Current Social Science Research Report--Social #19, June 12, 2007.

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1. Social Security Administration, Office of Policy Report: "SSI Recipients by State and County, 2006" (May 2007, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format, 114p.).

2. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "Public Elementary and Secondary School Student Enrollment, High School Completions, and Staff From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2005-06," by Jennifer Sable and Anthony Garofano (NCES 2007352, June 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).

B. "Mapping 2005 State Proficiency Standards Onto the NAEP Scales" (June 2007, .pdf format, 41p.).

3. National Institute of Justice Report: "Explaining the Prevalence, Context, and Consequences of Dual Arrest in Intimate Partner Cases: Final Report," by David Hirschel, Eve Buzawa. April Pattavina, Don Faggiani, and Melissa Reuland (May 2007, .pdf format 207p.).

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US States:


Department of Planning Compendium: 2006 Maryland Statistical Handbook (May 2007, .pdf format, 56p.).


Department of Administration Report:

A. "Minnesota population projections: 2005-2035" (June 2007, .pdf format, 132p., with an accompanying presentation, .pdf format, 26p., and accompanying data, comma separated value [.csv] format).

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical, Report:

A. Population Bulletin (Vol. 23, No. 6, June 2007, .pdf format, 3p.). The topic of this month's Bulletin is: "Components of Population Change in North Dakota: July 1, 2005 to July 1, 2006."

B. "Population and Housing - Moving in Different Directions" (Case Study--Understanding the Data, No. 2, June 2007, .pdf format, 3p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Press Release: "Study Finds Child Hunger Costs Central America Billions of Dollars Every Year," (June 4, 2007).

Link to the report (.pdf format 50p. the report is available in Spanish):



Statistics Finland News Release: "Number of children adopted to Finland from abroad fell in 2006" (Jun. 8, 2007).



Statistics Iceland News Release: "Custody of dependent children after divorce and dissolutions of consensual unions 2006" (No. 71, Jun. 6, 2007).

At the bottom of the page there is a link to pertinent statistics from Statistics Iceland's interactive database.



Bureau of Statistics Report: "CWIQ (Core Welfare Indicators Questionnaire) 2002 Survey Report" (2007, .zip compressed Microsoft Word format, 73p.).



State Statistical Office News Release: "Enrolled students at higher schools and faculties" (Jun. 8, 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Public library membership in decline" (Jun. 12, 2007).

B. "Motherhood no further postponed" (Jun. 12, 2007).



Department of Statistics Compendium: Annual Statistical Abstract: 2005 (April 2007, .pdf format, 103p.).



Scottish Executive Reports:

A. "Brief report on 2006 Scottish Household Survey results" (June 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 32p.).

B. "School Meals in Scotland 2007" (June 2007, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format, 32p.).

C. "The Age Participation Index for Scotland 2005-06" (June 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).



Statistical Office Compendium: Census Atlas of Slovenia 2002 (May 2007). Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site.


Sri Lanka:

Department of Census and Statistics Report: "Poverty In Sri Lanka - Issues And Options'" by A.G.W. Nanayakkara (2007, .pdf format, 46p.).



Statistics Sweden News Release: "Adopted children not as highly educated as their parents" (May 31, 2007).



1. Department for Education and Skills Reports:

A. "Provision for Children Under Five Years of Age in England: January 2007" (May 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 18p.).

B. "Student Loans for Higher Education in England - Financial Year 2006-07 (Provisional)" (Statistical First Release, June 2007, .pdf format, 9p.).

Click on "LINK" for link to full text.

2. Communities and Local Government Report: "Statutory Homelessness: 1st Quarter 2007, England" (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 9p.).

3. National Statistics Office News Release: "Fertility rate is highest for 26 years" (Jun. 7, 2007, .pdf format, 5p.). The news release links to relevant national birth data.

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.: Brief: Harvard School of Public Health site has released its first Brief: "Disparities in Neighborhood Poverty of Poor Black and White Children" (May 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).


Urban Institute Report: "Assessing Federalism: ANF and the Recent Evolution of American Social Policy Federalism," by Pamela Winston and Rosa Maria Castaneda (May 2007, .pdf format, 45p.).


MDRC Report: "The Employment Retention and Advancement Project: Results from Minnesota's Tier 2 Program," by Allen LeBlanc, Cynthia Miller, Karin Martinson, and Gilda Azurdia. (February 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 67p.)


Pew Research Center For the People and the Press Survey Report: "Growing up with the News." (May 23, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 6p., with topline questionnaire, .pdf format, 2p.)

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National Bureau Of Economic Research: "Directed Altruism and Enforced Reciprocity in Social Networks: How Much is A Friend Worth?" by Stephen Leider, Markus M. Möbius, Tanya Rosenblat, and Quoc-Anh Do (w13135, June 2007, .pdf format, 49p.).


We conduct field experiments in a large real-world social network to examine why decision makers treat friends more generously than strangers. Subjects are asked to divide surplus between themselves and named partners at various social distances, where only one of the decisions is implemented. In order to separate altruistic and future interaction motives, we implement an anonymous treatment where neither player is told at the end of the experiment which decision was selected for payment and a non-anonymous treatment where both players are told. Moreover, we include both games where transfers increase and decrease social surplus to distinguish between different future interaction channels including signaling one's generosity and enforced reciprocity, where the decision maker treats the partner to a favor because she can expect it to be repaid in the future. We can decompose altruistic preferences into baseline altruism towards any partner and directed altruism towards friends. Decision makers vary widely in their baseline altruism, but pass at least 50 percent more surplus to friends compared to strangers when decision making is anonymous. Under non-anonymity, transfers to friends increase by an extra 24 percent relative to strangers, but only in games where transfers increase social surplus. This effect increases with density of the network structure between both players, but does not depend on the average amount of time spent together each week. Our findings are well explained by enforced reciprocity, but not by signaling or preference-based reciprocity. We also find that partners' expectations are well calibrated to directed altruism, but that they ignore decision makers' baseline altruism. Partners with high baseline altruism have friends with higher baseline altruism and are therefore treated better.


World Bank Development Programme:

A. "Giving children a better start : preschool attendance and school-age profiles," by Marco Manacorda, Sebastian Galiani, and Samuel Berlinski (Policy Research Working Paper No. WPS 4240, June 2007, .ASCII text and .pdf format, 39p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Population size, concentration, and civil war : a geographically disaggregated analysis," by Clionadh Raleigh and Havard Hegre (Policy Research Working Paper No. WPS 4243, June 2007, .ASCII text and .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Democratic Jihad ? Military intervention and democracy," by Havard Hegre, Lene Siljeholm Christiansen, and Nils Petter Gleditsch (Policy Research Working Paper No. WPS 4242, June 2007, .ASCII text and .pdf format, 62p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

D. "The impact of remittances on poverty and human capital : evidence from Latin American household surveys," by J. Humberto Lopez, Pablo Fajnzylber, and Pablo Acosta (Policy Research Working Paper No. WPS 4247, June 2007, .ASCII text and .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

E. "A poverty-focused evaluation of commodity tax options," by B. Essama-Nssah (Policy Research Working Paper No. WPS 4245, June 2007, .ASCII text and .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

F. "What is the impact of international remittances on poverty and inequality in Latin America?" by Humberto Lopez, Pablo Fajnzylber, Cesar Calderon, and Pablo Acosta (Policy Research Working Paper No. WPS 4249, June 2007, .ASCII text and .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


National Science Foundation: "Current and Alternative Sources of Data on the Science and Engineering Workforce," by Ronald S. Fecso, G. Hussain Choudhry, Graham Kalton, Adam Chu, and Richard Phelps (SRS 07-202. June 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 44p.).


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

A. "Be as Careful of the Books You Read as of the Company You Keep: Evidence on Peer Effects in Educational Choices," by Giacomo De Giorgi, Michele Pellizzari, and Silvia Redaelli (Discussion Paper 2833, June 2007, .pdf format, 49p.).


In this paper we investigate whether peers’ behavior influences the choice of college major. Using a unique dataset of students at Bocconi University and exploiting the organization of teaching at this institution, we are able to identify the endogenous effect of peers on such decision through a novel identification strategy which 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 estimate that, when it diverts students from majors in which they seem to have a relative ability advantage, this effect leads to lower average grades and graduation mark, a penalty that could cost up to 1,117 USD a year in the labor market.

B. "Using the P90/P10 Index to Measure US Inequality Trends with Current Population Survey Data: A View from Inside the Census Bureau Vaults," by Richard V. Burkhauser, Shuaizhang Feng, and Stephen P. Jenkins (Discussion Paper No. 2839, June 2007, .pdf format, 48p.


The March Current Population Survey (CPS) is the primary data source for estimation of levels and trends in labor earnings and income inequality in the USA. Time-inconsistency problems related to top coding in theses data have led many researchers to use the ratio of the 90th and 10th percentiles of these distributions (P90/P10) rather than a more traditional summary measure of inequality. With access to public use and restricted-access internal CPS data, and bounding methods, we show that using P90/P10 does not completely obviate time-inconsistency problems, especially for household income inequality trends. Using internal data, we create consistent cell mean values for all top-coded public use values that, when used with public use data, closely track inequality trends in labor earnings and household income using internal data. But estimates of longer-term inequality trends with these corrected data based on P90/P10 differ from those based on the Gini coefficient. The choice of inequality measure matters.


London School of Economics Crisis States Research Centre: "Understanding State-Building and Local Government in Afghanistan," by Sarah Lister (Working Paper No. 14, Series 2, 2007, .pdf format, 21p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 112, No. 6, May 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Annals of Statistics (Vol. 35, No. 1, February 2007)

Latin American Research Review (Vol. 42, No. 2, 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

Population and Development Review (Vol. 33, No. 2, June 2007).

Population, Space, and Place (Vol. 13, No. 4, July/August 2007).

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Penn State Population Research Institute: "The De Jong Lecture in Social Demography," to be held in State College, Pennsylvania Oct. 22, 2007. The lecture is titled "Social Class Health and Mortality Differentials: Are There Important Selection Effects?" by Alberto Palloni.

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment opportunities with listings from Jun. 8-11, 2007).

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International Integrated Public Use Microdata Samples Updates: The University of Minnesota IPUMS project has announced: "The Minnesota Population Center is pleased to announce the latest expansion of the IPUMS-International data series. In early June 2007 we added 17 new samples for Argentina, Hungary, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Portugal, and Rwanda. The data series now contains 202 million person records from 80 censuses in 26 countries. In addition to adding more samples, we have constructed location-of-spouse data for all samples in the data series. The spouse locator identifies the record number within the household of each person's spouse." For more information see:

Note: International IPUMS requires user's to submit an electronic authorization request. See:


US National Center for Education Statistics:

A. "Public-Use Data Files and Documentation: Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools, Fall 2002" (NCES 2007035, October 2003, web release June 2007, .zip compressed ASCII text and SAS format, with documentation in .zip compressed ASCII or .pdf format).

B. "Public-Use Data Files and Documentation: Distance Education Courses for Public Elementary and Secondary School Students: 2002-03" (NCES 2007028, March 2005, web release June 2007, .zip compressed ASCII text and SAS format, with documentation in .zip compressed ASCII or .pdf format).

C. "Public-Use Data Files and Documentation: Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools, Fall 2003" (NCES 2007034, February 2005, web release June 2007, .zip compressed ASCII text and SAS format, with documentation in .zip compressed ASCII or .pdf format).


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:

SN 5362 -Political Demography: the Northern Ireland Census, Discourse and Territoriality, 2003-2004

SN 5650 -ONS Omnibus Survey, May 2005

SN 5651 -ONS Omnibus Survey, June 2005

SN 5554 -ONS Omnibus Survey, July 2005

SN 5653 -ONS Omnibus Survey, Attendance and Participation in the Arts Module, June, July, September, October and November, 2004 and March 2005

SN 5621 -ONS Omnibus Survey, February 2005

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