Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #41, November 28, 2007.

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1. Census Bureau Report: "The Geographic Distribution and Characteristics of Older Workers in Hawai'i: 2004," by Cynthia Taeuber and Matthew R. Graham (LED-OW2007-HI, November 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).

2. National Center for Education Statistics ReportS:

A. "The Reading Literacy of U.S. Fourth-Grade Students in an International Context Results From the 2001 and 2006 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)," by Justin Baer, Stephanie Baldi, Kaylin Ayotte, and Patricia J. Green (NCES 2008017, November 2007, .pdf format, 42p.).

B. "Characteristics of Minority-Serving Institutions and Minority Undergraduates Enrolled in These Institutions," by Xiaojie Li (NCES 2008156, November 2007, .pdf format, 196p.).

3. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "Using Vouchers to Deliver Social Services: Considerations Based on the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program Experiences," by Gretchen Kirby and Andrew Burwick (November 2007, .pdf format, 64p.).

4. Congressional Research Service Report: "Immigration: Terrorist Grounds for Exclusion and Removal of Aliens," by Michael John Garcia and Ruth Ellen Wasem (RL32564, October 2007, .pdf format, 19p.).

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US States:


State Data Center Reports:

A. "Demographic and Socio-Economic Outlook" (November 2007 for data revision as of December 2006, .pdf format).

B. "Historical and Projected Data" (October 2007 revision, Microsoft Excel and .pdf format). Note: some of the .pdf files are missing at this time:

Projections by Type for All Counties - Historic Census 1970 to 2000, Projected 2005 to 2030

Historical and Projected Population 16 Years and Over 1970 to 2030

South Carolina:

Council on Homelessness Report: "2007 South Carolina Homeless Count" (November 2007, .pdf format, 38p., with data tables in HTML format.

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Population Fund Report: "UNPFA Annual Report, 2006," (2007, .pdf format, 36p.).


European Commission:

Eurostat Periodical: Statistics in Focus (No. 15/2007, November 2007, .pdf format, 11p.). The title of this issue is: "Crime and Criminal Justice," by Cynthia Tavares and Geoffrey Thomas.,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-SF-07-015



Australian Institute for Welfare and Health Report: "Welfare expenditure Australia 2005-06," (Health and welfare expenditure series no. 31, November 2007, .pdf format, 84p.).



Statistics Georgia Periodical: Quarterly Bulletin (2nd Quarter 2007, November 2007, .pdf format, 94p.). This publication is available in Georgian and English.



Statistics Iceland News Release: "Survival rate at the tertiary level in 2006" (No. 138/2007, Nov. 23, 2007).



Central Statistics Office Report: "Equality in Ireland, 2007" (November 2007, .pdf format 32p.).



Statistics Bureau Report: "Population Estimates" (June 1, 2007 (Final estimates) , November 1, 2007 (Provisional estimates), November 2007, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).



Department of Statistics Report: "Iraqis in Jordan: Their Numbers and Characteristics" (November 2007, .pdf format, 80p.).



Statistics Department Compendium, Report:

A. Statistical Yearbook of Lithuania 2007 (November 2007, .pdf format, 695p.). The compendium is in Lithuanian and English.

B. "Charity and support in Lithuania 2006" (November 2007, .pdf format, 48p.). The report is in Lithuanian and English.



State Statistical Office Report: "Theatres, philharmonic, professional symphonic orchestras and song and dance folk ensembles in the Republic of Macedonia" (November 2007, .pdf format, 6p.). The report is available in Macedonian and English.

Click on the PDF icon for link to full text.



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Stricter exam requirements would lower pass rates substantially," by Dick Takkenberg and Rob Kapel (Nov. 20, 2007).

B. "In many municipalities one-parent families outnumber large two-parent families" (Nov. 22, 2007).


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa "Hot off the Press." "Births and Deaths: September 2007 quarter" (November 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.



Central Statistical Office Compendium, Report:

A. "Demographic Yearbook of Poland 2007: (November 2007, .pdf format, 531p., with tables in compressed Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Life Expectancy in Poland" (November 2007, Microsoft Excel format).



1. Scottish Executive Report: "Statistics on S1 and S2 Maths and English Class Sizes, Children Educated Outwith Schools, projected pupil numbers and provisional pupil numbers from September 2007" (November 2007, .pdf format, 23p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

2. Scottish Government Reports:

A. "Domestic Abuse Recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2006-07" (November 2007, .pdf format, 35p.).

B. "Housing Statistics for Scotland 2007: Key Trends Summary: (November 2007).



Statistical Office News Release: "Reconciliation between work and family life" (Nov. 19, 2007).



1. Department for Children,Schools and Families First Releases:

A. "National curriculum assessment, GCSE and equivalent attainment and post-16 attainment by pupil characteristics, England - 2006/07 (provisional)" (November 2007, .pdf format, 30p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Student Support for Higher Education in England, Academic Year 2007/08 (Provisional) [Prepared and published by the Student Loans Company in consultation with DIUS (Department for Innovation, Universities, and Skills) statisticians]" (November 2007, .pdf format, 13p.).

Click on "LINK" and look for "27th November 2007" item.

2. National Statistics Office Periodical: Monthly Digest of Statistics, edited by Dilys Rosen (November 2007, .pdf format, 135p.)>

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Demographic Research Articles:

A. "Numbering same-sex couples in censuses and population registers," by Patrick Festy (Vol. 17, Article 12, November 2007, .pdf format, p. 339-368).

B. "The implications of long term community involvement for the production and circulation of population knowledge," by Sangeetha Madhavan, Mark Collinson, Nicholas W. Townsend, Kathleen Kahn, and Stephen Tollman (Vol. 17, Article 13, November 2007, .pdf format, p. 369-388).


Rand Corporation Report, Research Brief:

A. "Analysis of Racial Disparities in the New York Police Department's Stop, Question, and Frisk Practices," by Greg Ridgeway (Technical Report, November 2007, .pdf format, 59p.).

B. "Accountability Under No Child Left Behind: Progress Toward Implementation," by Kerstin Carlson Le Floch, Jose Felipe Martinez, Jennifer O'Day, Brian M. Stecher, James Taylor, Andrea Cook, Georges Vernez, Beatrice Birman, and Michael Garet (November 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).


Vienna Institute of Demography Compendium: Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, 2007 (2007, .pdf format, 379p.).


Canadian Policy Research Networks Report: "Towards an Effective Adult Learning System: Report on a Series of Regional Roundtables," by Ron Saunders (November 2007, .pdf format, 22p.).

More information about CPRN:


Social Policy Research Center (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) Report: "Towards New Indicators of Disadvantage: Deprivation and Social Exclusion in Australia," by Peter Saunders, Yuvisthi Naidoo and Megan Griffiths (November 2007, .pdf format, 106p.).

More information on SPRC:

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University of Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology: "Cohabitation and First Marriage in Japan," by James M. Raymo, Miho Iwasawa, and Larry Bumpass (CDE Working Paper 2007-14, October 2007, .pdf format, 31p.).


In this paper, we use nationally representative data to describe basic characteristics of cohabiting unions in Japan. We also examine the correlates of cohabitation experiences and evaluate the relationship between cohabitation and the transition to first marriage. We demonstrate that cohabitation has increased rapidly among recent cohorts of women and that cohabiting unions in Japan tend to be relatively short and almost as likely to dissolve as to result in marriage. Simple models for the timing and nature of first marriage suggest that cohabitation is only weakly associated with marriage timing. Results change dramatically when we estimate models that account for self-selection into cohabitation. Controlling for unobserved characteristics associated with both selection into cohabitation and first marriage, we find that cohabitation experience itself is strongly associated with earlier marriage. We conclude with speculation about the likelihood of further increases in cohabitation and the potential implications for marriage and fertility.


Brookings Institution Center on Children and Families: "The Hispanic Family in Flux," by Roberto Suro (November 2007, .pdf format, 16p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.


John F. Kennedy School of Government [Harvard University]: "Impact of For-Profit and Non-Profit Management on Student Achievement: The Philadelphia Experiment," by Paul E. Peterson and Matthew M. Chingos (Working Paper No. RWP07-055, November 2007, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: "A Theoretical Analysis of the Effects of Legislation on Marriage, Fertility, Domestic Division of Labour, and the Education of Children," by Alessandro Cigno (CESifo Working Paper No. 2143, November 2007, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]: "Return to Work after Childbirth: does Parental Leave Matter in Europe?" by Chiara Pronzato (ISER Working Paper 2007-30, November 2007, .pdf format, 27p.).


The aim of this paper is to investigate the role of the extended parental leave in the return to work for mothers of newborn children. Parental leaves have been introduced in the last 30 years in all European countries in order to extend the period of job-protection, allowing both parents to care for the child after the maternity leave period has expired. In this paper, I exploit the variability in policies offered by the EU countries, in terms of length of the leave and payments, and I study the influence of statutory leaves on the probability of staying at home with the child during the leave, and on the probability of working in the period of time following the leave. Using data from ECHP, I select women who have a child in the years of the survey, who have worked before, and I follow them over time. After studying the determinants of the return to work in each country separately, I generalize the results, matching women with similar human capital characteristics and fertility history from different countries and, consequently, under different parental leave regulations. Results suggest that the right to long and paid leaves gives mothers the opportunity to remain at home with the child at a lower cost, and that lengthy statutory leaves are associated with being more likely to be at work in the period following the leave.

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

Child Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 31, No. 11-12, November-December 2007).

History of the Family (Vol. 112, No. 3, 2007).

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University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "2008 Postdoctoral Fellowships." Positions begin on or about Sep. 1, 2008. For more information see:

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US House Judiciary Committee Hearing Publications:

A. "Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Perspectives From Faith-Based and Immigrant Communities, a hearing held May 22, 2007 (House Serial Publication 110-37, ASCII text and .pdf format, 159p.).

Search 110th Congress House Hearings for "110-37" (with the quotes).

B. "Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Government Perspectives on Immigration Statistics," a hearing held Jun. 6, 2007 (House Serial Publication 110-42, ASCII text and .pdf format, 239p.).

Search 110th Congress House Hearings for "110-42" (with the quotes).

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets between Nov. 19-27, 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:

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 5732 -England Leisure Visits Survey, 2005

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