Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #74, July 29, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau Report Facts for Feature: "Unmarried and Single Americans Week: Sept. 21-27, 2008," (CB08-FF.16, Jul. 21, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

2. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "Revenues and Expenditures by Public School Districts: School Year 2005-06," by Lei Zhou (NCES 2008345, July 2008, .pdf format, 20p.).

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US States:


Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism Report: "Income, Employment, Education, and Housing Characteristics of Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in Hawaii: 2005 and 2006" (June 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:


1. Bureau of Statistics Report: "Australian Social Trends, 2008" (July 2008, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format, 255p.).

Click on the "Downloads" tab for link to .pdf full text.

2. Queensland Government Report: "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders" (Census 2006 Bulletin 4), July 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Census 2006 Topic Based Tabulations, 2006 Census Maps, Reports, Article:

A. 2006 Census Topic Based Tabulations: A list of newly available tabulations (some free, some fee based), is available at:

B. "Thematic Maps from the 2006 Census," (latest update, July 2008, .pdf format). "A thematic map shows the spatial distribution of one or more specific data themes for standard geographic areas. The map may be qualitative in nature (e.g., predominant farm types) or quantitative (e.g., percentage population change)."

C. "Remittance Behaviours Among Recent Immigrants in Canada," by René Houle and Grant Schellenberg (Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series, July 2008, .pdf format, 41p.).

D. "Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada: 2003 and 2004" (July 2008, .pdf format, 115p.).

E. "2011 Census Content Consultation Report" (July 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 53p.).

F. "Summary Public School Indicators for the Provinces and Territories, 1999/2000 to 2005/2006," by Patric Blouin (July 2008, .pdf format, 63p.).

G. "What are the trends in self-reported spousal violence in Canada?" by Jodi-Anne Brzozowski and Robyn Brazeau (Article, July 2008, .pdf format, 5p.),



Central Statistical Office Compendium: Hungary in Figures: 2007 (July 2008,.pdf format, 44p.).



Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Infant Mortality, 1997-2004, Demographic and Health Characteristics" (June 2008, .pdf format, 85p., with tables in .zip compressed and uncompressed Microsoft Excel format, and ancillary data in Microsoft Word format).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Violent crime cases often dismissed," by Nynke de Lange (Jul. 24, 2008).

B. "Nearly half of Dutch population engaged in volunteer activities" (Jul. 24, 2008).

C. "Half of first-born children’s parents are not married," by Arie de Graaf (Jul. 29, 2008).

D. "Rapid increase life expectancy," by Joop Garssen and Koos van der Togt (Jul. 29, 2008).



Central Statistical Office Compendium: Concise Statistical Yearbook of Poland 2008 (July 2008, .pdf format, 712p.). The compendium is in Polish and English.



General Register Office Report: "Mid-2007 Population Estimates Scotland" (July 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 40p., with tables in .pdf, Microsoft Excel, and comma separated value [.csv] format).



Statistical Office News Release: "Upper secondary school boarding homes, student residence halls and other institutions offering accommodation to students, Slovenia, school year 2007/08" (Jul. 28, 2008).


South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Report: "Recorded live births, 2007" (July 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).



State Statistics Committee Reports:

A. "Culture: 1990-2008" (Jul. 24, 2008).

B. "Schools for aesthetic education: 1990/91-2007/08" (Jul. 23, 2008).

C. "Natural increase in population in January - May 2008" (Jul. 23, 2008).

D. "Total population, as of June 1, 2008. Average annual populations January-May 2008" (Jul. 23, 2008).



Department for Children, Schools, and Families Report: "Neighbourhood Statistics - Announcement of the release of small area Pupil Absence by Pupil Characteristics in England, 2006/07" (July 2008, interactive web query and .pdf format).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "Participation of Young People in Education and the Labour Market, Year End 2006" (July 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

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Demographic Research Articles:

A. "An integrated approach to cause-of-death analysis: cause-deleted life tables and decompositions of life expectancy," by Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, Samuel H. Preston, and Vladimir Canudas-Romo (Vol. 19, Article 35, .pdf format, p. 1323-1350).

B. "Trends in living arrangements in Europe: Convergence or divergence?" by Tineke Fokkema and Aart C. Liefbroer (Vol. 19, Article 36, .pdf format, p. 1351-1418).

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Center for Social and Demographic Analysis [SUNY-Albany]: "The More the Merrier? Multiple Parent-Adult Child Relations," by Russell A. Ward, Glenna D. Spitze, and Glenn D. Deane (2008-01, July 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).


Though parent-adult child ties are generally positive, most parents have multiple children whose relations may yield collective ambivalence combining higher and lower quality. Little research has investigated these multiple relations. NSFH respondents aged 50+ with adult children (N = 2,270) are used to assess patterns of quality and contact across multiple children in the same family. This illuminates mixed experiences, especially for lowest quality and contact across children, contributing to collective ambivalence in parent-adult child relations within families. Having more children increases prevalence of both positive and negative relations. Stepchildren exhibit more negative relations than nonstepchildren, even in the same family. Mothers have more positive but not more negative relations than fathers; but mothers have more negative relations with stepchildren.


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Powerful Women: Does Exposure Reduce Bias?" by Lori A. Beaman, Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, Esther Duflo, Rohini Pande, and Petia Topalova (w14198, July 2008, .pdf format, 52p.).


We exploit random assignment of gender quotas across Indian village councils to investigate whether having a female chief councillor affects public opinion towards female leaders. Villagers who have never been required to have a female leader prefer male leaders and perceive hypothetical female leaders as less effective than their male counterparts, when stated performance is identical. Exposure to a female leader does not alter villagers' taste preference for male leaders. However, it weakens stereotypes about gender roles in the public and domestic spheres and eliminates the negative bias in how female leaders' effectiveness is perceived among male villagers. Female villagers exhibit less prior bias, but are also less likely to know about or participate in local politics; as a result, their attitudes are largely unaffected. Consistent with our experimental findings, villagers rate their women leaders as less effective when exposed to them for the first, but not second, time. These changes in attitude are electorally meaningful: after 10 years of the quota policy, women are more likely to stand for and win free seats in villages that have been continuously required to have a female chief councillor.

B. "The Plight of Mixed Race Adolescents," by Roland G. Fryer, Jr, Lisa Kahn, Steven D. Levitt, and Jörg L. Spenkuch (w14192, July 2008, .pdf format, 45p.).

Over the past 40 years the fraction of mixed race black-white births has increased nearly nine-fold. There is little empirical evidence on how these children fare relative to their single-race counterparts. This paper describes basic facts about the plight of mixed race individuals during their adolescence and early adulthood. As one might expect, on a host of background and achievement characteristics, mixed race adolescents fall in between whites and blacks. When it comes to engaging in risky/anti-social adolescent behavior, however, mixed race adolescents are stark outliers compared to both blacks and whites. We argue that these behavioral patterns are most consistent with the "marginal man" hypothesis, which we formalize as a two-sector Roy model. Mixed race adolescents -- not having a natural peer group -- need to engage in more risky behaviors to be accepted. All other models we considered can explain neither why mixed race adolescents are outliers on risky behaviors nor why these behaviors are not strongly influenced by the racial composition at their school.


Woodrow Wilson Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (Princeton University): "Immigration and low birthweight in the US: The role of time and timing," by Lisa Bates and Julien Teitler (WP08-15-08, 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).

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

American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 113, No. 6, 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.

Cities (Vol. 25, No. 4, August 2008).

History of the Family (Vol. 13, No. 1, August 2008).

Population (2008, 1 July 2008).

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Jul. 25, 2008.


American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Jul. 29, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Jul. 29, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Jul. 28, 2008.

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US Census Bureau: "Families and Living Arrangements: 2007: Data Tables," (July 2008, Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format).

Related News Release: "50 Million Children Lived with Married Parents in 2007" (CB08-115, Jul. 28, 2008).


World Health Organization: "WHO Mortality Database" has been updated as of July 21, 2008 (.zip compressed ASCII format, with documentation in .zip compressed Microsoft Word format).


Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada 2006 Community Profiles. Users may enter a place name or pick from a geographic list for an interactive report on basic 2006 Census variables.


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets as of July 27, 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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Policy Archive: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis provides this site. "PolicyArchive is an innovative, new digital archive of global, non-partisan public policy research. It houses summaries and full texts of public policy research from various think tanks, universities, government agencies, and foundations. It allows research users, policy makers, the media, and the public to quickly access the depth and breadth of research in numerous subject matters. Ultimately, PolicyArchive will indefinitely preserve the life of public policy research, substantially increase its impact, and provide society at large with long-term access to the benefits of that important research."


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


Faroe Islands: Faroe Islands in Figures: 2008

Macao: 2008 Macao in Figures


Singapore in Figures: 2008

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