Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #48, January 29, 2008.

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1, Census Bureau Facts for Features: "Special Edition: Super Bowl XLII" (CB08-FFSE.01, Jan. 22, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

2, National Center for Education Statistics Issue Brief: "Recent Participation in Formal Learning Among Working-Age Adults with Different Levels of Education," by Gregory Kienzl (NCES 2008041, January 2008, .pdf format, 3p., with technical appendix, .pdf format, 1p., and standard error tables, .pdf format, 2p.).

3. Department of Health and Human Service, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research," edited by Deborah Dennis, Gretchen Locke, and Jill Khadduri (September 2007).

4. Government Accountability Office Report: "Bankruptcy and Child Support Enforcement: Improved Information Sharing Possible without Routine Data Matching" (GAO-08-100, January 2008, .pdf format, 35p.).

5. National Science Foundation Statistical Brief: "First-Time, Full-Time Graduate Student Enrollment in Science and Engineering Increases in 2006, Especially Among Foreign Students" (NSF 08-302. December 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

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US States:


State Data Center Updates: The SDC has released the following updates (.pdf and/or Microsoft Excel format): for Counties: "Family Investment Program (FIP) activity: 2000-2007"; "Food Assistance (formerly known as Food Stamps) Program: 2000-2007": State Maps (.pdf format): "County Population: 2006"; "County Population: 2000."

See Jan. 25, listing.

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. World Health Organization Compendium: World Health Statistics: 2007 (2007, .pdf format, 86p.).

2. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Report: "Asia-Pacific in Figures, 2006," (November 2007, .pdf format, 58p.).

3. Children's Fund Periodical: Progress for Children: A World Fit for Children Statistical Review (No. 7, December 2007, .pdf format, 68p.).


European Commission:

Eurostat Compendium: Cultural statistics (October 2007, .pdf format, 185p.).,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-77-07-296



Institute for Health and Welfare Reports:

A. "Public rental housing 2006-07: Commonwealth State Housing Agreement national data report" (January 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).

B. "State owned and managed Indigenous housing 2006-07: Commonwealth State Housing Agreement national data report" (January 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).

C. "Child protection Australia 2006-07" (January 2008, .pdf format, 104p.).



Institut national d'etudes demographques (INED) Periodical: Population and societies (No. 441, January 2008, .pdf format, 8p.). The feature article of this issue is: "A double disadvantage for manual workers: more years of disability and a shorter life expectancy," by Emmanuelle Cambois, Caroline Laborde, and Jean-Marie Robine.



Statistics Finland News Release: "Growth in the number of students in education leading to a qualification or degree has slowed down" (Jan. 25, 2008).



Statistics Iceland News Release: "Registered students in schools at the upper secondary and tertiary level in autumn 2007" (No. 10/2008, Jan. 22, 2008).



Statistics Bureau Periodical, Report:

A. Japan Monthly Statistics (January 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Population Estimates: August 1, 2007 (Final estimates) , January 1, 2008 (Provisional estimates) (January 2008, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "Most commuters live on the outskirts of town," by Bert Raets (Jan. 22, 2008).



Statistics Norway News Release: "Education statistics, annual accounts for private schools 2006: Subsidies remain main source of income" (Jan. 24, 2008). The news release links to four topical tables and one topical chart.



Central Bureau of Statistics Periodical:Statistical Bulletin (No. 12/2007, January 2008, .pdf, Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 224p.). The periodical is in Polish and English.



General Register Office Report: "Population Projections Scotland" (January 2008, .pdf, Microsoft Excel, and comma separated value [.csv] format).

Related News Release: "Population Projections for Scotland's Council Areas" (Jan. 22, 2008).



Statistics Sweden Press Release: "Localities 2005: Population and buildings" (Jan. 25, 2008).



State Statistics Committee Table: "Entities in the Unified State Register of Enterprises and Organizations of Ukraine by regions, as of 1 January 2008" (Jan. 21, 2008)



1. Home Office Report: "Crime in England and Wales: Quarterly Update to September 2007" (January 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

2. National Statistics Office Periodical, Report, News Release:

A. Monthly Digest of Statistics January 2008, edited by Dilys Rosen (January 2008, .pdf format, 179p.).

B. "General Household Survey Overview Report 2006" (January 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

C. "Suicides," (Jan. 25, 2008).

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Population Reference Bureau Articles:

A. "Kenya: The Demographics of a Country in Turmoil," by Sandra Yin and Mary Kent (January 2008).

B. "African-Born Blacks in the Washington, D.C., Metro Area," by Jill H. Wilson (January 2008).

C. "Take a Number: Population, Health, and Environment News You Might Have Missed" (January 2008).


Princeton University Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study Research Brief: "Mothers’ and Children's Poverty and Hardship in the Years Following a Non-Marital Birth," (Research Brief No. 41, January 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).


Pew Hispanic Center Factsheets:

A. "Statistical Portrait of Hispanics in the United States, 2006," by Felisa Gonzales (January 2008, .pdf and Excel format).

B. "Statistical Portrait of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States, 2006," (January 2008, .pdf and Excel format).


K.K. Agencies Encyclopaedia: Encyclopaedia of Cities and Towns in India. chief editor, N. Seshagiri (2008, 14 vols. in 27 parts.). "'Encyclopaedia of Cities and Towns in India' is a voluminous work giving authentic urban information about all 28 States and 7 Union Territories covering 5161 Cities and Towns. All facts and figures have been carefully and authoritatively collected. While approaching the subject objectively, we have rigidly applied documentary and professional standards." For more information see:

and search in Title for "Encyclopaedia of Cities and Towns in India"

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

A. "Market Work and Motherhood Decisions in Contexts," by Daniela Del Boca, Silvia Pasqua, and Chiara Pronzato (Discussion Paper No. 3303, January 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).


In this paper, we explore the impact of social policies and labour market characteristics on women’s decisions regarding work and childbearing, using data from the European Community Household Panel (ECHP). We estimate the two decisions jointly and, in addition to personal characteristics, include variables related to the childcare system, parental leave arrangements, family allowances, and labour market flexibility. Our empirical results show that a non-negligible portion of the differences in participation and fertility rates for women from different European countries can be attributed to the characteristics of these institutions, and that the environmental effects vary by educational level. While labour market arrangements, such as part-time opportunities (when well-paid and protected), have a larger impact on the outcomes of women with higher educational levels, childcare and optional parental leaves have a larger impact on the fertility and participation decisions of women at lower educational levels.

B. "Forced to Be Rich? Returns to Compulsory Schooling in Britain," by Paul Devereux and Robert A. Hart (Discussion Paper No. 3305, January 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).


Do students benefit from compulsory schooling? Researchers using changes in compulsory schooling laws as instruments have typically estimated very high returns to additional schooling that are greater than the corresponding OLS estimates and concluded that the group of individuals who are influenced by the law change have particularly high returns to education. That is, the Local Average Treatment Effect (LATE) is larger than the average treatment effect (ATE). However, studies of a 1947 British compulsory schooling law change that impacted about half the relevant population have also found very high instrumental variables returns to schooling (about 15%), suggesting that the ATE of schooling is also very high and higher than OLS estimates suggest. We utilize the New Earnings Survey Panel Data-set (NESPD), that has superior earnings information compared to the datasets previously used and find instrumental variable estimates that are small and much lower than OLS. In fact, there is no evidence of any positive return for women and the return for men is in the 4-7% range. These estimates provide no evidence that the ATE of schooling is very high.

C. "How Interethnic Marriages Affect the Educational Attainment of Children: Evidence from a Natural Experiment," by Jan C. van Ours, Justus Veenman (Discussion Paper No. 3308, January 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).


The allocation of Moluccan immigrants across towns and villages at arrival in the Netherlands and the subsequent formation of interethnic marriages resemble a natural experiment. The exogenous variation in marriage formation allows us to estimate the causal effect of interethnic marriages on the educational attainment of children from such marriages. We find that children from Moluccan fathers and native mothers have a higher educational attainment than children from ethnic homogeneous Moluccan couples or children from a Moluccan mother and a native father.

D. "Marriage and Divorce since World War II: Analyzing the Role of Technological Progress on the Formation of Households," by Jeremy Greenwood and Nezih Guner (Discussion Paper No. 3313, January 2008, .pdf format, 56p.).


Since World War II there has been: (i) a rise in the fraction of time that married households allocate to market work, (ii) an increase in the rate of divorce, and (iii) a decline in the rate of marriage. It is argued here that labor-saving technological progress in the household sector can explain these facts. This makes it more feasible for singles to maintain their own home, and for married women to work. To address this question, a search model of marriage and divorce, which incorporates household production, is developed. An extension looks back at the prewar era.

E. "The Effects on Stature of Poverty, Family Size and Birth Order: British Children in the 1930s," by Timothy J. Hatton and Richard M. Martin (Discussion Paper No. 3314, January 2008, .pdf format, 34p.).


This paper examines effects of socio-economic conditions on the standardised heights and body mass index of children in Interwar Britain. It uses the Boyd Orr cohort, a survey of predominantly poor families taken in 1937-9, which provides a unique opportunity to explore the determinants of child health in the era before the welfare state. We examine the trade-off between the quality (in the form of health outcomes) and the number of children in the family at a time when genuine poverty still existed in Britain. Our results provide strong support both for negative birth order effects and negative family size effects on the heights of children. No such effects are found for the body mass index (BMI). We find that household income per capita positively influences the heights of children but, even after accounting for this, the number of children in the family still has a negative effect on height. This latter effect is closely associated with overcrowding and particularly with the degree of cleanliness or hygiene in the household, which conditions exposure to factors predisposing to disease. We also analyse evidence collected retrospectively, which indicates that the effects of childhood conditions on height persisted into adulthood.


University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "Returns to College Education Reexamined: Individual Treatment Effects, Selection Bias, and Sorting Gain," by Shu-Ling Tsai and Yu Xie (PSC Research Report 08-631, January 2008, .pdf format, 55p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.

Click on the PDF icon for link to full text.

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University of Michigan National Poverty Center: "Analyzing Poverty and Socioeconomic Trends Using the American Community Survey (ACS): 2008 Summer Workshop," to be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jun. 23-27, 2008). For more information see:


University of Manchester [Lancashire, UK]: "Antisemitism and the Emergence of Sociological Theory," to be held Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2008. For more information see:

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US House Committee on Education and Labor Hearing Testimony: "Investing in Early Education: Paths to Improving Children's Success," a hearing held January 23, 2008 (.pdf format).

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National Center for Education Statistics: NCES has added the Educational Longitudinal Study: 2002 (ELS: 2002--base year through first follow-up data) to its interactive Data Analysis System:

Under "Select DAS by dataset, scroll to "ELS 2002/2006



Mexican Migration Project [Princeton University]: The Mexican Migration Project has released a new public use data file (MMP118). For more information about the file go to:


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 5608 -Scottish Household Survey, 2005-2006

SN 5760 -Growing Up in Scotland: Sweep 1, 2005-2006

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United Nations Statistics Division "2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme." "The website of the 2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme facilitates the international exchange and sharing of knowledge and information on census taking, as well as provision of guidance to countries, and monitoring progress on the implementation of the Programme.

The website presents practical information and guidelines on census methodology and on best practices to help countries plan and carry out a census, as well as an up-to-date account of national census taking activities and of provision of support to countries in the implementation of the census round. The website also provides information on national, regional and international activities related to the 2010 World Programme. A major component of the website is the census knowledge base that is a repository of documents on census methodology, including reports on what has been done by countries during their censuses."

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