Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #68, June 17, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau News Release, Facts for Features:

A. "Census Study Shows Women Veterans Earn More and Work Longer Hours" (CB08-CN.61, Jun. 17, 2008).

B. "Back to School: 2008-2009" (CB08-FF.12, Jun. 16, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).

2. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Report: "Violence by Teenage Girls: Trends and Context," by Margaret A. Zahn, Susan Brumbaugh, Darrell Steffensmeier, Barry C. Feld, Merry Morash, Meda Chesney-Lind, Jody Miller, Allison Ann Payne, Denise C. Gottfredson, and Candace Kruttschnitt (May 2008, .pdf format, 23p.).

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US States:


Department of Human Services Report: "Dashboard Report - District and Statewide" (June 2008, .pdf format, 43p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. Children's Fund Report: "The State of Africa’s Children 2008," (May 2008, .pdf format, 54p.).

2. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean [ECLAC] Report: "Demographic Change and Its Influence on Development in Latin America and the Caribbean," (June 2008, .pdf format, 117p.).



Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) Press Release: "IBGE releases book about Japanese immigration." (Jun. 16, 2008). For more information, including ordering information about Resistance & Integration: 100 years of Japanese immigration in Brazil see:



National Statistical Institute Table: "Deaths by Causes in 2007" (June 2008).



Statistics Denmark Compendium, Reports:

A. Statistical Yearbook: 2008 (June 2008, .pdf format, 631p.).

B. "Use of the internet by households (supplement)" (June 2008).

C. "Statistics of children: 2008" (June 2008).



Statistics Finland News Releases:

A. "Students in upper secondary general school education numbered 115,250 in 2007" (Jun. 16, 2008).

B. "Students in curriculum-based basic vocational education numbered 126,100 in 2007" (Jun. 16, 2008).



Statistics Lithuania Report: "Culture, Press and Sports" (June 2008, .pdf format, 77p.). The report is in Lithuanian and English.



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "No Father’s day for some fathers," by Arie de Graaf (Jun. 12, 2008).

B. "Only few Dutch people go to church or mosque regularly," by Marieke van Herten (Jun. 12, 2008).


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Hot off the Press, Periodical:

A. "Abortion Statistics: 2007" (June 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

B. Quarterly regional reviews - March 2008 quarter (June 2008, .pdf format). At the bottom of the page there is a link to the National Review spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel format.

Click on "March 2008 quarter



Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Adoptions, 2007" (Jun. 12, 2008). The news release links to six topical tables.

B. "Children in kindergartens. Final figures, 2007" (Jun. 16, 2008). The news release links to five topical tables.

C. "Social assistance, 2007. Final figures" (Jun. 17, 2008). The news release links to 10 topical tables.

D. "Education statistics. Students in universities and colleges, 1 October 2007" (Jun. 17, 2008). The news release links to five topical tables.



1. General Register Office Report: "Quarterly Return: 1st Quarter 2008 (June 2008, .pdf, Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format).

2. Scottish Government Reports:

A. "Headline Results from the 2007 Scottish Household Survey" (June 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).

B. "Teacher Vacancies and Probationer Allocations 2008" (June 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 9p.).



Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Students enrolment in tertiary education in the academic year 2007/08, detailed data," by Andreja Kozmelj (Jun. 17, 2008). The news release links to several topical tables.

B. "Fathers in Slovenia," by Nelka Vertot (Jun. 13, 2008).



1. Communities and Local Government Report: "Statutory Homelessness Statistical Release (Quarter 1, 2008, June 2008, .pdf format, 20p.).

2. Department for Innovation, Universities, and Skills First Release: "Student Loans for Higher Education in England financial year 2007-08 (Provisional)" (June 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).

3. National Statistics Office Report: "National population projections reference volume: Series PP2: 2006-based reference volume No. 26," edited by Helen Bray (June 2008, .pdf format, 84p.).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Statistical Release: "Welsh in Higher Education Institutions, 2006/07" (June 2008, .pdf format, 21p.).

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Demographic Research Article: "'I didn't write the questions!' - Negotiating telephone-survey questions on birth timing," by Marian May (Vol. 18, Article 18, June 2008, .pdf format, p. 499-530). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Urban Institute Report: "Community Collaboratives Addressing Youth Gangs: Interim Findings from the Gang Reduction Program," by Meagan Cahill, Mark Coggeshall, David Hyeslip, Ashley Wolff, Erica Lagerson, Michelle L. Scott, Elizabeth Davies, Kevin Roland, and Scott Decker (June 2008, .pdf format, 553p.).


MDRC Report: "Welfare Time Limits: An Update on State Policies, Implementation, and Effects on Families," by Mary Farrell, Sarah Rich, Lesley Turner, David Seith, and Dan Bloom (April 2008, .pdf format, 205p.).

More information about MDRC:


Century Foundation Brief: "Fixing No Child Left Behind," by Richard D. Kahlenberg (June 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).

More information about CF:


European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research Policy Brief: "Austria: Distributive Effects of Social Insurance Contributions, Income Tax and Monetary Social Benefits on the Household Level," by Michael Fuchs and Christine Lietz (June 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

More information about ECSWPR:

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Population Council: "Multiple dimensions of urban well-being: Evidence from India," by S. Chandrasekhar and Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay (Poverty, Gender, and Youth Working Paper no. 11, 2008, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Education and the Age Profile of Literacy into Adulthood," by Elizabeth Cascio, Damon Clark, and Nora Gordon (w14073, June 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).


It is widely documented that U.S. students score below their OECD counterparts on international achievement tests, but it is less commonly known that ultimately, U.S. native adults catch up. In this paper, we explore institutional explanations for differences in the evolution of literacy over young adulthood across wealthy OECD countries. We use an international cross-section of micro data from the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS); these data show that cross-country differences in the age profile of literacy skills are not due to differences in individual family background, and that relatively high rates of university graduation appears to explain a good part of the U.S. "catch up." The cross-sectional design of the IALS prevents us from controlling for cohort effects, but we use a variety of other data sources to show that cohort effects are likely small in comparison to the differences by age revealed in the IALS. We go on to discuss how particular institutional features of secondary and postsecondary education correlate, at the country level, with higher rates of university completion.

B. "Welfare Payments and Crime," by C. Fritz Foley (w14074, June 2008, .pdf format, 44p.).


This paper tests the hypothesis that the timing of welfare payments affects criminal activity. Analysis of daily reported incidents of major crimes in twelve U.S. cities reveals an increase in crime over the course of monthly welfare payment cycles. This increase reflects an increase in crimes that are likely to have a direct financial motivation like burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and robbery, as opposed to other kinds of crime like arson, assault, homicide, and rape. Temporal patterns in crime are observed in jurisdictions in which disbursements are focused at the beginning of monthly welfare payment cycles and not in jurisdictions in which disbursements are relatively more staggered.

C. "How Social Processes Distort Measurement: The Impact of Survey Nonresponse on Estimates of Volunteer Work," by Katharine G. Abraham, Sara E. Helms, and Stanley Presser (w14076, June 2008, .pdf format, 47p.).


Estimates of volunteering in the United States vary greatly from survey to survey and do not show the decline over time common to other measures of social capital. We argue that these anomalies are caused by the social processes that determine survey participation, in particular the propensity of people who do volunteer work to respond to surveys at higher rates than those who do not do volunteer work. Thus surveys with lower responses rates will usually have higher proportions of volunteers, and the decline in response rates over time likely has led to increasing overrepresentation of volunteers. We analyze data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) -- the sample for which is drawn from Current Population Survey (CPS) respondents -- together with data from the CPS Volunteering Supplement to demonstrate the effects of survey nonresponse on estimates of volunteering activity and its correlates. CPS respondents who become ATUS respondents report much more volunteering in the CPS than those who become ATUS nonrespondents. This difference is replicated within demographic and other subgroups. Consequently, conventional statistical adjustments for nonresponse cannot correct the resulting bias. Although nonresponse leads to estimates of volunteer activity that are too high, it generally does not affect inferences about the characteristics associated with volunteer activity. We discuss the implications of these findings for the study of other phenomena.


Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research:

A. "Patterns of partnership formation among lone mothers in Russia," by Cordula Zabel (WP-2008-20, June 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).

Abstract: This study examines the determinants of partnership formation among lone mothers in Russia, using data from the Russian Generations and Gender Survey (GGS) and the Education and Employment Survey (EES). The central research question is whether difficult economic circumstances pressure lone mothers to enter new partnerships sooner than they would under other circumstances, limiting their freedom of choice of type of living arrangement. The empirical results show that while occupation influences lone mothers’ rates of partnership formation both before and after 1991, a significant effect of employment status does not appear until after 1991. Apart from economic factors, demographic factors such as the age and number of children are also shown to have an important impact on lone mothers’ rates of partnership formation. Comparisons to patterns of partnership formation among childless women are also presented.

B. "No take-off toward the Second Demographic Transition in Italian union formation," by Giuseppe Gabrielli and Jan M. Hoem (WP-2008-019, June 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).


Recent trends in official statistics show strong increases in non-marital cohabitation in younger Italian generations. Moreover, other sources suggest that consensual unions have lasted longer in recent years before they were converted into marriages. In the present paper we consider entry into marriage and entry into cohabitation as competing risks and study whether the (standardized) entry risk for cohabitation has overtaken that for marriage in Italy, much as in countries in Central and Eastern Europe that we have studied in earlier papers. We find that it has not, and conclude that the move toward the Second Demographic Transition has not taken off in Italy. We also find that the rise in the risk of entry into cohabitation is confined to Northern and Central Italy, while the risk of marriage formation has dropped both there and in Southern Italy. Perhaps Italy is a special case in the European context as far as union formation is concerned.


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

A. "The Role of Religion in Economic and Demographic Behavior in the United States: A Review of the Recent Literature," by Evelyn L. Lehrer (Discussion Paper No. 3541, June 2008, .pdf format, 21p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Crime and Partnerships," by Michael Svarer (Discussion Paper No. 3543, June 2008, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Household Membership Decisions of Adult Children," by Maria Concetta Chiuri and Daniela Del Boca (Discussion Paper No. 3546, June 2008, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

D. "Intermarriage and the Intergenerational Transmission of Ethnic Identity and Human Capital for Mexican Americans," by Brian Duncan and Stephen Trejo (Discussion Paper No. 3547, June 2008, .pdf format, 52p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

Cities (Vol. 25, No. 3, June 2008).

Population (L'Institut national d'etudes demographiques [France]) No. 1, 2008).

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 17, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Jun. 17, 2008.

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US House Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Hearing Testimony: "Family-Friendly Leave Policies: Improving How Workers Balance Home and Family," a hearing held June 9, 2008 (.pdf format).


US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Archives Hearing Testimony: "2010 Census: Assessing the Census Bureau’s Progress," a hearing held Jun. 11, 2008 (.pdf format).

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US Department of Housing and Urban Development: "Fair Market Rents: FY2009" (June 2008, Microsoft Excel format, with documentation in Microsoft Word and .pdf format).


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets as of June 16, 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:

New and updated data:

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:

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