Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #54, March 11, 2008.

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1. Government Accountability Office Announcement: "2010 Census: Automation Problems and Uncertain Costs and Plans May Jeopardize the Success of the Decennial and Warrant Immediate Attention" Designation as High Risk" (Mar. 5, 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

2. Census Bureau Facts for Features: "Cinco de Mayo" (CB08-FF.07, Mar. 5, 2008).

3. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "Ten Years After College: Comparing the Employment Experiences of 1992-93 Bachelor’s Degree Recipients with Academic and Career-Oriented Majors," by Susan P. Choi, Ellen M. Bradburn, and C. Dennis Carroll (NCES 2008155, March 2008, .pdf format, 141p.).

B. "Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2006, and Salaries of Full-Time Instructional Faculty, 2006-07," by Laura G. Knapp, Janice E. Kelly-Reid, and Scott A. Ginder (NCES 2008172, March 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).

4. Department of Heath & Human Services Report: "Characteristics and Dynamics of Homeless Families with Children: Final Report," by Debra J. Rog, Scott Holupka, and Lisa C. Patton (March 2008, HTML and .pdf formats).

5. National Science Foundation InfoBrief: "An Overview of Science, Engineering, and Health Graduates: 2006," by Steven Proudfoot (NSF 08-304, March 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

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US States:

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical: Population Bulletin (Vol. 24, No. 3, March 2008, .pdf format, 3p.). The topic of this issue is: "Poverty Estimates for Persons in North Dakota: 2005."


University of Wisconsin Applied Population Laboratory Newsletter: Population Notes (March 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

European Commission:

Eurostat Compendium, Report:

A. Euro-Mediterranean statistics (March 2008, .pdf format, 220p.).,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-DI-07-001

B. "The life of women and men in Europe - A statistical portrait" (March 2008, .pdf format, 243p.).,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-80-07-135


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Report: "Gender and Sustainable Development: Maximising the Economic, Social and Environmental Role of Women," (2008, .pdf format, 80p.).



Instituto Brasiliero de Geografie e Estatica (IBGE) News Release: "Unions between older women and younger men are increasing" (Mar. 7, 2008). The release is in Portuguese, with a short explanation in English.



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report: "The Demographic Foundations of Rising Employment and Earnings Among Single Mothers in Canada and the United States, 1980 to 2000," by John Myles, Feng Hou, Garnett Picot and Karen Myers (Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series No. 305, March 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).



Statistics Denmark Focus: "Households and families" (Mar. 7, 2008).



Statistics Iceland News Release: "Population by municipalities and urban nucleis 1 January 2008" (No. 31/2008, Mar. 4, 2008).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Upward trend emigration discontinued," by Han Nicolaas and Elma van Agtmaal-Wobma (Feb. 28, 2008).

B. "Dutch have average Internet skills," by Marjolein Korvorst and Ger Linden (Mar. 4, 2008).

C. "8.5 thousand Kosovars in the Netherlands," by Lada Mulalic and Carel Harmsen (Mar. 4, 2008).


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealan/Tatauranga Aotearoa "Hot off the Press":

A. "Student Loans and Allowances: 2006" (February 2008, .pdf format, 20p., with accompanying tables in Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Internet Service Provider Survey: September 2007" (March 2008, .pdf format, 12p., with accompanying tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Population statistics. Marriages and divorces. 2007: Increase in marriages in 2007" (Feb. 25, 2008). The news release links to two topical tables.

B. "Offences reported to the police, 2007: Decrease in thefts" (Mar. 6, 2008).



National Statistics Office News Releases: "Reported Foreign Births: 2004" (Mar. 3, 2008).



Central Statistical Office Report: "Statistical Bulletin - Podkarpackie Voivodship" (February 2008, .pdf format, 84p.).



UK National Statistics Office Report: "Pupils in Scotland, 2007" (February 2008, .pdf 104p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Statistical Office Communication: "Pupils of primary schools in the Republics of Serbia: Beginning of 2007/2008 school year" (March 2008, .pdf format, 18p.).



Statistical Office News Release: "Women in Slovenia," by Nelka Vertot (Mar. 6, 2008).


South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Reports:

A. "Community Survey 2007 Statistical Release Basic Results Municipalities" (March 2008, .pdf format, 112p.).

B. "Community Survey 2007, Key Municipal Data" (March 2008, .pdf format, 336p.).



Statistics Sweden News Releases: "Panel of students for longitudinal studies, School Year 2006/07: More than 10 percent of 8th grade students participate in remedial education" (Mar. 4, 2008).



State Statistics Committee Reports:

A.. "Exports-Imports of commodities for 2007, by region of Ukraine" (February 2008).

B. "Commodity Pattern of Foreign Trade of Ukraine, 2007" (February 2008).

C. "Ukraine’s Foreign Trade in Goods, 2007" (February 2008).



1. Department for Children, Schools, and Families First Release: "The Level of Highest Qualification Held by Adults: England 2007" (February 2008, .pdf format, 18p.).

2. Communities and Local Government Report: "Revised projections of households for the English regions to 2026" (February 2008, HTML, Microsoft Word, or Microsoft Excel format).

3. Ministry of Justice Statistical Bulletins:

A. "End of custody licence releases and recalls statistics: January 2008" (February 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 8p.).

B. "Population in custody: January 2008" (February 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 13p.).

4. National Statistics Office News Reports, Release:

A. "National Park mid-year population and age estimates for England and Wales (experimental) 2005" (February 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Parliamentary Constituency mid-year population population and age estimates for England and Wales (experimental) 2005" (February 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

C. "Ward mid-year population and age estimates for England and Wales (experimental) Mid 2001-2005" (February 2008, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

D. "Quarterly Population and Age Estimates (experimental): June 1997-December 2007 (February 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

E. "Conception rate for women aged40 and over reaches record high" (News release, Feb. 28, 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

5. Department for Work and Pensions Research Report: "Routes onto Incapacity Benefit: Findings from a survey of recent claimants," by Peter A. Kemp and Jacqueline Davidson (Research Report No. 469, March 2008, .pdf format, 120p.).

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Demographic Research Article: "Recent fertility decline in Eritrea: Is it a conflict-led transition?" by Gebremariam Woldemicael (Vol. 18, Article 2, March 2008, .pdf format, p. 27-58).


Brookings Institution Report: "Race, Immigration and America’s Changing Electorate," by William H. Frey (March 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).


Urban Institute Reports:

A. "The Cost of the Death Penalty in Maryland," by John Roman, Aaron Chalfin, Aaron Sundquist, Carly Knight and Askar Darmenov (March 2008.,pdf format, 64p.).

B. "Ten Key Findings from Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives," by Karin Martinson and Demetra Smith Nightingale (March 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).


Hoover Institution [Stanford University] Report: "Education and Economic Growth," by Eric Hanushek, Dean T. Jamison, Eliot A. Jamison and Ludger Woessmann (In HTML and .pdf format, 10p.).



More information about HI:


Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Report:"HUD Budget Contains Major Funding Shortfalls: Congress Needs to Add 6.5 Billion Dollars to Administration’s Request to Avoid Cuts In Assistance for Low-Income Families," by Barbara Sard, Douglas Rice, and Will Fischer (March 2008. In HTML and .pdf format, 18p.).

More information about CBPP:


Science Article Abstract: "Antisocial Punishment Across Societies," by Benedikt Herrmann, Christian Thöni, and Simon Gächter (Vol. 319, No. 5868, March 7, 2008, p. 1362-1367).

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University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "Do Battered Mothers Have More Fetal and Infant Deaths? Evidence from India," by Nan Johnson and Manisha Sengupta (PSC Research Report No. 08-634, March 2008, .pdf format, 12p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


US Census Bureau. Center for Economic Studies.

A. "Trends in the Relative Household Income of Working-Age Men with Work Limitations: Correcting the Record Using Internal Current Population Survey Data," by Richard Burkhauser and Jeff Larrimore (CES-WP-08-05. March 2008,.pdf format, 42p.).


Previous research measuring the economic well-being of working-age men with work limitations relative to such men without work limitations in the public use March Current Population Survey (CPS) systematically understates the mean household income of both groups; overstates the relative household income of those with work limitations; and understates the decline in their relative household income over time. Using the internal March CPS, we demonstrate this by creating a cell mean series beginning in 1975 that provides the mean reported income of all topcoded persons for each source of income in the public use March CPS data. Using our cell mean series with the public use March CPS, we closely match the yearly mean income of working-age men with and without work limitations over the period 1987-2004 in the internal data and show that this match is superior to ones using alternative methods of correcting for topcoding currently used in the disability literature. We then provide levels and trends in the relative income of working-age men with work limitations from 1980-2006, the earliest year in the March CPS that such comparisons can be made.

B. "Preschoolers Enrolled and Mothers at Work? The Effects of Universal Pre-Kindergarten," by Maria Fitzpatrick (CES-WP-08-04. March 2008,.pdf format, 61p.).


Three states (Georgia, Oklahoma and Florida) recently introduced Universal Pre- Kindergarten (Universal Pre-K) programs offering free preschool to all age-eligible children, and policy makers in many other states are promoting similar policies. How do such policies affect the participation of children in preschool programs (or do they merely substitute for preschool offered by the market)? Does the implicit child care subsidy afforded by Universal Pre-K change maternal labor supply? I present a model that includes preferences for child quality and shows the directions of change in preschool enrollment and maternal labor supply in response to Universal Pre-K programs are theoretically ambiguous. Using restricted-access data from the Census, together with year and birthday based eligibility cutoffs, I employ a regression discontinuity framework to estimate the effects of Universal Pre-K availability. Universal Pre-K availability increases preschool enrollment by 12 to 15 percent, with the largest effect on children of women with less than a Bachelor’s Degree. Universal Pre-K availability has little effect on the labor supply of most women. However, women residing in rural areas in Georgia increase their children’s preschool enrollment and their own employment by 22 and 20 percent, respectively, when Universal Pre-K is available.


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Caste, Kinship and Sex Ratios in India," by Tanika Chakraborty and Sukkoo Kim (w13828, March 2008, .pdf format, .pdf format, 40p.).


This paper explores the relationship between kinship institutions and sex ratios in India at the turn of the twentieth century. Since kinship rules varied by caste, language, religion and region, we construct sex-ratios by these categories at the district-level using data from the 1901 Census of India for Punjab (North), Bengal (East) and Madras (South). We find that the female to male sex ratio varied inversely by caste-rank, rose as one moved from the North to the East and then to the South, was lower for Hindus than Muslims, and was lower for the northern Indo-Aryan rather than the southern Dravidian speaking peoples. We also find that the female deficit was greater in wheat growing regions and in areas with higher rainfall and alluvial soil. We argue that these systematic patterns in the data are largely explained by variations in the institution of family, kinship and inheritance.

B. "Education and Labor Market Consequences of Teenage Childbearing: Evidence Using the Timing of Pregnancy Outcomes and Community Fixed Effects," by Jason M. Fletcher and Barbara L. Wolfe (w13847, March 2008, .pdf format, 39p.).


The question of whether giving birth as a teenager has negative economic consequences for the mother remains controversial despite substantial research. In this paper, we build upon existing literature, especially the literature that uses the experience of teenagers who had a miscarriage as the appropriate comparison group. We show that miscarriages are not random events, but rather are likely correlated with (unobserved) community-level factors, casting some doubt on previous findings. Including community-level fixed effects in our specifications lead to important changes in our estimates. By making use of information on the timing of miscarriages as well as birth control choices preceding the teenage pregnancies we construct more relevant control groups for teenage mothers. We find evidence that teenage childbearing likely reduces the probability of receiving a high school diploma by 5 to 10 percentage points, reduces annual income as a young adult by $1,000 to $2,400, and may increase the probability of receiving cash assistance and decrease years of schooling.


Center for Research on Child Wellbeing [Princeton University]: "Effects of Paternal Presence and Family Stability on Child Cognitive Performance," by Terry-Ann Craigie (Working Paper 20087-03-FF, March 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).


This study uses data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) to examine the effects of a father's presence on the cognitive performance of his pre-school aged child. Cognitive performance is measured by the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT), a well-known indicator of cognitive ability and academic readiness for young children. Like previous studies, the richness of the data is exploited by including numerous covariates in the OLS regression model. In addition, the study also employs a Proxy Variable-OLS Solution to dealing with the problem of omitted variable bias. Subsequently, causal inferences can be made from the empirical findings. The study finds two distinct effects of paternal presence based on whether the child belongs to a stable versus disruptive family structure. The empirical results indicate that cognitive outcomes are statistically similar for children in stable single-parent and stable two-parent family households. However, disruptive family structures, characterized by a father's partial presence in the home, are shown to have deleterious effects on cognitive performance compared to a stable single-parent family structure where the father has never even been present. One profound implication of these findings is the importance of family stability above family structure in producing positive child outcomes. Moreover, there is suggestive evidence that the effect of disruptive paternal presence is significantly larger for girls than for boys.


Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research:

A. "Sex-specific growth and effects of hatching condition in the reversed sexually size-dimorphic great skua," by Ellen Kalmback, Richard Griffiths, and Robert W. Furness (WP-2007-011, March 2008, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "MAXIM: a system for simulation of demographic processes in populations of related individuals. Version 2.3. User and programmer manual," by Arseniy S. Karkach (WP-2007-010, March 2008, .pdf format, 78p.).


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: The Rise and Fall of the American Jewish PhD," by Barry R. Chiswick (Discussion Paper No. 3384, March 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).


his paper is concerned with trends over the post-WWII period in the employment of American Jews as College and University teachers and in their receipt of the PhD. The empirical analysis is for PhD production from 1950 to 2004 and Jews are identified by the Distinctive Jewish Name (DJN) technique. Descriptive statistics and multiple regression analyses are reported. Central roles are played in the regression analysis by variables for military conscription, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and US government funding for research and development. Among the DJNs, the simple data show that male PhD graduates increased in number in the post-war period up to early 1970s, and declined thereafter. Among DJN women, however, annual PhD production increased throughout the period. The ratio of DJN to all PhDs declined throughout the period for both men and women. Other variables the same, male DJN PhD production increased to about 1967 and then declined, while for DJN females it increased throughout the period. The ratio of DJN to all PhDs started to decline among men in the 1950s and continued thereafter, while among women the DJN share increased until about 1979, and then declined. These data are consisted with the hypothesis that discrimination against Jews in salaried professional occupations declined in the post-WWII period earlier in College and University teaching than in other sectors of the economy that do not require a PhD degree for employment.


Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]: "Assessing the Effect of Data Collection Mode on Measurement," by Annette Jäckle, Caroline Roberts, and Peter Lynn (ISER Working Paper No. 2008-08, February 2008, .pdf format, 23p.).


We review the methods typically used to assess the effects of mode on measurement and data comparability and then discuss some of the challenges, including 1) the need to avoid confounding effects, 2) the sensitivity of conclusions to methods of analysing experimental mode comparison data, 3) the difficulty of assessing whether measurement differences matter in practice, and 4) the assessment of which mode provides better measurement. We illustrate the challenges and implications of mixed modes research for survey design with examples from experiments conducted in the context of the European Social Survey (ESS). The paper concludes with implications for mixed modes research.


Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: "Power over Prosecutors Corrupts Politicians: Cross Country Evidence Using a New Indicator," by Anne van Aaken, Lars P. Feld, and Stefan Voigt (WP 2245, March 2008, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

History of the Family (Vol. 13, No. 1, 2008).

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 11, 2008.

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Mar. 11, 2008

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National Longitudinal Survey: The Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State University recently released the following documentation:

CHD-2006-Prelim Child and Child Self-Administered Supplements 2006, Preliminary

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National Center for Education Statistics: "National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Restricted-Use Data Files Available, and the Variables in Each File," (March 2008, Excel and comma-delimited format).


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Mar. 3-11, which may be of interest to Economics 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:

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

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Recent Additions to the DISC Country Statistical Yearbook Pages. The University of Wisconsin Data and Information Services Center has recently updated its Country Statistical Yearbook link pages. The following have been added: "Asia-Pacific in Figures 2006; New Zealand: 2007 Demographic Trends; Oman: Statistical Yearbook 2007; Census Atlas of the United States; US: County and City Databook: 2007; Mauritius in Figures: 2004 and Health Statistics Annual 2006; Bosnia and Herzegovina: Statistical Yearbook: 2007; Croatia Statistical Yearbook: 2007; Statistical Yearbook of the Czech Republic: 2007; Denmark in Figures 2008; and Eurostat: Euro-Mediterranean statistics.

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