Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #49, February 5, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau Compendium, News Releases:

A. Census Atlas of the United States (Census 2000 Special Report CENSR-29, 2007, .pdf format, 302p.). "We are pleased to present the complete content, in PDF format, of the recently published Census Atlas of the United States, the first comprehensive atlas of population and housing produced by the Census Bureau since the 1920s. The Census Atlas is a large-format publication about 300 pages long and containing almost 800 maps. Data from decennial censuses prior to 2000 support nearly 150 maps and figures, providing context and an historical perspective for many of the topics presented. A variety of topics are covered in the Census Atlas, ranging from language and ancestry characteristics to housing patterns and the geographic distribution of the population. A majority of the maps in the Census Atlas present data at the county level, but data also are sometimes mapped by state, census tract (for largest cities and metropolitan areas), and for selected American Indian reservations. The book is modern, colorful, and includes a variety of map styles and data symbolization."

B. "More Education Pays Off, As Do Certain Fields of Training" (CB08-16, Jan. 29, 2008). The news release links to detailed data tables (Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format). The data is from the Survey of Income and Program Participation, 2004 Panel, Wave 2.

C. "Census Bureau Releases State Estimates of Voting-Age Population," (CB08-21, Jan. 31, 2008). The news release links to detailed data tables (comma separated value [.csv] format).

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.).

3. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Fact Sheet: "Drug Offense Cases in Juvenile Courts, 1985-2004," by Anne Stahl (FS 200803, January 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

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US States:


Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism Reports:

A. "Population and Economic Projections for the State of Hawaii to 2035" (January 2008, .pdf format, 32p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

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

B. "State of Hawaii Data Book Timeseries" (Updated December 2007, Microsoft Excel format). "The time series data presented here are compiled from DBEDT Data Books published between 1962 and 2007. Only selected tables that have at least five years of continuous data are included. Section and table numbers are the same as those in the 2006 Data Book.

State of Hawaii 2006 Databook (December 2007, .pdf format, 786p.).


State Data Center Update: The SDC has updated the following data (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format: Iowa county level: "Total number of children in foster care: State fiscal years 2000-2007 (February 2008)."

See under Feb. 1, 2008 listing.

Michigan: Report: "LUCA (Local Updated Census Address) Participants from the State of Michigan (January 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 38p.).




State Data Center Report: "LUCA (Local Updated Census Address) Starter Files" (January 2008, ASCII text format, with documentation in .pdf format).


University of Wisconsin Applied Population Lab, Various:

A. "Wisconsin's Public School Enrollment: Past, Present, & Future," by Richelle Winkler and Sarah Kemp (Brief, Fall 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "Wisconsin’s Public School Enrollment: Past, Present, & Future," by Richelle Winkler and Sarah Kemp (Presentation to the, 87th Wisconsin State Education Convention, January 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).

C. "A Brief History of Immigration in Wisconsin," by David Long and Dan Veroff (Presented to Western Wisconsin Rural Immigration Summit, September 2007, .pdf format, 18p.).


Department of Health Report: "Wyoming 2006-2007 Provisional (Demographic) Data" (February 2008, .pdf format).

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NGO and Other Countries:

European Commission:

Eurostat Report: "European Social Statistics - Social protection Expenditure and receipts 2008- Data 1997-2005" (January 2008, .pdf format, 391p.).,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-DC-08-001



Bureau of Statistics Reports:

A. "Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends 2007" (December 2007).

B. "Criminal Courts, Australia, 2006-07" (January 2008, .pdf format, 109p., with tables in .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

C. "Schools, Australia, Preliminary, 2007" (January 2008, Data Cubes in SuperTABLE format). More information about SuperTABLE format is available at the site.

Click on the "Details" tab for link to full text.

D. "Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2008 (Edition 1)" (January 2008).

Click on "Contents" on the left side of the page for link to full text.



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports:

A. "Deaths 2005" (January 2008, .pdf format, 87p.).

B. "Aboriginal Peoples in Canada in 2006: Inuit, Métis and First Nations, 2006 Census: Findings" (January 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 52p.).



Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Report: "Headline Crime Statistics: Quarter 4 2007" (January 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).



Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Internal Migration in Israel 2003-2005" (December 2007, .pdf format, 111p., with ancillary information in Microsoft Word format, and tables in Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).



Statistics and Census Bureau Periodical: Monthly Bulletin of Statistics (January 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 79p.).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "One in five children attended formal childcare facilities in 2006," by Bart Huynen and Hans Kasperski (Jan. 31, 2008).

B. "Children from one-parent families more likely to switch to lower school type," by Lieke Stroucken (Feb. 5, 2008).


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Report: "Demographic Trends: 2007" (January 2008, 184p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Ministry of National Economy Compendium: Statistical Year Book 2007 (October 2007, .pdf format).



Scottish Executive Report: "Statistics on exclusions from Scottish schools in the academic year 2006/07" (January 2008, .pdf format, 25p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Statistical Office News Release: "Population, Slovenia, 30 September 2007," by Katja Kalin (Jan. 31, 2008).



Statistics Sweden Press Release: "General elections, election study 2006: White collar workers elected the new Moderates" (Jan. 31, 2008). The press release links to a SS report "General Elections in 2006: Part 4: Special Studies (January 2008, .pdf format, 339p. The report is in Swedish).



Federal Statistics Office Report: "Education Statistics 2007" (January 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).



1. Department for Work and Pensions Report: "Child Support Agency Quarterly Summary Statistics: December 2007" (January 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

Link to tables is at the bottom of the page.

2. Home Office Statistical Bulletin: "Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2006/07: (Supplementary Volume 2 to Crime in England and Wales 2006/07)" (January 2008, .pdf format, 100p.).

3. Ministry of Justice Reports:

A. "Population in custody: December 2007" (January 2008, .pdf format, 15p., with Microsoft Excel tables).

B. "Sentencing statistics brief: April to June 2007" (January 2008, .pdf format, 16p., with Microsoft Excel tables).

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Urban Institute Report: "Catalog of Administrative Data Sources for Neighborhood Indicators," by Claudia J. Coulton (January 2008, .pdf format, 43p.).


European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research Policy Brief: "The Labour Market Situation of People with Disabilities in EU25," by Isilda Shima, Eszter Zolyomi, and Asghar Zaidi (February 2008, .pdf format, 17p.).

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US Census Bureau: "Who Gentrifies Low Income Neighborhoods?" by Terra McKinnish, Randall Walsh, and T. Kirk White (CES-WP-08-02, January 2008, .pdf format, 43p.).


This paper uses confidential Census data, specifically the 1990 and 2000 Census Long- Form data, to study the demographic processes underlying the gentrification of low income urban neighborhoods during the 1990’s. In contrast to previous studies, the analysis is conducted at the more refined census-tract level with a narrower definition of gentrification and more narrowly defined comparison neighborhoods. The analysis is also richly disaggregated by demographic characteristic, uncovering differential patterns by race, education, age and family structure that would not have emerged in the more aggregate analysis in previous studies. The results provide little evidence of displacement of low-income non-white households in gentrifying neighborhoods. The bulk of the income gains in gentrifying neighborhoods are attributed to white college graduates and black high school graduates. It is the disproportionate in-migration of the former and the disproportionate retention and income gains of the latter that appear to be the main engines of gentrification.


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "The Effect of Hours of Work on Social Interaction," by Henry Saffer and Karine Lamiraud (w13743, January 2008, .pdf format, 25p.).


Over time, increases in hours of work per capita have created the intuitively plausible notion that there is less time available to pursue social interactions. The specific question addressed in this paper is the effect of hours of work on social interaction. This is a difficult empirical question since omitted factors could increase both hours of work and social interaction. The approach taken in this paper utilizes an exogenous decline in hours of work in France due to a new employment law. The results clearly show that the employment law reduced hours of work but there is no evidence that the extra hours went to increased social interactions. Although hours of work are not an important determinant of social interaction, human capital is found to be important. The effect of human capital, as measured by education and age, is positive for membership groups but negative for visiting relatives and friends. Also, contrary to expectations, there are no important differences in the determinants of social interaction by gender, marital status or parent status. Finally, a comparison between France and the US show that the response to human capital and other variables are much the same in both nations.

B. "What Do Economists Know About Crime?" by Angela K. Dills, Jeffrey A. Miron, and Garrett Summers (w13759, January 2008, .pdf format, 51p.).


One of the major social policy issues facing the U.S. in the first decade of the 21st century is the large number of Americans lacking health insurance. This article surveys the major economic issues around covering the uninsured. I review the facts on insurance coverage and the nature of the uninsured; focus on explanations for why the U.S. has such a large, and growing, uninsured population; and discuss why we should care if individuals are uninsured. I then focus on policy options to address the problem of the uninsured, beginning with a discussion of the key issues and available evidence, and then turning to estimates from a micro-simulation model of the impact of alternative interventions to increase insurance coverage.

C. "Effects of Weight on Children's Educational Achievement," by Robert Kaestner and Michael Grossman (w13764, January 2008, .pdf format, 35p.).


In this paper, we investigate the association between weight and children's educational achievement, as measured by scores on Peabody Individual Achievement Tests in math and reading, and grade attainment. Data for the study came from the 1979 cohort of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), which contains a large, national sample of children between the ages of 5 and 12. We obtained estimates of the association between weight and achievement using several regression model specifications that controlled for a variety of observed characteristics of the child and his or her mother, and time-invariant characteristics of the child. Our results suggest that, in general, children who are overweight or obese have achievement test scores that are about the same as children with average weight.


John F. Kennedy School of Government [Harvard University]: "Complexity and Targeting in Federal Student Aid: A Quantitative Analysis," by Susan Dynarski and Judith Scott-Clayton (Working Paper No. RWP08-005, January 2008, .pdf format, 44p.). Links to an abstract and full-text are available at:


Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "Economic insecurity and cohabitation strategies in Italy," by Christin Schroder (WP-2008-004, January 2008, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


United Nations Development Policy Programme: "Agency, education and networks : gender and international migration from Albania," by Guy Stecklov, Calogero Carletto, Carlo Azzarri, and Benjamin Davis (WPS 4507, February 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Segregation, Entrepreneurship and Work Values: The Case of France," by Claudia Senik and Thierry Verdier (Discussion Paper 319, January 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).


This paper studies the interaction between labor market integration, the evolution of "work values" and entrepreneurial capital inside minority communities. A simple model of labor market segmentation with ethnic capital and endogenous transmission of cultural values inside the minority group is presented. It emphasizes the role of entrepreneurial capital as an important driver of labor market integration and as a promoter of meritocratic work values inside the community. The case of South European and North African second generation immigrants in France is then empirically studied as an example, contrasting strongly how the differential economic and cultural integration in the labor market correlates with the differential level of entrepreneurial capital of the two communities.

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

Annals of Statistics (Vol. 36, No. 1, February 2008).

International Family Planning Perspectives (Vol. 33, No. 4, December 2007).

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33RD Annual SSHA (Social Science History Association) Meeting: "It's About Time: Temporality and Interdisciplinary Research" (Oct 23-26, 2008, Miami, Florida).



"Gender, Family Responsibility and Legal Change," (July 10-12, 2008, Brighton UK, East Sussex, United Kingdom).

"Poverty and Social Protection Conference 2008," (19 to 21 June 2008, Bangkok, Thailand).

"Variety of the European Family - 3rd European Congress on Family Science," (12 to 14 June 2008, Vienna, Austria).

"5th Global Conference: The Idea of education," (8 to 10 May 2008, Budapest, Hungary).

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions (Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 2008).


American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings from Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings from Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2008.

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Rand Corporation: "Indonesia Family Life Survey Wave 4." Rand has created this web page to track progress on IFLS4. Currently, information is available about the sample design and questionnaire. Copies of the actual questionnaire will be available soon.


Human Mortality Database: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database:

Jan. 24, 2008: Luxembourg (1960-2005) added to HMD.

Jan. 28, 2008: Data for Netherlands were revised and updated through 2006. Deaths for 1860, 1913, and 2000-2002 were revised.

Data availability:

Data access:


Australian Bureau of Statistics: Note: Many ABS data files are "Confidentialised Unit Record Files" (CURFs). For more information about accessing these files see:!OpenDocument

A. 4228.0.30.001: Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, Australia: Basic Confidentialised Unit Record File, 2006 (CURF) (January 2008).

B.4228.0.30.002 - Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, Australia: Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File, 2006 (CURF) (January 2008).

C. 4228.0.55.003 - Technical Manual: Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, Australia: Confidentialised Unit Record File, 2006


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Jan. 30-31, 2008, 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:

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