Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #58, April 1, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau Report, Press Releases:

A. "Public School Finances: 2006" (April 2008, .pdf format, 134p., with accompanying tables in Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Public Schools Spent 9,138 Dollars Per Student in 2006" (CB08-54, Apr. 1, 2008).

B. "Serious 2010 Census Challenges to Be Swiftly Addressed Clear Internal and External Agreement That 2010 Census Can Succeed With Major Operational and Budgetary Changes," (Apr. 3, 2008).

C. "Puerto Rico has Higher Homeownership, Larger Households," (Apr. 2, 2008).

2. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "Characteristics of the 100 Largest Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts in the United States: 2004-05," by Anthony Garofano and Jennifer Sable (NCES 2008335, April 2008, .pdf format, 82p.).

B. "Comparison Between NAEP and State Mathematics Assessment Results: 2003," by Don McLaughlin, Victor Bandeira de Mello, Charles Blankenship, Kassandra Chaney, Phil Esra, Hiro Hikawa, Daniela Rojas, Paul William, and Michael Wolman (NCES 2008475, 2 Vols., April 2008, .pdf format).

C. "Comparison Between NAEP and State Reading Assessment Results: 2003," by Don McLaughlin, Victor Bandeira de Mello, Charles Blankenship, Kassandra Chaney, Phil Esra, Hiro Hikawa, Daniela Rojas, Paul William, and Michael Wolman (NCES 2008474, 2 Vols., April 2008, .pdf format).

D. "The Nation’s Report Card: Writing 2007," by Debra Salahu-Din, Hilary Persky, and Jessica Miller (NCES 2008468, April 2008, .pdf format, 72p.).

3. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Report: "Child Maltreatment 2006,"(2008, HTML and .pdf format, 171p.).

4. Department of Housing and Urban Development Symposium Papers, Periodicals:

A. "Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research," a symposium held September 2007, .pdf format).

B. Research Works (Vol. 5, No. 3, March 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).

C. Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research (Vol. 10, No. 1, 2008, .pdf format, 221p.).

5. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics Report: "U.S. Legal Permanent Residents: 2007," by Kelly Jefferys and Randall Monger (March 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

6. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Report: "Internet Crime Report: The Top Scams of 2007," (April 2008,.pdf format, 26p.).

7. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Quickstat: "QuickStats: Life Expectancy Ranking at Birth,-- by Sex --- Selected Countries and Territories, 2004," (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 13, April 4, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 346).



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US States:


State Data Center Updates: SDC released the following updates (all .pdf and Microsoft Excel format) on Apr. 4, 2008: State of Iowa: "Public school revenue and spending per pupil: 2000- 2006"; "Public school system revenue and spending per 1,000 dollars personal income: 2000-2006"; "Revenue by source for public school systems: 2000-2006"; "Spending and indebtedness of public school systems: 2000-2006"; "Summary of public school system finances: 2000-2006": US and all states: "Public school system revenue and spending per pupil: 2000- 2006"; "Public school system spending and revenues per $1,000 personal income: 2000-2006". In addition, the Center has released a short report: "Housing in Iowa: 2008" (April 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

See Apr. 4, 2008 listing.

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical: Population Bulletin (Vol. 24, No. 4, April 2008, .pdf format, 3p.). The subject of this month's issue is: "Annual Population for North Dakota: April 1, Census 2000 to the July 1, 2007 Estimate."


Office of Financial Management Compendium: 2007 State Databook (March 2008, .pdf format, 298p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Compendium: Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean, 2007 (March 2008, Excel format, 433p.). Note: To access tables follow the link to the Excel format. The site also links to Yearbooks for 1998-2006.


Inter-American Development Bank Report: "Outsiders? The Changing Patterns of Exclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean" (2007, .pdf format, 286p.).

Micro Documentary Web Competition (Windows Media and Flash format).

Click on "Videos-Winners"



Ministry of Statistics Compendium: The Republic of Belarus in Figures, 1990-2007 (April 2008). There is also a link at the site to Regions of the Republic of Belarus in Figures, 1990-2006.



National Statistical Institute Reports:

A. "Anti-Social Acts on Minors and Juveniles in 2007" (April 2008).

B. "Educational Institutions, Teaching Staff and Enrolments, 2007: Educational Institutions by Type And Kind of Ownership" (March 2008).



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report:

A. "Commuting Patterns and Places of Work of Canadians, 2006 Census," (April 2008, .pdf format. 42p.).

B. "Canada’s Ethnocultural Mosaic, 2006 Census," (April 2008, .pdf format. 36p.).



Statistics Finland News Release: "Number of students in polytechnics increased slightly and the number of degrees was nearly unchanged from the year before" (Apr. 4, 2008).



Statistics Iceland News Release: "Mortality and life expectancy 2007" (Apr. 3, 2008).


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Hot Off the Press, Web Site Update:

A. "National Ethnic Population Projections: 2006 (base)--2026" (April 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).

B. "New Zealand Recorded Crime Tables" (updated April 2008).



Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Population statistics. Families and households, 1 January 2008" (Apr. 3, 2008). The news release links to 15 topical tables.

B. "Norwegian media barometer 2007" (Apr. 3, 2008).



Scottish Government Report: "Estimating the Cost of Child Poverty in Scotland - Approaches and Evidence," by Donald Hirsch (2008, .pdf format, 26p.).



Statistical Office News Release: "Elementary schools for youth and adults in Slovenia at the end of the school year 2006/2007 and at the beginning of the school year 2007/2008" (Apr. 3, 2008).


South Africa: Statistics South Africa Periodical: Bulletin of Statistics (Vol. 48, No. 1, March 2008, .pdf format, 181p.).



1. National Statistics Office Report: "Social Trends 2008" (April 2008, .pdf format, 234p., with accompanying tables in Microsoft Excel format).

2. Department for Work and Pensions Research Report: "The New Deal for Lone Parents, Lone Parent Work Focused Interviews and Working Families' Tax Credit: A review of impacts," by Andreas Cebulla and Guilio Flore (Research Report 484, March 2008, .pdf format, 91p.).

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Demographic Research Article: "Women's employment and union dissolution in a changing socio-economic context in Russia," by Magdalena Muszynska (Vol. 18, Article 6, April 2008, .pdf format, p. 181-204).


Commonwealth Fund Report: "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in U.S. Health Care: A Chartbook," by Holly Mead, Lara Cartwright-Smith, Karen Jones, Christal Ramos, Kristy Woods, and Bruce Siegel (March 2008, .pdf and Microsoft PowerPoint format, 113p.).


K.K. Agencies Books in the Demography of India:

A. Demography, Economic Inequality, Women and other Essays, edited by dited by V.B. Jugale (2008, 456p., ISBN: 8183870600).

B. Trends in Anthropological Demography, by A.N. Sharma (2007, 213p., ISBN: 817625813X).

C. Demography and Population Problems, by Rajendra K. Sharma (2007, 296p., ISBN: 8171566907).

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "The rise and fall of excess male infant mortality," by Greg L. Drevenstedt, Eileen M. Crimmins, Sarinnapha Vasunilashorn, and Caleb E. Finch (Vol. 105, No. 13, April 1, 2008, p. 5016-5021).

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Yale University Department of Economics: "Institutions and Demographic Responses to Shocks: Württemberg, 1634-1870," by Timothy W. Guinnane and Sheilagh Ogilvie (Economics Department Working Paper No. 44/Economic Growth Center Discussion Paper No. 962, March 2008, .pdf format, 62p.).


Simple Malthusian models remain an important tool for understanding pre-modern demographic systems and their connection to the economy. But most recent literature has lost sight of the institutional context for demographic behavior that lay at the heart of Malthus’s own analysis. This paper estimates a short-run version of a Malthusian model for two Württemberg communities from 1646 to 1870. Württemberg differed institutionally from the northwest European societies analyzed in previous studies. The impact of institutional differences shows clearly in differing demographic reactions to economic shocks. Mortality was less sensitive to shocks than one would expect, while nuptiality was especially sensitive.


Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "Exogenous determinants of early-life conditions, and mortality later in life," by Gerard J. van den Berg, Gabriele Doblhammer-Reiter, and Kaare Christensen (WP-2008-016, April 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).


We analyze causal effects of conditions early in life on the individual mortality rate later in life. Conditions early in life are captured by transitory features of the macro environment around birth, notably the state of the business cycle around birth, but also food price deviations, weather indicators, and demographic indicators. We argue that these features can only affect high-age mortality by way of the individual early-life conditions. Moreover, they are exogenous from the individual point of view, which is a methodological advantage compared to the use of unique characteristics of the newborn individual or his family or household as early-life indicators. We collected national annual time-series data on the above-mentioned indicators, and we combine these to the individual data records from the Danish Twin Registry covering births in 1873-1906. The empirical analyses (mostly based on the estimation of duration models) indicate a significant negative causal effect of economic conditions early in life on individual mortality rates at higher ages. If the national economic performance in the year of birth exceeds its trend value (i.e., if the business cycle is favorable) then the mortality rate later in life is lower. The implied effect on the median lifetime of those who survive until age 35 is about 10 months. A systematic empirical exploration of all macro indicators reveals that economic conditions in the first years after birth also affect mortality rates later in life.


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "The Impact of College Graduation on Geographic Mobility: Identifying Education Using Multiple Components of Vietnam Draft Risk," by Ofer Malamud and Abigail Wozniak (Discussion Paper No. 3432, April 2008, .pdf format, 62p.).


College-educated workers are twice as likely as high school graduates to make lasting long-distance moves, but little is known about the role of college itself in determining geographic mobility. Unobservable characteristics related to selection into college might also drive the relationship between college education and geographic mobility. We explore this question using a number of methods to analyze both the 1980 Census and longitudinal sources. We conclude that the causal impact of college completion on subsequent mobility is large. We introduce new instrumental variables that allow us to identify educational attainment and veteran status separately in a sample of men whose college decisions were exogenously influenced by their draft risk during the Vietnam War. Our preferred IV estimates imply that graduation increases the probability that a man resides outside his birth state by approximately 35 percentage points, a magnitude nearly twice as large as the OLS migration differential between college and high school graduates. IV estimates of graduation’s impact on total distance moved are even larger, with IV estimates that exceed OLS considerably. We provide evidence from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) 1979 that our large IV estimates are plausible and likely explained by heterogeneous treatment effects. Finally, we provide some suggestive evidence on the mechanisms driving the relationship between college completion and mobility.

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

American Sociological Review (Vol. 73, No. 2, April 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

Demography (Vol. 45, No. 1, February 2008). April 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

Journal of Social Work (Vol. 8, No. 2, April 2008).

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US Administration for Children and Families: "Head Start's Ninth National Research Conference," to be held Jun. 23-25, 2008 in Washington DC. For more information see:

------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Samples of Anonymised Records Call for Papers: "Census Microdata: findings and futures," a conference to be held in Manchester, Lancashire, UK, Sep. 1-3, 2008. For more information see:

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Apr. 7, 2008.

------------------------------------------------------------------------- AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Apr. 7, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Apr. 7, 2008.

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Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) [Columbia University]: "The Last of the Wild, Version Two," (April 2008). "The Last of The Wild, Version Two depicts human influence on terrestrial ecosystems using data sets compiled on or around 2000."


Irish Social Science Data Archive: Note: different datasets have different acquisition conditions. See the information accompanying each dataset for more information. "Irish data for Wave 3 of the European Social Survey (ESS) has been released." (April 7, 2008).

------------------------------------------------------------------------- "The Samples of Anonymised Records" Announcement: "2001 Census: Special Licence Household SAR." For more information see:


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets through Apr. 4, 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:


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 5786 -Continuous Household Survey, 2006-2007

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National Center for Education Statistics: "State Education Reforms." "This site, which draws primarily on data collected by organizations other than NCES, compiles and disseminates data on state-level education reform efforts in four area: Standards, Assessment, and Accountability; School Finance Reforms; Resources for Learning; and State Support for School Choice Options."


University of Wisconsin Data and Information Service Center Country Statistical Yearbook Update. Our Country Statistical Yearbook page has added links to several yearbooks. 105 countries are now linked to. The latest updates are:

Bhutan, 2007

United Arab Emirates: UAE in Numbers: 2005-2007

Eurostat: Eurostat Regional Yearbook, 2007

Andorra: Statistical Yearbook 2007

France: France in Figures, 2007

Gibraltar: Abstract of Statistics 2005

Italy: Italian Statistical Abstract 2005; Annuario Statistico Italiano 2002-2006; Italy in Figures 2007

Malta: Malta in Figures 2004, 2005, 2007

Montenegro: Statistical Abstract 2006, 2007; Montenegro in Figures 2007

Monaco: Monaco en Chiffres 1998-2006

Romania: Romania in cifre 2005; Statistical Yearbook 2006

Serbia: Statistical Yearbook of Serbia, 2004-2007

Slovak Republic: Slovak Republic in Figures 2007

Spain: 1996 - 2007 Statistical Yearbook of Spain

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