Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #80, September 16, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau Facts for Features: "Unmarried and Single Americans Week: Sept. 21-27, 2008 (CB08-FF.16, Sep. 11, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

2. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:08) Field Test Methodology Report," by Melissa Cominole, John Riccobono, Peter Siegel, Lesa Caves, and Jeffrey Rosen (NCES 200801, September 2008, .pdf format, 116p.).

3. Department of Housing and Urban Development Report: "A Review of Regulatory Barriers to Employer Ability to Recruit and Retain Employees" (July 2008, .pdf format, 148p.).

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US States:


State Data Center Updates:

A. "Single-County IRS Migration Profile" has been updated through "2006 to 2007" (September 2008).

Underlying SAS data is available at:

B. "Population Estimates Reports by State" has been updated through 2007 (September 2008, .pdf format).

North Carolina:

Department of Health and Human Services Report: "North Carolina Vital Facts for 2007" (September 2008).

South Carolina:

Department of Health and Environmental Control Report: "South Carolina Teen Pregnancy Data Book 1996-2006" (August 2008, .pdf format, 238p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:


Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Periodical, Matter of Fact Article:

A. Canadian Social Trends (No. 86, September 2008, HTML and .pdf format).

B. "How do teenagers spend their days?" by Kirstin Haley (Matter of Fact, September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).


Czech Republic:

Statistical Office News Release: "The natural increase continues to grow: Population changes - 1st half of 2008" (Sep. 11, 2008, Microsoft Word format, 2p.). The news release links to one topical table (Microsoft Excel format).



Federal Statistical Office Press Release: "11% more first-year students in mechanical engineering" (Sep. 15, 2008).,templateId=renderPrint.psml



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Sep. 10-16, 2008).



Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Sep. 10-16, 2008).



1. Scottish Government Report: "Children's Participation in Culture and Sport" (September 2008, .pdf format, 49p.).

2. General Register Office Report: "Births, Marriages and Deaths - Quarterly Figures: 2nd Quarter 2008" (September 2008, .pdf, Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format).



1. Communities and Local Government Report: "Statutory Homelessness: 2nd Quarter (April - June) 2008, England" (September 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, with tables in Microsoft Excel format, 21p.).

Link to full text and tables is at the bottom of the page.

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

A. "Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2008" (September 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 25p.).

B. "Referrals, Assessments and Children and Young People who are the subject of a Child Protection Plan, England - year ending 31 Mar 2008" (September 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 14p.).

3. National Statistics Office Regional Snapshot Update: "Local authority key statistics: population & vital statistics" has been updated (Microsoft Excel format).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "Adoptions, Outcomes and Placements for Children Looked After by Local Authorities: Year Ending 31 March 2008" (September 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

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Demographic Research Articles:

A. Children’s school participation and HIV/AIDS in rural Malawi: The role of parental knowledge and perceptions," by Monica J. Grant (Vol. 19, Article 45, September 2008, .pdf format, p. 1603-1634).

B. "Sources of error and bias in methods of fertility estimation contingent on the P/F ratio in a time of declining fertility and rising mortality." by Tom A. Moultrie and Rob Dorrington (Vol. 19, Article 46, September 2008, .pdf format, p. 1635-1662).

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University of Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology: "How Subjective Social Status Affects Health: Gender Differences in Reciprocal and Reverse Relationships," by Dana Garbarski (WP 2008-10, 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).


Recent work exploring the relationship between socioeconomic status and health has employed a psychosocial concept called subjective social status (SSS) as a mediator in the relationship. Given that SSS is "cognitive averaging" of SE characteristics over time, SSS may be a component of socioeconomic status subject to interplay with health over the life course, in that it may be a consequence rather than a cause of one’s health. This analysis finds evidence for a reciprocal relation for women, where SSS and self-reported health simultaneously affect one another. This analysis finds evidence of reverse causation for men, in that self-reported health from an earlier time has a significant effect on men's SSS.


University of Pennsylvania Population Aging Research Center: "Universal School Vouchers Affect Educational and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from Chile," by David Bravo, Sankar Mukhopadhyay, and Petra E. Todd (PARC Working Paper No. 08-08, September 2008, .pdf format, 64p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation: "Overview of Issues Concerning Confidentiality and Spatial Data," by MEASURE GIS Working Group (August 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).


Geographic information systems (GIS) play a vital role within a variety of research settings. However, the use of such spatial data means that confidentiality and privacy issues relevant to these data must be carefully addressed. This white paper presents the current literature on the topic of confidentiality and spatial data. It is intended to provide guidance on the issue. The document provides an overview of the terms that are important to the discussion, and then presents some examples of spatial risks to confidentiality. An overview of approaches that have been proposed for preserving confidentiality is then presented.


California Center for Population Research [University of California-Los Angeles]: "Measuring Primary and Secondary School Characteristics: A Group-Based Modeling Approach," by Andrew Halpern-Manners, John Robert Warren, and Jennie E. Brand (CCPR-014-08, September 2008, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Rand Corporation Labor and Population Program: "Differential Mortality in Europe and the U.S.: Estimates Based on Subjective Probabilities of Survival," by Adeline Delavande and Susann Rohwedder (WR613, July 2008, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research:

A. "High suburban fertility: evidence from four Northern European countries," by Hill Kulu, Paul J. Boyle, and Gunnar Andersson (WP-2008-021, September 2008, .pdf format, 25p.).


This study examines fertility variation across different residential contexts in four Northern European countries: Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. We move beyond the conventional urban-rural focus of most previous studies of within-nation variations in fertility by distinguishing between urban centres and suburbs of cities and towns. We base our study on aggregate and individual-level register data and our analysis shows that fertility levels are significantly higher in suburbs than in urban centres; this pattern has persisted over the past quarter of a century for all four countries. A parity-specific analysis of Swedish register data reveals that total fertility varies between central cities and suburbs due to the relatively high first- and second-birth propensities in the suburbs. Further analysis shows that fertility variation between the central cities and suburbs persists after controlling for women’s socioeconomic characteristics. We discuss the role of various factors in accounting for high suburban fertility including omitted individual characteristics, contextual factors and selective residential moves of couples planning to have a child.

B. "A missing composite covariate in survival analysis: a case study of the Chinese Longitudinal Health and Longevity Survey," by Francesco Lagona and Zhen Zhang (WP-2008-022, September 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).


We estimate a Cox proportional hazards model where one of the covariates measures the level of a subject´s cognitive functioning by grading the total score obtained by the subject on the items of a questionnaire. A case study is presented where the sample includes partial respondents, who did not answer some or all of the questionnaire items. The total score takes hence the form of an interval-censored variable and, as a result, the level of cognitive functioning is missing on some subjects. We handle partial respondents by taking a likelihood-based approach where survival time is jointly modelled with the censored total score and the size of the censoring interval. Parameter estimates are obtained by an E-M-type algorithm that essentially reduces to the iterative maximization of three complete log-likelihood functions derived from two augmented datasets with case weights, alternated with weights updating. This methodology is exploited to assess the Mini Mental State Examination index as a prognostic factor of survival in a sample of Chinese older adults.


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

A. "Does School Privatization Improve Educational Achievement? Evidence from Sweden's Voucher Reform," by Anders Böhlmark and Mikael Lindahl (Discussion Paper 3691, September 2008, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Initial Risk Matrix, Home Resources, Ability Development and Children's Achievement, by Dorothea Blomeyer, Katja Coneus, Manfred Laucht, Friedhelm Pfeiffer (Discussion Paper 3692, September 2008, .pdf format, 11p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Preferences for Childcare Policies: Theory and Evidence," by Rainald Borck and Katharina Wrohlich (Discussion Paper 3694, September 2008, .pdf format, 39p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

D. "The Effect of High School Employment on Educational Attainment: A Conditional Difference-in-Differences Approach," by Franz Buscha, Arnaud Maurel, Lionel Page, Stefan Speckesse (Discussion Paper 3696, September 2008, .pdf format, 45p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]: "Intrafamily Resource Allocations: A Dynamic Model of Birth Weight," by Emilia Del Bono, John F. Ermisch, and Marco Francesconi (ISER Working Paper No. 2008-27, September 2008, .pdf format, 50p.).


This paper estimates a model of dynamic intrahousehold investment behavior which incorporates family fixed effects and child endowment heterogeneity. This framework is applied to large American and British survey data on birth outcomes, with focus on the effects of antenatal parental smoking and maternal labor supply net of other maternal behavior and child characteristics. We find that maternal smoking during pregnancy reduces birth weight and fetal growth, while paternal smoking has virtually no effect. Mothers' work interruptions of up to two months before birth have a positive effect on birth outcomes, especially among British children. Parental behavior appears to respond to permanent family-specifc unobservables and to child idiosyncratic endowments in a way that suggests that parents have equal concerns, rather than efficiency motives, in allocating their prenatal inputs across children. Evidence of equal concerns emerges also from the analysis of breastfeeding decisions, although the effects in this case are weaker.

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

Cities (Vol. 25, No. 5, October 2008).

Population and Development Review (Vol. 34, No. 3, September 2008).

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Sep. 14, 2008.


American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Sep. 16, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Sep. 16, 2008.

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US National Center for Health Statistics: "U.S. Census Populations With Bridged Race Categories." "Vintage 2007 Bridged-race postcensal population estimates for July 1, 2000 - July 1, 2007, by year, county, single-year of age, brdged-race, Hispanic origin, and sex" have been added to the site (ASCII text and .zip compressed ASCII text format, with documentation in .pdf format). The site contains data back to 1990.


German Social Science Infrastructure Services: The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) released the following data news. Note: GSSIS requires free registration before providing data.

"ISSP 2006 Role of Government IV (v1.0) released."

Data access:


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets as of Sep. 1, 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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