Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #70, July 1, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau Facts for Features: "Labor Day 2008: Sept. 1" (CB08-FF.13, Jul. 1, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

2. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "Characteristics of the 100 Largest Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts in the United States: 2005-06," by Anthony Garofano and Jennifer Sable (NCES 2008339, June 2008, .pdf format, 84p.).

B. "Technology-Based Distance Education Courses for Public Elementary and Secondary School Students: 2002-03 and 2004-05," by Izabella Zandberg and Laurie Lewis (NCES 2008008, June 2008, .pdf format, 151p.).

C. "Trends Among High School Seniors, 1972-2004," by Steven J. Ingels and Ben Dalton (NCES 2008320, May 2008, .pdf format, 126p.).

D. "National Indian Education Study - Part II: The Educational Experiences of American Indian and Alaska Native Students in Grades 4 and 8," by Rebecca Moran and Bobby D. Rampey (NCES 2008-458, June 2008, .pdf format, 52p.).

3. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Sexual Victimization in Local Jails Reported by Inmates, 2007," by Allen J. Beck and Paige M. Harrison (NCJ 221946, June 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 43p., with .zip compressed spreadsheets).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Office on Drugs and Crime Report: "World Drug Report 2008," (June 2008, .pdf format, 303p.).



Bureau of Statistics Reports:

A. "Australian Demographic Statistics, Dec 2007" (June 2008, .pdf format, 67p., with data in Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

Click on the "Details" tab at the top of the page for link to full text and spreadsheets.

B. "Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories, Jun 2002 to Jun 2007" (June 2008, Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

Click on the "Details" tab at the top of the page for link to spreadsheets.

C. "Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2007" (June 2008, 53p., with data cubes in Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

Click on the "Details" tab at the top of the page for link to full text and spreadsheets.



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports:

A. "Quarterly Demographic Estimates: January to March 2008" (June 2008, .pdf format, 97p.).

B. "Understanding Culture Consumption," by Jacques Ewoudou (Culture, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics Research Paper, June 2008, .pdf format, 55p.).


Cook Islands:

Statistics Office Report: "Population Estimates & Vital Statistics: December Quarter 2007" (.pdf format, 2p.).



Statistics Finland News Release: "Number of children adopted to Finland from abroad fell in 2007" (Jun. 27, 2008).



Institut national d'etudes demographques (INED) Periodical: Population and societies (No. 446, June 2008, .pdf format, 4p.). The feature article of this issue is: "Population trends in the United States and Europe: similarities and differences," by Giles Pison.



Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Reports:

A. "Regional Quality of Life in Ireland, 2008" (June 2008, .pdf format, 99p.).

B. "Non-Irish Nationals Living in Ireland (Census 2006, June 2008, .pdf format, 94p.).



Statistics Latvia News Release: "New tables in database section Science" (Jul. 1, 2008). f the release is in Latvian, click on the "EN" tab near the top of the page for an English version. Note: click on "annual data" for link to the database.



Statistics Department Report: "Lithuanian Population by Age 2008" (June 2008, .pdf format, 85p.). The report is in Lithuanian and English.



State Statistical Office News Release: "Mortality in the Republic of Macedonia by municipalities" (Jun. 27, 2008, .pdf format, 5p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "Record amount of damages awarded to former suspects," by Nynke de Lange (Jul. 1, 2008).


Northern Ireland:

Statistics and Research Agency Report: "The Registrar General's Quarterly Report: January to March 2008" (June 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).



Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Causes of death, 2006" (Jun. 27, 2008). The news release links to 40 topical tables.

B. "Universities and Colleges - StatRes" (Jun. 26, 2008).


Palestinian National Authority:

Central Bureau of Statistics Press Release: "Poverty and Living Conditions in the Palestinian Territory, 2007" (Jun. 26, 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).



Central Statistical Office Compendium: Poland in Figures: 2008 (June 2008, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format, 39p.). The compendium is in Polish and English


Sierra Leone:

Statistics Sierra Leone Census 2004 Analytical Reports: Census 2004 Analytical Reports (November 2006, .pdf format) are available for:



Educational and Literacy:

Sierra Leone Housing Situation and Characteristics:

Summaries for Census Operations, Life Tables, Population Size, Age and Sex Structure, Nuptiality and Fertility, Mortality and Disability, Population Distribution Migration and Urbanization in Sierra Leone, and Population Projection for Sierra Leone Based on the 2004 Population and Housing Census (all .pdf format) are available at:

See links to summaries at the bottom of the page.



Statistical Office Compendium, News Release:

A. Statistical Portrait of Slovenia in the EU: 2008 (June 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).

Click on "our website" for link to full text.

B. "Live births, Slovenia, 2007," by Tina Znidarsic (Jun. 30, 2008).


South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Periodical: Bulletin of Statistics (Vol. 42, No. 2, June 2008, .pdf format, 182p.).



Statistics Sweden Press Release: "Educational attainment and employment of the population 2006" (Jun. 26, 2008).



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

A. "The Composition of Schools in England" (June 2008, .pdf format, 176p.).

B. "Youth Cohort Study and Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England: The Activities and Experiences of 16 Year Olds: England 2007" (June 2008, .pdf format, 45p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

C. "Special Educational Needs in England: January 2008" (June 2008, .pdf format, 25p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

2. Department for Culture, Media, and Sport Report: "Progress report on PSA3: Provisional estimates from the first six months of year three" (June 2008, .pdf format, 13p.).

3. Ministry of Justice Report: "Population in custody May 2008" (June 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 14p.).

4. National Statistics Office Periodical: Monthly Digest of Statistics, edited by Dilys Rosen (June 2008, .pdf format, 137p.).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Reports:

A. "Annual Population Survey, 2007" (June 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Assessment and Examination Performance: Comparison with England and its Regions, 2007" (June 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

C. "Births in Wales, 2007: Data from the National Community Child Health Database (NCCHD)" (June 2008, .pdf format, 17p.).

D. "Homelessness, January to March 2008" (June 2008, .pdf format, 12p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

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Demographic Research Articles: "Marriage formation as a process intermediary between migration and childbearing," by Jan M. Hoem and Lesia Nedoluzhko (Vol. 18, Article 21, June 2008, .pdf format, p. 611-628).

DR also, on Jul. 1, 2008, released Vol. 19, Articles 1-29, p. 1-1178 (.pdf format). The theme of these articles is: "Childbearing Trends and Policies in Europe."

See articles under Vol. 19.


Center on Education Policy Report: "Has Student Achievement Improved Since 2002? State Test Score Trends Through 2006-07," by Nancy Kober, Naomi Chudowsky, and Victor Chudowsky (June 2008, .pdf format, 154p.).

More information on CEP:


Pew Hispanic Center Report: "The Role of Schools in the English Language Learner Achievement Gap," by Rick Fry (June 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).


Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life Report: "U.S. Religious Landscape Survey: Religious Beliefs and Practices: Diverse and Politically Relevant," (June 2008, .pdf format, 272p.).


Urban Institute Reports:

A. "Using Local Data to Explore the Experiences and Needs of Children of Incarcerated Parents," by Diana Brazzell (June 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

B. "Kids' Share 2008: How Children Fare in the Federal Budget," by Adam Carasso, C. Eugene Steuerle, Gillian Reynolds, Tracy Vericker, and Jennifer Ehrle Macomber (June 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).

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University of Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology: "Migration of Retirement-Age Blacks to Nonmetropolitan Areas in the 1990s," by Calvin L. Beale and Glenn V. Fuguitt (CDE Working Paper No. 2008-09, 2008, .pdf format, p.).


Older Blacks migrated to nonmetropolitan (nonmetro) communities in the 1990s to a degree not true of the past. Some of the nonmetro counties that attracted them are well-known retirement areas also favored by other retirees, mostly Whites. Two-thirds of Black retirement counties, however, are areas in the Old South that are not attracting other retirees at a substantial rate, if at all. Although the data indicate significant rates of retirement-age Blacks migrating to 85 nonmetro counties, most migration by older Blacks is to metro destinations.


Population Aging Research Center [University of Pennsylvania]: "Mate Availability and Unmarried Parent Relationships," by Kristen Harknett (WPS 2008-03, June 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).


Theoretically, a shortage of males in a local marriage market may influence the formation, quality, and trajectory of unmarried parent relationships. To test these hypotheses, I combine city-level sex ratio data from the U.S. Census with microdata on unmarried couples who recently had a child from the Fragile Families study. A shortage of men in a marriage market is associated with lower relationship quality for unmarried parents. Male shortages are associated with lower rates of marriage following a nonmarital birth, and this is in part because of the mediating influence of relationship quality. A shortage of men is not significantly related to the economic quality of male, nonmarital childbearing partners.


National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER)/Urban Institute: "Classroom Peer Effects and Student Achievement," by Mary A. Burke and Tim R. Sass (Working Paper No. 18, June 2008, .pdf format, 51p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: "Does Fertility Respond to Financial Incentives?" by Guy Laroque and Bernard Salaniť (CESifo Working Paper No. 2339, June 2008, .pdf format, 43p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Vienna (Austria) Institute of Demography: "Extrapolative Projections of Mortality: Towards a More Consistent Method," by Dalkhat M. Ediev (VID Working Paper 03/2008, June 2008, .pdf format, 50p.).


After a comparative study of the Lee-Carter forecasting method and looking into the direct extrapolation of mortality by age and sex, this paper advocates the use of the latter method. The method is, however, supplemented by additional procedures in order to improve its efficiency in the short run and preclude implausible mortality patterns in the long run. The short-run efficiency is improved by building the forecast on data from the most recent periods of age/sex-specific duration, when the mortality dynamics exhibit a steady trend. In the long run, the rates of the decline in mortality are assumed to converge to a plausible function of age and sex, which is derived from the data based on the assumption that it is a monotonic function of age. The framework proposed also provides a natural basis for developing multi-regional projection methods and also for introducing uncertainty into the projection.

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

Population and Development Review (Vol. 34, No. 2, June 2008).

Population Research and Policy Review (Vol. 27, No. 4, August 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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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Jun. 30, 2008.

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International Integrated Public Use Microdata Surveys (University of Minnesota): "In June 2008, IPUMS added 32 new samples for Austria, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela. We also added approximately 100 new internationally harmonized variables and 2000 unharmonized variables specific to the individual samples. The full content of the IPUMS is summarized on our sample quick reference page. A separate page gives our plans for future data releases." For more information see:

Under "June 2008 data release."


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets as of June 30, 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:


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 5782 -Annual Population Survey, July 2006 - June 2007: Special Licence Access

SN 5814 -Annual Population Survey, October 2006 - September 2007: Special Licence Access

SN 5626 Annual Population Survey, October 2005 - September 2006: Special Licence Access

SN 5572 Annual Population Survey, July 2005 - June 2006: Special Licence Access

More information on Special Licence Access:

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