Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #67, June 10, 2008.

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1. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "Enrollment in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2006; Graduation Rates, 2000 and 2003 Cohorts; and Financial Statistics, Fiscal Year 2006," by Laura G. Knapp, Janice E. Kelly-Reid, Roy W. Whitmore, and Elise S. Miller (NCES 2008173, June 2008, .pdf format, 62p.).

2. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Jail Inmates at Midyear 2007," by William J. Sabol and Todd D. Minton (NCJ 221945, June 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 11p., with .zip compressed spreadsheets).

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US States:


Department of Health Report: "Deaths by County of Residence: Illinois, 2000-2006" (June 2008).


State Data Center Maps: "2007 Zip Code Maps in PDF Format With Roads" (June 2008, .pdf format).

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical, Presentation:

A. Population Bulletin (Vol. 24, No. 6, June 2008, .pdf format, 4p.). The topic of this issue is: "ACT Scores for 2007 North Dakota High School Graduates."

B. "Demographic Changes in the Fargo-Moorhead Area and Beyond," by Richard Rathge (June 2008, Microsoft PowerPoint format, 28 slides:


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NGO and Other Countries:


Bureau of Statistics Reports:

A. "Population, Australian States and Territories, Dec 2007" (June 2008).

B. "Family Characteristics and Transitions, Australia, 2006-07" (June 2008, .pdf format, 52p., with "data cubes in Microsoft Excel format).

Click on "Details" tab for link to full text and tables.

C. "Family Characteristics and Transitions, Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File, 2006-07" (June 2008).

Technical Manual (June 2008, .pdf format, 16p., with "data cubes" in Microsoft Excel format).

Click on "Details" tab for link to full text and tables.

More information on accessing Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs):


Bosnia & Herzegovina:

Federal Office of Statistics Compendium: Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina in Figures: 2008 (2008, .pdf format, 47p.). The publication is in Bosnian and English.



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports:

A. "Changing Patterns in Canadian Homeownership and Shelter Costs, 2006 Census," by Willa Rea, Devin MacKay and Sandrine LeVasseur (June 2008, .pdf format, 39p.).

Click on "View" for link to full text.

Accompanying "Shelter Highlight Tables" (browseable and downloadable formats).

B. "Adult Correctional Services in Canada, 2005/2006," by Laura Landry and Maire Sinha (Juristat, Vol. 28, No. 6, June 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).

C. "Hate crime in Canada," by Mia Dauvergne, Katie Scrim and Shannon Brennan (Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics Profile Series, June 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 20p.).



Statistics Finland News Releases:

A. "Number of persons receiving Finnish citizenship grew slightly in 2007" (Jun. 5, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).

B. "More and more comprehensive school pupils attend special education" (Jun. 10, 2008).



Federal Statistical Office Animated Population Pyramids: This application allows the user to compare regions of Germany of regions to the entire country for sex based population pyramids from 2005-2050 (at five year increments). The site is in German.



Statistics Iceland News Release: "Custody of dependent children after divorce and dissolutions of consensual unions 2007" (Jun. 10, 2008). At the bottom of the news release there is a link to several topical tables (Statistics).



Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Report: "Measuring Ireland's Progress, 2007" (June 2008, .pdf format, 103p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Statistics and Census Service Periodical: Monthly Bulletin of Statistics: May 2008 (June 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 79p.).



National Obstetric Information System Report: "Annual Report - 2007" (June 2008, .pdf format, 14p.).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Number of underprivileged pupils in primary education reduced by half" (Jun. 5, 2008).

B. "More than one million people in non-funded education," by Marijke Hartgers (Jun. 10, 2008).

C. "Fewer teenage mums with non-western background," by Joop Garssen (Jun. 10, 2008).



Scottish Government Report: "Scottish Households Below Average Income, 2006/07" (June 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 12p.).



Director-General of Budget, Accounting, and Statistics Periodical: Monthly Bulletin of Statistics (June 2008, Microsoft Excel format).



Ministry of Justice Report: "Average time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders: January-March 2008 (June 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).

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AARP REPORT: "Energy and Telephone Assistance in the States II: Public Programs that Help Low-Income Households," by Ann McLarty Jackson and Neal Walters (Research Report, May 2008, .pdf format, 266p.).


Demographic Research Articles:

A. "Not truly partnerless: Non-residential partnerships and retreat from marriage in Spain," by Teresa Castro-Martin, Marta Domínguez-Folgueras, and Teresa Martín-García (Vol. 18, Article 16, June 2008, .pdf format, p. 443-468).

B. "Global knowledge/local bodies: Family planning service providers’ interpretations of contraceptive knowledge(s)," by Lisa Ann Richey (Vol. 18, Article 17, June 2008, .pdf format, p. 469-498).


Nature Article Abstract: "Understanding individual human mobility patterns," by Marta C. González, César A. Hidalgo, & Albert-László Barabási (Vol. 453, No. 7196, Jun. 5, 2008, p. 779-782).


University of Chicago Press Book: The Birth of Head Start: Preschool Education Policies in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations, by Maris A. Vinovskis (2008, 200p., ISBN Cloth: 978-0-226-85671-1; Paper: 978-0-226-85672-8). For more information see:

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California Center for Population Research [University of California-Los Angeles]:

A. "Re-Examining the Moving to Opportunity Study and its contribution to changing the distribution of poverty and ethnic concentration," by William A.V. Clark (WP 009-08, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:;jsessionid=D8A5F77B7A2A354E80B34F00B23F0BBE?state=listWorkingPaperDetails&ParentCategory=439

B. "Mother and Daughter Reports about Upward Transfers," by I-fen Lin (WP 010-08, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:;jsessionid=D8A5F77B7A2A354E80B34F00B23F0BBE?state=listWorkingPaperDetails&ParentCategory=442


University of Michigan Population Studies Center:

A. "Religious Regimes and Prospects for Liberal Politics: Futures of Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia," by Mansoor Moaddel (PSC Research Report No. 08-641, June 2008, .pdf format 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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B. "Marital Dynamics and Fertility Limitation: The Role of Emotional Nucleation," by Cynthia F. Macht (PSC Research Report No. 08-642, June 2008, .pdf format 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "The Narrowing Gap in New York City Teacher Qualifications and its Implications for Student Achievement in High-Poverty Schools," by Donald Boyd, Hamilton Lankford, Susanna Loeb, Jonah Rockoff, and James Wyckoff (w14021, June 2008, .pdf format, 38p.).


The gap between the qualifications of New York City teachers in high-poverty schools and low-poverty schools has narrowed substantially since 2000. Most of this gap-narrowing resulted from changes in the characteristics of newly hired teachers, and largely has been driven by the virtual elimination of newly hired uncertified teachers coupled with an influx of teachers with strong academic backgrounds in the Teaching Fellows program and Teach for America. The improvements in teacher qualifications, especially among the poorest schools, appear to have resulted in improved student achievement. By estimating the effect of teacher attributes using a value-added model, the analyses in this paper predict that observable qualifications of teachers resulted in average improved achievement for students in the poorest decile of schools of .03 standard deviations, about half the difference between being taught by a first year teacher and a more experienced teacher. If limited to teachers who are in the first or second year of teaching, where changes in qualifications are greatest, the gain equals two-thirds of the first-year experience effect.

B. "The Impact of Earnings Disregards on the Behavior of Low Income Families," by Jordan D. Matsudaira and Rebecca M. Blank (w14038, June 2008, .pdf format, 62p.).


This paper investigates the impact of changes in earnings disregards for welfare assistance received by single mothers following welfare reform in 1996. Some states adopted much higher earnings disregards (women could work full time and still receive welfare), while other states did not. We explore the effect of these changes on women's labor supply and income using several data sources and multiple estimation strategies. Our results indicate these changes had little effect on labor supply or income. We show this is because few women used these earnings disregards. This is surprising and we discuss why this might occur.

C. "Schools, Skills, and Synapses," by James J. Heckman (w14064, June 2008, .pdf format, 94p.).


This paper discusses (a) the role of cognitive and noncognitive ability in shaping adult outcomes, (b) the early emergence of differentials in abilities between children of advantaged families and children of disadvantaged families, (c) the role of families in creating these abilities, (d) adverse trends in American families, and (e) the effectiveness of early interventions in offsetting these trends. Practical issues in the design and implementation of early childhood programs are discussed.

D. "The Persistence of Teacher-Induced Learning Gains," by Brian A. Jacob, Lars Lefgren, and David Sims (w14065, June 2008, .pdf format, 43p.).


Educational interventions are often narrowly targeted and temporary, and evaluations often focus on the short-run impacts of the intervention. Insofar as the positive effects of educational interventions fadeout over time, however, such assessments may be misleading. In this paper, we develop a simple statistical framework to empirically assess the persistence of treatment effects in education. To begin, we present a simple model of student learning that incorporates permanent as well as transitory learning gains. Using this model, we demonstrate how the parameter of interest--the persistence of a particular measurable education input--can be recovered via instrumental variables as a particular local average treatment effect. We initially motivate this strategy in the context of teacher quality, but then generalize the model to consider educational interventions more generally. Using administrative data that links students and teachers, we construct measures of teacher effectiveness and then estimate the persistence of these teacher value-added measures on student test scores. We find that teacher-induced gains in math and reading achievement quickly erode. In most cases, our point estimates suggest a one-year persistence of about one-fifth and rule out a one-year persistence rate higher than one-third.


World Bank Policy Research Programme: "India shining and Bharat drowning: comparing two Indian states to the worldwide distribution in mathematics achievement," by Jishnu Das and Tristan Zajonc (WPS 4644, June 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 54p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]:

A. "Using Achievement Tests to Measure Language Assimilation and Language Bias among Immigrant Children," by Richard Akresh and Ilana Redstone Akresh (Discussion Paper 3532, June 2008, .pdf format, 43p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Gender Differences and the Timing of First Marriages," by Javier Díaz-Giménez and Eugenio P. Giolito (Discussion Paper No. 3539, June 2008, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Centre d'Etudes de Populations, de Pauvret et de Politiques Socio-Economiques/ International Networks for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development--Integrated Research Infrastructure in the Socio-economic Sciences (CEPS/INSTEAD--IRISS) [Luxembourg]: "Measurement Equivalence and Extreme Response Bias in the Comparison of Attitudes across Europe," by Guy Moors and Milosh Kankarash (IRISS Working Paper No. 2008-06, June 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).


It is generally accepted that both measurement inequivalence and extreme response bias can seriously distort measurement of attitudes and subsequent causal models. However, these two issues have rarely been investigated together. In this article we demonstrate the flexibility of a multigroup latent class factor approach in both analysing measurement equivalence and detecting extreme response bias. Using data from the European Value Survey from 1999/2000, we identified an extreme response bias in answering Likert type questions on attitudes towards morals of compatriots. Furthermore, we found measurement inequivalence in form of direct effects of countries on response variables. When only one of these two issues either measurement inequivalence or extreme response bias - was included into measurement model estimated effects of countries on attitudinal dimension were different from those obtained with a model that includes both measurement issues. Using this all-inclusive model we have got more valid estimates of the differences between countries on measured attitude.

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

Child Abuse & Neglect (Vol. 32, No. 5, May 2008).

Demography: (Vol. 45, No. 2, May 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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US National Institutes of Health: "Population Research Infrastructure Program FY09 (R24)" (Jun. 2, 2008, RFA-HD-08-007, reissue of RFA-HD-07-009, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development). For more information see:

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 9, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 9, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Jun. 10, 2008.

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United Nations Population Division:

A. "Urban and Rural Population by Age and Sex" (2008). Order form for data (.pdf format, 2p.):

Note: this is a for fee item.

B. "World Population Ageing 2007" (2008). Order form for data (.pdf format, 2p.):


Human Mortality Database: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database.

Jun. 4, 2008: Poland (1958-2006) added as a new country.

Data availability:

Data access:


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 5821 -Forward to the Past? Interpreting Contemporary and Future Loyalist Violence, 1994-2006

SN 5791 -People in Place: Families, Households, and Housing in London, 1550-1720

SN 5686 -Annual Population Survey, January-December 2006: Special Licence Access

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University of Wisconsin Data and Information Service Center Country Statistical Yearbook Update. Our Country Statistical Yearbook page has added links to several yearbooks.


Burkina Faso: Annuaire Statistique 1999 & 2006
Scotland: High Level Summary of Statistics: Key Trends for Scotland 2008


Eurostat Compendium: Europe in figures - Eurostat statistical yearbook 2008
Jersey: Jersey in Figures: 2007
Luxembourg: Annuaire statistique du Luxembourg: 2007
Moldova: Moldova in Figures 2008
Slovenia: Slovene Regions in Figures: 2006, 2007, 2008

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