Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #112, May 12, 2009.

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1. Census Bureau Foreign Born Population Update: "Census 2000 Foreign-Born Population Map Series by Selected Countries of Birth These state level maps show percent distributions and some detailed socio-economic characteristics from Census 2000 for the foreign-born population in the United States and Puerto Rico for selected countries of birth, such as Mexico, China, the Philippines, India and El Salvador. Comparative maps for the native and total foreign-born populations are also provided. The socioeconomic characteristics include poverty rate, public assistance income, labor force participation rate, language ability and year of entry for noncitizens."

2. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "Basic Reading Skills and the Literacy of the America's Least Literate Adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) Supplemental Studies," by Justin Baer, Mark Kutner, and John Sabatini (NCES 2009481, February 2009, .pdf format, 66p.).

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US States:

Louisiana: Parish Population Projections 2010-2030 (Microsoft Excel format).


Department of Administration Report:

"Bigger, Cooler, More Bathrooms: The Evolution of Twin Cities Housing, 1985 to 2007," by Martha McMurry (May 2009, .pdf format, 11p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Development Programme Report: "Human Development Report: Russia Facing Demographic Challenges," (2009, .pdf format, 188p.).


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Compendium: Society at a Glance 2009 - OECD Social Indicators (May 2009, 138p., ISBN: 9789264049383, purchasing information for the print edition is available at the site, ancillary information in .pdf or Microsoft Excel format).,3343,en_2649_34637_2671576_1_1_1_1,00.html



National Statistical Institute Table: "Creches and Children in Creches for the Period 2000-2008" (May 2009).



Statistics Finland News Releases:

A. "Number of marriages and divorces increased" (May 6, 2009).

B. "Current expenditure on regular education system increased in 2007" (May 8, 2009).



Central Statistical Office Periodical: Statistical Reflections (Vol. 3, No. 11, May 2009, .pdf format, 4p.). The topic of this issue is: "Review of the population trends in Europe."



Statistics and Census Service Periodical: Monthly Bulletin of Statistics, April 2009 (April 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 90p.).



State Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Fine arts in the Republic of Macedonia" (May 11, 2009, .pdf format, 5p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.

B. "Primary, lower secondary and upper secondary schools in the Republic of Macedonia at the end of the school year" (May 11, 2009, .pdf format, 7p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.



Central Statistics Office Report: "Social Security Statistics 2002/2003--2007/2008" (May 2009, .pdf format, 23p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

Links to full text and tables are available at the bottom of the page.



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from May. 6-12, 2009).



Statistics Norway News Releases: Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from May 6-12, 2009).


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Report: "New Zealand Life Tables: 2005-07" (May 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 79p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).


Palestinian National Authority:

Central Bureau of Statistics Press Release: "PCBS Released the Preliminary findings of the Survey on Socio-Economic Conditions of the Palestinian Households, 2009" (May 7, 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).



Statistical Office News Release: "Kindergartens, Slovenia, school year 2008/2009," by Breda Lozar (May 7, 2009). The release links to a topical table (Microsoft Excel format).



1. Department for Children, Schools, and Families Reports:

A. "School Workforce in England (including pupil: teacher ratios and pupil: adult ratios), January 2009 (Provisional)" (May 2009, .pdf format, 26p., with ancillary data in Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Schools, Pupils and Their Characteristics: January 2009 (Provisional)" (May 2009, .pdf format, 17p., with ancillary data in Microsoft Excel format).

2. Home Office Report: "Seizures of Drugs in England and Wales, 2007/08," by Kevin Smith and Lucy Dodd (May 2009, .pdf format, 18p., with topical tables in Microsoft Excel format).

See under May 7, 2009 listing.

3. Department For Work and Pensions Research Reports:

A. "The living standards of families with children reporting low incomes," by Mike Brewer, Cormac O’Dea, Gillian Paull and Luke Sibieta (Research Report No. 577, 2009, .pdf format, 232p.).

B. "Ethnicity and child poverty," by Lucinda Platt (Research Report No. 576, 2009, .pdf format, 173p.).

C. "Family Resources Survey--United Kingdom 2007-08" (May 2009, .pdf format, 172p.).

D. "Households Below Average Income (HBAI)" (May 2009, .pdf format, 203p.).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "Schools in Wales: Examination Performance 2008" (May 2009, .pdf format, 81p., with topical tables in Microsoft Excel format).

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Allen Guttmacher Institute Report: "The Impact of State Mandatory Counseling and Waiting Period Laws on Abortion: A Literature Review," by Theodore J. Joyce, Stanley K. Henshaw, Amanda Dennis, Lawrence B. Finer and Kelly Blanchard (April 2009, .pdf format, 22p.).


Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation Report: "Coverage and Effects of Child Marriage Prevention Activities in Amhara Region, Ethiopia - Findings from a 2007 Study," edited by Anastasia J. Gage (April 2009, .pdf format, 198p.).


Roper Center (University of Connecticut) Topics at a Glance: "The latest Topics at a Glance concerns "Public Opinion on Presidential Approval." The site links to relevant poll numbers, datasets, and articles. Check your organization's library for your level of access to the Roper data collection.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty: "Stepping Stone or Dead End? The Effect of the EITC on Earnings Growth," by Molly Dahl, Thomas DeLeire, and Jonathan Schwabish (DP 1365-09, April 2009, .pdf format, 28p.).


While many studies have found that the EITC increases the employment rates of single mothers, no study to date has examined whether the jobs taken by single mothers as a result of the EITC incentives are "dead-end" jobs or jobs that have the potential for earnings growth. Using a panel of administrative earnings data linked to nationally representative survey data, we find no evidence that the EITC expansions between 1994 and 1996 induced single mothers to take "dead-end" jobs. If anything, the increase in earnings growth during the mid-to-late 1990s for single mothers who were particularly affected by the EITC expansion was higher than it was for other similar women. The EITC encourages work among single mothers, and that work continues to pay off through future increases in earnings.


University of Michigan Population Research Center:

A. "The Detroit Area Study and Me," by Arland Thornton (PSC Research Report No. 09-676, May 2009, .pdf format, 6p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Click on the PDF icon for link to full text.

"Political Conflict and Migration: How has Violence and Political Instability Affected Migration Patterns in Nepal" by Nathalie Williams and Meeta Sainju Pradhan (PSC Research Report No. 09-677, May 2009, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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Penn State Population Research Center:

A. "Grade-level and Achievement of Immigrants’ Children: Academic Redshirting in Hong Kong," by Suet-ling Pong (WP 09-04, May 2009, .pdf format, 9p.).

B. "Co-resident Grandparents and Grandchildren's Academic Performance in Taiwan," by Suet-ling Pong and Vivien W. Chen (Working Paper No. 09/02, April 2009, .pdf format, 33p.).


Using the Taiwanese panel survey data, we investigate the consequences of children’s coresidence with grandparents, and we find a positive effect on academic achievement. Further analysis reveals different types of effects among the various types of grandparent-grandchild co-residence. While long-term co-residence confers the most educational benefits, a recent transition into co-residence confers no such advantage. Compared to other co-resident situations, children who recently transition out of co-residence with grandparents are the most disadvantaged. Furthermore, we find educational benefits of co-resident grandparents in both single-parent and two-parent families, but long-term co-resident grandparents’ positive association with grandchildren’s academic achievement is the most pronounced in households where both parents are absent. We interpret these finding using a theoretical framework, and discuss their implications for policy and for other research.


California Center for Population Research (University of California at Los Angeles): "Research Designs for the Study of Mixed-Income Housing," by Xavier de Souza Briggs, Greg Duncan, Katherine Edin, Mark Joseph, Robert D. Mare, John Mollenkopf, Mary Pattillo, Lincoln Quillian, Robert Sampson, Claudia Solari, Laura Tach, and Sudhir Venkatesh (CCPR-2009-011, May 2009, .pdf format, 75p.).


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Family Networks and School Enrolment: Evidence from a Randomized Social Experiment," by Manuela Angelucci, Giacomo DeGiorgi, Marcos A. Rangel, and Imran Rasul (w14949, May 2009, .pdf format, 30p.).


We present evidence on whether and how a household’s behavior is influenced by the presence and characteristics of its extended family. Using household panel data from the Progresa program in rural Mexico, we exploit information on the paternal and maternal surnames of heads and spouses in conjunction with the Spanish naming convention to identify the inter and intra generational family links of each household to others in the same village. We then exploit the randomized research design of the Progresa evaluation data to identify whether the treatment effects of Progresa transfers on secondary school enrolment vary according to the presence and characteristics of extended family. We find that Progresa only raises secondary enrolment among households that are embedded in a family network. Eligible but isolated households do not respond. The mechanism through which the extended family influences household schooling choices is the redistribution of resources within the family network from eligibles that receive de facto unconditional cash transfers from Progresa, towards eligibles on the margin of enrolling their children into secondary school.

B. "Be as Careful of the Company You Keep as of the Books You Read: Peer Effects in Education and on the Labor Market," by Giacomo DeGiorgi, Michele Pellizzari, and Silvia Redaelli (w14948, May 2009, .pdf format, 53p.).


In this paper we investigate whether peers' behavior influences the choice of college major, thus contributing to the mismatch of skills in the labor market. Using a newly constructed dataset, we are able to identify the endogenous effect of peers on such decisions through a novel identification strategy that solves the common econometric problems of studies of social interactions. Results show that, indeed, one is more likely to choose a major when many of her peers make the same choice. We also provide evidence on skills mismatch in terms of entry wages and occupation. We find that peers can divert students from majors in which they have a relative ability advantage, with adverse consequences on academic performance, entry wages and job satisfaction.

C. "Do School Entry Laws Affect Educational Attainment and Labor Market Outcomes?" by Carlos Dobkin and Fernando Ferreira (w14945, May 2009, .pdf format, 25p.).


Age based school entry laws force parents and educators to consider an important tradeoff: Though students who are the youngest in their school cohort typically have poorer academic performance, on average, they have slightly higher educational attainment. In this paper we document that for a large cohort of California and Texas natives the school entry laws increased educational attainment of students who enter school early, but also lowered their academic performance while in school. However, we find no evidence that the age at which children enter school effects job market outcomes, such as wages or the probability of employment. This suggests that the net effect on adult labor market outcomes of the increased educational attainment and poorer academic performance is close to zero.


World Bank Policy Research Programme:

A. "International migration, transfers of norms and home country fertility," by Michel Beine, Frederic Docquier, and Maurice Schiff (WPS 4925, May 2009, ASCII text and .pdf format, 42p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Is deliberation equitable--evidence from transcripts of village meetings in south India," by Radu Ban and Vijayendra Rao (WPS 4928, May 2009, ASCII text and .pdf format, 34p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Distributional Analysis Research Programme [London School of Economics]: "Inequality Decomposition - A Reconciliation," by Frank A. Cowell and Carlo V. Fiorio (DARP 100, April 2009, .pdf format, 32p.).


We show how classic source-decomposition and subgroup-decomposition methods can be reconciled with regression methodology used in the recent literature. We also highlight some pitfalls that arise from uncritical use of the regression approach. The LIS database is used to compare the approaches using an analysis of the changing contributions to inequality in the United States and Finland.

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

Cities (Vol. 26, No. 3, June 2009).

Journal of Family Issues (Vol. 30, No. 6, June 2009).

Sociological Theory (Vol. 27, No. 2, June 2009).

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National Center for Education Statistics: "NAEP Presentations at the 2009 CCSSO National Conference on Student Assessment," to be held June 21-24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. For more information see:


NLS Summer Workshops: "Two NLS-related research workshops will be held concurrently in Columbus, Ohio, July 13-15, 2009. The General NLS Workshop will help train researchers, advanced graduate students, and recent Ph.D.s, to use data from the seven NLS cohorts to study issues related to demography and health, and general NLS topics. The Young Adult & Child Workshop focuses on understanding and using the NLSY79 Young Adult cohort. These workshops follow up on similar workshops presented in 2004, 2005, and 2007 that generated substantial interest in the research community.

Topics for both workshops will include cohort structure, completion rates, sampling, interview content, data access, and data documentation. Participants will gain a more thorough understanding of how the NLS surveys measure fertility, marriage, cohabitation, race, ethnicity, household and family composition, location, migration, attitudes, and health status.

Attendance for the workshops is limited and will be determined through a selection process once applications are received. For more information and to receive an application for either of the workshops, click on the appropriate link below. Applications must be received by May 15, 2009." For more information see:


University of Colorado Population Center: "The University of Colorado Population Center is offering a Longitudinal Data Analysis summer short course, which will be held in Boulder from June 17-19."


ISA (International Sociological Association) International Laboratory for Ph.D. Students in Sociology:

ISA International Laboratory for Ph.D. Students in Sociology

Theme: Possibility of Sociology in the Era of Globalization

October 3 - 9, 2009

Shonan Kokusai Village, Hayama, Japan

International Sociological Association invites applications from PhD students in sociology or interdisciplinary programs to attend the ninth edition of the ISA International Laboratory for PhD Students in Sociology to be organised jointly with the Japan Sociological Society at the Shonan Kokusai Village, Hayama, Japan, October 3-9, 2009.

The Laboratory will be hosted by the Japan Sociological Society with the financial support of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. It will be organized by Professor Yoshimichi Sato, from the Tohoku University, and member of the ISA Executive Committee.

Possibility of Sociology in the Era of Globalization is the main theme of this year's ISA Laboratory. Globalization has raised many theoretical, methodological, empirical issues that sociologists have to face seriously. For example, social mobility study, which has implicitly assumed inter- and intra-generational mobility within a society, faces the increasing number of workers crossing the border and has to develop new methodology to trace them. Prospective applicants may interpret this theme broadly so that they could relate their own research with it. Possibility of Sociology in the Era of Globalization will be the focus of a series of lectures during the laboratory week, which will be delivered by renowned academics from both within and outside Japan. The core of the programme however will be, as in the previous ISA laboratories, the presentations by the students of their own work and subsequent discussion within the group of participants.

The working language of the workshop will be English. Participants in the workshop should be able to understand and speak English very well.

Interested candidates are requested to submit the following documentation:

A letter of application specifying the topic of their research and the expected date of completion (in English).

A two-page curriculum vitae (in English).

A two-page abstract of their research project including information about the theoretical approach(es) used (in English).

A list of university courses completed and, if available, the grades.

Two letters of recommendation (in French, English or Spanish)

(a) one from the student's dissertation adviser or a dissertation committee member that comments on the research project, particularly the stage of research and the theoretical and/or methodological approach(es) and anticipated accomplishment, and

(b) the other from the Department Chair or another professor on academic merits in comparison with other students in the same programme and on the candidate's potential leadership in the social sciences. Email addresses of the referees should be included in the student's letter of application.

Applications shall be received by mail (documents sent by e-mail or fax will not be accepted) not later than May 31, 2009 at:

International Sociological Association
Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology
University Complutense, Campus de Somosaguas
28223 Madrid, Spain
tel: 34-91 352 7650

Late applications will be considered if places remain available.

Selection criteria include: excellence of research, diversity of theoretical approaches, gender and geographical diversity of the candidates. Selection results will be announced on June 30, 2009.

Travel and lodging expenses of the selected participants will be covered by the Japan Sociological Society, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the International Sociological Association.


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

XVII ISA World Congress : Sociology on the Move (Gothenberg, Germany - July 11, 2010).

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through May 12, 2009.


American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through May 12, 2009.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through May 12, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through May 12, 2009.

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US Census Bureau: The Census Bureau has recently released "state level maps show(ing) percent distributions and some detailed socio-economic characteristics from Census 2000 for the foreign-born population in the United States and Puerto Rico for selected countries of birth, such as Mexico, China, the Philippines, India and El Salvador." The maps are available at:

Related Press Release:


US Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey Data: "2007 AHS National Data" (April 2009, data in Windows self-decompressing [.exe] ASCII text format, with ancillary information in several formats).


Demographic and Health Survey: "The data for the Bangladesh DHS 2007 survey are now available for download to all registered users with access to Bangladesh surveys."

For more information on registering to access DHS data, go to:


Rand Corporation Indonesia Family Life Survey: Rand has announced the availability of IFLS-4. Note: registration is required before the data can be accessed. For more information see:

Data access:


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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National Longitudinal Survey:

The latest updates are accession number 6100-6136



Simply change the number after the [0]= in the Internet address to see each new listing.

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