Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #69, June 27, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau News Release, Report:

A. "World Population Approaches 7 Billion" (CB08-95, Jun. 19, 2008).

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

2. Office of Management and Budget Memorandum: "Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses," (OMB Bulletin 08-01, .pdf format, 148p.).

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US States:


Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Report, GIS Maps:

A. "Hawaii’s Migrant Population: 2006" (June 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).

B. "GIS Maps with Enterprise Zones and Census Tracts (.pdf format) are available four Hawai'i counties:

North Dakota:

State Data Center Presentation: "Regional Demographic Shifts that Affect Community Viability," by Richard Rathge (June 2008, Microsoft PowerPoint format, 26 slides).


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NGO and Other Countries:


Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Periodicals, Reports:

A. Education Matters: Insights on education, learning and training in Canada (June 2008).

B. Canadian Social Trends (Commemorative Supplement, June 2008, HTML and Macromedia Flash format). The topic of the supplement is "Québec 1608-2008: 400 years of censuses."

C. "Performing Arts:Data Tables: 2006" (June 2008, 16p.).

D. "Inuit Children’s Leisure Time Activities: A report using the 2001 Aboriginal Peoples Survey (Children and Youth Component)" (June 2008, .pdf format, 17p.).

E. "Inuit Children’s Leisure Time Activities - Fact Sheet," by Leanne C. Findlay and Dafna E. Kohen (June 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).



Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Report: "Report on Vital Statistics, 2005" (June 2008, .pdf format, 188p.).



Statistics Bureau Reports:

A. "Monthly Population Estimates: January 1, 2008 (Final estimates) , June 1, 2008 (Provisional estimates)" (June 2008, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Japan Monthly Statistics" (June 2008, Microsoft Excel format).


States of Jersey Report: "Jersey Population Update 2007" (June 2008, .pdf format, 5p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



State Statistical Office News Release: "Birthrate in the Republic of Macedonia by municipalities" (Jun. 20, 2008, .pdf format, 5p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.



1. Department of Health Information and Research Report: "National Obstetric Information System (NOIS) Annual Report 2007" (June 2008,.pdf format, 14p.).

2. National Statistics Office News Release: "Teaching English to Foreigners: 2007" (June 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Just over 10 percent of parents want parental leave, but do not claim it" (Jun. 19, 2008).

B. "Nearly 35 thousand children experience parents’ divorce in 2007," by Arno Sprangers, Nic Steenbrink and Arie de Graaf (Jun. 24, 2008).

C. "Large families less likely to use formal child care" (Jun. 24, 2008).


New Zealand:

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

A. "Internal Migration" (June 2008).

B. "External Migration: May 2008" (June 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).



Statistics Norway Report, News Releases:

A. "Developing methods for determining the number of unauthorized foreigners in Norway," by Li-Chun Zhang (June 2008, .pdf format, 41p.).

B. "KOSTRA: Church: Increase in church weddings" (Jun. 19, 2008). The news release links to two topical tables.

C. "Population statistics. Population and land area in urban settlements, 1 January 2008" (Jun. 20, 2008). The news release links to three topical tables.

D. "Introduction programme for new immigrants, 2007" (Jun. 20, 2008). The news release links to six topical tables.

E. "Activity in centre zones, 2008" (Jun. 20, 2008). The news release links to one topical table.

F. "Norwegian museums and collections, 2007" (Jun. 23, 2008). The news release links to four topical table.


Palestinian National Authority Compendium: Jerusalem Statistical Yearbook: 10th Edition (June 2008, .pdf format, 505p). The Yearbook is in Arabic and English.



Central Statistical Office Periodical: Statistical Bulletin: No. 5 (June 2008, .pdf format, 221p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format. Also available in .zip compressed .pdf and Excel format).



Scottish Government Reports:

A. "Follow Up Survey Of School Leavers from Scottish Schools: 2006/07 Leavers" (June 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

B. "Reconvictions of Offenders Discharged from Custody or given Non-Custodial Sentences in 2004-05 and 2005-06, Scotland" (June 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).



Statistical Office Communication: "Vital Events in the Republic of Serbia, 2007" (Jun. 20, 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).


Sri Lanka:

Department of Census and Statistics Report: "Census Dept. Classifies GN Divisions by Poverty," by Amara Satharasinghe (June 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).



Statistics Sweden News Release: "Higher education. Graduate students and graduate degrees awarded 2007" (Jun. 19, 2008).



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

A. "Permanent and Fixed Period Exclusions from Schools in England 2006/07" (Statistical First Release, June 2008, .pdf format, 19p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Participation in Education, Training and Employment by 16-18 Year Olds in England" (Statistical First Release, June 2008, .pdf format, 21p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

C. "The Level of Highest Qualification Held by Adults: England 2007 (Revised)" (Statistical First Release, June 2008, .pdf format, 16p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

D. "Student Loans for Higher Education in England financial year 2007-08 (Provisional)" (June 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).

2. National Statistics Office News Release: "UK civil partnerships fall by 46 per cent in 2007" (Jun. 24, 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Reports:

A. "Budgeted Expenditure on Special Educational Needs (SEN) Provision, 2008-09" (June 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

B. "Living in Wales, 2007" (June 2008, .pdf format, 30p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

C. "Pupils with Statements of Special Educational Needs: January 2008" (June 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

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Annie E. Casey Foundation Compendium: KIDS COUNT 2008 Data Book (2008, .pdf format, 196p.).


Population Reference Bureau Periodical: Population Bulletin (Vol. 63, No. 2, June 2008, .pdf format, 20p.). The lead article for this issue is: "U.S. Labor Force Trends," by Marlene A. Lee and Mark Mather.


Urban Institute Report: "The Challenges of Prisoner Reentry: Facts and Figures," by Daniel Kuehn (May 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).


Rand Corporation Report: "Prepared to Learn: The Nature and Quality of Early Care and Education for Preschool-Age Children in California," by Lynn A. Karoly, Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, Gail L. Zellman, Michal Perlman, and Lynda Fernyhough (TR 539, June 2008, .pdf format, 216p.).


Demographic Research ArticleS:

A. "Does the recent evolution of Canadian mortality agree with the epidemiologic transition theory?" by Marie-Hélène Lussier, Robert Bourbeau, and Robert Choinière (Vol. 18, Article 19, June 2008, .pdf format, p. 531-568).

B. "On the structural value of children and its implication on intended fertility in Bulgaria," by Christoph Bühler (Vol. 18, Article 20, June 2008, .pdf format, p. 569-610).


C.D. Howe Institute Report: "The Welfare Enigma: Explaining the Dramatic Decline in Canadians' Use of Social Assistance 1993-2005," by Ross Finnie and Ian Irvine (June 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).

Data Appendix:

More information about C.D. Howe:


K.K. Agencies Books on the Demography of India: Population Development and Political Process in India, by Anurag Joshi (2008, ISBN: 8188865291). For more information see:

and search on ISBN number.

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University of Michigan Population Studies Center:

A. "Family and Neighborhood Sources of Socioeconomic Inequality in Children’s Achievement," by Narayan Sastry and Anne R. Pebley (PSC Research Report No. 08-647, June 2008, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Community Characteristics, Sexual Initiation and Condom Use among Young Black South Africans," by Sarah Burgard and Susan Lee-Rife (PSC Research Report No. 08-646, June 2008, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Perceived Fertility Regulation Costs and Contraceptive Use in Nepal," by Amie Emens (PSC Research Report No. 08-644, June 2008, .pdf format, 25p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Click on the PDF icon at the top right side of the page for link to full text.


National Bureau of Economic Research: "The Cost of Uncertain Life Span," by Ryan D. Edwards (w14093, June 2008, .pdf format, 38p.).


A considerable amount of uncertainty surrounds life expectancy, e0, the average length of life. The standard deviation in adult life spans, S10 , is about 15 years in the U.S., and theory and evidence suggest it is costly. In this paper, I calibrate a standard intertemporal model to show that one less year in standard deviation is worth about half a mean life year. Differences in S10 amplify measured differences in e0 between the U.S. and other industrialized countries, and accounting for historical gains against S10 raises the total value of mortality declines during the last century by about 25 percent.


Woodrow Wilson Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (Princeton University): "Relationship Transitions and Maternal Parenting," by Audrey Beck, Carey Cooper, Sara McLanahan, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn (WP08-12-08, April 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).


Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: "'Every Catholic Child in a Catholic School': Historical Resistance to State Schooling, Contemporary Private Competition, and Student Achievement across Countries," by Martin R. West and Ludger Woessmann (WP 2332, June 2008, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population (SEDAP) [McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario]: "The Politics of Social Policy Reform in the United States: The Clinton and the W. Bush Presidencies Reconsidered," by Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan (Research Paper 232, June 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).


The purpose of this paper is to examine what key reform attempts during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush presidencies reveal about the wider possibilities for social policy change in the United States. Most particularly, why were Presidents Clinton and Bush able to achieve their goals in some policy realms but so badly defeated in others? As argued, institutional variation from one policy area to another helps answer this question. On the one hand, strong institutional obstacles in the fields of Social Security and health insurance largely explain the defeat of the most ambitious social policy proposal put forward by each president. On the other hand, successful reforms occurred in a comparatively favourable institutional context. Yet, the analysis also suggests that paying close attention to the strategic ideas of political actors as they interact with existing institutions and policy legacies is necessary to fully understand the politics of social policy reform.


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

A. "Ancestry versus Ethnicity: The Complexity and Selectivity of Mexican Identification in the United States," by Brian Duncan and Stephen Trejo (Discussion Paper 3552, June 2008, .pdf format, 47p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Social Interactions and the Salience of Social Identity," by Kendra N. McLeish and Robert J. Oxoby (Discussion Paper 3554, June 2008, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Short-Run Distributional Effects of Public Education Transfers to Tertiary Education Students in Seven European Countries," by Tim Callan, Tim Smeeding, and Panos Tsakloglou (Discussion Paper 3557, June 2008, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

Annals of Statistics (Vol. 36, No. 3, June 2008).

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics In Society): Vol. 171, Pt. 3, 2008; Series B (Statistical Methodology), Vol. 70, Pt. 3, 2008; Series C: (Applied Statistics): Vol. 57, Pt. 3, 2008.

Sociological Theory (Vol. 26, No. 1,2, March, June 2008).

Sociology (Vol. 42, No. 3, June 2008).

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Population Reference Bureau Women's Edition, Call for Applications for 2008 Program." "The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is once again inviting applications to its Women's Edition program. Launched in 1993, Women's Edition brings together senior-level women journalists--editors, reporters, and producers--from developing countries to examine important topics related to women's reproductive health and development.

Women's Edition offers a unique opportunity to become part of an international network of leading women journalists interested in women's health and development. Up to 15 women journalists will be selected to participate for two years in the program. During that time, PRB will organize four one-week seminars for them. At each session journalists will engage in sessions with health and development experts, editorial meetings to develop strategies for covering these issues, Internet research training, and site visits to see innovative programs in action. Women's Edition is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)." Application deadline is Aug. 1, 2008. For more information see:


Southern Demographic Association 2008 Annual Meeting Call for Papers: The meeting will be held Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2008 in Greenville, South Carolina. For more information on the call for papers see:

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 24, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 23, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Jun. 24, 2008.

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US Census Bureau International Database Update. IDB updated its database on Jun. 18, 2008.

Click on "Release Notes" next to 6-18-2008 for details of the update.


Association of Religious Data Archives (Penn State University). The ARDA added several studies on Jun. 13, 2008. For more information see:


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 5666 -Socio-Economic Position and Political Support of Black and Ethnic Minority Groups in the United Kingdom, 1972-2005

SN 5503 -Annual Population Survey, April 2005 - March 2006: Special Licence Access

SN 5379 -Annual Population Survey, October 2004 - September 2005: Special Licence Access

SN 5377 -Annual Population Survey, July 2004 - June 2005: Special Licence Access

SN 5257 -Annual Population Survey, April 2004 - March 2005: Special Licence Access

SN 5220 -Annual Population Survey, January-December, 2004: Special Licence Access

SN 5396 -Annual Population Survey, January-December 2005: Special Licence Access

More information on Special Licence Access:

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