Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #31, September 18, 2007.

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1. Census Bureau Report, News Release:

A. "Neighboring Arizona Counties Lead Nation in Housing Growth; Two Louisiana Parishes Lose More Than Half Their Homes" (CB07-129, Sep. 12, 2007). The news release links to detailed topical tables.

B. "Reasons People Do Not Work: 2004," by Nasrin Dalirazar (Household Economic Studies, P70-111, September 2007, .pdf format, 22p.).

2. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities" (NCES 2007039, .pdf format, 157p.).

B. "Postsecondary Institutions in the United States: Fall 2006 and Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2005-06," by Laura G. Knapp (NCES 2007166, September 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).

C. "Interpreting 12th-Graders’ NAEP-Scaled Mathematics Performance Using High School Predictors and Postsecondary Outcomes From the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88)," by Leslie A. Scott and Steven J. Ingels (NCES 2007328, September 2007, .pdf format, 112p.).

3. Department of Homeland Security Report: "Temporary Admissions of Nonimmigrants to the United States: 2006," (July 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).

Related tables (Microsoft Excel format):

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US States:


Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit Report: "Historical and Projected Births by County, 1990-2016, with Actual and Projected State Births" (September 2007, Microsoft Excel format).



Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism Report: "Highlights for the 2006 Hawaii ACS - Demographic, Social, Economic and Housing--DBEDT Analysis" (September 2007, Microsoft Word format).



State Data Center Updates: The SDC has released numerous 2006 American Community Survey (ACS) Demographic Profiles (Microsoft Excel and .pdf format) at various geographic levels:

See Sep. 12, 2007 listings.



State Data Center Report: "Public School Enrollment, Historical 2006 and Projections 2007 to 2016" (September 2007, Microsoft Excel and .pdf format, 1p.).



History, Arts, and Libraries Report: "American Community Survey Data for 2006: Subject Tables and Profiles, and Base Tables" (September 2007, Microsoft Excel format).,1607,7-160-17451_18668_41233-175845--,00.html

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NGO and Other Countries


Statistics Canada/Statisique Canada Report. Periodical:

A. "Family portrait: Continuity and change in Canadian families and households in 2006: Findings," by Anne Milan, Mireille Vézina and Carrie Wells (September 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 56p.).

B. Canadian Social Trends (September 2007, HTML and .pdf format).


Greenland Home Rule Government:

Statistics Greenland Compendium: Greenland in Figures: 2007 (2007, .pdf format, 36p.).



Bureau of Statistics Periodical: Statistical Bulletin (2nd Quarter 2007, .zip compressed .pdf format).

Click on "Stats Bulletin (by Thematic Area)"



Direccao dos Servicos de Estatica e Censos Periodicals:

A. Principal Statistical Indicators of Macao: 2nd Quarter 2007 (September 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 8p.).

B. Montly Bulletin of Statistics: August 2007 (September 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 79p.).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Mortality further down," by Joop Garssen and Jan Hoogenboezem (Sep. 11, 2007).

B. "A look at society: involved, safe, and full of colour," by Ronald van der Bie and Pieter Duimelaar (Sep. 13, 2007).



Statistics Norway News Release: "Households’ payments in kindergartens. Rates of change, August 2007: Kindergarten fees remain stable" (Sep. 10, 2007).



1. General Register Office Periodical: Quarterly Return: 2nd Quarter 2007 (September 2007, .pdf, Microsoft Excel, and comma separated value [.csv] format). "This bulletin presents the Registrar General's provisional figures for vital events registered during the period 1 April 2007 to 30 June 2007."

2. Scottish Government Statistics Report: "Criminal Appeal Statistics, Scotland, 2006/07" (September 2007, .pdf format, 10p.).



1. Communities and Local Governments Report: "Statutory Homelessness: Quarter 2, Apr. - Jun. 2007" (September 2007, .pdf format, 10p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

2. National Statistics Office Periodical: Quarterly Population Estimates (experimental) (September 2007, Microsoft Excel and .pdf format).

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Urban Institute Reports:

A. "Public and Private Roles in the Workplace: What are the Next Steps in Supporting Working Families?" "At this May 2007 roundtable, sponsored by the Urban Institute's Low Income Working Families project through support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, about 45 business leaders, practitioners, national policy experts, researchers, and advocates discussed problems and potential solutions, striving for constructive discourse rather than a final consensus." Links to seven topical papers are available at the site.

B. "Private School Participants in Programs under the No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act," by Gayle Christensen (September 2007, .pdf format, 139p.).


Joseph Rowntree Foundation Reports:

A. "School exclusions: Learning partnerships outside mainstream education," by Jo Frankham, Deon Edwards-Kerr, Neil Humphrey and Lorna Roberts (September 2007, .pdf format, 80p.).

B. "A child’s-eye view of social difference," by Liz Sutton, Noel Smith, Chris Dearden and Sue Middleton (September 2007, .pdf format, 52p.).

C. "Education and poverty: A critical review of theory, policy and practice," by Carlo Raffo, Alan Dyson, Helen Gunter, Dave Hall, Lisa Jones and Afroditi Kalambouka (September 2007, .pdf format, 106p.).

D. "Mapping the alternatives to permanent exclusion," by Pat Thomson and Lisa Russell (September 2007, .pdf format, 94p.).

E. "Educational relationships outside school: Why access is important," by Felicity Wikeley, Kate Bullock, Yolande Muschamp and Tess Ridge (September 2007, .pdf format, 60p.).

More information about Joseph Rountree Foundation:


National Research Council Monograph: Using the American Community Survey: Benefits and Challenges, edited by Constance F. Citro and Graham Kalton (National Academies Press, 2007, OpenBook format, 332p.). Ordering information for a print or .pdf copy is available at the site.

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Princeton University Center for Research on Child Wellbeing:

A. "Shared Parenting in Disadvantaged Families: Early Contexts, Interpretations, and Implications of Parental Caretaking," by Maureen Weller (Working Paper 2007-21-FF, August 2007, .pdf format, 40p.).


Using a unique set of longitudinal qualitative interviews with parents who participated in the Fragile Families Study in Oakland, California, this paper examines the situations in which disadvantaged fathers shared caretaking responsibilities with mothers in the first four years of their child’s life. Interviews with mothers and fathers indicate that many men acted as caretakers of their young children but that three different trajectories of paternal involvement emerged. Whereas some fathers actively chose to share caretaking with mothers throughout the early years of their child’s life, other fathers acted as early or later caretakers to their children, largely in response to their families’ socio-economic constraints. In addition to occurring within particular socio-economic and residential contexts, fathers’ involvement in caretaking was interpreted differently by parents, who framed stable caretaking as a commitment, early caretaking as an exchange of resources, and later caretaking as compensation for mothers’ reduced parenting. In an environment where parents’ relationships were at high risk for dissolution, the contexts and meanings of paternal involvement also had significant implications for how parents viewed fathers’ legal caretaking and support of children.

B. "How Do Disadvantaged Parents View Tensions in their Relationships? Insights for Relationship Longevity among At-Risk Couples," by Maureen Weller (Working Paper 2007-20-FF, September 2007, .pdf format, 31p.).


Drawing on longitudinal, qualitative interviews with parents in the Fragile Families Study, this paper examines the narrative frames through which stable and unstable couples viewed tensions over domestic responsibilities, economic and housing issues, personal problems, communication, trust, and their social networks. Information from these interviews suggests that stable couples framed tensions as manageable within the context of a relationship they perceived to be moving forward, whereas unstable couples problematized tensions when their relationship trajectory was viewed as volatile and uncertain. Three years later, couples continued to apply these narrative frames to new and ongoing tensions if expectations about their relationship trajectories were met. However, some couples changed narrative frames to account for unexpected positive or negative developments in their relationships.


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Time-Inconsistency and Welfare Program Participation: Evidence from the NLSY," by Hanming Fang and Dan Silverman (w13375, September 2007, .pdf format, 56p.).


We empirically implement a dynamic structural model of labor supply and welfare program participation for never-married mothers with potentially time-inconsistent preferences. Using panel data on the choices of single women with children from the NLSY 1979, we provide estimates of the degree of time-inconsistency, and of its influence on the welfare take-up decision. With these estimates, we conduct counterfactual experiments to quantify the utility loss stemming from the inability to commit to future decisions, and the potential utility gains from commitment mechanisms such as welfare time limits and work requirements.

B. "Going Off Parole: How the Elimination of Discretionary Prison Release Affects the Social Cost of Crime," by Ilyana Kuziemko (w13380, September 2007, .pdf format, 56p.).


In order to lengthen prison terms, many U.S. states have limited parole boards' traditional authority to grant early releases. I develop a framework in which the welfare effects of this reform depend on (1) the elasticity of future recidivism with respect to time in prison, (2) the accuracy of boards in conditioning release dates on recidivism risk, and (3) the extent to which such conditioning encourages inmates to reform. Using micro-data from Georgia and quasi-experimental variation arising from policy shocks and institutional features of its criminal justice system, I find that longer prison terms decrease recidivism, boards assign higher-risk inmates to longer terms, and inmates' investment in rehabilitative activities falls -- and their recidivism rises -- when boards' discretion is limited. Back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest that the benefits of parole (the ability to ration prison resources based on recidivism risk and the creation of incentives) outweigh the costs (lost incapacitation due to shorter prison terms).


World Bank Development Programme: "The long-run impact of orphanhood," by Kathleen Beegle, Joachim De Weerdt, and Stefan Dercon (WPS 4353, September 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

A. "Childhood Economic Conditions and Length of Life: Evidence from the UK Boyd Orr Cohort, 1937-2005," by Paul Frijters, Michael A. Shields, Timothy J. Hatton, and Richard M. Martin (Discussion Paper 3042, September 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).


We study the importance of childhood socioeconomic conditions in explaining differences in life expectancy using data from a sample of around 5,000 children collected in the UK in 1937-39, who have been traced through official death records up to 2005. We estimate a number of duration of life models that control for unobserved household heterogeneity. Our results confirm that childhood conditions such as household income and the quality of the home environment are significant predictors of longevity. Importantly, however, the role of socio-economic status appears to differ across cause of death, with household income only being a significant predictor of death from cancer. Moreover, we find that children born in a location with relatively high infant mortality rates live significantly fewer years, that 1st born children in the family live significantly more years, and that there is a very high correlation in longevity across children from the same family across all causes of death. We estimate that the difference in life expectancy between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ households is as large as 11 years.

B. "Poverty in Britain in 1904: An Early Social Survey Rediscovered," by Ian Gazeley and Andrew T. Newell (Discussion Paper 3046, September 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).


Until now there have been no national estimates of the extent of poverty in Britain at the turn of the 20th century. This paper introduces a newly-discovered household budget data set for the early 1900s. These data are more representative of urban working households in Britain in the period than any other existing record, although they are not without deficiencies. We use these data to estimate urban poverty in the British Isles in 1904. Applying Bowley’s poverty line we find that about fifteen percent of people in urban working class households had income insufficient to meet minimum needs. This is close to Rowntree’s estimate of primary poverty for York 1899 and in the range that Bowley found in Northern towns in 1912-3. This average masks a heavy concentration of poverty among the unskilled and those with large families.

C. "Ethnic Identity and Immigrant Homeownership," by Amelie Constant, Rowan Roberts, and Klaus F. Zimmermann (Discussion Paper 3050, September 2007, .pdf format, 21p.).


Immigrants are much less likely to own their homes than natives, even after controlling for a broad range of life-cycle and socio-economic characteristics and housing market conditions. This paper extends the analysis of immigrant housing tenure choice by explicitly accounting for ethnic identity as a potential influence on the homeownership decision, using a two-dimensional model of ethnic identity that incorporates attachments to both origin and host cultures. The evidence suggests that immigrants with a stronger commitment to the host country are more likely to achieve homeownership for a given set of socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, regardless of their level of attachment to their home country.

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

Child Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 31, No. 8, August 2007).

Journal of the American Statistical Association (Vol. 102, No. 479, September 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.

Journal of Population Research (Vol. 23, No. 2, November 2006).

(Vol. 24, No. 1, May 2007):

Population and Development Review (Vol. 33, No. 3, September 2007).

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European Commission: "Eurostat 2007: Modern Statistics for Modern Society," to be held in Kirchberg, Luxembourg, Dec. 6-7, 2007. For more information see:,66347152&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL


Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for the Study of Diversity Call for Papers: "What's the Use of Race," to be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Apr. 25-26, 2008). For more information see:

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings from Sep 11-18, 2007).

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US Census Bureau:

A. American Factfinder Update: American Factfinder has recently been updated with "Social, economic and housing characteristics, demographic and housing estimates, and Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS) data" from the 2006 American Community Survey:

American Factfinder:

Related Census Bureau News Release: "New Census Bureau Data Reveal More Older Workers, Homeowners, Non-English Speakers" (CB07-CN.10, Sep. 12, 2007).

B. "State and County Housing Unit Estimates, July 1, 2007," (September 12, 2007, data in comma-delimited format).

Related Press Release:


National Center for Education Statistics: "A CD-ROM from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), part of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), contains data and documentation files for the 2005 National Indian Education Study (NIES) for use in the analysis of data by secondary researchers. NIES Part I data files include the performance data from the samples of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students at grades 4 and 8 who participated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2005 mathematics or reading assessments. The NIES Part II data files include the survey responses of sampled AI/AN students in grades 4 and 8, their teachers, and their school principals. These data are available on CD-ROM to researchers in organizations holding licenses from NCES. The NAEP Tool Kit, a user-friendly assistant for analyzing NAEP restricted-use data, is also available." For more information on obtaining this restricted use dataset, see:


More information on NIES:


General Social Survey Nesstar Version: The National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago has released this Nesstar version of the 1972-2006 General Social Survey. Use the Nesstar interface for analysis or click on "Download" to download full datasets, which are available in SPSS format only at this time. Other formats will be available in the near future, and Nesstar analysis allows data extraction in multiple formats.


National Longitudinal Survey: The Center for Human Resource Research has released the following documentation for the NLSY97 file.

QX97-R9 NLSY97 Round 9 Questionnaire 2005

Scroll to Item No. or title.


Bureau of Justice Statistics: BJS, in conjunction with the State University of New York at Albany, has updated the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics with the following tables: "Honesty and ethical standards of various occupations and alcohol-related arrests."

Occupational data:

Alcohol related arrests:

Online Sourcebook:


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets Sept. 17, 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"


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 5574 -ONS Omnibus Survey, e-Government Module, October 2004 and February, May and July, 2005

SN 5704 -ONS Omnibus Survey, April 2005

SN 5685 -Annual Population Survey, 2006


Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada: E-STAT Update: "The 2007 edition of E-STAT, Statistics Canada's interactive tool about society and the economy in Canada, features an improved interface based on student and teacher feedback. E-STAT lets you dynamically generate tables, graphs and thematic maps. This learning tool features censuses of the population and agriculture from 1665 to our most current 2006 data. CANSIM in E-STAT is a multidimensional database of Canadian social and economic information presented in approximately 2,700 tables and updated each July. The 2007 edition of E-STAT is available online to educational institutions only. For more information see:

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