Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #110, April 28, 2009.

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1. Census Bureau News Releases, Facts for Features:

A. "Residential Mover Rate in U.S. is Lowest Since Census Bureau Began Tracking in 1948" (CB09-62, Apr. 22, 2009). The news release links to detailed tables (Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format) from the March 2008 Current Population Survey.

B. "Census Bureau Releases Data Showing Relationship Between Education and Earnings," (CB09-66, Apr. 27, 2009). The news release links to detailed tables (Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format) from the March 2008 Current Population Survey.

C. "Father’s Day: June 21, 2009" (CB09-FF.10, Apr. 21, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

2. National Center for Health Statistics Reports:

A. "The Challenge of Fetal Mortality," by Marian F. MacDorman and Sharon Kirmeyer (No. 16, April 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "Deaths: Final Data for 2006," by Melonie Heron, Donna L. Hoyert, Sherry L. Murphy, Jiaquan Xu, Kenneth D. Kochanek, and Betzaida Tejada-Ve (National Vital Statistics Report Vol. 57, No. 14, April 2009, .pdf format, 80p.).

3. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Fact Sheet: "Highlights of the 2007 National Youth Gang Survey," by Arlen Egley, Jr. and Christina E. O’Donnell (NCJ 225185, April 2009, .pdf format, 2p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Compendium: Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2008" (April 2009, .pdf format, 224p.).



Statistics Institute Report: "Albania: Trends In Poverty: 2002-2005-2008" (April 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).



Australian Bureau of Statistics Press Release: "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007-08," (April 2009, HTML and Excel format).

Click on the "Download" tab to access the Excel tables.



Central Statistics Office Report: "Education Statistics: 2006" (January 2009, .pdf format, 246p.).



Statistics Denmark Focus: "Cash benefits under the Social Assistance Act (year)" (April 2009).



Statistics Finland News Releases:

A. "Number of births increased: (Apr. 22, 2009).

B. "Adults in the Nordic countries actively participate in education and training" (Apr. 24, 2009).

C. "Number of deaths in 2008 unchanged from the year before" (Apr. 27, 2009).



Institut national d'etudes demographques (INED) Periodical: Population and societies (No. 455, April 2009, .pdf format, 4p.). The feature article of this issue is: "Norms and attitudes to body fatness: a European comparison," by Thibaut de Saint Pol.



Central Statistical Office Periodical: Economy and Society, January-February 2009 (.pdf format ,46p.).



Statistics Iceland News Releases: Note: in some cases, the news releases link to a SI publication (.pdf format, in Icelandic, with and English summary, with tables in Icelandic and English). See the bottom of the news release for possible link to publication.

A. "Personnel in pre-primary schools in December 2008" (Apr. 28, 2009)

B. "Children in pre-primary schools in December 2008 (Apr. 28, 2009)



Central Bureau of Statistics Press Release: "61st Independence Day--7,411,000 Residents in the State of Israel" (Apr. 27, 2009, .pdf format, 1p.).



1. Statistics Bureau Reports:

A. "Report on Internal Migration in Japan (2008)" (April 2009, Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Population Estimates (April 2009)" (HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

C. "Japan Monthly Statistics (April 2009, Microsoft Excel format).

2. Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare Report: "Overview Report of Vital Statistics in FY 2005: Occupational and Industrial Aspects (2009, .pdf format).



Statistics Latvia News Release: Note: if the release is in Latvian, click on the "EN" tab at the top right side of the page for an English version. "On current trends of population migration in 2008" (Apr. 27, 2009).



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Apr. 22-28, 2009).



National Statistics Office Press Releases:

A. "Under-Five Mortality Down to 34 Deaths per 1,000 Births(Preliminary Results from the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey)" (Apr. 27, 2009).

B. "Half of the Women in the Philippines are Practicing Family Planning (Preliminary Results from the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey)" (Apr. 27, 2009).



Central Statistical Office Report, Periodical: Note: CSO publications are in Polish and English. Statistical Bulletin 3/2009 (April 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel [compressed and uncompressed] format, 236p.).

Annex: (.pdf and Microsoft Excel [compressed and uncompressed] format, 12p.).



General Register Office Report: "Mid-2008 Population Estimates Scotland" (April 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 40p.).



Statistical Office News Release:

A. "Population Pyramid, Slovenia" by Katja Snuderl and Tina Znidarsic (Apr. 24, 2009).

B. "Adult Education Survay, Slovenia, 2007," by Jadranka Tus (Apr. 23, 2009).



National Statistics Institute Report: "Population Now-Casts based on the 2001 census" (April 2009).



Statistics Committee Table:

A. "Total population, as of March 1, 2009. Average annual populations January-February 2009" (Apr. 21, 2009).

B. "Natural increase in population in January-February 2009" (Apr. 21, 2009).

C. "Migration of population in January-February 2009, by oblast" (Apr. 21, 2009).



1. Home Office Report: "Crime in England and Wales: Quarterly update to December 2008" (April 2009, .pdf format, 13p.).

2. National Statistics Office Periodical, Reports:

A. Monthly Digest of Statistics, edited by Tammy Powell and Dilys Rosen (April 2009, .pdf format, 137p.).

B. "Deaths 2007" (April 2009, Microsoft Excel format).

C. "Population Estimates by Ethnic Group (experimental)" (April 2009, Microsoft Excel format).

3. Department for Work and Pensions Report: "Cognitive testing: British Social Attitudes child poverty questions," by Margaret Blake, Elizabeth Clery, Joanna d’Ardenne and Robin Legard (Research Report No. 574, April 2009, .pdf format, 85p.).

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Population Reference Bureau Article, Take a Number:

A. "Birth Spacing and Childhood Undernutrition," by Calvin Siow (March 2009).

B. "Take a Number: Population, Health, and Environment News You Might Have Missed" (April 2009).


Rand Coporation Report: "Charter Schools in Eight States Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition," by Ron Zimmer, Brian Gill, Kevin Booker, Stephane Lavertu, Tim R. Sass, and John Witte (2009, .pdf format, 136p.).


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Brief: "Race and Socioeconomic Factors," by Paula Braveman, Susan Egerter, Jane An, and David Williams (April 2009, .pdf format, 16p.).


Demographic Research Articles:

A. "Geographical mortality patterns in Italy A Bayesian analysis," by Fabio Divino, Viviana Egidi, and Michele Antonio Salvatore (Vol. 20, Article 18, April 2009, .pdf format, p. 435-466). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Trends in healthy life expectancy in Japan: 1986-2004," by Vanessa Yong and Yasuhiko Saito (Vol. 20, Article 19, April 2009, .pdf format, p. 467-494).


Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesArticle: "Childhood poverty, chronic stress, and adult working memory," by Gary W. Evans and Michelle A. Schamberg (Vol. 106, No. 16, Apr. 21, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 6545-6549). This article is available free of charge.


Science Article Abstract: "Recursive Processes in Self-Affirmation: Intervening to Close the Minority Achievement Gap," by Geoffrey L. Cohen, Julio Garcia, Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Nancy Apfel, and Patricia Brzustoski (Vol. 324, No. 5925, Apr. 17, 2009, p. 400-403).

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Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Time to Work or Time to Play: The Effect of Student Employment on Homework, Housework, Screen Time, and Sleep," by Charlene Marie Kalenkoski and Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia (WP-423, March 2009, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Ability-grouping and Academic Inequality: Evidence From Rule-based Student Assignments," by C. Kirabo Jackson (w14911, April 2009, .pdf format, 45p.).


In Trinidad and Tobago students are assigned to secondary schools after fifth grade based on achievement tests, leading to large differences in the school environments to which students of differing initial levels of achievement are exposed. Using both a regression discontinuity design and rule-based instrumental variables to address self-selection bias, I find that being assigned to a school with higher-achieving peers has large positive effects on examination performance. These effects are about twice as large for girls than for boys. This suggests that ability-grouping reinforces achievement differences by assigning the weakest students to schools that provide the least value-added.


National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) [Urban Institute]: "Who Leaves? Teacher Attrition and Student Achievement," by Donald J. Boyd, Pamela L. Grossman, Hamilton Lankford, Susanna Loeb, and James H. Wyckoff (Working Paper No. 23, March 2009, .pdf format, 34p.).


This paper analyzes attrition patterns among teachers in New York City public elementary and middle schools and explores whether teachers who transfer among schools, or leave teaching entirely, are more or less effective than those who remain. We find that the first-year teachers who are less effective in improving student math scores have higher attrition rates than do more effective teachers. The first-year differences are meaningful in size; however, the pattern is not consistent for teachers in their second and third years. Attrition patterns differ between schools having disproportionate numbers of low- vs. high-scoring students. A relatively high percentage of the ineffective first-year teachers in low-scoring schools leave teaching altogether; whereas inefficient first-year teachers in higher-scoring schools disproportionately transfer within NYC. In general, first-year teachers who transfer, on average, are less effective than their peers in their new schools, as was the case in their original schools. Furthermore, the more effective firstyear teachers who transfer differentially move to schools with fewer low-scoring, poor, Black and Hispanic students, possibly contributing to achievement gaps. As discussed in the paper, these findings raise important questions about policies and policy proposals intended to reduce teacher attrition.


World Bank Policy Research Programme: "Risks, ex-ante actions and public assistance : impacts of natural disasters on child schooling in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Malawi," by Futoshi Yamauchi and Yisehac Yohannes (WPS 4909, April 2009, ASCII text and .pdf format, 33p.).


Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: "Is Traditional Teaching really all that Bad? A Within-Student Between-Subject Approach," by Guido Schwerdt and Amelie C. Wuppermann (WP 2634, April 2009, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Critical Periods during Childhood and Adolescence: A Study of Adult Height among Immigrant Siblings," by Gerard J. van den Berg, Petter Lundborg, Paul Nystedt, and Dan-Olof Rooth (Discussion Paper No. 4140, April 2009, .pdf format, p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

Journal of Family Issues (Vol. 34, No. 5, May 2009).

Population Research and Policy Review (Vol. 28, 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.

Social Science and Medicine (Vol. 68, No. 9, May 2009).

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Clogg Memorial Award for ICPSR Summer Session: This message is an announcement of a unique joint activity from the Methodology section of the American Sociological Association and the ICPSR. These two organizations agreed to establish a scholarship award in honor of the late Clifford C. Clogg. Cliff was, of course, a major figure in quantitative social science research methodology. Somewhat less well known is that Cliff was a strong supporter of, and contributor to, the ICPSR Summer Program.

The Clogg Scholarship is a waiver of Program Scholar fees to attend the four and/or eight-week ICPSR Summer Program. The scholarship will be awarded to a limited number of ADVANCED graduate students of quantitative methods currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs.

Application materials can be submitted electronically. The e-mail address for doing so is:

Please be sure to put "CLOGG SCHOLARSHIP AWARD (SOCIOLOGY)" in the subject line of the message.

Hard-copy applications for the award also can be mailed to:

Clogg Scholarship Award (Sociology)
ICPSR Summer Program
P.O. Box 1248
Ann Arbor, MI 48106

In either case, an Application should include:

(1) A completed Summer Program application form, submitted through the online registration system on the Summer Program web site.

(2) A Vita

(3) A cover letter from the student explaining why he/she wants toattend the program and how doing so will aid in completion of the Ph.D.

(4) Two faculty letters (at least one of whom should be a member of the Methodology section of the American Sociological Association) endorsing the student

The deadline for applications is May 4, 2009.

Information about the 2009 ICPSR Summer Program, including the Program application form, is available on the ICPSR Summer Program webpage:

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Leibnitz Institute for the Social Sciences Call for applications for the 7th ESSTrain (European Social Survey Training Course), to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Oct. 12-13, 2009. For more information see:

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Apr. 28, 2009.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Apr. 28, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Apr. 21, 2009.

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Integrated Public Use Microdata Update: IPUMS at the University of Minnesota announced on the release of several updates.

- Apr. 21, 2009 four changes were made:

Corrected missing values and other minor inaccuracies in several samples. First, several variables contained missing data for some cases.

Second, all housing units with 10 or more persons unrelated to the household head have been re-classified as group quarters in all American Community Survey and Puerto Rican Community Survey samples, consistent with the treatment of such households in the 2000 census.

Third, information on variable availability has been updated.

Finally, the IPUMS variables FDSTPAMT and OWNCOST are now adjusted to calendar-year dollars in all ACS/PRCS samples; see the ACS income variables note for more information.

Data Access:


United Nations World Health Organization WHO Mortality Database Update: The following WMD files were updated on Apr. 21, 2009: "Documentation (.zip compressed Microsoft Word format); "Availability" (.zip compressed comma separated values [.csv] format); "Country Codes" (.zip compressed comma separated values [.csv] format); "Notes" (.zip compressed comma separated values [.csv] format); "Populations and Live Birth" (.zip compressed comma separated values [.csv] format); "Mortality, ICD-9 (.zip compressed ASCII text format); and Mortality, ICD-10 (.zip compressed ASCII text format).

Links to data are at the bottom of the page.


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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