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CSSRR-Social is compiled and edited by Jack Solock and Charlie Fiss.
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Index to this issue:
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS
NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES
OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.
TABLES OF CONTENTS
WEBSITES OF INTEREST
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS
1. Census Bureau Report: "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2006 report," by Carmen DeNavas-Walt, Bernadette D. Proctor, and Jessica Smith (Current Population Reports Consumer Income P60-233, August 2007, .pdf format, 67p.). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Household Income Rises, Poverty Rate Declines, Number of Uninsured Up" (CB07-120, Aug. 28, 2007). The news release also links to detailed income, poverty, and health insurance tables from the 2007 Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) of the Current Population Survey (CPS)."
and click on tables for links to tables or title for link to full text.
2. Government Publication Office Compendium: U.S. Government Manual 2007-2008 (2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 692p.).
Archive back to 1997-1998:
3. Department of Housing and Urban Development Report: "Comparison of Housing Information from the American Housing Survey and the American Community Survey," by Frederick J. Eggers (July 2007, .pdf format, 39p.).
4. National Science Foundation Report, Press Release:
A. "The General Social Survey (GSS) - The Next Decade and Beyond," report of a National Science Foundation Workshop on Planning for the Future of the GSS held May 2-3, 2007 (nsf0748, August 2007, .pdf format, 79p.).
B. "Back to School: Five Myths about Girls and Science" (07-108, Aug. 27, 2007).
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Department of Finance Demographic Research Unit:
A. "Population Estimates for City, County and the State, 1991-2000, with 1990 and 2000 Census Counts" (August 2007, Microsoft Excel format).
B. "Historical Population and Housing Estimates, for Cities, Counties and the State, 1990-2000" (August 2007, Microsoft Excel format).
State Data Center Update, Report:
A. On Aug. 24, 2007, SDC has released "U.S. Board of Geographic Names (BGN)" for Iowa geographies (Microsoft Excel format).
See Aug. 24, 2007 entry.
B. "Latinos in Iowa: 2007" (August 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).
Department of Administration Report: "Projected Minnesota households by county, by type and by age of householder, 2005 to 2035: Statewide and per county population projections, August 20, 2007" (August 2007, comma separated value [.csv] format).
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NGO and Other Countries
Bureau of Statistics Reports:
A. "Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2007 (Edition 1)" (August 2007).
Click on "Contents" on the left side of the page for link to full text.
B. "Housing and Infrastructure in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, Australia, 2006 (Reissue) (August 2007, 122p., with data in Microsoft Excel format).
C. "Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2005-06" (August 2007, .pdf format, 17p.).
D. "Community Housing and Infrastructure Needs Survey, Australia, Data Dictionary (Reissue)" (August 2007, .pdf format, 272p.).
National Institute of Statistics Report: "General Population Census of Cambodia 1998 Village Gazetteer" (August 2007, .pdf format).
Statistics Iceland News Release: "School operation in upper secondary schools in 2006-2007" (97/2007, Aug. 24, 2007).
Statistics Bureau Periodical, Report:
A. Japan Monthly Statistics (August 2007, Microsoft Excel format).
B. "March 1, 2007 (Final population estimates) , August 1, 2007 (Provisional estimates)" (August 2007, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).
Bureau of Statistics Report: "Population and Housing Census 2006 Preliminary Results" (August 2007).
Department of Census and Statistics Periodical: Demographic Statistics: 2nd Quarter 2007 (August 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 4p.).
Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Report: "National Population Estimates: June 2007 Quarter (Hot off the Press, August 2007, .pdf format, 11p.).
Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.
Statistics Norway News Releases:
A. "Continuing vocational training in firms 2005: High level of continuing vocational training" (Aug. 22, 2007). The news release links to five topical tables.
B. "Education statistics. Population’s level of education, 1 October 2006" (Aug. 27, 2007). The news release links to four topical tables.
Central Statistical Office Periodical: Statistical Bulletin No 7 (August 2007, .pdf format, 24p., with Microsoft Excel tables).
National Statistics Office Report, News Release:
A. "Internal migration estimates: mid 2005 - mid 2006" (August 2007, Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format).
B. "Revised mid 2002-2005 population estimates" (Aug. 22, 2007).
C. "UK population grows to 60,587,000 in mid-2006" (Aug. 22, 2007, .pdf format, 9p.).
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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.
Demographic Research Article: "Characteristics of urban regions and all-cause mortality in working-age population: Effects of social environment and interactions with individual unemployment," by Jenni Blomgren and Tapani Valkonen (Vol. 17, Article 5, August 2007, .pdf format, p. 109-134).
Urban Institute Reports:
A. "Promoting Homeownership among Low-Income Households," by Edgar O. Olsen (August 2007, .pdf format, 16p.).
B. "Concentrated Poverty: Dynamics of Change," by G. Thomas Kingsley and Kathryn L.S. Pettit (Neighborhood Change in Urban America No. 5, August 2007, .pdf format, 15p.).
Population Reference Bureau Article, Take a Number:
A. "Creating an Alternative Fuel in Uganda to Help the Environment and Empower Women," by Theresa Morrow (August 2007).
B. "Take a Number: Population, Health, and Environment News You Might Have Missed" (August 2007).
Royal Tropical Institute Monograph: Revisiting Gender Training: The Making and Remaking of Gender Knowledge - A Global Sourcebook, edited by Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay and Franz Wong (2007, .pdf format, 141p.). "How are the epistemological roots of gender and development related with the knowledge and learning contexts in which gender training takes place? What are the implications of building feminist knowledge and approaches, which ultimately challenge traditional models of power and knowledge, in contexts that value acquisition of knowledge over processes of learning and that subscribe to hierarchical, positivist and didactic knowledge and learning models? What are the assumptions of the links between knowledge, attitudes, behaviours and practice in gender studies and training and how do these mesh with the learning and knowledge contexts of the societies and organisations where such education and trainings occur?
This publication documents the experiences of practitioners and experts with respect to gender training and studies in gender and development in the South in particular. Specifically, the book's authors explore the explicit and, more often, implicit assumptions in gender training about the nature of knowledge (epistemology), imparting knowledge (pedagogy) and knowing (cognition). It considers feminist `roots' as a project to eliminate gender inequities and the context in which gender training takes place, mainstream international development. Each of these have their own and multiple epistemological assumptions. The book does not only attempt to understand these, but to also understand and analyse their inter-relationships.
More information about RTI:
MIT Press Book: Making Aid Work, by Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee (2007, 136p., ISBN: 0-262-02615-5).
Related Boston Review article by the same title:
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University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "Understanding the Increased Time to the Baccalaureate Degree," by John Bound, Michael Lovenheim, and Sarah E. Turner (PSC Research Report No. 07-626, August 2007, .pdf format, 55p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:
California Center for Population Research: "An Assessment of Available Data and Data Needs for Studying Intra- and Inter-Generational Family Relationships and Behavior," by Suzanne Bianchi, V. Jeffery Evans, V. Joseph Hotz, Kathleen McGarry, and Judith A. Seltzer (CPR-020-07, June 2007, .pdf format, 107p.).
National Bureau of Economic Research:
A. "Small Family, Smart Family? Family Size and the IQ Scores of Young Men," by Sandra E. Black, Paul J. Devereux, Kjell G. Salvanes (w13336, August 2007, .pdf format, 37p.).
How do families influence the ability of children? Cognitive skills have been shown to be a strong predictor of educational attainment and future labor market success; as a result, understanding the determinants of cognitive skills can lead to a better understanding of children's long run outcomes. This paper uses a large dataset on the male population of Norway and focuses on one family characteristic: the effect of family size on IQ. Because of the endogeneity of family size, we instrument for family size using twin births and sex composition. IV estimates using sex composition as an instrument show no negative effect of family size; however, IV estimates using twins imply that family size has a negative effect on IQ. Our results suggest that effect of family size depends on the type of family size intervention. We conclude that there are no important negative effects of expected increases in family size on IQ but that unexpected shocks to family size resulting from twin births have negative effects on the IQ of existing children.
B. "Escape from the City? The Role of Race, Income, and Local Public Goods in Post-War Suburbanization," by Leah Platt Boustan (w13311, August 2007, .pdf format, 44p.).
Suburbs allow for sorting across towns, increasing inequality in resources for education and other local public goods. This paper demonstrates that postwar suburbanization was, in part, a flight from the declining income and changing racial composition of city residents. I estimate the marginal willingness to pay for town-level demographics -- holding neighborhood composition constant -- by comparing prices for housing units on either side of city-suburban borders (1960-1980). A one standard deviation increase in residents' median income was associated with a 3.5 percent housing price increase. Homeowners value the fiscal subsidy associated with a higher tax base, and the fiscal isolation from social problems (for example, spending on police). In addition, white households avoided racially diverse jurisdictions, particularly those that experienced rioting or underwent school desegregation.
C. "To Segregate or to Integrate: Education Politics and Democracy," by David de la Croix and Matthias Doepke (w13319, August 2007, .pdf format, 54p.).
The governments of nearly all countries are major providers of primary and secondary education to their citizens. In some countries, however, public schools coexist with private schools, while in others the government is the sole provider of education. In this study, we ask why different societies make different choices regarding the mix of private and public schooling. We develop a theory which integrates private education and fertility decisions with voting on public schooling expenditures. In a given political environment, high income inequality leads to more private education, as rich people opt out of the public system. More private education, in turn, results in an improved quality of public education, because public spending can be concentrated on fewer students. Comparing across political systems, we find that concentration of political power can lead to multiple equilibria in the determination of public education spending. The main predictions of the theory are consistent with state-level and micro data from the United States as well as cross-country evidence from the PISA study.
D. "Race and Charitable Church Activity," by Daniel M. Hungerman (w13323, August 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).
The availability of public funding for charitable church activity has increased dramatically in the past decade. A key dispute over this increased availability is whether congregations' propensity to provide charitable services depends upon the racial composition of the community served. This paper uses three different congregation-level datasets to investigate how race affects charitable church activity. In all three datasets there is evidence that all-white congregations become less charitably active as the share of black residents in the local community grows. This response is found only when looking at charitable activities, not when looking at other types of church activity. Additionally, all-white congregations favorably disposed towards receiving government funding do not respond differently to black residents than do congregations which are not all-white.
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "Educational attainment and second births in Romania," by Cornelia Muresan (WP-2007-028, August 2007, .pdf format, 46p.).
This study investigates the effect of educational attainment and educational enrollment on the risks of second birth in Romania, using data from the Generations and Gender Survey of 2005. Looking at the 1950-2005 period, we found a persistently negative effect of education on second birth, i.e., women with a relatively high level of education have lower risks of birth. Being in education significantly reduces the risk of second birth compared to women with no educational qualification. The risk is not lower, however, when we compare women who are still enrolled in education with individuals who have a high level of education. The strong negative effect of age at first birth observed when we do not control for personality weakens once we control for unobserved heterogeneity. We also show the extent to which changes in the socio-political regime, in family policies, and in the educational system affect the impact of education on second births.
Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]:
A. "Estimating Income Poverty in the Presence of Measurement Error and Missing Data Problems," by Cheti Nicoletti, Francesca Foliano, and Franco Peracchi (Working Paper No. 2007-15, July 2007,.pdf format, 29p.).
Reliable measures of poverty are an essential statistical tool to evaluate public policies aimed at reducing poverty. In this paper we consider the reliability of income poverty measures based on survey data which are typically plagued by measurement error and missing data problems. Neglecting these problems can bias the estimated poverty rates. We show how to derive upper and lower bounds for the population poverty rate using only the sample evidence and an upper limit on the probability of misclassifying people into poor and non-poor. By using the European Community Household Panel, we compute bounds for the poverty rate in eleven European countries and study the sensitivity of poverty comparisons across countries to measurement errors and missing data problems.
B. "Can Anyone Be 'The' One? Field Evidence on Dating Behavior," by Michèle Belot and Marco Francesconi (Working Paper No. 2007-17, July 2007,.pdf format, 40p.).
Much empirical evidence shows that female and male partners look alike along a variety of attributes. It is however unclear whether this positive sorting is the result of either assortative or agreed-upon preferences or of meeting opportunities. We assess the nature of dating preferences and the relative importance of preferences and opportunities in dating behavior using unique new data from a large commercial speed dating agency. We find that both women and men value physical attributes, such as age and weight, and that preferences are assortative along age, height, and education. The role of preferences, however, is outplayed by that of opportunities. Along some attributes (such as education, occupation and smoking) opportunities explain more than two-thirds of the estimated variation in demand. Along other attributes (such as age), the role of preferences is more substantial, but never dominant. These results will have important implications for our understanding of the degree of social openness and mobility.
C. "Keeping Up With The Schmidts: An Empirical Test of Relative Deprivation Theory in the Neighbourhood Context," by Gundi Knies, Simon Burgess, and Carol Propper (Working Paper No. 2007-19, August 2007, .pdf format, 32p.).
We test empirically whether people’s life satisfaction depends on their relative income position in the neighbourhood, drawing on a unique dataset, the German Socio-economic Panel Study (SOEP) matched with micro-marketing indicators of population characteristics. Relative deprivation theory suggests that individuals are happier the better their relative income position in the neighbourhood is. To test this theory we estimate micro-economic happiness models for the years 1994 and 1999 with controls for own income and for neighbourhood income at the zip-code level (roughly 9,000 people). There exist no negative and no statistically significant associations between neighbourhood income and life satisfaction, which refutes relative deprivation theory. If anything, we find positive associations between neighbourhood income and happiness in all cross-sectional models and this is robust to a number of robustness tests, including adding in more controls for neighbourhood quality, changing the outcome variable, and interacting neighbourhood income with indicators that proxy the extent to which individuals may be assumed to interact with their neighbours. We argue that the scale at which we measure neighbourhood characteristics may be too large still to identify the comparison effect sought after.
Social And Economic Dimensions Of An Aging Population (SEDAP) [McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario]: "Health-Care Utilization in Canada: 25 Years of Evidence," by Lori J. Curtis and William J. MacMinn (SEDAP Research Paper 190, May 2007, .pdf format, 44p.).
An abundance of literature links socio-economic status (SES) to health and health care in Canada and other countries. Recent anecdotal evidence indicates that Canadians believe their access to health care is diminishing over time. This study provides a brief description of utilization patterns in health-care services provided under public health insurance (physicians, specialists and hospitals) in Canada between 1978 and 2003. The relationships between SES and utilization, controlling for demographic characteristics are examined to investigate whether changes in the equity of utilization have occurred over time. Results indicate that SES inequities in utilization are apparent in publicly insured services; appearing to be more relevant in initial contact with the system rather than the number of visits. Specialist’s services are particularly problematic and becoming more so over time.
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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability):
American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 113, No. 2, September 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.
Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (Vol. 36, No. 1, September 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Vol. 69B Part 4, 2007).
Scroll to "Series B"
Population, Space, and Place (Vol. 13, No. 5, September/October 2007).
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National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect: "Application for the Summer Research Institute 2008," (Cornell University, May 28-June 1, 2008). The deadline for applications is January 11, 2008.
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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings from Aug. 21-28, 2007.
American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings from Aug. 21-28, 2007).
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National Center for Education Statistics "Back to School Statistics" (August 2007).
Source: NCES Fast Facts:
Luxembourg Income Study: On August 20, 2007, the LIS project release new Self-Teaching packages (SAS, SPSS and Stata format). For more information see:
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets Aug. 27, 2007 (dated Aug. 13, 2007, but has new studies since that time) 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:
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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:
Census Bureau: The Census Bureau has created the "State Facts for Students" as a reference site for students looking for information about a particular state (ex. population, methods of traveling to work, etc.).
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