Current Social Science Research Report--Social #4, February 27, 2007.

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Index to this issue:

















1. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "Americaís High School Graduates: Results from the 2005 NAEP High School Transcript Study," by Carolyn Shettle, Shep Roey, Joy Mordica, Robert Perkins, Christine Nord, Jelena Teodorovic, Marsha Lyons, Chris Averett, David Kastberg, and Janis Brown (NCES 2007467, February 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).

B. "The Nation's Report Card: 12th-Grade Reading and Mathematics 2005," by Wendy Grigg, Patricia L. Donahue, and Gloria Dion (NCES 2007468, February 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).

C. "An Historical Overview of Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education, by State: Fiscal Years 1990-2002," by Elise St. John, Jason Hill and Frank Johnson (NCES 2007317, January 2007, .pdf format, 641p.).

2. Department of Housing and Urban Development Periodical: ResearchWorks (Vol. 4, No. 2, February 2007, .pdf format).

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US States:


State Data Center Updates. On Feb. 23, the State Data Center issued the following updates (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format: For Iowa school districts: "Revenue and expenditures for public elementary-secondary school systems: 2000-2004"

See under Feb. 23, 2007 entry.

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NGO and Other Countries

European Commission Compendium: Europe in figures -- Eurostat yearbook 2006-07 (February 2007, .pdf format, 373p.).,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-CD-06-001



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Article: "Second or subsequent births to teenagers," by Michelle Rotermann (Health Reports (Vol. 18, No. 1, February 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 39-42).





Statbank Denmark Updates:

A. FAM100: Adults 1. January by region, family type, number of persons and children in the family, sex and age"

B. "FAM111: Children 1. January by region, family type, number of persons and number of children in the family, sex and age"



Statistics Finland Data Product: SuomiCD: "The SuomiCD is a comprehensive set of local data by postal code areas and municipalities and sum data according to various area groupings. Local data is available from 2,742 postal code areas and 431 municipalities." Ordering information is available at the site.

Order form (.pdf format, 2p.).



Federal Statistics Office News Release: "Expenditure per pupil: 4,700 euros (6,192 US dollars)" (Feb. 23, 2007).


Hong Kong:

Census and Statistics Department Press Release: "Year-end Population for 2006" (Feb. 22, 2007). The release is accompanied by a table (.pdf format, 1p.).



Statistics Iceland News Releases:

A. "Pupils in compulsory schools in autumn 2006" (20/2007, Feb. 22, 2007).

B. "Personnel in compulsory schools in autumn 2006" (21/2007, Feb. 22, 2007).

Click on "Statistics" at the bottom of each news release to link to SI's interactive statistics extractor.



Statistics Bureau Report, Periodical:

A. "Population Estimates: September 1, 2006 (Final estimates) , February 1, 2007 (Provisional estimates)" (February 2007, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

B. Japan Monthly Statistics (February 2007, Microsoft Excel format).



State Statistical Office News Releases: "Institutions for care and education - kindergartens" (Feb. 19, 2007, .pdf format, 3p.).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "Occupational level of people with a non-western background on average lower," by Hans Langenberg and Hendrika Lautenbach (Feb. 20, 2007).



Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Population statistics: Most youngsters in Rogaland" (Feb. 22, 2007). The news release links to several topical tables.

B. "Fewer marriages and divorces in 2006" (Feb. 22, 2007). The news release links to two topical tables.

C. "Largest population increase ever" (Feb. 22, 2007).

D. "Less theft, but more narcotics and violence" (Feb. 21, 2007).


South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Provincial Profiles: SSA has recently made available Provincial Profiles covering demography, vital statistics, households, education, public health, labor markets, internal and external migration, crime, gross state product, price indexes and legislative bodies for the latest available years to 2004 for all South African Provinces (all .pdf format): Previous reports for 1999 are also available in the "Archive" section of each of the below pages.

Western Cape:

Eastern Cape:

Northern Cape:

Free State:


North West:






Statistics Sweden Press Release: "Children in Sweden live in segregated housing" (Feb. 21, 2007).

The press release links to a topical table.



National Statistics Office, Various:

A. Experimental Quarterly Population Estimates: "QPEs by quinary age groups and sex, Jun 95 - Dec 06" (February 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Marriages in 2005 (provisional), selected data tables, England and Wales" (February 2007, Microsoft Excel format, with an accompanying news release, .pdf format, 3p.).

C. Monthly Digest of Statistics (No. 734, February 2007, .pdf format, 136p.).

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World Economic Forum Report: "The Global Gender Gap Report 2006" (2007, .pdf format, 146p.).

More information on WEF:


Demographic and Health Survey Reports: "Armenia: DHS, 2005 - Final Report" (December 2006, .pdf format, 396p.).

Key findings of this report (December 2006, .pdf format, 20p.) are available at:


Population Reference Bureau, Various:

A. "The Feminization of Migration: Limits of the Data," by Nancy V. Yinger (February 2007).

B. "The Crossover in Female-Male College Enrollment Rates," by Mark Mather and Dia Adams (February 2007).

C. "Migration of Workers Affects Supply of Scientists and Engineers in U.S.," by Marlene Lee and Dia Adams (February 2007).

D. "Do Parents Spend Enough Time With Their Children?" by DíVera Cohn (January 2007).


Human Rights Watch Reports:"Violence Against Girls : The 51st UN Commission on the Status of Women," (February 2007). This site provides links to background papers produced by Human Rights Watch for the Commission meeting. Topics include: Violence against Schoolgirls; Violence against Child Domestic Workers; and Violence against Girls in Conflict with the Law.


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "4,300-Year-old chimpanzee sites and the origins of percussive stone technology," by Julio Mercader, Huw Barton, Jason Gillespie, Jack Harris, Steven Kuhn, Robert Tyler, and Christophe Boesch (Vol. 104, No. 9, Feb. 27, 2007, p. 3043-3048).

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US Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (California): "Marriage and Divorce: Changes and Their Driving Forces," by Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers (Working Paper 2007-03, February 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).


We document key facts about marriage and divorce, comparing trends through the past 150 years and outcomes across demographic groups and countries. While divorce rates have risen over the past 150 years, they have been falling for the past quarter century. Marriage rates have also been falling, but more strikingly, the importance of marriage at different points in the life cycle has changed, reflecting rising age at first marriage, rising divorce followed by high remarriage rates, and a combination of increased longevity with a declining age gap between husbands and wives. Cohabitation has also become increasingly important, emerging as a widely used step on the path to marriage. Out-of-wedlock fertility has also risen, consistent with declining "shotgun marriages." Compared with other countries, marriage maintains a central role in American life. We present evidence on some of the driving forces causing these changes in the marriage market: the rise of the birth control pill and women's control over their own fertility; sharp changes in wage structure, including a rise in inequality and partial closing of the gender wage gap; dramatic changes in home production technologies; and the emergence of the internet as a new matching technology. We note that recent changes in family forms demand a reassessment of theories of the family and argue that consumption complementarities may be an increasingly important component of marriage. Finally, we discuss how these facts should inform family policy debates.


ESRC Research Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) [London (UK)School of Economics: "Using the British Household Panel Survey to explore changes in housing tenure in England," by Tom Sefton (CASE/117, February 2007, .pdf format, 23p.).


Very little information exists about householdsí longer-term movements between tenures. Some cross-section datasets include information on length of stay in any residence but we have no systematic study of movement over time. This study uses the British Household Panel Study to examine movements by households over a ten-year period--1994/5 and 2004/5. Changes in tenure are related to key life events-- leaving home, marriage, having children, widowhood and retirement. The great majority of owner-occupiers remained in that tenure. This was somewhat less for those experiencing divorce or unemployment. Most public housing tenants remained in that tenure over the ten-year period especially the elderly and the unemployed or those outside the labour market. About a quarter moved into owner-occupation and half of those through the right to buy their dwelling. The analysis looks at the associations between moving into work and residential mobility, in particular the slower rate at which social tenants move back into employment.


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Sin City?" by Pieter Gautier, Michael Svarer, and Coen Teulings (Discussion Paper 2632, February 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).


Is moving to the countryside a credible commitment device for couples? We investigate whether lowering the arrival rate of potential alternative partners by moving to a less populated area lowers the dissolution risk for a sample of Danish couples. We find that of the couples who married in the city, the ones who stay in the city have significant higher divorce rates. Similarly, for the couples who married outside the city, the ones who move to the city are more likely to divorce. This correlation can be explained by both a causal and a sorting effect. We disentangle them by using the timing-of-events approach. In addition we use information on fatherís location as an instrument. We find that the sorting effect dominates. Moving to the countryside is therefore not a cheap way to prolong relationships.


Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]: "The Effect of Increasing Financial Incentives in a Panel Survey: an experiment on the British Household Panel Survey, Wave 14," by Heather Laurie (February 2007, .pdf format, 22p.).


This descriptive paper reports the results of an experiment carried out at wave 14 (2004) of the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). A split-sample design was used to assess the effect on response rates of increasing the monetary incentive given to survey respondents from 7 pounds (13.74 US dollars) per interview to 10 pounds (19.63 US dollars) per interview. The results suggest that even though the increase was relatively small, response rates were higher for those receiving the increased incentive amount, an effect that varied by the demographic characteristics and previous response history of respondents.

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

Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (Vol. 35, No. 3, March 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.

History of the Family (Vol. 11, No. 4, 2006).

Journal of Human Resources (Vol. 42, No. 1, Winter 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.



Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research/University of Padua [Italy]/Rostock Center for the Study of Demographic Change Call for Papers: "Changes in living arrangements and family relationships in the context of strong family ties. Southern Europe and Eastern Asia: Trends, causes, and consequences," a workshop to be held in Rostock Germany Apr. 18-19, 2007. For more information see (.pdf format, 2p.).


Virginia Technical University Metropolitan Institute Call for Abstracts: "A Suburban World? Global Decentralization and the New Metropolis," to be held Apr. 6-8, 2008, in Reston, Virginia. The call for abstracts is due by Apr. 30, 2007. For more information see:

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Human Mortality Database Update: Note: HMR requires free registration before providing data.Germany data has been updated through 2004. Data is available for unified Germany from 1994-2004.

More information about the data:


US Department of Housing and Urban Development: "Annual Adjustment Factors: Fiscal Year 2007" (February 2007, Microsoft Word and .pdf format).


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Feb. 23, 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:

Scroll to "New Data Releases on February 23, 2007."

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

Click on "list".

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National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER): "The National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) is a joint project of the Urban Institute's Education Policy Center and scholars at Duke University, Stanford University, the University of Florida, the University of Missouri, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of Washington... The center will harvest state and district administrative data on individual teachers and students for insights into how state and local policies, especially teacher policies, governance policies, and accountability policies affect teachers (e.g., who teaches what students) and students (e.g., academic achievement and attainment). CALDER will mine the longitudinal databases that have emerged as educational systems face increased performance-based accountability. Comprehensive databases in Florida, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington state represent the initial core of our research focus." For more information see:

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Panel Survey of Income Dynamics Bibliography Update: The following items have been added to the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID Bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed by author or keyword.

Jasso, Guillermina. Factorial Survey Methods for Studying Beliefs and Judgments. Sociological Methods and Research. 2006; 34(3):334-423.

Plotnick, Robert D.; Garfinkel, Irwin; McLanahan, Sara S., and Ku, Inhoe. The Impact on Child Support Enforcement Policy on Nonmarital Childbearing. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 2007; 26(1):79-98.

Wolfe, Barbara; Haveman, Robert; Pence, Karen, and Schwabish, Jonathan A. Do Youth Nonmarital Childbearing Choices Reflect Income and Relationship Expectations?. Population Economics. 2007; 20(1):73-100.

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