Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #57, April 1, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau Reports:

A. "The Geographic Distribution and Characteristics of Older Workers in Colorado: 2004," by Cynthia Taeuber and Matthew R. Graham (LED-OW04-CO, March 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

B. "The Geographic Distribution and Characteristics of Older Workers in Wisconsin: 2004," by Cynthia Taeuber and Matthew R. Graham (LED-OW04-WI, March 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

2. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "Characteristics of Private Schools in the United States: Results from the 2005-2006 Private School Universe Survey," by Stephen P. Broughman, Nancy L. Swaim, and Patrick W. Keaton (NCES 2008315, March 2008, .pdf format, 59p.).

3. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Report: "More about the Dads: Exploring Associations between Nonresident Father Involvement and Child Welfare Case Outcomes," (March 2008, HTML and.pdf format, 22p.).

4. Government Accountability Office Report: "Disconnected Youth: Federal Action Could Address Some of the Challenges Faced by Local Programs That Reconnect Youth to Education and Employment," (GAO-08-313, February 2008, .pdf format, 58p.).

5. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General Report: "Division of Unaccompanied Children's Services: Efforts To Serve Children" (OEI-07-06-00290, March 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).


OIG found that most children were placed and released in accordance with the Flores Agreement, with 84 percent of children admitted to a facility within 3 days of apprehension. However, all children's case files lacked at least one required document that would indicate whether a child received medical or mental health services or participated in educational or recreational activities. Additionally, the Division of Unaccompanied Children's Services provided limited oversight of facilities.

Finally, no explicit agreement exists between the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS) regarding information exchange and postrelease activities. OIG recommended that ACF (1) enforce documentation requirements to ensure that needs are assessed and care provided; (2) enhance and define field staff role in ongoing oversight; and (3) establish a memorandum of understanding between HHS and DHS.

In its written comments to the draft report, ACF did not indicate whether it concurred with our recommendations. ACF did indicate that it agrees that the monitoring of facility documentation and practices is needed; that ORR will include random interviews with children and case file reviews as part of the routine responsibilities for Federal field specialists; and that ORR is drafting a Joint Operations Manual with DHS, with the ultimate goal of drafting a Memorandum of Understanding. We ask that, in its final management decision, ACF more clearly indicate whether it concurs with our recommendations and what steps, if any, it will take to implement them.

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US States:


State Data Center Updates: The SDC updated the following files on Mar. 27, 2008 (all .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

For Iowa:

A. Metropolitan Areas: Annual population estimates and numeric and percent change: 2000- 2007; Population estimates and components of change: 2000-2007; Rankings for population and numeric and percent change: 2000-2007

B. Micropolitan Areas: Annual population estimates and numeric and percent change: 2000- 2007; Rankings for population and numeric and percent change: 2000-2007

C. Combined Statistical Areas: Annual population estimates and numeric and percent change: 2000- 2007; Rankings for population and numeric and percent change: 2000-2007

See Mar. 27, 2008 listings.


State Data Center Report: "U.S. Census Bureau's 2007 Population Estimates for Maryland's Jurisdictions" (March 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

New Jersey:

Department of Health Interactive Web Query Update: "Marriage Data - State and County Tables." The tables have been updated through 2005 (HTML and comma separated value [.csv] format).

North Dakota:

State Data Center Reports:

A. "Changing Culture in North Dakota and Minnesota," by Richard Rathge (Presentation to The Village Training Institute, Moorhead, MN, March 2008, Microsoft PowerPoint format, 36 slides).


B. "Annual Estimates of the Population for Counties of North Dakota: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007" (March 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 1p.).



Department of Health Reports:

A. "Birth and Death Statistics, 1990-2006" (March 2008, .pdf format).

B. "Preliminary 2006 Deaths By County and Municipality" (March 2008, .pdf format).


Department of Administration and Information Report: "Annual Estimates of the Population for Counties of Wyoming: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007" (March 2008, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format, 2p., with maps (.pdf format, 2p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. Department of Economic and Social Affairs Report: "Strengthening Efforts to Eradicate Poverty and Hunger; Dialogues at the Economic and Social Council," (2007, .pdf format, 278p.).

2. United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Report: "Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2008," (March 2008, .pdf format, 190p.).



Queensland Government Information Brief: "Australian Demographic Statistics: September Quarter 2007" (March 2008, .pdf format, 1p.).



Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) Press Releases:

A. "In 2006, 10 million households received money from social programs" (Mar. 28, 2008). The brief English release is followed by a more detailed Portuguese release.

B. "1.4 million Brazilian children from 5 to 13 years old work" (Mar. 28, 2008). The brief English release is followed by a more detailed Portuguese release.



Statistics Finland News Release: "The population of Finland in 2007" (Mar. 28, 2008). The news release links to several topical tables and figures.



Institut national d'etudes demographques (INED) Periodical: Population and societies (No. 443, March 2008, .pdf format, 4p.). The feature article of this issue is: "The population of France in 2007," by Gilles Pison.



Statistics Iceland News Release: "Theatres and theatre groups, the theatrical season 2006-2007" (Mar. 25, 2008).



Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Complete Life Tables of Israel 2002-2006" (March 2008, .pdf format, 35p., with tables in Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format, and ancillary information in Microsoft Word format).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "National problems hardly related to regions," by Hans Schmeets (Mar. 27, 2008).

B. "Half of Dutch population think their neighbourhoods are subject to decay," by Leanne Houben (Mar. 27, 2008).

C. "Shorter period on income support increases chance of coming off it" (Apr. 1, 2008).



Statistics Norway News Release: "Population changes, annual: Population development 1951-2008" (Mar. 27, 2008).


St. Lucia:

St. Lucian Statistics Compendium: The Annual Statistical Digest 2006 (March 2008, .pdf format, 160p.).



State Statistics Committee Report: "Foreign citizens who visited Ukraine in 2007 year, by countries" (March 2008).



1. Department for Children's, Schools, and Families Report: "Participation Rates in Higher Education: Academic Years 1999/2000-2006/07 (Provisional)" (March 2008, .pdf format, 13p.).

2. Ministry of Justice Report: "Population in custody: February 2008" (March 2008, .pdf format, 13p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

3. National Statistics Office Periodicals:

A. Population Trends 131 - Spring 2008 (March 2008, .pdf format, 72p.).

B. "Monthly Digest of Statistics March 2008," edited by Dilys Rosen (March 2008, .pdf format, 135p.).

C. "Marriage, Divorce and Adoption Statistics - Series FM2 2005" (March 2008, .pdf format, 113p.).

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Urban Institute Reports:

A. "Integration of Immigrants in Maryland's Growing Economy," by Randolph Capps and Karina Fortuny (March 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

B. "Making a Difference? The Effect of Teach for America on Student Performance in High School," by Zeyu Xu, Jane Hannaway, and Colin Taylor (March 2008, .pdf format, 43p.).

C. "America's Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs: Education and Training Requirements in the Next Decade and Beyond," by Harry Holzer and Robert I. Lerman (March 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).

D. "Evaluation of LA's HOPE: Ending Chronic Homelessness through Employment and Housing Final Report," by Martha R. Burt (September 2007, .pdf format, 45p.).


Rand Corporation Report: "Sanctions in the CalWORKs Program," by Jacob Alex Klerman and Jane McClure Burstain (March 2008, .pdf format 154p.).


Weekly Standard Article: "The Supreme Penalty: Arguing about the death penalty yet again," by Erin Sheley (Vol. 13, No. 28, Mar. 31, 2008).


Springer Monograph: People, Population Change and Policies, edited by Charlotte Hohn, Dragana Avramov, and Irena E. Kotowska (2008, forthcoming, 444p., ISBN: 978-1-4020-6608-5). For more information see:


Demographic Research Article: "Fertility trends by social status," by Vegard Skirbekk (Vol. 18, Article 5, March 2008, .pdf format, p. 145-180).

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National Bureau of Economic Resarch: "Changes in the Characteristics of American Youth: Implications for Adult Outcomes," by Joseph G. Altonji, Prashant Bharadwaj, and Fabian Lange (w13883, March 2008, .pdf format, 34p.).


We examine changes in the characteristics of American youth between the late 1970s and the late 1990s, with a focus on characteristics that matter for labor market success. We reweight the NLSY79 to look like the NLSY97 along a number of dimensions that are related to labor market success, including race, gender, parental background, education, test scores, and variables that capture whether individuals transition smoothly from school to work. We then use the re-weighted sample to examine how changes in the distribution of observable skills affect employment and wages. We also use more standard regression methods to assess the labor market consequences of differences between the two cohorts. Overall, we find that the current generation is more skilled than the previous one. Blacks and Hispanics have gained relative to whites and women have gained relative to men. However, skill differences within groups have increased considerably and in aggregate the skill distribution has widened. Changes in parental education seem to generate many of the observed changes


Institute of Behavioral Science [University of Colorado-Boulder]: "Socioeconomic Context and the Association between Marriage and Mexico-U.S. Migration," by Fernando Riosmena (POP2008-05, March 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).


In this paper we analyze how the association between Mexico-U.S. migration and marriage varies across socioeconomic settings in places of origin. Using Mexican Migration Project data, and employing bilevel survival analysis with controls for socioeconomic, migrant network, and marriage market characteristics, we find that the pre-to-post-marriage migration gradient was sharpest in areas of recent industrialization, where female employment in manufacturing might have diminished the need for postmarital migration while complementing household income. Marital status was not significant in smaller rural areas, where age-profiles of earnings are flatter and female work is unpaid, making migration attractive later in the life course.


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany: "Women’s Liberation: What’s in It for Men?" by Matthias Doepke, and Michèle Tertilt (Discussion Paper 3421, March 2008, .pdf format, 53p.).


The nineteenth century witnessed dramatic improvements in the legal rights of married women. Given that these changes took place long before women gained the right to vote, they amounted to a voluntary renouncement of power by men. In this paper, we investigate men’s incentives for sharing power with women. In our model, women’s legal rights set the marital bargaining power of husbands and wives. We show that men face a tradeoff between the rights they want for their own wives (namely none) and the rights of other women in the economy. Men prefer other men’s wives to have rights because men care about their own daughters and because an expansion of women’s rights increases educational investments in children. We show that men may agree to relinquish some of their power once technological change increases the importance of human capital. We corroborate our argument with historical evidence on the expansion of women’s rights in England and the United States.


World Bank Policy Research Programme: "Pitfalls of participatory programs : evidence from a randomized evaluation in education in India," by Abhijit V. Banerjee, Rukmini Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster and Stuti Khemani (WPS 4584, March 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 34p.). Links to an abstract and full-text are available at:


World Institute for Development Economics Research [United Nations University]: "Asset-Based Poverty in Rural Tajikistan: Who Climbs out and Who Falls in?" by Oleksiy Ivaschenko and Cem Mete (WIDER Research Paper 2008/26, March 2008, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Apr. 1, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education

Sociology positions has been updated through Apr. 1, 2008.

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US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearing Publication: "2010 Census: Improving Local Government Participation in LUCA," a hearing held Jun. 26, 2007 (Serial Publication 110-34, ASCII text and .pdf format, 76p.).

Search 110th Congress (2007-08) House Hearings for "110-34" (WITH the quotes). or by title.

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US Census Bureau:

A. "The latest metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area population estimates - for July 1, 2007 - were released March 27, 2008." For more information see the Census Bureau press release "Dallas-Fort Worth Leads Metro Areas in Numerical Growth."

Population Estimates page:

B. An update to the International Data Base was released on March 27, 2008. For more information about the release see:

C. "Downloadable data files have been created to accompany the web-based USA Counties. Now users can download directly more than 5,900 data items from the Web site for the United States, the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and all 3,141 counties and county equivalents. Information in USA Counties covers topics such as: age, agriculture, ancestry, banking, building permits, business patterns, crime, earnings, education, elections, employment, government, health, households, housing, income, labor force, manufactures, population, poverty, retail trade, social programs, veterans, vital statistics, water use, and wholesale trade (Excel format)."


US National Center for Health Statistics:

A. "Linked Birth/Infant Death Data Sets": "Division of Vital Statistics' entire collection of linked birth/infant death micro-data sets, together with User's Guides, are now available for download from the NCHS Internet. Period linked files are available for 1995-2004. Birth cohort linked files are available for 1983-1991 and 1995-2002."

B. "2005 Natality Public Use File": "The 2005 natality public use micro-data file is now available for download. The 2005 file joins natality public use files for earlier years (1968-2004) already on this site. Consistent with the latest agreements between NCHS and NAPHSIS, beginning with the 2005 data year, US public use micro-data files excludes all geographic detail (state, county, and city). (.zip compressed ASCII data, with documentation in .pdf format).

Both are available at:

Interactive data for these are available at:


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets through Apr. 1, 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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