Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #56, March 25, 2008.

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1. National Center for Education Statistics Compendium, Report:

A. Digest of Education Statistics, 2007 (NCES 2008022, March 2008, .pdf format, 687p.).

B."Trends in Undergraduate Borrowing II: Federal Student Loans in 1995-96, 1999-2000, and 2003-04," by Christina Chang Wei and Lutz Berkner (NCES 2008179, February 2008, .pdf format, 117p.).

2. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "Evolving Roles of Public and Private Agencies in Privatized Child Welfare Systems," by Elizabeth Lee and Cynthia Samples (March 2008, .pdf format, 25p.).

3. Department of Housing and Urban Development Periodical: U.S. Housing Market Conditions: 4th Quarter 2007 (March 2008, .pdf format, 100p.).

4. Government Accountability Office Report: "No Child Left Behind Act: Education Actions Could Improve the Targeting of School Improvement Funds to Schools Most in Need of Assistance" (GAO-08-380, February 2008, .pdf format, 55p.).

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US States:


Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism Report: "2007 County Population Estimates" (March 2008, .pdf, Microsoft Word, or Microsoft Excel format).


Stats Indiana Update: "County Population and Demographic Components of Population Change, 2007" (March 2008).

See under "Just Released" on the right side of the page.


State Data Center Updates: SDC released the following updates (all .pdf and Microsoft Excel format) on Mar. 20, 2008: County: "Annual population estimates and numeric and percent change: 2000- 2007"; "Cumulative population estimates and rankings for population and numeric and percent change: 2000-2007"; "Population estimates and components of change: 2000-2007"; "Population estimates and components of change: 2006-2007 rates"; "Number of counties by percent change categories: 1850-2007"; "Number of counties by population size categories: 1850-2007"; and "Population in counties by population size categories: 1850-2007." In addition, there are maps (.pdf format) for the following: "Population Estimates 2007"; "Population Gain or Loss: 2000-2007"; "Population Gain or Loss: 1900-2007"; "Population Percent Change: 2000-2007"; and "Population Percent Change: 1900-2007."

See under Mar. 20, 2008 listing.

Michigan: Report: "Estimated Population of Michigan Counties and Regions: 2000-2007" (March 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).,1607,7-160-17451_18668_41233-187899--,00.html


Department of Administration Report: "Minnesota Death Rates Are Falling" (March 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Compendium: Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2007 (2007, .pdf format, 189p.).


Czech Republic:

Statistical Office News Release: "Excess of number of births over deaths was the highest one in last 25 years" (March 2008, HTML and .Microsoft Word format, 3p.). The news release links to two topical tables (Microsoft Excel format).



Statistics Georgia Compendium: Statistical Yearbook of Georgia 2007 (March 2008, .pdf format, 327p.). The compendium is in Georgian and English.



Federal Statistics Office Press Release: "Number of school-leavers with higher education entrance qualification further increasing" (Mar. 20, 2008). The press release links to a German press release with a topical table.,templateId=renderPrint.psml



Department of Population Periodical: Statistical Reflections (Vol. 5, No. 2, Mar. 18, 2008, .pdf format, 2p.). The topic of this issue is "Vital events, January-December 2007."



Statistics Iceland News Release: "Births 2007" (Mar. 18, 2008). The news release links to several topical tables.



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "Dutch read fewer books, but bookshops record higher turnover rates," by Pieter Vankan (Mar. 18, 2008).



Statistics Norway Report: "Crime Statistics 2004: (March 2008, .pdf format, 124p., with accompanying tables in HTML format).



Central Statistical Office Report: "Vocational education in enterprises in Poland in 2005" (March 2008, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format, 141p.). The report is in Polish and English



Scottish Executive Reports:

A. "Teachers in Scotland 2007" (March 2008, .pdf format, 80p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Statistics Publication Notice: Lifelong Learning Series: Students in Higher Education at Scottish Institutions 2006-07" (March 2008, .pdf format, 24p.).

C. "SQA Attainment and School Leaver Qualifications in Scotland: 2006/07" (March 2008, .pdf format, 31p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).


Sri Lanka:

Department of Census and Statistics Report: "Poverty Indicators: Household Income and Expenditure Survey - 2006/07" (March 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).



Statistics Sweden Press Release: "Transition rate from upper secondary to higher education programmes: More women than men continue in higher education" (Mar. 17, 2008).



State Statistics Committee Reports:

A. "Migration of population in January 2008, by oblast" (March 2008).

B. "Natural increase in population in January 2008" (March 2008).

C. "Total population, as of February 1, 2008. Average annual populations January 2008" (March 2008).



National Statistics Office Report: "Mortality statistics: Deaths registered in 2006" (March 2008, .pdf format, 314p.).

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Brookings Institution Reports:

A. "Poverty, Programs, and Prices: How Adjusting for Costs of Living Would Affect Federal Benefit Eligibility," by Leah Beth Curran, Kimberly Furdell, Edward W. Hill, and Hal Wolman (March 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).

B. "Migration to Hot Housing Markets Cools Off," by William H. Frey (March 2008).


Urban Institute Briefs:

A. "Struggling to Stay Out of High-Poverty Neighborhoods: Lessons from the Moving to Opportunity Experiment," by Jennifer Comey, Xavier de Souza Briggs, and Gretchen Weismann (Metropolitan Housing and Communities Center Brief No. 6, March 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

B. "Can Escaping from Poor Neighborhoods Increase Employment and Earnings?" by Elizabeth Cove, Xavier de Souza Briggs, Margery Austin Turner, and Cynthia Duarte (Metropolitan Housing and Communities Center Brief No. 4, March 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

C. "Do Better Neighborhoods for MTO Families Mean Better Schools?" by Kadija Ferryman, Xavier de Souza Briggs, Susan J. Popkin, and Maria Rendon (Metropolitan Housing and Communities Center Brief No. 3, March 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

D. "Girls in the 'Hood: The Importance of Feeling Safe," by Susan J. Popkin, Tama Leventhal, and Gretchen Weismann (Metropolitan Housing and Communities Center Brief No. 3, March 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).


Pew Research Center Article:"Public Attitudes Toward the War in Iraq: 2003-2008," (March 2008).


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article: "Tracing information flow on a global scale using Internet chain-letter data," by David Liben-Nowell and Jon Kleinberg (Vol. 105, No. 12, Mar. 25, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 4633-4638). This article is available free of charge.

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Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "Marriage formation as a process intermediary between migration and childbearing," by Jan M. Hoem and Lesia Nedoluzhko (WP-2008-015, March 2008, .pdf format, 13p.).


In studies of differences in fertility between migrants and non-migrants, marriage interferes because migration can be motivated by an impending marriage or can entail entry into a marriage market with new opportunities. One would therefore expect elevated fertility after migration, although a competing theory states that on the contrary fertility ought to be reduced in the time around the move because migration temporarily disturbs the life of the migrant. In any case marriage appears as a process that is intermediary between migration and childbearing. To handle such issues it pays to have a technique that allows the analyst to separate any disruptive effects of migration from any boosting effects of marriage in studies of childbearing. The purposes of the present paper is (i) to remind us that such a technique is available, in fact is straightforward, and (ii) to apply the technique to further analyze a set of data on migration and first-time parenthood in Kyrgyzstan recently used by the second author and Gunnar Andersson. The technique has the neat feature that it allows us to operate with several "clocks" at the same time. In the analysis of first births we keep track of time since migration (for migrants) and time since marriage formation (for the married) beside the respondentís age (for women at childbearing ages); in other connections there may be more clocks. For such analyses we make use of a flexible graphical housekeeping device that allows the analyst to keep track of a feature like whether migration occurs before or after marriage, or at the same time. This is a half-century-old flow chart of statuses and transitions and is not much more complex that the famous Lexis diagram, which originated with Gustav Zeuner, as we now know. These reflexions were first presented at a symposium dedicated to Professor Zeuner.


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Panic on the Streets of London: Police, Crime and the July 2005 Terror Attacks," by Mirko Draca, Stephen Machin, and Robert Witt (Discussion Paper 3410, March 2008, .pdf format, 50p.).


In this paper we study the causal impact of police on crime by looking at what happened to crime before and after the terror attacks that hit central London in July 2005. The attacks resulted in a large redeployment of police officers to central London boroughs as compared to outer London--in fact, police deployment in central London increased by over 30 percent in the six weeks following the July 7 bombings. During this time crime fell significantly in central relative to outer London. Study of the timing of the crime reductions and their magnitude, the types of crime which were more likely to be affected and a series of robustness tests looking at possible biases all make us confident that our research approach identifies a causal impact of police on crime. Implementing an instrumental variable approach shows an elasticity of crime with respect to police of approximately -0.3, so that a 10 percent increase in police activity reduces crime by around 3 percent.


Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]: "Leaving Home and the Chances of Being Poor: the Case of Young People in Southern European Countries," by Lavinia Parisi (WP 2008-12, March 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).


This paper analyses, for Southern European countries, the link between the poverty status of young people who leave home and the economic status of their family of origin. First we model the poverty status of those who leave home while also accounting for the fact that youths from better-off households are more likely to leave home (a sample selection model). Second we address the time at risk of leaving home using a competing risks duration model. Estimates from both approaches suggest that young people delay leaving home because it may increase their chances of being poor. Moreover both approaches indicate that young people who have left home are more likely to be poor if their family of origin is poor and that differences across countries are not statistically significant.

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

American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 113, No. 5, March 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

Annals of Statistics (Vol. 36, No. 2, April 2008).

Journal of the American Statistical Association (Vol. 103, No. 481, March 2008). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Latin American Research Review (Vol. 43, No. 1, 2008). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

Population and Development Review (Vol. 34, No. 1, March 2008).

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 25, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Mar. 25, 2008.

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US Census Bureau: "The latest county and Puerto Rico municipio population estimates - for July 1, 2007 - were released March 20, 2008." For more information, see the Census Bureau press release:

To download the estimates go to:


US National Center for Education Statistics: "2003-2004 Private School Universe Survey (PSS) Data File User's Manual and Survey Documentation," by Steven Tourkin, Nancy Swaim, Xiaodong Guan, Jennifer Peterson, Dennis Schwanz, Toni Warner, Randall Parmer, Meagan Wilson, Stephen Broughman, and Elizabeth Walter (NCES 2008314, March 2008, .pdf format, 201p.).

US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service: ERS has updated their State Fact Sheets to included "[t]he latest (2007) data on population ."


National Longitudinal Survey: National Longitudinal Survey: The Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State University has released the following data update:

DCYA-2004-Rev2 NLSY79 Child/Young Adult 1979-2004 Data Release R12.2

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Panel Study Of Income Dynamics Bibliography Update: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

Crosnoe, Robert and Trinitapoli, Jenny. Shared Family Activities and the Transition From Childhood to Adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence. 2008; 18(1):23-48.

Nam, Yunju. Welfare Reform and Asset Accumulation: Asset Limit Changes, Financial Assets, and Vehicle Ownership. Social Science Quarterly. 2008; 89(1):133-154.

Sabia, Joseph J. There's No Place Like Home: A Hazard Model Analysis of Aging in Place Among Older Homeowners in the PSID. Research On Aging. 2008; 30(1):3-35.

Shuey, Kim M. and Willson, Andrea E. Cumulative Disadvantage and Black-White Disparities in Life-Course Health Trajectories. Research on Aging. 2008; 30(2):200-225.

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