Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #72, July 15, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau Report, News Release, Facts for Features:

A."The Geographic Distribution and Characteristics of Older Workers In Kentucky: 2004," by Cynthia Taeuber and Matthew R. Graham (LED-OW04-KY, July 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

Scroll to "Kentucky"

B. "New Orleans Population Continues Katrina Recovery; Houston Leads in Numerical Growth" (CB08-106, Jul. 10, 2008). The news release links to subcounty population estimates for Jul. 1, 2007 (Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format.

C. "Hispanic Heritage Month 2008: Sept. 15 - Oct. 15" (CB08-FF.15, Jul. 9, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 9p.).

2. Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics Report: "America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2008" (July 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 21p.).

3. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics Report: "Naturalizations in the United States: 2007," by Nancy Rytina and Selena Caldera (July 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

Related tables (Excel format):

4. National Science Foundation InfoBrief: "Baccalaureate Origins of S&E Doctorate Recipients," by Joan Burrelli, Alan Rapoport, and Rolf Lehming (NSF 08-311, July 2008, HTML and .pdf format, with tables in Microsoft Excel format, 8p.).

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US States:


Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Report: "Latest Population Estimate Data: 2007" (July 2008, Microsoft Excel format).


Stats Indiana Update: Place and County Subdivision Population, 2007 (Indiana Profile) (July 2008).

Find under "Just Released" on the right side of the page.


State Data Center Update: The SDC updated the following files on Jul. 10, 2008 (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format):


"Population estimates and numeric and percent change: 2000-2007"

"Rankings for population estimates, numerical change and percent change: 2000-2007"

"Number of places by percent change categories: 1850-2007"

"Number of places by population size categories: 1850-2007"

"Population in places by population size categories: 1850-2007"

"Incorporated places and unincorporated areas population by county and numeric and percent change: 2000-2007"

See under Jul. 10, 2008 listing.


Vital Statistics Administration Report: "Maryland Vital Statistics: Preliminary Report, 2007" (July 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).

Michigan: Report: "Michigan Sub-County Population Estimates: 2000-2007" (July 2008, Microsoft Excel and .pdf format).,1607,7-160-17451_18668_41233-195885--,00.html


State Data Center Reports:

A. "Population Estimates for US Cities: 2006-07" (July 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "Population Estimates for Missouri Cities: 2006-07" (July 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

C. Missouri Population Estimates by County: 2000-2007" (July 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

North Dakota:

State Data Center Updates: "Population Estimates by North Dakota Place: Census 2000 and July 1, 2001 to July 1, 2007 Estimate" (July 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).


State Data Center Report: "U.S. Census Municipal Population Estimates: Jul. 1, 2000-Jul. 1, 2007" (July 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).


Department of Administration and Information, Economic Analysis Division Report: "Wyoming Incorporated Place Population Estimates: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007" (July 2008, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format).

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NGO and Other Countries:


1. Bureau of Statistics Report: "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 "Downloads" tab at the top of the page for link to tables.

2. Queensland Government Report: "Queensland Characteristics: A Statistical Division Comparison" (Census 2006 Bulletin 2, May 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).


Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Periodical: Canadian Social Trends (No. 86, July 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 10p.). The lead article of this issue is: Life in metropolitan areas: A profile of perceptions of incivility in the metropolitan landscape, by Leslie-Anne Keown.


Faroe Islands:

Statistics Faroe Islands Compendium: Faroe Islands in Figures: 2008 (June 2008, .pdf format, 35p.).



Federal Statistics Office Press Release: "Youth welfare offices place 77 children under custody every day" (Jul. 15, 2008).,templateId=renderPrint.psml



Statistics Iceland News Release: "Museums and related activities 1995-2006" (Jul. 10, 2008).



Statistics Latvia News Release: Note: if the release is in Latvian, click on the "EN" tab on the top right side of the page for an English version. "Statistics on males and females in Latvia" (Jul. 15, 2008).



Macao: Statistics and Census Service Brief Compendium: 2008 Macao in Figures (July 2008).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "Nearly one in ten travellers occasionally shun public transport for safety reasons," by Carin Reep (Jul. 15, 2008).



Statistics Norway Statistical Magazine Update: The Magazine has been updated with the following English language article: "Gender equality: As different as two drops of water?" by Fride Eeg-Henriksen (July 2008).



General Register Office Reports:

A. "Mid-2006 Population Estimates for Localities in Scotland" (July 2008, Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format).

B. "Mid-2006 Population Estimates for Settlements in Scotland" (July 2008, Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format).


Sierra Leone:

Statistics Sierra Leone Report: "Core Welfare Indicator Questionnaire Survey (CWIQ) 2007" (November 2007, .pdf format, 341p.).



Department of Statistics Report: "Statistics on Marriages and Divorces: 2007" (July 2008, .pdf format, 88p.).


South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Report: "General Household Survey 2007" (July 2008, .pdf format, 134p.).



Statistics Committee Table: "Adopted orphans and children deprived of parents' guardianship: 2000-2007" (Jul. 14, 2008).



National Statistics Office Report: "Births and Deaths in England and Wales: 2007" (July 2008, Microsoft Excel format).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Reports:

A. "Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation 2008 (WIMD) - Summary Report (July 2008, .pdf format, 72p.).

B. "Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation 2008 (WIMD) - Local Authority Analysis" (July 2008, .pdf format, 104p.).

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Demographic Research Articles:

A. "Biological and sociological interpretations of age-adjustment in studies of higher order birth rates," by Mette Gerster and Niels Keiding (Vol. 19, Article 31, July 2008, .pdf format, p. 1205-1216).

B. "Hotspots and Coldspots: Household and village-level variation in orphanhood prevalence in rural Malawi," by Alexander A. Weinreb, Patrick Gerland, and Peter Fleming (Vol. 19, Article 32, July 2008, .pdf format, p. 1217-1248).

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University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty: "Long-Term Effects of Public Low-Income Housing Vouchers on Work, Earnings, and Neighborhood Quality," by Deven Carlson, Robert Haveman, Thomas Kaplan, and Barbara Wolfe (Discussion Paper 1338-08, July 2008, .pdf format, 51p.).


The federal Section 8 housing program provides eligible low-income families with an income-conditioned voucher that can be used to lease privately owned, affordable rental housing units. This paper extends prior research on the effectiveness of housing support programs in several ways. We use a quasi-experimental, propensity score matching research design, and examine the effect of housing voucher receipt on neighborhood quality, earnings, and work effort. Results are presented for a wide variety of demographic groups for up to five years following voucher receipt. The analysis employs a unique longitudinal dataset that was created by combining administrative records maintained by the State of Wisconsin with census block group data. The results of our propensity score matching procedure show voucher receipt to have no effect on neighborhood quality in the short-term, but positive long-term effects. Furthermore, the results indicate that on average voucher receipt causes lower earnings in the initial years following receipt, but that these negative earnings effects dissipate over time. Finally, we find that recipient responses to voucher receipt differ substantially across demographic subgroups.


Population Research Institute [Penn State University]:

A. "What Would They Do? Childcare under Parental Leave and Reduced Hours Options," by Robert Drago and Ya-Ning Lee (Working Paper No. 08-03, June 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).


We use time diary data to simulate the effects of parental leave and reduced hours arrangements on childcare time and labor supply among parents of infants. We control for various effects, including compensation effects that can inflate childcare estimates under the policy regimes. Estimates show mothers applying over 80 percent of working time reductions under leave to childcare and coupled mothers using reduced hours almost exclusively for childcare. Lesser though substantial childcare gains accrue to fathers using the policies and to single mothers on reduced hours. Levels of gender equity might deteriorate if only mothers utilized the policies.

B. "How Diverse Are the Suburbs?" by Matthew S. Hall and Barrett A. Lee (Working Paper No. 08-04, July 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).


The popular perception of the American suburb is that the individuals and households who inhabit it are demographically alike, especially when compared to their central city counterparts. Social scientists have long challenged this perception; indeed, some cite recent evidence on suburban diversity to assert that the suburb-city distinction has become irrelevant. Here we introduce several conceptual, methodological, and theoretical improvements that allow us to better adjudicate claims about the extent and nature of diversity. Our analysis examines patterns and potential antecedents of suburban population composition at both the suburban ring and place levels for a sample of 65 large U.S. metropolitan areas. We find that suburban rings and their constituent places are much more diverse than traditionally imagined. However, important differences still exist between suburbs and central cities on specific dimensions. We also find that certain structural characteristics account for variation in suburban diversity, with metropolitan population size and suburban size, density, dominance, and distance from the central city all broadly influential.


MDRC [Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation]: "Empirical Issues in the Design of Group-Randomized Studies to Measure the Effects of Interventions for Children," by Howard Bloom, Pei Zhu, Robin Jacob, Stephen Raudenbush, Andres Martinez, and Fen Lin (Working Paper No. 483, July 2008, .pdf format, 77p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

A. "The Impact of Relative Cohort Size on U.S. Fertility, 1913-2001," by Yongil Jeon and Michael P. Shields (Discussion Paper No. 3587, July 2008, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Estimating the Causal Effect of Gun Prevalence on Homicide Rates: A Local Average Treatment Effect Approach," by Tomislav Kovandzic, Mark Schaffer, and Gary Kleck (Discussion Paper No. 3587, July 2008, .pdf format, 56p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]:

A. "Women's Economic Gains from Employment, Marriage and Cohabitation," by Alita Nandi (WP 2008-23, July 2008, .pdf format, 42p.).


U.S. public policy promotes both marriage and labor market participation as strategies for improving the economic welfare of low-income women and their children. Here I compare women’s economic gains from marriage, cohabitation and employment. Using data from the NLSY79, I estimate a fixed-effects model of household income (adjusted for household composition). I find that among "poor" women (those who ever received welfare), the log household income of single, nonemployed women would increase by 0.80 if they enter a cohabiting union, 1.04 if they marry, 0.76 if they work part-time (1000 hours/year), and 1.16 if they work full-time (2000 hours/year).

B. "Combining marriage and children in paid work: Changes across cohorts in Italy and Great Britain," by Christina Solera (WP 2008-22, July 2008, .pdf format, 47p.).


This paper compares Italy and Great Britain and uses event history data and methods to investigate changes across cohorts in the effect of family responsibilities on women’s transitions in and out of paid work. My findings show that women’s attachment to paid work has increased and that education and/or class has marked the divide, as predicted by human capital theory. However, the effects of marriage and motherhood are, ceteris paribus, stronger in a residualist-liberal welfare regime such as the British one. In Italy, where demand for labour is relatively low and gender role norms are quite traditional, reconciliation policies are weak but largely compensated by intergenerational and kinship solidarity, fewer women enter paid work, but when they do so, they interrupt less when becoming wives or mothers.

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

American Sociological Review (Vol. 73, No. 4, August 2008). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of the American Statistical Association (Vol. 103, No. 482, June 2008). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Population Review (Vol. 47, No. 1, 2008).

Social Work (Vol. 53, No. 3, July 2008). Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Jul. 15, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Jul. 15, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Jul. 14, 2008.

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US House Committee on Education and Labor Hearing Testimony: "The Rising Cost of Food and Its Impact on Federal Child Nutrition Programs," a hearing held July 9, 2008 (.pdf format).

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets as of July 13, 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:

For new data or new editions of new data in the last month:

and pick "1 month" for either.

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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.


Statistical Yearbook of Latin America and the Caribbean: 2007

Greece: Concise Statistical Yearbook of Greece: 2006

Iran: Statistical Yearbook of Iran 1385 (2006/07), Statistical Pocketbook of the Islamic Republic of Iran 2007

A Glance At Iran: 1385 (2006/07)

Palestinian National Authority: Jerusalem Statistical Yearbook: 10th Edition (2008).

Poland: Poland in Figures: 2008

Slovenia: Statistical Portrait of Slovenia in the EU: 2008

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