Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #108, April 14, 2009.

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1. Census Bureau Facts for Features: "Facts for Features: 2009 Hurricane Season Begins" (CB09-FF.11, Apr. 8, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

2. Social Security Administration, Office of the Chief Actuary Report: "Projections of Immigration for the 2008 Social Security Trustees Report," by Alice H. Wade, J. Patrick Skirvin, Alvin K. Winters, and Stephen C. Goss (Actuarial Notes 148, March 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

3. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Births, Marriages, Divorces, and Deaths: Provisional Data for July 2008," by Betzaida Tejada-Vera and Paul D. Sutton (National Vital Statistics Report Vol. 57, No. 13, April 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

4. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "2007-08 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:08): Student Financial Aid Estimates for 2007-08," by Christina Chang Wei, Lutz Berkner, Shirley He, Stephen Lew, Melissa Cominole, and Peter Siegel (NCES 2009166, April 2009, .pdf format, 54p., with accompanying tables in HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

5. Department of Homeland Security Report: "Nonimmigrant Admissions to the United States: 2008," by Randall Monger and Macrea Barr (April 2009, .pdf format, 10p.).

Related tables (Excel format):

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US States:


Department of Finance Report: "California County Race / Ethnic Population Estimates and Components of Change by Year, July 1, 2000-2007" (April 2009, Microsoft Excel format).


Department of Public Health Tables:

A. "Marriages Occurring in Illinois": 2000-2006" (2009).

B. "Divorces and Annulments Occurring in Illinois 2000-2006" (2009).

C. "Marriages, Divorces and Annulments Occurring in Illinois 1958 to 2006" (2009).


Office of Health an Human Services Report: "Massachusetts Deaths 2007" (April 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 153p, with an accompanying slide show: "Massachusetts Deaths 2007, by Bruce Cohen, Microsoft PowerPoint and Word format 45 slides.).


Census Data Center: MABLE/Geocorr Update: "Using the recently released 2008 county level population estimates along with the accompanying county-to-metro area equivalency files from the Census Bureau, the MCDC has updated the MABLE data base and geocorr2k processing module. Users can now access the latest CBSA and CBSA-related geographic codes (CSA's and Metrodivs) and can use 2008 population estimates as weight variables in order to look at how these geographies are related to many others. The previous data being used was vintage 2006."

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical: Population Bulletin (Vol. 25, No. 4, April 2009, .pdf format, 3p.). The topic of this issue is: "Annual Population for North Dakota: April 1, Census 2000 to the July 1, 2008 Estimate."

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NGO and Other Countries:

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Compendium: OECD Factbook 2009: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics" (2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).



Bureau of Statistics Report: "Early childhood learning and care: data sources, gaps and opportunities, 2008," by Brian Pink (April 2009, .pdf format, 136p.).

Click on the "Download" tab to access the full-text.


Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Federal Office of Statistics First Release: "Natural Demographic Trends" (April 2009, .pdf format, 5p.). The report is in Bosnian and English.



National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) Table Update: "Subdivisions, surface area and population of the regions and départements of France and its overseas territories: Jan. 1, 2006 (2009, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).



Central Statistical Office Periodical: Statistical Reflections (Vol. 3, No. 8, Apr. 8, 2009, .pdf format, 2p.). The theme of this issue is: "Key data on education in 2008/2009, and changes to the previous years."

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Demographic Research Article: "Poverty in the Texas borderland and lower Mississippi Delta: A comparative analysis of differences by family type," by Tim Slack, Kayla Fontenot, Dudley L. Poston, Jr., Rogelio Saenz, Joachim Singelmann, and Carlos Siordia (Vol. 20, Article 15, April 2009., .pdf format, p. 353-376).


Pew Hispaninc Center Report: "Hispanics and the Criminal Justice System: Low Confidence, High Exposure," by Mark Hugo Lopez and Gretchen Livingston (April 2009, .pdf format, 16p.).


Rand Corporation Research Briefs,

A. "Improving Accountability in Public Education," by Amanda Beatty, Laura Hamilton, Brian Stecher, Julie Marsh, Jennifer McCombs, Abby Robyn, Jennifer Russell, Scott Naftel, Heather Barney, Georges Vernez, Ron Zimmer, Kun Yuan, Daniel Koretz, Kerstin Le Floch, Jose Felipe Martinez, Jennifer O'Day, James Taylor, Andrea Cook, Beatrice Birman, Michael Garet, R. Linn, and Scott Epstein (RB-9426, April 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Designing Effective Pay-for-Performance in K-12 Education," by Dan Goldhaber, Laura Hamilton, Daniel Koretz, Victor Lavy, R. Linn, Daniel McCaffrey, J. Lockwood, Karthik Muralidharan, Venkatesh Sundararaman, M. Podgursky, and M. Springer (RB-9425, April 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "Increasing Participation in No Child Left Behind School Choice," by Brian Gill, Jennifer McCombs, Scott Naftel, Karen Ross, Mengli Song, Jennifer Harmon, Georges Vernez, Beatrice Birman, Jennifer O'Day, Michael Garet, Kerstin Le Floch, and Christopher Beighley (RB-9424, April 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

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California Center for Population Research [University of California at Los Angeles):

A. "Poverty in the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual," by Randy Albelda, M.V. Lee Badgett, Alyssa Schneebaum, and Gary Gates (PWP-CCPR-2009-007, April 2009, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Census 2010 LGBT Basics," by Gary Gates (PWP-CCPR-2009-008, April 2009, .pdf format, 3p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. California Center for Population Research [University of California-Los Angeles]: "Mathematics Instruction in Kindergarten and First Grade in the United States at the Start of the 21st Century," by Anna E. Bargogliotti, Cassandra M. Guarino, and William M. Mason (PWP-CCPR-2009-009, April 2009, .pdf format, 60p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Rand Corporation Labor and Population Program: "Increasingly Heterogeneous Ages at First Birth by Education in 'Conservative' Southern-European and 'Liberal' Anglo-American Family-Policy Regimes," by Michael S. Rendall, Encarnacion Aracil, Christos Bagavos, Christine Couet, Alessandra DeRose, Paola DiGiulio, Trude Lappegard, Isabelle Robert-Bobee, Marit Ronsen, Steve Smallwood, and Georgia Verropoulou (WR-676, 2009, .pdf format, 49p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "The Governance and Performance of Research Universities: Evidence from Europe and the U.S.," by Philippe Aghion, Mathias Dewatripont, Caroline M. Hoxby, Andreu Mas-Colell, and André Sapir (w14851, April 2009,.pdf format, 56p.).


We investigate how university governance affects research output, measured by patenting and international university research rankings. For both European and U.S. universities, we generate several measures of autonomy, governance, and competition for research funding. We show that university autonomy and competition are positively correlated with university output, both among European countries and among U.S. public universities. We then identity a (political) source of exogenous shocks to funding of U.S. universities. We demonstrate that, when a state's universities receive a positive funding shock, they produce more patents if they are more autonomous and face more competition from private research universities. Finally, we show that during periods when merit-based competitions for federal research funding have been most prominent, universities produce more patents when they receive an exogenous funding shock, suggesting that routine participation in such competitions hones research skill.

B. "Charter Schools in New York City: Who Enrolls and How They Affect Their Students' Achievement," by Caroline M. Hoxby and Sonali Murarka (w14852, April 2009, .pdf format, 62p.).


We analyze all but a few of the 47 charter schools operating in New York City in 2005-06. The schools tend locate in disadvantaged neighborhoods and serve students who are substantially poorer than the average public school student in New York City. The schools also attract black applicants to an unusual degree, not only relative to New York City but also relative to the traditional public schools from which they draw. The vast majority of applicants are admitted in lotteries that the schools hold when oversubscribed, and the vast majority of the lotteries are balanced. By balanced, we mean that we cannot reject the hypothesis that there are no differences in the observable characteristics of lotteried-in and lotteried-out students. Using the lotteries to form an intention-to-treat variable, we instrument for actual enrollment and compute the charter schools' average treatment-on-the-treated effects on achievement. These are 0.09 standard deviations per year of treatment in math and 0.04 standard deviations per year in reading. We estimate correlations between charter schools' policies and their effects on achievement. The policy with the most notable and robust association is a long school year--as long as 220 days in the charter schools.

C. "Menstruation and Education in Nepal," by Emily Oster and Rebecca Thornton (w14853, April 2009, .pdf format, 27p.).


This paper presents the results from a randomized evaluation that distributed menstrual cups (menstrual sanitary products) to adolescent girls in rural Nepal. Girls in the study were randomly allocated a menstrual cup for use during their monthly period and were followed for fifteen months to measure the effects of having modern sanitary products on schooling. While girls were 3 percentage points less likely to attend school on days of their period, we find no significant effect of being allocated a menstrual cup on school attendance. There were also no effects on test scores, self-reported measures of self-esteem or gynecological health. These results suggest that policy claims that barriers to girls' schooling and activities during menstrual periods are due to lack of modern sanitary protection may not be warranted. On the other hand, sanitary products are quickly and widely adopted by girls and are convenient in other ways, unrelated to short-term schooling gains.


Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research [Rostock, Germany]: "Finding the "right moment" for the first baby to come: A comparison between Italy and Poland," by Anna Matysiak and Daniele Vignoli (WP-2009-011, March 2009, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


United Nations Children's Fund Innocenti Research Centre: "Child Migrants with and without Parents: Census-Based Estimates of Scale and Characteristics in Argentina, Chile and South Africa," by Shahin Yaqub (Innocenti Discussion Papers No. 2009-02, 2009, .pdf format, 17p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

A. "The Gender Education Gap in China: The Power of Water," by Yasheng Maimaiti and W. Stanley Siebert (Discussion Paper 4108, April 2009, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Hostility Toward Immigration in Spain," by Ferran Martínez i Coma, and Robert Duval Hernández (Discussion Paper 4109, April 2009, .pdf format, 49p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Economic and Cultural Gaps among Foreign-born Minorities in Spain," by Sara de la Rica and Francesc Ortega (Discussion Paper 4115, April 2009, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

American Sociological Review (Vol. 74, No. 2, April 2009). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue

Journal of Social Work (Vol. 9, No. 2, April 2009).

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: "Longitudinal Explorations of Child Outcomes and Well-Being," (Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, to be held Jun. 22-24, 2009, in Ann Arbor, Michigan). For more information see:

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Apr. 14, 2009.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Apr. 14, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Apr. 14, 2009.

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US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Hearing Publications. Note: the address for all of the below listed hearings is:

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

A. "Census 2010: Using the Communications Campaign to Effectively Reduce the Undercount," a hearing held Jul. 10, 2008 (ASCII text and .pdf format, 121p.).

B. "Critical Budget Issues Affecting the 2010 Census," a hearing held Oct. 16, 2007 (ASCII text and .pdf format, 32p.).

C. "Critical Budget Issues Affecting the 2010 Census, Part 2," a hearing held Jul. 30, 2008 (ASCII text and .pdf format, 30p.).

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Roper Center (University of Connecticut) Social Capital Community Survey, 2006: "The Roper Center is pleased to announce the acquisition and release of the 2006 Social Capital Community Survey, a research study undertaken by the Saguaro Seminar at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University." The 2006 Social Capital Community Survey is comprised of a national adult sample of 2,741 respondents and twenty-two communities sample (11 of which were from the 2000 Social Capital Benchmark Survey) totaling 9,359 community respondents. The overall sample size is 12,100.

Free registration is required before accessing survey data. For more information see:


Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) Updates: ARDA at Penn State University added several studies on Apr. 3, 2009. Note: Users must affirm a license agreement before downloading data.


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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