department of Commerce Reports:

A. "2007 American Community Survey Data Folder - Single-year Data Folder" (2009, Microsoft Excel format).§ionid=7&Itemid=639&subcat=138

B. "2007 American Community Survey Rural Statistical Areas Folder" (2009, Microsoft Excel format).§ionid=7&Itemid=639&subcat=141

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Report: "Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2009" (March 2009, .pdf format, 195p.).

2. Population Division Tables: "World Population Prospects: The 2008 Revision" (March 2009, press release, .pdf format, 7p., selected tables, .pdf format, 71p., annex tables in Microsoft Excel format, with detailed data in extractable HTML and comma separated value [.csv] format).

Press release:

Selected tables:

Annex tables:

Online data:



Australian Bureau of Statistics Periodical: Australian Social Trends (March 2009, HTML and .pdf format). This issue contains articles on retirement, superannuation, and future population trends.



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report: "Leading causes of death in Canada, 2005" (March 2009, HTML and .pdf format).


South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Periodical: Bulletin of Statistics (Vol. 43, No. 1, March 2009, .pdf format, 171p.).



House of Commons Library Report: "Welfare Reform Bill: Committee Stage Report," (Research Report 09/23, March 2009, .pdf format, 29p.).

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Demographic and Health Survey Reports:

A. "Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey, 2007," (FR207, March 2009, .pdf format, 346p.).

B. "Zambia Demographic and Health Survey, 2007," (FR211, March 2009, .pdf format, 490p.).


Brookings Institution Report: "Getting Current: Recent Demographic Trends in Metropolitan America," by William H. Frey, Alan Berube, Audrey Singer, and Jill H. Wilson (2009, .pdf format, 24p.).


Population Reference Bureau Articles:

A. "Sexual Behavior and Contraceptive Use Among Youth in West Africa," by Grace Dann (February 2009).

B. "Children in Immigrant Families Chart New Path," by Mark Mather (February 2009, .pdf format, 19p.).

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Learning about Academic Ability and the College Drop-out Decision," by Todd R. Stinebrickner and Ralph Stinebrickner (w14810, March 2009, .pdf format, 55p.).


We use unique data to examine how college students from low income families form expectations about academic ability and to examine the role that learning about ability and a variety of other factors play in the college drop-out decision. From the standpoint of satisfying a central implication from the theory of drop-out, we find that self-reported expectations data perform well relative to standard assumptions employed in empirical work when it is necessary to explicitly characterize beliefs. At the time of entrance, students tend to substantially discount the possibility of bad grade performance, with this finding having implications for understanding the importance of the option value of schooling. After entrance, students update their beliefs in a manner which takes into account both initial beliefs and new information, with heterogeneity in weighting being broadly consistent with the spirit of Bayesian updating. Learning about ability plays a very prominent role in the drop-out decision. Among other possible factors of importance, while students who find school to be unenjoyable are unconditionally much more likely to leave school, this effect arises to a large extent because these students also tend to receive poor grades. We end by examining whether students whose grades are lower than expected understand the underlying reasons for their poor grade performance.

B. "Do Newspapers Matter? Evidence from the Closure of The Cincinnati Post," by Sam Schulhofer-Wohl and Miguel Garrido (w14817, March 2009, .pdf format, 21p.).


The Cincinnati Post published its last edition on New Year's Eve 2007, leaving the Cincinnati Enquirer as the only daily newspaper in the market. The next year, fewer candidates ran for municipal office in the suburbs most reliant on the Post, incumbents became more likely to win re-election, and voter turnout fell. We exploit a difference-in-differences strategy -- comparing changes in outcomes before and after the Post's closure in suburbs where the newspaper offered more or less intensive coverage -- and the fact that the Post's closing date was fixed 30 years in advance to rule out some non-causal explanations for these results. Although our findings are statistically imprecise, they demonstrate that newspapers -- even underdogs such as the Post, which had a circulation of just 27,000 when it closed -- can have a substantial and measurable impact on public life.

C. "The Cost of Low Fertility in Europe," by David E. Bloom, David Canning, Günther Fink, and Jocelyn E. Finlay (w14820, March .pdf format, 24p.).


We analyze the effect of fertility on income per capita with a particular focus on the experience of Europe. For European countries with below-replacement fertility, the cost of continued low fertility will only be observed in the long run. We show that in the short run, a fall in the fertility rate will lower the youth dependency ratio and increase the working-age share, thus raising income per capita. In the long run, however, the burden of old-age dependency dominates the youth dependency decline, and continued low fertility will lead to small working-age shares in the absence of large migration inflows. We show that the currently very high working-age shares generated by the recent declines in fertility and migration inflows are not sustainable, and that significant drops in the relative size of the working-age population should be expected. Without substantial adjustments in labor force participation or migration policies, the potential negative repercussions on the European economy are large.


Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "Against All Odds: Fathers' Use of Parental Leave in Germany," by Esther Geisler and Michaela Kreyenfeld (WP-2009-010, March 2009, .pdf format, 41p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers:

A. "Child Well-Being and Sole-Parent Family Structure in the OECD: An Analysis," by Simon Chapple (WP 82, March 2009, .pdf format, 74p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:,3425,en_2649_34819_42420432_119684_1_1_1,00.html

B. "Work, Jobs and Well-being across the Millennium," by Andrew Clark (OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers No. 83, March 2009, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:,3425,en_2649_33927_42420468_119684_1_1_1,00.html


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

A. "School Tracking and Development of Cognitive Skills," by Tuomas Pekkarinen, Roope Uusitalo, and Sari Kerr (Discussion Paper 4058, March 2009, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "The Impact of Child Labor and School Quality on Academic Achievement in Brazil," by Márcio Eduardo G. Bezerra, Ana Lucia Kassouf, and Mary P. Arends-Kuenning (Discussion Paper 4058, March 2009, .pdf format, 45p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Changing Fertility Preferences One Migrant at a Time: The Impact of Remittances on the Fertility Rate," by George Naufal and Carlos Vargas-Silva (Discussion Paper 4066, March 2009, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

D. "Religion and Intimate Partner Violence in Chile: Macro- and Micro-Level Influences," by Evelyn L. Lehrer, Vivian L. Lehrer, Ramona Krauss (Discussion Paper 4067, March 2009, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

E. "Unhappy Working with Men? Workplace Gender Diversity and Employee Job-Related Well-Being in Britain: A WERS2004 Based Analysis," by Getinet Astatike Haile (Discussion Paper 4077, March 2009, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

F. "Estimating the Social Value of Higher Education: Willingness to Pay for Community and Technical Colleges," by Glenn C. Blomquist, Paul A. Coomes, Christopher Jepsen, Brandon C. Koford, and Kenneth Troske (Discussion Paper 4086, March 2009, .pdf format, 55p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

G. "Faith Primary Schools: Better Schools or Better Pupils?" by Steve Gibbons and Olmo Silva (Discussion Paper 4089, March 2009, .pdf format, 42p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

A. "Occupational Change in Britain and Germany," by Simonetta Longhi and Malcolm Brynin (ISER Working Paper 2009-10, March 2009, .pdf format, 25p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "When Change Matters: The Effect of Dependent Interviewing on Survey Interaction in the British Household Panel Study," by S.C. Noah Uhrig and Emanuela Sala (ISER Working Paper 2009-09, March 2009, .pdf format, 42p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 114, No. 4, January 2009). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

Child Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 33, No. 2, February 2009).

Cities (Vol. 26, No. 2, April 2009).

Journal of Biosocial Science (Vol. 41, No. 3, May 2009).

Population and Development Review (Vol. 35, No. 1, March 2009).

Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies (Vol. 4, No. 1, 2009).

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Moscow (Russia) State University: "Population Problems in History Mirror: The Sixth Valentey Commemorative Readings (Valenteevskiye Chteniya)," a conference to be held in April 2010 in Moscow, Russia. For more information see:

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 31, 2009.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 31, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Mar. 31, 2009.

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US National Center for Health Statistics: "National Survey of Adoptive Parents" (2009, data in SAS format, with documentation in .pdf format, data dictionary in Microsoft Excel format, and SAS input statements in ASCII text format).


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on Mar. 31, 2008 which may be of interest to Sociology 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:

New and updated data:

New additions are:

20680 Multiple Cause of Death, 1959-1967

23041 National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement, 2007


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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