Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #113, May 19, 2009.

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1. Census Bureau News Releases:

A. "Census Bureau Releases State and County Data Depicting Nation’s Population Ahead of 2010 Census--Orange, Fla., joins the growing list of ‘majority-minority’ counties" (CB09-76, May 14, 2009). The news release links to detailed tables (comma separated value [.csv] format, with documentation in .pdf format).

B. "Census Bureau Estimates Nearly Half of Children Under Age 5 are Minorities Estimates find nation’s population growing older, more diverse" (CB09-75, May 14, 2009). The news release links to detailed tables (comma separated value [.csv] format, with documentation in .pdf format).

2. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "An Evaluation of Bias in the 2007 National Households Education Surveys Program: Results From a Special Data Collection Effort," by Wendy Van de Kerckhove, Jill M. Montaquila, Priscilla R. Carver, J. Michael Brick, and Chris Chapman (NCES 2009029, May 2009, .pdf format, 254p.).

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US States:


Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Report: "2008 County Characteristics" (May 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, with documentation in Microsoft Word format).


Stats Indiana Update: "U.S. and State population by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin, 2008" (May 2009).

Click the down arrow under the "States IN Profile" for other states.

Michigan: Reports:

A. "Estimated Population of Michigan by Age, Race and Sex: 2000-2008" (May 2009, Microsoft Excel format, with charts in .pdf format).,1607,7-160-51170-214745--,00.html

B. "Michigan Sub-County Population Estimates: 2000-2007" (May 2009, Microsoft Excel format).,1607,7-160-51170-195885--,00.html

New Jersey:

Office of Injury Surveillance and Prevention Brief: "Deaths associated with intimate partner violence, New Jersey, 2003-2007" (May 2009,.pdf format, 2p.).

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical: Population Bulletin (Vol. 25, No. 5, May 2009, .pdf format, 3p.). The title of this month's article is: "Components of Population Change in North Dakota: July 1, 2007 to July 1, 2008."

South Carolina:

Office of Research and Statistics Report: "2008 Census Population Estimates" (May 2009, Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format,


Department of Administration Report: "A Look at Wisconsin’s Race and Hispanic Origin Estimates, 2008," by David Egan-Robertson (May 2009, .pdf format, 1p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Children's Fund Compendium: The State of the World’s Children 2009: Maternal and Newborn Health (December 2008, .pdf format, 158p.).


Cook Islands:

Statistics Office Report: "2006 Census of Population and Dwellings Northern Group" (2009, .pdf format, 113p.).



Statistics Focus: "Population Projections: 2009-2050" (May 2009).



Statistics Finland News Release: "Matriculation examination attained by nearly 90 per cent and vocational qualification or tertiary degree attained by over 70 per cent of students who start studies" (May 15, 2009).



Federal Statistics Office News Release: "Risk of poverty differing between Länder" (May 18, 2009). The English version links to a more detailed German version, which contains a topical table.,templateId=renderPrint.psml



Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "The Ethiopian Population In Israel: Demographic Characteristics 2006" (March 2009, .pdf format, 31p., with tables in compressed and uncompressed Microsoft Excel format, and ancillary information in Microsoft Word format). The report is in Hebrew and English.


States of Jersey Compendium: Jersey in Figures 2008 (April 2009, .pdf format, 89p.).



Ministry of Health Periodical: Information and Research Newsletter (No. 1, March 2009, .pdf format, 4p.). The topic of this issue is: "Mortality Data in Jordan, 2006."



Statistics Latvia News Release: Note: if the release is in Latvian, click on the "EN" tab near the top right side of the page for an English version. "On changes of demographic situation in Latvia in 2008" (May 13, 2009).



State Statistical Office News Release: "Natural movement of the population" (May 18, 2009, .pdf format 5p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from May. 13-19, 2009.


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Hot Off the Press: "National Population Estimates: March 2009 quarter" (May 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).



Statistics Norway News Releases: Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from May 13-19, 2009).


Palestinian National Authority:

Central Bureau of Statistics News Release: "Special Report on the 61th Anniversary of the Nakba" (May 13, 2009, .pdf format, 7p.).



1. General Register Office Report: "Estimates of Households and Dwellings in Scotland, 2008" (May 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 46p.).

2. Scottish Government Report: "Change Over Time in the Context, Outcomes and Inequalities of Secondary Schooling in Scotland, 1985-2005," by Linda Croxford (May 2009, .pdf format, 62p.).



Statistics Singapore Report: "Complete Life Tables 2006-2008 for Singapore Resident Population" (May 2009, .pdf format, 29p.).



State Statistics Committee Table: "Preschool institutions: 1990-2008" (May 18, 2009).



UK Department for Work and Pensions: "Review of evidence on the impact of economic downturn on disadvantaged groups," by Bruce Stafford and Dierdre Duffy (WP 68, May 2009, .pdf format, 80p.).

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Brookings Institution Center on Children and Families Brief: "The Fiscal Effects of Investing in High-Quality Preschool Programs," by William T. Dickens and Charles Baschnagel (Brief No. 42, April 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).


Pew Hispanic Center Report: "Through Boom and Bust: Minorities, Immigrants and Homeownership," by Rakesh Kochhar, Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, and Daniel Dockterman (May 2009, .pdf format, 42p.).


Population Reference Bureau Periodical, Article:

A. Population Bulletin (Vol. 64, No. 2, June 2009, .pdf format). The title of this issue is "Urban Poverty and Health in Developing Countries," by Mark R. Montgomery.

B. "U.S. Hispanic and Asian Population Growth Levels Off," by Mark Mather and Kelvin Pollard (May 2008).

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Do Investments in Universal Early Education Pay Off? Long-term Effects of Introducing Kindergartens into Public Schools," by Elizabeth U. Cascio (w14951, May 2009, .pdf format, 60p.).


In the 1960s and 1970s, many states introduced grants for school districts offering kindergarten programs. This paper exploits the staggered timing of these initiatives to estimate the long-term effects of a large public investment in universal early education. I find that white children aged five after the typical state reform were less likely to be high school dropouts and had lower institutionalization rates as adults. I rule out similar positive effects for blacks, despite comparable increases in their enrollment in public kindergartens in response to the initiatives. The explanation for this finding that receives most empirical support is that state funding for kindergarten crowded out participation in federally-funded early education among the poorest five year olds.

B. "Marry for What: Caste and Mate Selection in Modern India," by Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Maitreesh Ghatak and Jeanne Lafortune (w14958, May 2009, .pdf format, 65p.).


This paper studies the role played by caste, education and other social and economic attributes in arranged marriages among middle-class Indians. We use a unique data set on individuals who placed matrimonial advertisements in a major newspaper, the responses they received, how they ranked them, and the eventual matches. We estimate the preferences for caste, education, beauty, and other attributes. We then compute a set of stable matches, which we compare to the actual matches that we observe in the data. We find the stable matches to be quite similar to the actual matches, suggesting a relatively frictionless marriage market. One of our key empirical findings is that there is a very strong preference for within-caste marriage. However, because both sides of the market share this preference and because the groups are fairly homogeneous in terms of the distribution of other attributes, in equilibrium, the cost of wanting to marry within-caste is low. This allows caste to remain a persistent feature of the Indian marriage market.

C. "Sex and Science: How Professor Gender Perpetuates the Gender Gap," by Scott E. Carrell, Marianne E. Page, and James E. West (w14959, May 2009,.pdf format, 41p.).


Why aren't there more women in science? Female college students are currently 37 percent less likely than males to obtain a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and comprise only 25 percent of the STEM workforce. This paper begins to shed light on this issue by exploiting a unique dataset of college students who have been randomly assigned to professors over a wide variety of mandatory standardized courses. We focus on the role of professor gender. Our results suggest that while professor gender has little impact on male students, it has a powerful effect on female students' performance in math and science classes, their likelihood of taking future math and science courses, and their likelihood of graduating with a STEM degree. The estimates are largest for female students with very strong math skills, who are arguably the students who are most suited to careers in science. Indeed, the gender gap in course grades and STEM majors is eradicated when high performing female students' introductory math and science classes are taught by female professors. In contrast, the gender of humanities professors has only minimal impact on student outcomes. We believe that these results are indicative of important environmental influences at work.

D. "What Does Global Expansion of Higher Education Mean for the US?" by Richard B. Freeman (w14962, May 2009, .pdf format, 51p.).


This study documents the rapid spread of higher education around the world and the consequent reduced share of the US in the world's university students and graduates. It shows that the proportion of young persons who go to college has risen in many advanced countries to exceed that in the US while human capital leapfrogging in the huge populous developing countries has produced massive increases in their university educated work forces. One result of the expansion of higher education overseas is that the US has come to rely extensively on the immigration of highly educated persons to maintain a lead position in science and technology. International students make up roughly half of university graduate immigrants to the US, which makes policies toward those students a key determinant in the country's success in attracting immigrant talent.

E. "The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness," by Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers (w14969, May 2009, .pdf format, 48p.).


By many objective measures the lives of women in the United States have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that measures of subjective well-being indicate that women's happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men. The paradox of women's declining relative well-being is found across various datasets, measures of subjective well-being, and is pervasive across demographic groups and industrialized countries. Relative declines in female happiness have eroded a gender gap in happiness in which women in the 1970s typically reported higher subjective well-being than did men. These declines have continued and a new gender gap is emerging -- one with higher subjective well-being for men.


John F. Kennedy School of Government [Harvard University]: "Is India a Flailing State?: Detours on the Four Lane Highway to Modernization," by Lant Pritchett (Working Paper No. RWP09-013, May 2009, .pdf format, 46p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

A. "Still Waiting for Mister Right? Asymmetric Information, Abortion Laws and the Timing of Marriage," by Simon W. Bowmaker and Patrick M. Emerson (Discussion Paper No. 4176, May 2009, .pdf format, 48p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Participation in Higher Education: A Random Parameter Logit Approach with Policy Simulations," by Darragh Flannery and Cathal O'Donoghue (Discussion Paper No. 4163, May 2009, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]: "Birth Weight and the Dynamics of Early Cognitive and Behavioural Development," by Emilia Del Bono and John Ermisch (ISER Working Paper No. 2009-16, May 2009, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


UK Department for Work and Pensions: Review of evidence on the impact of economic downturn on disadvantaged groups," by Bruce Stafford and Dierdre Duffy (WP 68, May 2009, .pdf format, 80p.).

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

Demography (Vol. 46, No. 2, May 2009). Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

Population Research and Policy Review (Vol. 28, No. 3, June 2009). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

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Economic and Social Research Council [UK]: "Comparative Cross-National Research Methods." "The ESRC invites applications under this Initiative on Comparative Cross-National Research Methods. Several recent studies have identified a pressing need for the development of comparative cross-national research methods for the conduct of a high quality international and cross-national comparative research. This initiative is aimed at generating methodological advancement as well as advance understanding of the implementation of best practice." Application deadline is Aug. 25, 2009. For more information see:

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Penn State University [State College, Pennsylvania]: "2009 National Symposium on Family Issues: Biosocial Research Contributions to Understanding Family Processes and Problems," to be held Oct. 8-9, 2009 in State College, Pennsylvania. For more information see:


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

Policy futures - learning from the past? (Edinburgh - June 29, 2009).

The Mother War : current trends and critical discourses (University of Surrey, Guildford - June 26, 2009).

Exploring cultural perspectives (Calgary - Jul. 2, 2009).

The city : society, culture, technology (Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver - Nov. 6, 2009).

International Society for the Social Studies (ISSS) Annual Conference (Fairwinds Alumni Center at University of Central Florida, Orlando - Feb. 25, 2010).

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through May 19, 2009.


American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through May 19, 2009.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through May 19, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through May 19, 2009.

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

- May 13, 2009 Added four new variables describing subfamilies to 1880-2007 IPUMS samples and updated documentation.

- "The IPUMS-International project has recently added 19 samples to the data series, bringing the total number of samples to 130. The recently added samples include data for nine new countries: Armenia, Bolivia, Guinea, India, Italy, Jordan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia and Slovenia. In addition, we have extended the existing series of samples for France, Romania and South Africa. The new data release also includes GIS boundary files for mapping countries and major administrative divisions within countries."

The full content of the data series is summarized here:

Data Access:


National Longitudinal Survey: The Center for Human Resource Research has released the following documentation:

- CHD-2006 Child and Child Self-Administered Supplements 2006

- YA-2006 Young Adult Questionnaire 2006

Scroll to item numbers.


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 6137-6144



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

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