Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #118, June 23, 2009.

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1. Census Bureau Press Releases, Report:

A. "Age and Sex in the United States: 2007 and 2008," (Jun. 18, 2009). Note: This data comes from the Current Population Survey. Tables are in Microsoft Excel and comma-delimited format).

B. "Older Population in the United States: 2007 and 2008," (June 22, 2009). This press release links to a series of tables on "characteristics of people 55 and older." Data comes from the Current Population Survey. Tables are in Microsoft Excel and comma-delimited format.


C. "Population Change in Central and Outlying Counties of Metropolitan Statistical Areas: 2000 to 2007," by Paul J. Mackun (P25-1136, June 2009, .pdf format, 15p.).

2. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Deaths in Custody Statistical Tables" (June 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 19p., with .zip compressed spreadsheets).

3. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report:

4. Government Printing Office Compendium US Code: 2006

5. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "Factors Associated With School Meal Participation and the Relationship Between Different Participation Measures," by Quinn Moore, Lara Hulsey, and Michael Ponza (Contractor and Cooperator Report No. CCR-53, June 2009, .pdf format, 171p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

European Community:

Eurostats News Release: "EU crime statistics 2005-2007: Around 600 000 prisoners in the EU27" (Jun. 19, 2009, .pdf format, 3p.).



National Statistical Institute Table: "Deaths by Causes in 2008" (June 2009).



National Institute of Statistics News Release:

A. "Provisional Population Totals, 2008" (June 2009).

More information about the data (.pdf format).

B. "Cambodia Socio-Economics Survey 2003-04 (CSES 2003-04): (June 2009).


Czech Republic:

Statistical Office Report: "Population of the Czech Republic in January - March 2009" (June 2009, .pdf or Microsoft Word format, with tables in .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).



Statistics Finland News Release: "A record number of university degrees were completed in 2008" (Jun. 18, 2009).



Statistical Office First Release: "Vital events, January-April 2009" (Jun. 22, 2009, .pdf format, 3p.).



Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Report: "Children and Young People in Ireland 2008" (June 2009, .pdf format, 42p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Statistics Bureau Report: "Population Estimates: January 1, 2009 (Final estimates) , June 1, 2009 (Provisional estimates)" (June 2009, Microsoft Excel format).



State Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Violent deaths in the Republic of Macedonia by municipalities" (Jun. 19, 2009, .pdf format, 6p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.

B. "Reported, accused and convicted adult and juveniles perpetrators of criminal offence" (Jun. 18, 2009, .pdf format, 10p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.

C. "Mortality in the Republic of Macedonia by municipalities" (Jun. 17, 2009, .pdf format, 4p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Jun. 17-23, 2009.


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Report: "Mapping Trends in the Auckland Region" (June 2009, HTML and .pdf format).



Statistics Norway News Releases: Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Jun. 17-23, 2009).



National Statistics Office News Releases:

A. "Lucena City Posted 2.61 Percent Population Growth" (Jun. 19, 2009).

B. "Total Population of Agusan Del Sur Reached More Than 600,000 Persons" (Jun. 19, 2009).



Scottish Executive Report: "School Meals in Scotland, 2009" (June 2009, .pdf format, 34p., with tables in HTML and Microsoft Excel format).



Statistical Office Report: "Vital Events in the Republic of Serbia, 2008" (June 2009. .pdf format, 11p.).



Statistics Singapore Report: "Statistics on Marriages and Divorces, 2008" (June 2009, .pdf format, 100p.).



1. Communities and Local Government Report: "Place Survey: England - Headline Results 2008" (June 2009, .pdf format and Microsoft Word format, 18p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format). Links to text and tables are at the bottom of the page.

2. Department for Children, Schools, and Families Report: "Youth Cohort Study and Longitudinal Study of Young People in England: The Activities and Experiences of 17 year olds: England 2008" (June 2009, .pdf format, 58p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format). Links to text and tables are available at the bottom of the page.

3. Department for Culture, Media, and Sport Report: "Digital Britain: The Final Report," (June 2009, .pdf, Microsoft Word and rich-text [.rtf] format, 238p.).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Reports:

A. "Further Education, Work-based Learning and Community Learning in Wales Statistics, 2006/07" (June 2009, .pdf format, 70p.).

B. "Pupils with Statements of Special Educational Needs, January 2009" (June 2009, .pdf format, 8p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

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American Enterprise Institute Monograph: The Increase in Leisure Inequality, 1965-2005, by Mark Aguiar and Erik Hurst (June 2009, ISBN: 978-0-8447-4313-4, 82p.). For ordering information:


Population Reference Bureau Periodical: Population Bulletin (Vol. 64, No. 2, June 2009, .pdf format, 18p.). The topic of this issue is: "Urban Poverty and Health in Developing Countries," by Mark R. Montgomery.


Urban Institute Report: "The Impacts of Foreclosures on Families and Communities," by G. Thomas Kingsley, Robin E. Smith, and David Price (May 2009, .pdf format, 50p.).


Demographic Research Articles:

A. "The age separating early deaths from late deaths," by Zhen Zhang and James Vaupel (Vol. 20, Article 29, June 2009, .pdf format, p. 721-730).

B. "Leaving the parental home in post-war Japan: Demographic changes, stem-family norms and the transition to adulthood," by Setsuya Fukuda (Vol. 20, Article 30, June 2009, .pdf format, p. 731-816).


Joseph Rowntree Foundation Reports:

A. "Growing up in social housing in Britain: A profile of four generations from 1946 to the present day," by Ruth Lupton, Rebecca Tunstall, Wendy Sigle-Rushton, Polina Obolenskaya, Ricardo Sabates, Elena Meschi, Dylan Kneale and Emma Salter (June 2009, .pdf format, 156p.).

B. "Understanding attitudes to tackling economic inequality," by Louise Bamfield and Tim Horton (June 2009, .pdf format, 69p.).


Springer Books:

A. Assessing Well-Being: The Collected Works of Ed Diener (2009, 274p. ISBN: 978-90-481-2353-7). For more information see:

B. Fertility, Living Arrangements, Care and Mobility, edited by John Stillwell, Ernestina Coast, and Dylan Kneale (2009, 357p., ISBN: 978-1-4020-9681-5). For more information see:



National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Opting For Families: Recent Trends in the Fertility of Highly Educated Women," by Qingyan Shang and Bruce A. Weinberg (w15074, June 2009, .pdf format, 24p.).


Observers have argued about whether highly-educated women are opting out of their careers and for families. If so, it is natural to expect fertility to increase and, insofar as children are associated with lower employment, further declines in employment. This paper provides a comprehensive study of recent trends in the fertility of college-graduate women. We study fertility at a range of ages; consider both the intensive and extensive margins, explore a range of data sets; and study the period from 1940 to 2006. In contrast to most existing work, we find that college graduate women are indeed opting for families. Fertility increases at almost all ages along both the intensive and extensive margins since the late 1990s or 2000 and this recent increase in fertility is consistent across datasets.

B. "Abortion and Crime: A Review," by Theodore J. Joyce (w15098, June 2009, .pdf format, 65p.).


Ten years have passed since John Donohue and Steven Levitt initially proposed that legalized abortion played a major role in the dramatic decline in crime during the 1990s. Criminologists largely dismiss the association because simple plots of age-specific crime rates are inconsistent with a large cohort affect following the legalization of abortion. Economists, on the other hand, have corrected mistakes in the original analyses, added new data, offered alternative tests and tried to replicate the association in other countries. Donohue and Levitt have responded to each challenge with more data and additional regressions. Making sense of the dueling econometrics has proven difficult for even the most seasoned empiricists. In this paper I review the evidence. I argue that the most straightforward test given available data involves age-specific arrest and homicide rates regressed on lagged abortion rates in the 1970s or indicators of abortion legalization in 1970 and 1973. Such models provide little support for the Donohue and Levitt hypothesis in either the US or the United Kingdom.


Population Council:

A. "Educational inequalities in the midst of persistent poverty: Diversity across Africa in educational outcomes," by Cynthia B. Lloyd and Paul C. Hewett (Poverty, Gender, and Youth Working Paper No. 14, June 2009, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Demographic data for development in sub-Saharan Africa," by Wendy Baldwin and Judith Diers (Poverty, Gender, and Youth Working Paper No. 13, June 2009, .pdf format, 15p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research: "To what extent do rising mortality inequalities by education and marital status attenuate the general mortality decline? The case of Finland in 1971-2030," by Vladmir M. Shkolnikov, Evgueni M. Andreev, Dmitri A. Jdanov, Domantas Jasilionis, and Tapani Valkonen (WP-2009-019, June 2009, .pdf format, 27p.).


This study examines the relationship between growing inequality within the population, and the general mortality decline in Finland after 1971. The general mortality trend is considered as a simultaneous shift of population groups toward lower mortality over time, with the group-specific mortality rates linked to the mortality trend in the best practice (vanguard) group. The inequality measure accounting for all groups and their population weights reveals increases in both relative and absolute mortality inequalities. Changes in population composition by education and by marital status tend to compensate each other and the combined change does not produce significant effect on the total mortality. The widening of mortality inequalities produces important impact on the total mortality trend. The modeling allows to quantify this impact. If mortality inequalities remained frozen after 2000, the total mortality in 2026-30 would be by about one quarter lower compared to trend-based expectations.


Luxembourg Income Study: LIS has recently released new working papers.

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No 515 "Social Capital and Equality: Tocqueville’s Legacy," by Emanuele Ferragina

No 516 "The empirics of the median voter: democracy, redistribution and the role of the middle class," by Francesco Scervini


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

A. "How Do Shocks to Non-Cognitive Skills Affect Test Scores?" by Stefanie Behncke (Discussion Paper 4222, June 2009, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Attitudes toward Uncertainty among the Poor: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia," by Alpaslan Akay, Peter Martinsson, Haileselassie Medhin, and Stefan T. Trautmann (Discussion Paper 4225, June 2009, .pdf format, 21p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Fat and Out in Salerno and Province: Adolescent Obesity and Early School Leaving in Southern Italy," by Adriana Barone and Niall O'Higgins (Discussion Paper 4229, June 2009, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

D. "Immigrant Child Poverty in Scandinavia: A Panel Data Study," by Taryn Ann Galloway, Björn Gustafsson, Peder J. Pedersen, and Torun Österberg (Discussion Paper 4232, June 2009, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

E. "Network Formations among Immigrants and Natives," by Gil S. Epstein, and Odelia Heizler (Cohen) (Discussion Paper 4234, June 2009, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: "Assessment Drives Learning: The Effect of Central Exit Exams on Curricular Knowledge and Mathematical Literacy," by Hendrik Jürges, Kerstin Schneider, Martin Senkbeil, and Claus H. Carstensen (WP 2666, June 2009, .pdf format, 24p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


World Bank Policy Research Programme: "Educational and health impacts of two school feeding schemes : evidence from a randomized trial in rural Burkina Faso," by Harounan Kazianga, Damien de Walque, and Harold Alderman (WPS 4976, June 2009, ASCII text and .pdf format, 42p.). 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):

Annals of Statistics (Vol. 37, No. 4, August 2009).

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 23, 2009.


American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 23, 2009.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 23, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Jun. 23, 2009.

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Census Bureau: "International Database," (June 2009). The Census Bureau has released an updated version of the International Database. For more information about this update:

Related Press Release:


Integrated Public Use Microdata Update: IPUMS at the University of Minnesota announced on Jun. 17, 2009:

Posted new versions of 1950-2007 data.

For more information, see:

Data Access:


Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA):

Survey of Public Participation in the Arts 2008. Data is available via Survey and Documentation Analysis extraction system.

More information about CPANDA:


Demographic and Health Survey: "Egypt DHS 2008 datasets datasets are now available to all registered users with access to Egypt datasets."

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


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

- Irish National Election Study.

- Data from Quarter 4 2006 & 2008 QNHS.



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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University of Wisconsin Data and Information Services Center Country Statistical Yearbooks (find boilerplate):

Malta in Figures 2008


Statistical Yearbook: 2002-2009 (note 2009)


Interactive Statistical Atlas of Slovenia

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