Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #117, June 16, 2009.

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1. Census Bureau Facts for Features: "Back to School: 2009-2010" (CB09-FF.14, Jun. 15, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).

2. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Births, Marriages, Divorces, and Deaths: Provisional Data for August 2008" (National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 57, No. 15, June 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

3. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "The Nation’s Report Card: Arts 2008 Music and Visual Arts" (June 2009, .pdf format, 36p.).

B. "Late High School Dropouts: Characteristics, Experiences, and Changes Across Cohorts," by Ben Dalton, Elizabeth Glennie, and Steven J. Ingels (NCES 2009307, June 2009, .pdf format, 49p.).

C. "Characteristics of the 100 Largest Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts in the United States: 2006-07," by Jun Tang and Jennifer Sable (NCES 2009342, June 2009, .pdf format, 80p.).

4. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics Report: "Refugees and Asylees: 2008," by Daniel C. Martin and Michael Hoefer (June 2009, .pdf format, 6p.).

Related tables:

5. Social Security Administration Office of Policy Report: "SSI Monthly Statistics" (May 2009, HTML and .pdf format).

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US States:


State Demographic Center Report: "K-12 Enrollments Projected to Rise," by Martha McMurry (June 2009, .pdf format, 15p.).

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical, Presentation:

A. Population Bulletin (Vol. 25, No. 6, June 2009). This month's topic is: "ACT Scores for 2008 North Dakota High School Graduates."

B. "Demographic Trends to Consider in Planning for the Future," by Richard Rathge (June 2009, Microsoft PowerPoint format, 50 slides).



Department of Health Reports: "Utah's Vital Statistics: 2007" (2009, .pdf format).

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NGO and Other Countries:


Statistical Service of Cyprus Report: "Demographic Report, 2007," (June 2009, .pdf format, 197p.).$file/DEMOGRAPHIC_REPORT-2007.pdf?OpenElement



Statistics Denmark Compendium, "Focus On":

A. Statistical Yearbook 2009 (June 2009, .pdf format, 620p.).

B. "Use of the Internet by households (yearly)" (June 2009).



Statistics Finland News Releases: Topical news releases from Jun. 9-16, 2009 are available at the site.



Statistics Georgia Reports:

A. "Summary Vital Statistics in the 2008 Year" (June 2009, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Quarterly Bulletin 2009, I" (June 2009, .pdf format, 86p.). The report is in Georgian and English.



Statistics Iceland News Release: "Custody of dependent children after divorce and dissolutions of consensual unions 2008" (Jun. 10, 2009).



Bureau of Statistics National Data Catalog: "The Lesotho Bureau of Statistics (BOS) is a government department set up for the collection, management and dissemination of official national economic, social and demographic statistics to support research and government planning. The Lesotho Bureau of Statistics National Data Catalogue is a web-based catalogue that provides access to information on all national survey data held by the Bureau and other government departments. This information is presented in an internationally standardized format to allow comparisons with other African data and datasets worldwide. The National Data Catalogue allows for data discovery of existing Lesotho survey data and provides downloadable document files to support the usage of this data." At present there are three studies in the catalog. All are restricted. Restricted data licences are available at the site.

Click on "Data Catalog" on the left side of the page.



Statistical and Census Service Periodical: Principal Statistical Indicators of Macao: 1st Quarter 2009 (June 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 8p.).



State Statistical Office News Release: "Marriages and divorces in the Republic of Macedonia" (Jun. 16, 2009, .pdf format, 5p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.



National Statistics Office News Release: "Teaching English to Foreigners: 2008" (June 2009, .pdf format, 9p.).



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Jun. 10-16, 2009.


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Hot off the Press: "Abortions: Year ended December 2008" (June 2009, .pdf format, 6p.). Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.



Statistics Norway News Releases: Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Jun. 10-16, 2009).



General Register Office Report: "Births, Marriages and Deaths- First Quarter 2009" (June 2009, .pdf, Microsoft Excel, and comma separated value [.csv] format).



Statistical Office Website: "Interactive Statistical Atlas of Slovenia" (2009). Data for the Atlas are available from 1999-2007.

More information about the Atlas:



State Statistics Committee Table: "Housing stock: 1990-2008" (Jun. 15, 2009).



1. Communities and Local Government Report: "Statutory Homelessness: 1st Quarter (January to March) 2009, England" (2009, Quarter 1, Microsoft Word and .pdf format, 20p.).

2. Department for Transport Report: "2008 Core Accessibility Indicators" (June 2009, .pdf format, with data in Microsoft Excel or .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

3. National Statistics Office News Releases:

A. "Two thirds of three and four-year-olds go to school" (Jun. 11, 2009, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Fewer young men exceed drink guidelines" (Jun. 11, 2009, .pdf format, 2p.).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "Household Projections for Wales (2006-Based)" (June 2009, .pdf format, 23p.).

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Demographic Research Article: "Does early childbearing and a sterilization-focused family planning programme in India fuel population growth?" by Zoë Matthews, Sabu S. Padmadas, Inge Hutter, Juliet McEachran, and James J. Brown (Vol. 20, Article 28, June 2009, .pdf format, p. 693-720). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Springer Publishing Book: Fertility, Living Arrangements, Care and Mobility: Understanding Population Trends and Processes, edited by John Stillwell, Ernestina Coast, and Dylan Kneale (Vol. 1, 2009, ISBN: 978-1-4020-9681-5, 350p.).


Urban Institute Reports:

A. "Promoting Economic Mobility By Increasing Postsecondary Education," by Ron Haskins, Harry Holzer, and Robert I. Lerman (May 2009, .pdf format, 62p.).

B. "Extending the EITC to Noncustodial Parents: Potential Impacts and Design Considerations," by Laura Wheaton and Elaine Sorensen (May 2009, .pdf format, 18p.).

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Economic Contextual Factors and Child Body Mass Index," by Lisa M. Powell, Frank J. Chaloupka (w15046, June 2009, .pdf format, 29p.).


This study examines the relationship between child weight and fast food and fruit and vegetable prices and the availability of fast food restaurants, full-service restaurants, supermarkets, grocery stores and convenience stores. We estimate cross-sectional and individual-level fixed effects (FE) models to account for unobserved individual-level heterogeneity. Data are drawn from the Child Development Supplement of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics combined with external food price and outlet density data at the zip code level. FE results show that higher fruit and vegetable prices are statistically significantly related to a higher body mass index (BMI) percentile ranking among children with greater effects among low-income children: fruit and vegetable price elasticity for BMI is estimated to be 0.25 for the full sample and 0.60 among low-income children. Fast food prices are statistically significantly related to child weight only in cross-sectional models among low-income children with a price elasticity of -0.77. Increased supermarket availability and fewer available convenience stores are related with lower weight outcomes among low-income children. These results provide evidence on the potential effectiveness of using fiscal pricing interventions such as taxes and subsidies and other interventions to improve supermarket access as policy instruments to address childhood obesity.

B. "Measuring Discrimination in Education," by Rema Hanna and Leigh Linden (w15057. June 2009, .pdf format, 51p.).


In this paper, we illustrate a methodology to measure discrimination in educational contexts. In India, we ran an exam competition through which children compete for a large financial prize. We recruited teachers to grade the exams. We then randomly assigned child "characteristics" (age, gender, and caste) to the cover sheets of the exams to ensure that there is no systematic relationship between the characteristics observed by the teachers and the quality of the exams. We find that teachers give exams that are assigned to be lower caste scores that are about 0.03 to 0.09 standard deviations lower than exams that are assigned to be high caste. The effect is small relative to the real differences in scores between the high and lower caste children. Low-performing, low caste children and top-performing females tend to lose out the most due to discrimination. Interestingly, we find that the discrimination against low caste students is driven by low caste teachers, while teachers who belong to higher caste groups do not appear to discriminate at all. This result runs counter to the previous literature, which tends to find that individuals discriminate in favor of members of their own groups.


World Bank Policy Research Programme:

A. "Working long hours and having no choice: time poverty in Guinea," by Elena Bardasi and Quentin Wodon (WPS 4961, June 2009, ASCII text and .pdf format, 39p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Stigma and the take-up of social programs," by Jacques Ewoudou. Clarence Tsimpo, and Quentin Wodon (WPS 4961, June 2009, ASCII text and .pdf format, 15p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Centre d'Etudes de Populations, de Pauvret et de Politiques Socio-Economiques / International Network for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development--Integrated Research Infrastructure in the Socio-economic Sciences (CEPS/INSTEAD--IRISS) [Differdange, Luxembourg]: "Item response theory and the measurement of deprivation: Evidence from PSELL-3," by Monica Raileanu Szeles and Alessio Fusco (IRISS Working Papers No. 2009-05, May 2009, .pdf format, 25p.).


Item Response Theory (IRT) has recently been proposed as a framework to measure deprivation. It allows deriving a latent measure of deprivation from a set of dichotomous observed items of deprivation and analyzing determinants of deprivation. We investigate further the use of IRT models in the field of deprivation measurement. Firstly, the paper emphasizes the importance of item selection and the Mokken Scale Procedure is applied in order to select the items to be included in the scale of deprivation. Secondly, we apply the one and the two-parameter probit IRT models for dichotomous items on two different sets of items, in order to highlight different empirical results. Finally, we introduce a graphical tool, the Item Characteristic Curve (ICC) and analyse the determinants of deprivation in Luxembourg. The empirical illustration is based on the fourth wave of the Luxembourg socioeconomic panel Liewen zu Lëtzebuerg (PSELL-3).


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

A. "The Timing of Maternal Work and Time with Children," by Jay Stewart (Discussion Paper No. 4219, June 2009, .pdf format, 26p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at

B. "Childcare, Eldercare, and Labor Force Participation of Married Women in Urban China: 1982-2000," by Margaret Maurer-Fazio, Rachel Connelly, Chen Lan, and Lixin Tang (Discussion Paper No. 4204, June 2009, .pdf format, 45p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at

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

American Sociological Review (Vol. 74, No. 3, June 2009).

History of the Family (Vol. 14, No. 2, 2009).

Population and Development Review (Vol. 35, No. 2, June 2009).

Social Science and Medicine (Vol. 69, No. 1, July 2009).

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

- Regional responses and global shifts : actors, institutions, and organisations Conference [University of Pécs, Pécs] (May 24, 2010).

- BISA Annual Conference 2009 Conference [University of Leicester, Leicester] (Dec. 14, 2009).

- Oxford Social Media Convention 2009 : Assessing the Evolution, Impact and Potential of Social Media Conference [Said Business School, Oxford] (Sept. 18, 2009).

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 16, 2009.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 16, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Jun. 16, 2009.

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Integrated Public Use Microdata Update:

- June 11, 2009. Minor correction to 2007 ACS/PRCS data.

For more information, see:

Data Access:


Luxembourg Income Study: LIS announced on Jun. 11, 2009: "Five new datasets from Latin America (Wave VI) data are available." (Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Uruguay, and Peru). For more information see the Jul. 11, 2009 item at:

Data access:


Irish Social Science Data Archive: Note: different datasets have different acquisition conditions. See the information accompanying each dataset for more information.

- Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC)


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Jun. 14, 2009, 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:

Latest updates:

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:


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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