Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #33, October 2, 2007.

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1. Census Bureau Reports, Facts for Features:

A. "Census Bureau Releases New Data on Residents of Adult Correctional Facilities, Nursing Homes and Other Group Quarters," (September 2007).

B. "Home Equity Lines of Credit - Who Uses This Source of Credit?" by Linda Cavanaugh (C2KBR-37, September 2007, .pdf format, 3p.).

C. "Special Edition: The 2008 Presidential Election" (Facts for Features CB07-FFSE.05, Oct. 1, 2007).

See Oct. 1, 2007 listing.

2. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "HIV in Prisons, 2005," by Laura M. Maruschak (NCJ 218915, September 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, with spreadsheets in .zip compressed format).

3. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Report: "Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Juvenile Justice System: A Study of Differential Minority Arrest/Referral to Court in Three Cities," by David Huizinga, Terence P. Thornberry, Kelly E. Knight, Peter J. Lovegrove, Rolf Loeber, Karl Hill, and David P. Farrington (July 2007, .pdf format, 47p.).

4. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "Partners for Fragile Families Demonstration Projects: Employment and Child Support Outcomes and Trends," by Karin Martinson, Demetra Smith Nightingale, Pamela A. Holcomb, Burt S. Barnow, and John Trutko (September 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).

5. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Reports:

A. "Can Food Stamps Do More To Improve Food Choices? An Economic Perspective," by Joanne F. Guthrie, Margaret Andrews, Elizabeth Frazao, Ephraim Leibtag, Biing-Hwan Lin, Lisa Mancino, Mark Nord, Mark Prell, David Smallwood, Jayachandran Variyam, and Michele Ver Ploeg (Economic Information Bulletin EIB-29, September 2007, .pdf format, 48p.).

B. "The Effects of Food Stamps on Obesity," by Charles Baum (Contractor and Cooperator Report CCR-34," September 2007, .pdf format, 105p.).

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US States:


Department of Health and Senior Services Compendium: 2006 Annual Vital Statistics Report: (September 2007, .pdf format).

Click on "2006" under "Vital Statistics Annual Reports." Links to the text are through table of content .pdf links. Click on any table of contents item for link to text for that item.


Department of Commerce Report: "2006 American Community Survey" (2007, Microsoft Excel format, with a Public Use Microdata Area Map in .pdf format).§ionid=7&Itemid=639&subcat=125


Department of Human Services Report: "Abuse Allegations Report - Office of Investigations & Training: 2006 Annual Report (June 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).

State of Washington:

Office of Financial Management Research Brief: "Estimating Household Size for Use in Population Estimates," by Thomas Kimpel and Theresa Lowe (Research Brief 47, August 2007, .pdf format, 9p.).


Department of Health and Family Services Reports:

A. "Wisconsin Births and Infant Deaths, 2006" (September 2007, .pdf format, 112p.).

B. "Births to Teens in Wisconsin, 2006" (October 2007, .pdf format, 25p.).

C. "Ten Most Popular First Names for Newborns, Wisconsin, 2006" (September 2007).

All are available at:

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NGO and Other Countries

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Monographs:

A. Education at a Glance 2007 (2007,.pdf format, 449p.). Microsoft Excel charts or data tables, .pdf briefing notes and multilingual summaries, and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, are available at the site.,3343,en_2649_201185_39251550_1_1_1_1,00.html

Click on "Download" under "How to obtain this publication" toward the bottom of the page for link to full text.



Statistics Finland News Release: "Internet used by 79 per cent of the population at the beginning of 2007" (Sep. 28, 2007).



Central Statistical Office Compendium: Hungary in Figures: 2006 (2007, .pdf format, 32p.).



Statistics Iceland News Release: "Foreign language study in compulsory and upper secondary schools 2006-2007" (No. 112, September 2007).



Statistics Bureau Report: "2006 Survey on Time Use and Leisure Activities: Statistical Tables" (September 2007, Microsoft Excel format).



Statistics Lithuania Periodical: Economic and Social Development in Lithuania: No. 8/August 2007: (September 2007, .pdf format 213p.). The periodical is in Lithuanian and English.



Statec Luxembourg Compendium: Le Luxembourg en chiffres (Figures) 2007 (September 2007, .pdf format, 46p.). This publication is available in French only.



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Short-term income support more likely to be cut" (Sep. 25, 2007).

B. "7.2 million households" (Sep. 25, 2007).

C. "Born poor...," by Lian Kösters (Sep. 27, 2007).


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Reports: "2006 Census: QuickStats About a Place" (September 2007).



Statistics Norway News Release: "Child welfare service investigations, 2006: Investigations increased by 10 per cent" (Sep. 25, 2007). The news release links to three topical tables.



Central Statistical Office Compendium, Periodical:

A. Regions of Poland, 2007 (September 2007, .pdf format, 49p.).

B. Statistical Bulletin (No. 8, September 2007, uncompressed and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format with methodological notes in .pdf format).



Scottish Government Statistics Report: "SQA Examination Results in Scottish Schools: 2006/07" (September 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 14p.).


South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Periodical: Bulletin of Statistics (Vol. 41, No. 3, September 2007, .pdf format, 175p.).



1. National Statistics Office Periodical, News Release:

A. Monthly Digest of Statistics: September 2007, edited by Dilys Rosen (September 2007, .pdf format, 135p.).

B. "Long-term assumptions for UK population projections" (Sep. 27, 2007, .pdf format, 3p.).

2. Department for Work and Pensions Report: "Pakistani and Bangladeshi women’s attitudes to work and family," by Jane Aston, Hülya Hooker, Rosie Page and Rebecca Willison (Research Report No. 458, September 2007, .pdf format, 131p.).

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Urban Institute Reports:

A. "Is There an iCrime Wave?" by John Roman and Aaron Chalfin (September 2007, .pdf format, 10p.).

B. "Changing Systems: Outcomes from the RWJF (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) Reclaiming Futures Initiative on Juvenile Justice and Substance Abuse," by Jeffrey A. Butts and John Roman (September 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).

C. "Vouchers for Housing and Child Care: Common Challenges and Emerging Strategies," by Margery Austin Turner, Gina Adams, Monica Rohacek, and Lauren Eyster (Low Income Working Families Paper 8, September 2007, .pdf format, 25p.).

D. "Minnesota Integrated Services Project: Participant Characteristics and Program Implementation," by Karin Martinson, Caroline Ratcliffe, Elizabeth Harbison, and Joanna Parnes (September 2007, .pdf format, 135p.).


Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Snapshot: "Too Many Babies Born Before Their Time: The Growing Problem of Preterm Births" (Data Snapshot No. 5, September 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).


RAND Corporation Report: "The Knowledge Matrix Approach to Intelligence Fusion," by Christopher G. Pernin, Louis R. Moore, and Katherine Comanor (2007, .pdf format, 39p.).

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University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "Sex, Gender and Vulnerability," by Rachel C. Snow (PSC Research Report No. 07-628, September 2007, .pdf format, p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty: "Testing New Ways to Increase the Economic Well-Being of Single-Parent Families: The Effects of Child Support Policies on Welfare Participants," by Maria Cancian, Daniel R. Meyer, and Jennifer Roff (DP 1330-07, October 2007, .pdf format, 27p.).


Single-parent families are economically vulnerable. Some child support policies have been aimed at improving the economic well-being of these families, while others have been focused on decreasing welfare costs. Since 1996, states have been free to decide how to treat child support when it is paid on behalf of a welfare participant. States decide both how much child support income to ignore in the calculation of benefits (the disregard) and whether to send a separate child support check to the participant (the pass-through). Disregard and pass-through policies have potential impacts on economic well-being and on governmental costs, but little research has focused on their effects. This paper uses variation in child support disregard and pass-through policy across states and years to estimate whether these policies are associated with paternity establishment, child support collections, and the average dollar amount of child support collected, as reflected in state-level administrative data. We find that the disregard is positively associated with paternity establishment in all models, and is positively associated with collections in two of the four models examined. The pass-through has insignificant, or negative, effects.


Princeton University Center for Research on Child Wellbeing: "Parental Imprisonment, the Prison Boom, and the Concentration of Childhood Disadvantage," by Christopher Wildeman (Working Paper 2007-22-FF, September 2007, .pdf format, 32p.).


Imprisonment transformed the life-course of disadvantaged black men, but little research considers how parental imprisonment altered the social experience of childhood. This paper estimates the risk of parental imprisonment by age 14 for black and white children born 1978 and 1990. It also estimates the risk of parental imprisonment for children whose parents did not finish high school, finished high school only, and attended some college. Estimates show the following: (1) 1 in 40 white children born in 1978 and 1 in 25 white of children born in 1990 had a parent imprisoned; (2) 1 in 7 black children born in 1978 and 1 in 4 black children born in 1990 had a parent imprisoned; (3) inequality in the risk of parental imprisonment between white children of college-educated parents and all other children is growing; and (4) 50.5% of black children born in 1990 to high school dropouts had a father imprisoned before their 14th birthday. These estimates, robustness checks using synthetic cohort estimates, and extensions to longitudinal data indicate that parental imprisonment has emerged as a novel - and distinctively American - childhood risk that is concentrated among black children and children of low-education parents.


Vienna [Austria] Institute of Demography:

A. "Transition to parenthood: The role of social interaction and endogenous networks," by Belinda Aparicio Diaz, Thomas Fent, Alexia Prskawetz, and Laura Bernardi (VID Working Paper 05/2007, September 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).


Empirical studies indicate that the transition to parenthood is influenced by an individual's peer group. To study the mechanisms that create interdependencies across individuals' transition to parenthood and its timing we apply an agent-based simulation model. We build a one-sex model and provide agents with four different characteristics. Based on these characteristics, agents endogenously form their network. Network members then may influence the agents' transition to higher parity levels. Our numerical simulations indicate that accounting for social interactions can explain the shift of first-birth probabilities in Austria over the period 1984 to . Moreover, we apply our model to forecast age-specific fertility rates up to .

B. "Migration as a Factor of Population Reproduction," by Ediev, Dalkhat, David Coleman and Sergei Scherbov (European Demographic Research Papers 1, September 2007, .pdf format, 57p.).


Completed Net Migration is introduced as an expected number of net migrants to join the original birth cohort through its life span. In the context of population reproduction, Migratory Fertility is introduced as a measure of migrants’ addition to the reproduction of population birth cohorts. Robust estimating procedures are suggested which reflect the differential fertility of migrants and also significant links between migrations at different ages. Combined Fertility, which is approximated by the sum of conventional Total Fertility and of Migratory Fertility, characterises the reproduction regimen of a population with the migratory impact on reproduction explicitly taken into account. The concept of stable equivalent population is also adjusted to include the migratory impact on population growth and structure, which provides a sound basis for studying the prospects of population ageing.


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Fatal Fluctuations? Cyclicality in Infant Mortality in India," by Sonia R. Bhalotra (Discussion Paper 3086, September 2007, .pdf format, 46p.).


This paper investigates the impact of macroeconomic shocks on infant mortality in India and investigates likely mechanisms. A recent OECD-dominated literature shows that mortality at most ages is pro-cyclical but similar analyses for poorer countries are scarce, and both income risk and mortality risk are greater in poor countries. This paper uses individual data on infant mortality for about 150000 children born in 1970-1997, merged by birth-cohort with a state panel containing information on aggregate income. Identification rests upon comparing the effects of annual deviations in income from trend on the mortality risks of children born at different times to the same mother, conditional upon a number of state-time varying covariates including rainshocks. I cannot reject the null that income shocks have no effect on mortality in urban households, but I find that rural infant mortality is counter-cyclical, the elasticity being about -0.46. This is despite the possibility that relatively high risk women avert birth or suffer fetal loss in recessions. It seems related to the fact that women’s participation in the (informal) labour market increases in recessions, presumably, to compensate a decline in their husband’s wages. Consistent with this but, in contrast to results for richer countries, antenatal and postnatal health-care decline in recessions. These effects are reinforced by pro-cyclicality in state health and development expenditure. Another interesting finding that is informative about the underlying mechanisms is that the effect of aggregate income on rural mortality is driven by non-agricultural income.

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

American Sociological Review (Vol. 72, No. 5, October 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 the Royal Statistical Society (Series A, Vol. 170, Part 4, 2007, Series C, Vol. 56, Part 4, 2007).

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Minnesota Population Center [University of Minnesota]: "MPC Fall 2007 ProposalDevelopment Grants." The deadline for applications is Oct. 25, 2007. For more information see:

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Vienna Institute of Demography: "Can policies enhance fertility in Europe?" Vienna, Austria December 6-7, 2007. The deadline for acceptance of papers is Oct. 12, 2007.


National Center for Health Statistics: "NSFG (National Survey of Family Growth) 2008 Research Conference - call for papers," (deadline for submissions is June 17, 2008). The Conference will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17, 2008, at NCHS located in Hyattsville, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC.

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US National Science Foundation: "Social Scientist (Program Director) (September 2007, AD-0101-04/04, Closes Oct. 29, 2007). For more information see:


UK Data Archive (Essex University, Colchester, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently posted several employment opportunities. For more information see:

At present, all but the first listing are still open.

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US House Education and Labor Committee Hearing Publication: "The Section 8 Voucher Reform Act," a hearing held Mar. 9, 2007 (House Serial Publication 110-11, .ASCII text and .pdf format, 159p.).

Search 110th Congress House Reports for "110-11" (without the quotes). More than one item will be returned. Scroll to of "find in page" the above title.


US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearing Publication: "Progress of Reengineered 2010 Census," a hearing held Apr. 24, 2007 (House Serial Publication 110-6, ASCII text and .pdf format, 98p.).

Search 110th Congress House Reports for "110-6" (without the quotes). More than one item will be returned. Scroll to of "find in page" the above title.

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US Census Bureau American Community Survey: "The Census Bureau on Sep. 27, 2007 released 2006 ACS selected population profiles, group quarters profiles, and workplace geography tables. The selected population profiles include 2006 ACS estimates on selected race, Hispanic origin, and ancestry populations. The 2006 ACS data provide key socioeconomic and housing characteristics for about 200 selected population groups at the national and state levels. It allows for easy comparisons across groups and access to a range of data from age, marital status and fertility, to language spoken at home, and educational attainment. The group quarters data provide the first social and economic characteristic profiles of people living in group quarters - such as college/university housing, adult correctional facilities, and skilled nursing facilities - in nearly three decades. Workplace-based tables use a persons place of work as the unit of analysis, as opposed to all of the other ACS tables that use a persons place of residence."

Click on "get data" under "American Community Survey"


National Longitudinal Survey: The Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State University recently released the following NLS data.

D97-R9EH NLSY97 Event History and Main File Data Rounds 1-9 (Release 2007-09-30).

D97-Rnd1-9-GEO NLSY97 CD Geocode Data including Main File and Event History Data Rounds 1-9, (2007-09-28, Confidential data).

Scroll to or "find in page" item number or title.


German Social Science Infrastructure Services: The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) released the following data news.

ISSP 2005 Work Orientation III (v1.0) released (Sept. 24, 2007).


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 5695 -Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2006

SN 5698 -Entering e-Society: Young Children's Development of e-Literacies, 2005

SN 5577 -ONS Omnibus Survey, March 2005

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