Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #42, December 4, 2007.

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1. Census Bureau Report, Facts for Feature:

A. "Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Fluctuations in the U.S. Income Distribution, 2001-2003," by John J. Hisnanick and Katherine G. Giefer (P70-112, November 2007, .pdf format, 22p.).

B. "Black History Month: February 2008," (CB08-FF.01, Dec. 3, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).



2. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

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

B. "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, Stéphane Baldi, Kaylin Ayotte, and Patricia J. Green (NCES 2008017, November 2007, .pdf format, 42p.).

3. Department of Housing and Urban Development Periodical: Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research (Vol. 9, No. 2, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 200p.).

4. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2007," by Rachel Dinkes, Emily Forrest Cataldi, and Wendy Lin-Kelly (NCJ 219553, December 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 201p., with .zipped compressed spreadsheets).

5. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports: Recommendations and Reports: "Effects on Violence of Laws and Policies Facilitating the Transfer of Youth from the Juvenile to the Adult Justice System," by Robert Hahn, Angela McGowan, Akiva Liberman, Alex Crosby, Mindy Fullilove, Robert Johnson, Eve Moscicki, LeShawndra Price, Susan Snyder, Farris Tuma, Jessica Lowy, Peter Briss, Stella Cory, and Glenda Stone (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 56, RR09, Nov. 30, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 11p.).



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US States:


Stats Indiana Updates:

A. "Education": Indiana Department of Education School Enrollment and Dropout data has been updated through 2007.

B. "Poverty and Welfare": Indiana County Monthly Welfare Data has been updated through September 2007.

Stats Indiana:


State Data Center Updates: The SDC has updated the following files for Nov. 30, 2007 (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format): US and states: "Food insecurity and hunger: 1996-1998 to 2004-2006."

See Nov. 30, listing.


1. Center for Health Statistics Report: "2006 Birth Data Tables: (November 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

2. Office of Financial Management Data Update: "Population Estimates & Forecasts" (November 2007, .pdf and/or Microsoft Excel format).

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NGO and Other Countries:

Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation Monograph: Babies and Bosses - Reconciling Work and Family Life: A Synthesis of Findings for OECD Countries (2007). For more information, including ordering information, see:,3343,en_2649_201185_39651501_1_1_1_1,00.html



Bureau of Statistics Reports:

A. "Australian Demographic Statistics, Jun Quarter 2007" (December 2007, .pdf format, 56p., with "data cubes" in .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

Click on the "Details" tab at the top of the page for link to full text and spreadsheets.

B. "Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, Summary Results, Australia, 2006 (November 2007, .pdf format, 87p., with "data cubes" in .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

Click on the "Details" tab at the top of the page for link to full text and spreadsheets.

C. "Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, Australia: User Guide, 2006" (November 2007, .pdf format, 45p., with "data cubes" in .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

Click on the "Details" tab at the top of the page for link to full text and spreadsheets.

D. Children and Youth News (November 2007).

E. "Migrant Data Matrices, 2007" (November 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

Click on the "Details" tab at the top of the page for link to spreadsheets.



National Institute of Statistics Census 2008 Materials: NIS has released Census Questionnaires and Manuals (English and Khmer, .pdf format) for the upcoming 2008 Census.



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada, Various:

A. "2006 Census: Immigration, citizenship, language, mobility and migration" (The Daily, Dec. 4, 2007). The article links to various documents and data about the topic (documents in .pdf format, data in HTML and various spreadsheet formats).

B. "Adult and youth correctional services: Key indicators: 2005/2006" (The Daily, Nov. 21, 2007).

C. "Postsecondary Enrolment Trends to 2031: Three Scenarios," by Darcy Hango and Patrice de Broucker (Culture, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics Research Paper, November 2007, .pdf format, 108p.).

D. "Canada's population by age and sex: As of July 1, 2007 (preliminary)" (The Daily, Nov. 29, 2007).



Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Offig Staidrimh Reports:

A. "Census 2006 - Volume 13 - Religion" (November 2007, .pdf format, 164p.).

B. "EU (European Union) Survey on Income and Living Conditions" (November 2007, .pdf format, 54p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Population of localities - 30.09.2007 (provisional data)" (November 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format). Though the table names on the web page may not resolve on your browser, the tables themselves, in English and Hebrew, are: "Table 1.- Population(1), by District and Sub-District"; "Table 2: Population by Type of Locality"; Table 3. - Population(1) Of Localities Numbering Above 1,000 Residents And Other Rural Population On 30/09/2007"; and "Table 4.- Population(1), by Municipal Status and District." Click on and "30/09/2007 for link to .pdf, or Excel icon for link to spreadsheet.



Statistics and Census Service Compendium, Report:

A. "Demographic Statistics" (3rd Quarter 2007, November 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 4p.).

B. Statistical Abstract:2006 (December 2007, .pdf format, 386p.).

Click on the PDF icon adjacent to the title. Note: this is a 7 megabyte file, but it downloads slowly. An option would be to right click and "Save target as."



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Immigration from Eastern Europe invariably high," by Han Nicolaas (Nov. 29, 2007).

B. "One in seven fully disabled work in paid jobs," by John Michiels (Nov. 29, 2007).


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Hot Off the Press: "Subnational Population Projections: 2006 (base)--2031 (December 2007, .pdf format, 17p.). Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.



Statistics Norway Report: "Crime Statistics 2003" (December 2007, .pdf format, 122p., with tables in HTML format). The report is in Norwegian and English.



Central Statistical Office Report: "Voivodship Cities basic statistical data in 2007" (November 2007, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format, 60p.).



1. Scotland's Census Results Online: "Census Area Statistics (CAS) and Census Area Statistics Theme (CAST) Tables" (November 2007, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

2. Scottish Government Reports:

A. "Criminal Justice Social Work Statistics, 2006-07" (December 2007, .pdf format, 78p.).

B. "Children Looked After Statistics 2006-07 Publication" (November 2007, .pdf format, 40p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).


South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Compendium, Report:

A. South African Statistics: 2007 (November 2007, .pdf format, 207p.).

B. "Recorded live births, 2006" (November 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).



Statistics Sweden News Releases:

A. "Population statistics 2006: Sweden's fertility rate higher than EU average (Nov. 29, 2007).

B. "Living conditions of students in higher education: Half did not purchase course materials" (Nov. 28, 2007).



1. Department for Children, Schools, and Families Reports:

A. "Education and Training Statistics for the United Kingdom 2007" (November 2007, .pdf format, 83p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Youth Cohort Study: The Activities and Experiences of 19 year olds: England and Wales 2007" (First Release, November 2007, .pdf format, 12p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format, and a questionnaire in .pdf format, 16p.).

2. Home Office Statistical Bulletin: "Attitudes, perceptions and risks of crime: Supplementary Volume 1 to Crime in England and Wales 2006/07," by Krista Jansson, Sarah Budd, Jorgen Lovbakke, Sian Moley and Katharine Thorpe (November 2007, .pdf format, 113p.).

3. Ministry of Justice Report: "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales 2006" (November 2007, .pdf format, 176p., with supplementary tables in .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

4. National Statistics Office Reports:

A. "Conception Statistics 2005" (November 2007, .pdf format, 25p.).

B. "Mid-2002 - 2005 Marital Status Population Estimates: England and Wales; estimated resident population by single year of age and sex; reflecting the revisions due to improved international migration" (November 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

C. "Mortality Statistics: Childhood, infant and perinatal:Revised to include 8 birthweight tables omitted from the original ARV: Review of the Registrar General on deaths in England and Wales, 2005" (November 2007, .pdf format, 152p.).

D. "Super Output Area mid-year population estimates for England and Wales (experimental) (Mid 2005)" (November 2007, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

E. "Interim Life tables" (November 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

5. Department for Work and Pensions Research Reports:

A. "Contracting out welfare to work in the USA: delivery lessons," by Dan Finn (Research Report 466, November 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).

B. "Survey of relationship breakdown and child maintenance: Interim report," by Anne Kazimirski and Eleanor Ireland (Research Report 468, November 2007, .pdf format, 25p.).

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Demographic Research Article: "Generations and Gender Survey (GGS): Towards a Better Understanding of Relationships and Processes in the Life Course," by Andres Vikat, Zsolt Spéder, Ariane Pailhé, Antonella Pinnelli, Anne Solaz, Gijs Beets, Francesco C. Billari, Christoph Bühler, Aline Désesquelles, Tineke Fokkema, Jan M. Hoem, Alphonse MacDonald, and Gerda Neyer (Vol. 17, Article 14, November 2007, .pdf format, p. 389 - 440).


Population Reference Bureau, Various:

A. "PopWire: Veterans Are More Likely to Be Homeless Than Other Civilians," by Sandra Yin (November 2007).

B. "Population, Health, and Environment News You Might Have Missed" (November 2007).


European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research Policy Brief: "Time Poverty or Time Welfare in Austrian Families? Impact of family factors on children’s school achievements," by Renate Kränzl-Nagl and Martina Beham (December 2007, .pdf format, 8p.),

Click on title under "Downloads" at the bottom of the page for link to full text.

More information about ECSWPR:


Canadian Council on Learning Report: "2007 Survey of Canadian Attitudes toward Learning: Results for elementary and secondary school learning" (November 2007, .pdf format, 45p.).

More information on CCL:


Economist Articles:

A. "Japanese immigration control: Giving you the finger" (Nov. 22, 2007).

B. "Europe and immigration: The trouble with migrants" (Nov. 22, 2007).

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Vienna Institute of Demography: "Preference Theory and Low Fertility: A Comparative Perspective," by Agnese Vital, Francesco C. Billari, Alexia Prskawetz and Maria Rita Testa (European Demographic Research Papers No. 2, 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).


The discussion on the causes of the most recent fertility decline in Europe, and in particular on the emergence of lowest low fertility, emphasises the relevance of cultural factors in addition to economic ones. Being part of such a cultural framework, the heterogeneity of preferences concerning the "career vs. family" dichotomy has been systematised in the "Preference Theory" approach developed by Catherine Hakim. So far, however, this heterogeneity in preferences has been underinvestigated in a comparative framework. This paper makes use of new comparative data from the 2004/05 Round of the European Social Survey to test the links between individual-level preferences and both fertility outcomes and intentions in a variety of social settings. Results confirm a link between work-family lifestyle preferences and realised fertility in a variety of European countries, while they do not support the relevance of lifestyle preferences for fertility intentions.


World Bank Development Program: "Surveying migrant households: a comparison of census-based, snowball, and intercept point surveys," by David J. McKenzie and Johan Mistiaen (WPS 4419, December 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 42p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 113, No. 3, November 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 Social Work (Vol. 7, No. 3, December 2007).

Population Studies (Vol. 61, Nos. 1, 2, March, July 2007).

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US House Judiciary Committee Hearing Publications:

A. "Comprehensive Immigration Reform: The Future of Undocumented Immigrant Students," a hearing held May 18, 2007 (House Serial Publication 110-36, .pdf format, 81p.).

B. "Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Becoming Americans: U.S. Immigrant Integration (Continued)," a hearing held May 23, 2007 (House Serial Publication 110-39, .pdf format, 87p.).

C. "Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Labor Movement Perspectives," a hearing held May 24, 2007. (House Serial Publication 110-40, .pdf format, 139p.).

D. "Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Business Community Perspectives," a hearing held Jun. 6, 2007 (House Serial Publication 110-41, .pdf format, 54p.).

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Luxembourg Income Study: On November 30, 2007, LIS provided notification about "registration renewal via the Internet." For more information:

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