Current Social Science Research Report--Social #22, July 3, 2007.

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1. Census Bureau Press Release: "Census Bureau Announces Most Populous Cities," (June 28, 2007, .pdf and Excel format). The news release links to detailed tables (comma separated value [.csv] format for all incorporated places for 2000-2006.

2. National Center for Education Statistics Reports, Issue Brief:

A. "Dropout Rates in the United States: 2005," by Jennifer Laird, Matthew DeBell, Gregory Kienzl, and Chris Chapman (NCES 2007059, June 2007, .pdf format, 73p.).

B. "Part-Time Undergraduates in Postsecondary Education: 2003-04," by Xianglei Chen (NCES 2007165, June 2007, .pdf format, 111p.).

C. "Description and Employment Criteria of Instructional Paraprofessionals," by Gillian Hampden-Thompson, Juliet Diehl, and Akemi Kinukawa (NCES 2007008, June 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

3. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2006," by William J. Sabol, Todd D. Minton and Paige M. Harrison (NCJ217675, June 2007, ASCII text, .pdf, format, 22p., with .zip compressed spreadsheets).

4. National Science Foundation Brief: "Why Did They Come to the United States? A Profile of Immigrant Scientists and Engineers," by Nirmala Kannankutty and Joan Burrelli (NSF 07-324, June 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).

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US States:


University of Alabama Center for Business and Economic Research News Release: "Calera More Than Doubles in Size, According to UA’s State Data Center; Census Bureau Releases New Town Population Numbers" (Jun. 27, 2007). The news release links to two relevant Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.


State Data Center Updates: The SDC has updated the following data as of Jun. 28, 2007 (all .pdf and Microsoft Excel format): for cities/incorporated places: "Population estimates and numeric and percent change: 2000-2006; Rankings for population, numerical change and percent change: 2000-2006; Number of places by percent change categories: 1850-2006; Number of places by population size categories: 1850-2006; Population in places by population size categories: 1850-2006; Population and numeric and percent change for incorporated places and unincorporated areas by county: 2000-2006."

See Jun. 28, 2006 entry.

North Carolina:

State Demographics: "New County/State Population Projections Series: Population Overview: 2000-2030" (June 2007, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

North Dakota:

State Data Center Report: "Population Estimates by North Dakota Place: Census 2000 and July 1, 2001 to July 1, 2006 Estimate" (June 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format:




Department of Administration and Information Report: "Wyoming Incorporated Place Population Estimates: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006" (June 2007, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format (4p.).

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NGO and Other Countries

United Nations

1. United Nations Population Fund Compendium: State of World Population 2007: Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth, (June 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 99p.).

2. United Nations Office on Drug and Crime Compendium: 2007 World Drug Report (June 2007, .pdf format, 274p.).

3. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Database: "European detailed mortality database (DMDB)" (2007). "DMDB was developed in 2007 to provide user-friendly access to detailed data on mortality. It allows users to define and retrieve data by any combination of three-digit codes used in the International Classification of Diseases, ninth or tenth revisions (ICD-9 or ICD-10) and five-year age groups. It supplements the European health for all database (HFA-DB) and the mortality indicators by 67 causes of death, age and sex (HFA-MDB), which provide data only for a predefined, limited set of aggregated causes of death.All the data in DMDB are uploaded from the raw detailed data files of the global WHO mortality database, which is maintained at WHO headquarters, but are limited to the countries in the WHO European Region and to the data files that have been submitted to WHO using three- or four-digit ICD-9 or ICD-10 coding or the ICD-10 mortality tabulation list. Both an online and offline version are available.


World Bank:

World Bank Reports:

A. "The Status and Progress of Women in the Middle East and North Africa (2007)," (2007, .pdf format, 146p.).

B. "Middle East and North Africa : Gender Overview (2007)," by Talajeh Livani (2007, .pdf format, 43p.).

Both reports are available at:,,contentMDK:21391373~pagePK:146736~piPK:146830~theSitePK:256299,00.html


Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development Monograph: International Migration Outlook 2007 (June 2007, 399p., ISBN: 9789264032859). Note: An editorial and a table of contents can be viewed. Ordering information is also linked to:,3343,en_2649_201185_38797017_1_1_1_1,00.html



Bureau of Statistics: "2006 Census Data First Release: (June 2007).



Statbank Denmark Updates: "PAS2: Institutions, places, clients and staff in child care etc. by region and measure" (June 2007).



Central Statistics Office Report: "Census 2006 Principal Socio-economic Results" (June 2007, .pdf format, 139p., with interactive tables).



Statistics Latvia News Release: "Causes of death in young people in Latvia," by Melita Dimza (Jul. 2, 2007).

And click on "EN" near the top right side of the page for link to English news release.



Central Administration for Statistics: "Statistical monthly bulletin: 2007 (June 2007, Microsoft Excel format). Note: This file may load very slowly.



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "More immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania" (Jun. 19, 2007).

B. "Students with foreign background in higher education doubled in twelve years," by Theo van Miltenburg (Jun. 26, 2007).

C. "Number of dual nationalities grows more slowly," by Han Nicolaas (Jun. 26, 2007).


Palestinian Central Authority

Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "On the Main Findings of the Household Expenditure and Consumption Survey 2006" (June 2007, .pdf format, 44p.). Report tables are in Arabic and English.



General Register Office Occasional Paper: "Scot land's Census 2001 Statistics on Moving Households and Moving Groups" (OP 15, June 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 72p.).



Statistics Singapore Compendium: Singapore in Figures 2007 (July 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).



Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Live births, Slovenia, 2006" (Jun. 29, 2007).

B. "Continuing education, Slovenia, 2005-2006" (Jun. 28, 2007).

C. "Broadcasting, Slovenia, 2004 and 2005" (Jun. 28, 2007).

D. "Cultural institutions, Slovenia, 2004 and 2005" (Jun. 28, 2007).

E. "Graduates from vocational colleges and higher education institutions, detailed data, Slovenia, 2006" (Jun. 27, 2007). The news release links to tables in the SI-STATS database.


Sri Lanka:

Department of Census and Statistics Report: "Computer Literacy of Teachers," by Amara Satharasinghe (January 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).



Statistics Sweden News Releases:

A. "Graduate students and graduate degrees awarded in 2006" (Jun. 28, 2007).

B. "Educational attainment of the population 2006" (Jun. 27, 2007).



Swiss Federal Statistical Office Compendium: Statistical Data on Switzerland 2007 (July 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).



1. National Statistical Office Periodicals, Reports:

A. Population Trends (No. 128, Summer 2007, .pdf format, 92p.).

B. Monthly Digest of Statistics, edited by Dilys Rosen (June 2007, .pdf format, 136p.).

C. "Mortality Statistics Series" (DH4, No. 30, June 2007, .pdf format, 134p.).

D. "Focus on London" (June 2007, .pdf format, 145p., with .zip compressed Microsoft Excel tables).

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

A. "Participation in Education, Training and Employment by 16-18 Year Olds in England: 2005 and 2006 and Participation in Education and Training by 16 and 17 Year Olds in each Local Area in England: 2004 and 2005" (June 2007, .pdf format with Microsoft Excel tables.

B. "Statistics of Education: The Characteristics of High Attainers" (June 2007, .pdf format, 125p.)

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Demographic Research Article: " What can anthropological methods contribute to demography - and how?" by Patrick Heady (Vol. 16, Article 18, June 2007, .pdf format, p. 555-558).


Pew Research Report: "As Marriage and Parenthood Drift Apart, Public Is Concerned about Social Impact," (July 2007, .pdf format, 88p.).


Century Foundation Report: "Rescuing Brown v. Board of Education: Profiles of Twelve School Districts Pursuing Socioeconomic School Integration," by Richard D. Kahlenberg (June 2007, .pdf format, 78p.).

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University of Pennsylvania Population Studies Center: "The Likoma Network Study: Context, Data Collection and Initial Results," by Stephane Helleringer, Hans-Peter Kohler, Agnes Chimbiri, Praise Chatonda, Celtel Lilongwe, and James Mkandawire (PSC 07-05, June 2007, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


Research Program in Development Studies [Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University]: "Using Census and Survey Data to Estimate Poverty and Inequality for Small Areas," by Alessandro Tarozzi and Angus Deaton (June 2007, .pdf format, 37p.).


Household expenditure survey data cannot yield precise estimates of poverty or inequality for small areas for which no or few observations are available. Census data are more plentiful, but typically exclude income and expenditure data. Recent years have seen a widespread use of small-area "poverty maps" based on census data enriched by relationships estimated from household surveys that predict variables not covered by the census. These methods are used to estimate putatively precise estimates of poverty and inequality for areas as small as 20,000 households. In this paper we argue that to usefully match survey and census data in this way requires a degree of spatial homogeneity for which the method provides no basis, and which is unlikely to be satisfied in practice. The relationships that are used to bridge the surveys and censuses are not structural but are projections of missing variables on a subset of those variables that happen to be common to the survey and the census supplemented by local census means appended to the survey. As such, the coefficients of the projections will generally vary from area to area in response to variables that are not included in the analysis. Estimates of poverty and inequality that assume homogeneity will generally be inconsistent in the presence of spatial heterogeneity, and error variances calculated on the assumption of homogeneity will underestimate mean squared errors and overestimate the coverage of calculated confidence intervals. We use data from the 2000 census of Mexico to construct synthetic "household surveys" and to simulate the poverty mapping process using a robust method of estimation; our simulations show that while the poverty maps contain useful information, their nominal confidence intervals give a misleading idea of precision.


Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research:

A. "Do imputed educational histories provide satisfactory results in fertility analysis in the West German context?" by Cordula Zabel (WP-2007-022, June 2007, .pdf format, 11p.).


This paper investigates how well imputed educational histories perform in the analysis of first birth rates in the West German context. The focus here is on the quality of estimates when only rudimentary information on the timing of education is available. In many surveys, information on respondents’ educational histories is restricted to the highest level of educational attained by the time of interview and the date at which this highest degree was attained. Skeleton educational histories can be imputed simply from such rudimentary information. The German Life History Study has complete educational histories. We use these to compare estimates based on the complete histories with estimates based on corresponding imputed histories. We find that the imputed histories produce relatively reliable estimates of the effect on first-birth rates of having a university degree vs. having a vocational certificate. Estimating corresponding rates for women who have no such education proved to cause greater difficulties.

B. "Women’s status and reproductive preferences in Eritrea," by Gebremariam Woldemicael (WP-2007-022, June 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).


The importance of women’s decision-making autonomy has recently emerged as a key factor in influencing reproductive preferences and demand for family planning in developing countries. In this study, the effect of direct indicators of women’s decision-making autonomy on fertility preferences and ever-use of modern contraception is examined using logistic regression models with and without proxy indicators. The results provide evidence that different dimensions of women’s autonomy influence the outcome variables differently in terms of magnitude and statistical significance. Particularly, women’s final say in decisions regarding day-to-day household purchases and spousal communication about family planning are influential predictors of fertility preferences and ever-use of modern family planning methods. At the same time, results show that the effects of women’s education on fertility preferences are not always significant although it has significant roles in affecting women’s decision-making autonomy. Women’s household economic situation has always significant effects on women’s autonomy as well as on fertility preferences and ever use of contraception. Thus, a complete explanation of the relationship between women’s autonomy and reproductive preferences must recognize the effects of both proxy and direct indicators of women’s autonomy. Interventions are needed to improve women’s decision-making autonomy and strengthen their negotiating capacity for family planning use if an increased desire to limit fertility is to be attained.

C. "How fertility and union stability interact in shaping new family patterns in Italy and Spain," by Lucia Coppola and Mariachiara DiCesare (WP-2007-24, June 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).


In this paper we investigate the interrelationships between fertility decisions and union dissolution in Italy and Spain. We argue that there might exist a spurious relationship between these two life trajectories. The analysis is based on the 1996 Fertility and Family Survey data for Italy and Spain. Results show that there is a spurious relationship between fertility and union dissolution in Italy but not in Spain. Nevertheless, in both countries, there is an evident direct effect of each process on the other: union dissolution decreases the risk of further childbearing, while childbirth decreases the risk of union dissolution.


World Bank Policy Research Programme:

A. "Jump-starting self-employment? Evidence among welfare participants in Argentina," by Emanuela Galasso and Rita Almeida (Policy Research Working Paper No. WPS 4270, June 2007, .pdf and ASCII text format, 38p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "Construction, corruption, and developing countries," by Charles Kenny (Policy Research Working Paper No. WPS 4271, June 2007, .pdf and ASCII text format, 32p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


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

A. "Modeling Migration Dynamics of Immigrants: The Case of The Netherlands," by Govert Bijwaard (Discussion Paper 2891, June 2007, .pdf format, 43p.).


n this paper we analyze the demographic factors that influence the migration dynamics of recent immigrants to The Netherlands. We show how we can allow for both permanent and temporary migrants. Based on data from Statistics Netherlands we analyze both the departure and the return from abroad for recent non-Dutch immigrants to The Netherlands. Results disclose differences among migrants by migration motive and by country of origin and lend support to our analytical framework. Combining both models, for departure and returning, provides the probability that a specific migrant ends-up in The Netherlands. It also yields a framework for predicting the migration dynamics over the life-cycle. We can conclude that for a complete view of the migration dynamics it is important to allow for both permanent (stayers) migrants and temporary (movers) migrants and that return from abroad should not be neglected.

B. "How Long Do Teacher Effects Persist?," by Spyros Konstantopoulos (Discussion Paper 2893, June 2007, .pdf format, 31p.).


Previous findings from experimental and non-experimental studies have demonstrated that teachers differ in their effectiveness. In addition, evidence from non-experimental studies has indicated that teacher effects can last up to five years. This study used high-quality data from a four-year randomized experiment in which teachers and students were randomly assigned to classes to examine whether teacher effects on student achievement persist over time. Teacher effects are defined as teacher specific residuals adjusted for student and treatment effects. Findings indicate that the teacher effects are cumulative and observed not only in the current or the following grade, but they endure up to three years in early elementary grades. The findings also suggest that teacher effects are important and their additive effects on student achievement are as large as the additive effects of small classes. Finally, teacher effects are larger in reading than in mathematics.

C. "The Effect of Marriage on Education of Immigrants: Evidence from a Policy Reform Restricting Spouse Import," by Helena Skyt Nielsen, Nina Smith, and Aycan Celikaksoy (Discussion Paper 2899, July 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).


We investigate the effect of immigrants’ marriage behavior on dropout from education. To identify the causal effect, we exploit a recent Danish policy reform which generated exogenous variation in marriage behavior by a complete abolishment of spouse import for immigrants below 24 years of age. We find that the abrupt change of marriage behavior following the reform is associated with improved educational attainment of young immigrants. The causal impact of marriage on dropout for males is estimated to be around 20 percentage points, whereas the effect for females is small and mostly insignificant. We interpret the results as being consistent with a scenario where family investment motives drive the behavior of males, while the association between marriage and dropout for females is driven by selection effects. The estimated causal effect varies considerably across subgroups.

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

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, Vol. 170, Part 3, 2007; Series B: Vol. 69, Part 3, 2007; Series C: Vol. 56, Part 3, 2007. All tables of contents are available at:

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US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Hearing Testimony: "Impact of Media Violence on Children," a hearing held Jun. 26, 2007 (.pdf format).

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Jul. 2, 2007 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:

New and updated data:

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

Click on "list".

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Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) [UK] Thematic Guides: ESDS provides these guides to data and information sources by both topic and country within the UK, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Guides are in .pdf and Microsoft Word format. The Northern Ireland data sources guide was updated in June 2007.

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