Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #61, April 29, 2008.

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1. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "Teacher Career Choices: Timing of Teacher Careers Among 1992-93 Bachelor's Degree Recipients," by Sharon E. Anderson (NCES 2008153, April 2008, .pdf format, 79p.).

2. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Multiple Causes of Death in Old Age." by Yelena Gorina and Harold Lentzner (Aging Report No. 9, April 2008, .pdf format, 9p.)

3. Bureau of Justice Statistics Reports: "Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties, 2004," by Tracey Kyckelhahn and Thomas H. Cohen (NCJ 221152, April 2008, .pdf, HTML, and zipped comma-delimited format, 4p.).

4. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical, News Release:

A. NLS News (No. 08-131, 2008, .pdf format, 6p.)

B. "College Enrollment and Work Activity of 2007 High School Graduates," (April 25, 2008. HTML, ASCII text, and .pdf format, 5p.).

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US States:


Department of Administration Report: "Migration of public assistance recipients," by Martha McMurry (April 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).


Office of Administration Report: "Missouri Population Projections: By County, Age, and Sex: 2000 to 2030" (April 2008 HTML or .pdf format).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Department of Economic and Social Affairs Wall Charts:

A. "Urban Population, Development and the Environment 2007," (April 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Rural Population, Development and the Environment 2007," (April 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).



Parliament of Australia Background Note: "Trends in the receipt of income support by workforce age people 1978 to 2007," by Dale Daniels (April 22, 2008).



National Institute of Public Health Report: "Men's violence against women - extent, characteristics and the measures against violence - 2007," by Karin Helweg-Larsen and Marie Louise Frederiksen (April 2008, .pdf format, 63p.).

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Statistics Finland News Release: "Statistics Finland increases the volume of free of charge data" (Apr. 23, 2008).



Institut national d'etudes demographques (INED) Periodical: Population and societies (No. 444, April 2008, .pdf format, 4p.). The feature article of this issue is: "What family support will dependent elders have in 2030? European projections" by Joëlle Gaymu.



Statistics Iceland Report: "Population 1 January 2008" (April 2008, .pdf format, 20p.). The report is in Icelandic. Tables are in Icelandic and English.



Central Statistical Office/An Phriomh Oifig Staidrimh Report: Garda Recorded Crime Statistics, 2003-2006" (April 2008, .pdf format, 421p.).

Related news release (Apr. 23, 2008).



Statistics Latvia News Releases: Note: if the releases are in Latvian, click on the "EN" tab at the top right side of the page for English releases:

A. "On population long-term migration and employment in foreign countries in 2007" (Apr. 25, 2008).

B. "On aspects of household social participation" (Apr. 23, 2008).



State Statistical Office News Release: "Primary, lower secondary and upper secondary schools in the Republic of Macedonia at the beginning of the school year" (Apr. 24, 2008, .pdf format, 7p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.



Department of Statistics Report: "Selected Social Indicators: 2000-2006" (April 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles, Press Releases:

A. "Many natives of Rotterdam live elsewhere," by Suzanne Loozen and Carel Harmsen (Apr. 24, 2008).

B. "Hefty growth in childcare in 2007," by Bart Huynen and Peter Meuwissen (Apr. 24, 2008).

C. "Crime down, people feel safer" (press release, Apr. 24, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

D. "Traffic death toll further down" (press release, Apr. 24, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).



Statistics Norway Statistical Magazine Article, News Releases:

A. "Women and men in the immigrant population: Some similarities - many disparities" (Statistical Magazine, Apr. 29, 2008).

B. "National child welfare - StatRes, Preliminary figures, 2007" (news release, Apr. 24, 2008).

C. "Population statistics. Immigrant population, 1 January 2008" (Apr. 29, 2008). The news release links to 14 topical tables.

D. "Population statistics. Children, 1 January 2008" (Apr. 29, 2008). The news release links to eight topical tables.

E. "Education statistics. Folk high schools, short courses, 2007" (Apr. 29, 2008). The news release links to six topical tables.



Scottish Government Report: "Independent Schools Census -- 2007" (April 2008).



Statistical Office News Release: "Upper secondary education for youth and adults, Slovenia, the end of the school year 2006/2007 and the beginning of the school year 2007/2008" (Apr. 24, 2008).



State Statistics Committee Report: "Vocational schools 1990-2007" (Apr. 24, 2008).



1. Department for Children, Schools, and Families Reports:

A. "Pupil Characteristics and Class Sizes in Maintained Schools in England: January 2008 (Provisional)" (Statistical First Release, April 2008, .pdf format, 22p. Tables are available in Microsoft Excel and .pdf format).

B. "School Workforce in England (including pupil: teacher ratios and pupil: adult ratios), January 2008 (Provisional)" (Statistical First Release, April 2008, .pdf format, 27p. Tables are available in Microsoft Excel and .pdf format).

C. "Outcome Indicators for Children Looked After, Twelve months to 30 September 2007 - England" (Statistical First Release, April 2008, .pdf format, 11p. Tables are available in Microsoft Excel and .pdf format).

2. Home Office Statistical Bulletin: "Crime in England and Wales: Quarterly Update to December 2007" (April 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

3. National Statistics Office Periodical, Reports:

A. Monthly Digest of Statistics, edited by Dilys Rosen (April 2008, .pdf format, 135p.).

B. "Key Population and Vital Statistics: 2006" (April 2008, .pdf format, 107p.).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "Key Education Statistics Wales, 2007" (April 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

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Urban Institute Report: "Poverty Facts, 2004," by Laura Wheaton and Jamyang Tashi (April 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).


Demographic Research Articles:

A. "Correlated mortality risks of siblings in Kenya: An examination of the concept of child death clustering and a model for analysis," by Walter Rasugu Omariba, Roderic Beaujot, and Fernando Rajulton (Vol. 18, Article 11, April 2008, .pdf format, p. 311-336).

B. "The transition to early fatherhood National estimates based on multiple surveys," by Kathryn Hynes, Kara Joyner, H. Elizabeth Peters, and Felicia DeLeone (Vol. 18, Article 12, April 2008, .pdf format, p. 337-376).


Amnesty International Report: "Death sentences and executions in 2007," (April 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 9p.).




KK Agencies Books in the Demography of India:

A. Growth, Equity, Environment and Population : Economic and Sociological Perspectives, edited by Kanchan Chopra and C.H. Hanumantha Rao (2008, 465p., ISBN: 8178298443).

B. Population Geography, by Hemant Kumar Doniwal (2008, 223p., ISBN: 8189012525).

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University of Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology:

A. "Population Change and the Changing Educational Attainment of Ethnic Groups in the United States, 1980-2000," by Franklin D. Wilson, Uzi Rebhun, and Salvador Rivas (CDE Working Paper No. 2008-2, 2008, .pdf format, 35p.).


This study assesses the effect of population change on decade changes in the educational attainment level of ethnic (ancestry) populations in the United States. Our data derive from decennial censuses, NLMS, World Bank and INS. We find that changes in the share of ethnic populations with one or more years of post secondary schooling are associated with selected components of population change during the 1980-1990 and 1990-2000 decades. The specific components include survivors during a decade, in-migration and emigration of the foreign-born. Likewise, educational upgrading is an important determinant of changes in educational attainment. The discussion addresses some limitations of the data and suggests directions for future research.

B. "Financial Transfers to Husbands’ and Wives’ Elderly Mothers in Mexico: Do Couples Exhibit Preferential Treatment by Lineage?" by Claire Noel-Miller and Rania Tfaily (CDE Working Paper No. 2008-2, 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).


This study extends research on differences by lineage in elderly parents’ receipt of assistance from adult children to the Mexican context by examining couples’ preferential allocation of financial transfers to a husband’s or a wife’s elderly mother. The analysis differentiates between mothers’ financial and physical needs and considers the effect of transfers by siblings of each marital partner to their respective mothers on the couple’s choice of a recipient for their financial gift. We find evidence of competition for financial assistance between mothers, with only few couples providing assistance to both. In contrast to previous research in the U.S., we show that mid-life Mexican couples disproportionately favor husbands’ mothers when faced with mothers’ financial needs, but that couples exhibit greater financial responsiveness to wives’ mothers’ needs for personal assistance. Our analysis indicates strong effects of help from siblings on couples’ transfers to a partner’s own mother.


Population Research Institute (Penn State University): "The Role of School Upward Mobility of Disadvantaged Immigrants' Children," by Lingxin Hao and Suet-ling Pong (Working Paper No. 08-01, April 2008, .pdf format, 34p.).


In searching for causes of exceptional advancement by disadvantaged immigrants’ children, this paper examines the social positions of young adults in late twenties in 2000. Extending segmented assimilation theory, this paper traces the structural and relational attributes of the high schools the youth attended. Hypotheses are derived from theories in sociology of education and tested with four waves of data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study. We offer three major findings. First, an overwhelming majority of disadvantaged students attend public schools and some relational attributes in public schools are more accessible to the disadvantaged an their advantaged. Second, children’s upward mobility is shaped by the structural and relational attributes of their high schools. Most school effects are the same for the disadvantaged and the advantaged and student-educator bonds and curriculum structure have even stronger positive effects for the disadvantaged. Finally, mobility patterns differ widely among Chinese, Mexicans, and Whites. Mexicans are less likely to be exposed to favorable school attributes. Combined with its large size, the downward mobility of Mexican second generation may be a path that cannot be reversed without major policy efforts.


United Nations Children's Fund Inncoenti Research Centre: "Children's Perspectives on Economic Adversity: A Review of the Literature," by Gerry Redmond (Innocenti Discussion Papers No. 2008-01, April 2008, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Quasi-Experimental Estimates of the Effect of Class Size on Achievement in Norway," by Edwin Leuven, Hessel Oosterbeek, and Marte Rønning (Discussion Paper No. 3474, April 2008, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

Population Research and Policy Review (Vol. 27, No. 3, June 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through April 29, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through April 29, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through April 28, 2008.

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US House Committee on Education and Labor Hearing Testimony: ""Child Abuse and Deceptive Marketing by Residential Programs for Teens," a hearing held Apr. 24, 2008 (.pdf format).

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