Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #77, August 26, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau Reports, Facts for Features:

A. "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007," by Carmen DeNavas-Walt, Bernadette D. Proctor, and Jessica C. Smith (Current Population Reports Consumer Income P60-235, August 2008, .pdf format, 71p.). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Household Income Rises, Poverty Rate Unchanged, Number of Uninsured Down" (CB08-129, Aug. 26, 2008), which also links to relevant income and poverty data (HTML and Microsoft Excel format) from the 2008 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement."

B. "Fertility of American Women: 2006," by Jane Lawler Dye (P20-558, August 2008, .pdf format, 22p.). In addition, tables (Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format) are also available. The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "New Analysis Offers State-by-State Look at Fertility" (CB08-125, Aug. 18, 2008).

C. "Special Edition: 2008 Presidential Nominating Conventions" (CB08-FFSE.05, Aug. 22, 2008).

2. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "U.S. Decennial Life Tables for 1999-2001: Methodology of the United States Life Tables," by Rong Wei, Lester R. Curtin, Elizabeth Arias, and Robert N. Anderson (National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 57, No. 4, August 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

3. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2005-06," by Robert Stillwell and Lee Hoffman (NCES 2008353, August 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).

B. "Community Colleges: Special Supplement to The 2008 Condition of Education," by Stephen Provasnik and Michael Planty (NCES 2008033, August 2008, .pdf format, 65p,. with Standard Error tables (.pdf format, 25p.).

C. ""Parentsí Reports of the School Readiness of Young Children from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2007," by Kevin O'Connell (NCES 2008051, August 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).

4. State Department Report: "Trafficking in Persons Report 2008" (August 2008, .pdf format, 292p.).

5. National Science Foundation Report: "Science and Engineering State Profiles: 2005-07" (NSF 08-314, August 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

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US States:


Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Compendium: 2007 State of Hawaii Data Book: 2007 (August 2008, .pdf format, 1031 p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).


1. Department of Public Health Report: "Vital Statistics of Iowa in Brief: 2007 Data" (August 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

2. Iowa State Data Center Updates: The SDC updated the following files (all .pdf and Microsoft Excel format) on Aug. 22, 2008).


Housing units and numeric and percent change: 2000 - 2007


Housing units and households: 1980-2007


Housing units and numeric and percent change: 2000 to 2007

See Under Aug. 22, 2008 listing.

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NGO and Other Countries:


Bureau of Statistics Report: "Crime and Justice News, 2008" (August 2008).



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Periodical, Article:

A. Science Statistics (August 2008, .pdf format, 16p.). The topic of this issue is: "Estimates of Research and Development Expenditures in the Higher Education Sector, 2006/2007."

B. "Matter of Fact" (General Social Survey, No. 7, August 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.). The topic of this issue is "How satisfied are immigrants with their personal safety?" by Colin Lindsay.


Hong Kong:

Census and Statistics Department News Release: "Mid-year Population for 2008" (Aug. 14, 2008). The news release links to two topical tables (.pdf format).



Statistics Iceland News Release: "School operation in upper secondary schools in 2007-2008" (Aug. 22, 2008).



Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Report: "Population and Migration Estimates: April 2008" (August 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).



1. Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare Report: "Specified Report of Vital Statistics in FY2007: Vital Statistics Occurring in Japan - Vital Statistics including Foreigners" (August 2008).

2. Statistics Bureau Report, Periodical:

A. "Population Estimates: March 1, 2008 (Final estimates) , August 1, 2008 (Provisional estimates)" (August 2008, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

B. Monthly Statistics (August 2008, Microsoft Excel format).



Statistics Latvia News Release: "Development of demographic processes in Latvia in the 1st half-year of 2008" (Aug. 26, 2008). If the news release is in Latvian, click on the "EN" tab near the top right side of the page for an English version.



Statistics Lithuania Compendium: "Men and Women in Lithuania: 2007" (August 2008, .pdf format, 114p.). The compendium is in Lithuanian and English.



State Statistical Office News Release: "Natural movement of the population" (Aug. 22, 2008, .pdf format, 5p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Hot off the Press: "International Travel and Migration: July 2008" (August 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).



Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Aug. 13-26, 2008).



Central Statistical Office Report: "Area and Population in the Territorial Profile in 2008" (August 2008, .pdf format, 188p.). The report is in Polish and English.



General Register Office Report: "Scotland's Population 2007 - The Registrar General's Annual Review of Demographic Trends" (August 2008, .pdf format, 97p.).



Statistical Office News Release: "Deaths, Slovenia, 2007," by Milena Ilic (Aug. 22, 2008). The news release links to a topical table (Microsoft Excel format).


Sri Lanka:

Department of Census and Statistics Report: "Poverty Indicators: Household Income and Expenditure Survey - 2006/07" (August 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).



1. Department of Culture, Media, and Sport Report: "Taking Part: England's survey of culture, leisure and sport: annual data 2006/07" (August 2008, .pdf and rich text format [.rtf], 15p.).

2. Department for Work and Pensions Reports:

A. "Exploring disability, family formation and break-up: Reviewing the evidence," by Harriet Clarke and Stephen McKay (Research Report No. 514, 2008, .pdf format, 113p.).

B. "Relationship separation and child support study," by Nick Wikeley, Eleanor Ireland, Caroline Bryson and Ruth Smith (Research Report No. 503, 2008, .pdf format, 260p.).

3. National Statistics Office News Release: "UK population approaches 61 million in 2007" (Aug. 21, 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).

4. Home Office Statistical Bulletins:

A. "Control of Immigration Statistics: United Kingdom 2007" (August 2008, .pdf format, 124p.).

B. "Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary, United Kingdom: April-June 2008" (August 2008, .pdf format, 35p.).




Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "2007 Mid Year Estimates of the Population" (August 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

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Population Reference Bureau Report: "2008 World Population Data Sheet" (August 2008, .pdf format, 16p.). The page also links to the latest Population Bulletin (Vol. 63, No, 3, September 2008) with the article: "World Population Highlights: Key Findings From PRBís 2008 World Population Data Sheet"; and the "2008 World Population Clock."


Kaiser Family Foundation "Pulling it Together." The latest "Pulling it Together," by Drew Altman, is "A Recovery Raises Expectations Too" (No. 6, August 2008).


Princeton University Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing/Columbia Population Research Center, Columbia University Fragile Families Research Brief: "Predictors of Homelessness and Doubling Up Among At Risk Families,"(Research Brief No. 43, August 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).


Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life Report: "More Americans Question Religion's Role in Politics" (August 2008, .pdf format, 61p.).


National Governors Association Report: "Entering the Next Phase of Welfare Reform: State Responses to Changes in Federal TANF Law and Regulations," (August 2008, pdf format, 16p).

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University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty:

A. "The Association between Childrenís Earnings and Fathersí Lifetime Earnings: Estimates Using Administrative Data," by Molly Dahl and Thomas DeLeire (Discussion Paper 1342-08, August 2008, .pdf format, 42p.).


Knowledge of the degree of intergenerational mobility in an economy is essential for assessing the fairness of the earnings distribution. In this paper, we provide estimates of the degree of intergenerational mobility in the United States using administrative earnings data from the Social Security Administrationís records. These data contain nearly career-long earnings histories for a large sample of U.S. fathers, and their childrenís earnings around an age that is likely to be a good proxy for lifetime earnings. We examine two different measures of mobility: (1) the association between fathersí and childrenís log earnings (the intergenerational elasticity or IGE) and (2) the association between fathersí and childrenís relative positions in their respective earnings distributions (or the intergenerational rank association or IRA). We show that estimates of the IGE are quite sensitive to choice of specification and sample and range from 0.26 to 0.63 for sons and from 0 to 0.27 for daughters. That is, a 10 percent increase in fathersí earnings is associated with a 3 percent to 6 percent increase in sonsí earnings and a 0 percent to 3 percent increase in daughtersí earnings. By contrast, our estimates of the IRA are robust to both specification and sample choices and show that a 10 percentile increase in a fatherís relative position is associated with roughly a 3 percentile increase in his sonís and roughly a 1 percentile increase in his daughterís relative earnings positions. Nonparametric estimates of the IRA show relatively more immobility among the children of men below the 10th percentile and above the 80th percentile of lifetime earnings.

B. "Expanding New York Stateís Earned Income Tax Credit Program: The Effect on Work, Income, and Poverty," by Maximilian D. Schmeiser (Discussion Paper 1341-08, August 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).


Given its favorable employment incentives and ability to target the working poor, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has become the primary antipoverty program at both the federal and state levels. However, when evaluating the effect of EITC programs on income and poverty, governments generally calculate the effect using simple accounting, where the value of the state or federal EITC benefit is added to a personís income. These calculations omit the behavioral incentives created by the existence of these programs, the corresponding effect on labor supply and hours worked, and therefore the actual effect on income and poverty. This paper simulates the full effect of an expansion of the New York State EITC benefit on employment, hours worked, income, poverty, and program expenditures. These results are then compared to those omitting labor supply effects. Relative to estimates excluding labor supply effects, the preferred behavioral results show that an expansion of the New York State EITC increases employment by an additional 14,244 persons, labor earnings by an additional $95.8 million, family income by an additional $84.5 million, decreases poverty by an additional 56,576 persons, and increases costs to the state by $29.7 million. These results emphasize the importance of modeling labor supply behavior when analyzing the impact of the EITC.

C. "Recent Developments in the Econometrics of Program Evaluation," by Guido W. Imbens and Jeffrey M. Wooldridge (Discussion Paper 1340-08, August 2008, pdf format, 91p.).


Many empirical questions in economics and other social sciences depend on causal effects of programs or policies. In the last two decades much research has been done on the econometric and statistical analysis of the effects of such programs or treatments. This recent theoretical literature has built on, and combined features of, earlier work in both the statistics and econometrics literatures. It has by now reached a level of maturity that makes it an important tool in many areas of empirical research in economics, including labor economics, public finance, development economics, industrial organization and other areas of empirical micro-economics. In this review we discuss some of the recent developments. We focus primarily on practical issues for empirical researchers, as well as provide a historical overview of the area and give references to more technical research.

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

Demography (Vol. 45, No. 3, 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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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Aug. 26, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Aug. 25, 2008.

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US Census Bureau:

A. "2008 National Population Projections" (August 2008, Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format). The data is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "An Older and More Diverse Nation by Midcentury" (CB08-123, Aug. 14, 2008).

B."The latest State and County Total Housing Unit Estimates - for July 1, 2007." (August 2008, comma separated value [.csv] format, with documentation in ASCII text format).


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets as of Aug 17, 24, 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:

Aug. 17, 2008:

Aug. 24, 2008:

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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Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data Center: KIDS COUNT has added a section with "data from the 2008 The Right Start for America's Newborns report. State- and city-level data on birth outcomes are now available. Users can generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state profiles or download the entire data set as delimited text files.

KIDS COUNT Data Center:


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


Philippines in Figures: 2008

Lithuania: Demographic Yearbook: 2007

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NLS Bibliography Updates: Note: These citations, along with all of the NLS bibliography, can be found at:

For more information on any of these citations (selected abstracts are available) go to the above listed address and click on "Title List". Click on the first item, which will give the syntax of the citation urls:[0]=5883

Then change the number after the equal sign to the number listed as the "ID Number" in the citations below. You will be taken to the full citation listing.

New listings are numbered 5890-5916.

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