Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #81, September 23, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau Report: "School Enrollment in the United States: 2006," by Jessica W. Davis and Kurt J. Bauman (Population Characteristics P20-559, .pdf format, 12p.). The report, as well as detailed tables (Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format, are linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "College Enrollment Up 17 Percent Since 2000" (CB08-140, Sep. 17, 2008).

2. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "Projections of Education Statistics to 2017," by William J Hussar and Tabitha M. Bailey (NCES 2008078, September 2008, .pdf format, 148p.).

B. "Managing an Identity Crisis: Forum Guide to Implementing New Federal Race and Ethnicity Categories," (NCES 2008802, September 2008, .pdf format, 79p.).

3. Federal Bureau of Investigation Compendium: Crime in the United States, 2007, (September 2008, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format).

4. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Cybercrime against Businesses, 2005," by Ramona R. Rantala (NCJ 221943, September 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format with .zip compressed spreadsheets, 20p.).

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US States:


Northern Illinois Business and Industry Data Center Update: "Migration Trends: 1990-2007 (September 2008).


Department of Health and Senior Services Report: "Vital Statistics: 2007" (September 2008, .pdf format).

There are internal .pdf links to all the tables in the report from the above listed link.

New Jersey:

Department of Health and Senior Services Report: "2005 Municipality-Level Deaths by Selected Characteristics" (September 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 35p.).

North Carolina:

State Center for Health Statistics Report: "Reported Pregnancies 2007" (September 2008, .pdf and rich text [.rtf] format).


Department of Health Services Reports:

A. "Wisconsin Deaths, 2007" (September 2008, .pdf format, 88p.).

B. Wisconsin Population Estimates. The estimates have been updated through 2007. (September 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

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NGO and Other Countries:


Bureau of Statistics Report: "Culture and Recreation News, Sep 2008" (September 2008).



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports:

A. "Factors Associated with Youth Delinquency and Victimization in Toronto, 2006," by Klarka Zeman and Angela Bressan (September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 32p.).

B. "Radio Listening: Data Tables: 2007" (September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

C. "Group Differences in Educational Attainment Among the Children of Immigrants," by Teresa Abada, Feng Hou and Bali Ram (Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series No. 308, September 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).



Statistical Office Report: Statistical Office Report: "Vital Events, January-July 2008" (September 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).



Statistics Bureau Report, Periodical:

A. ""Population Estimates, April 1, 2008 (Final estimates) , September 1, 2008 (Provisional estimates)" (September 2008, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

B. Japan Monthly Statistics (September 2008, Microsoft Excel format).



Central Administration for Statistics Compendium: Statistical Year Book 2007 (September 2008, .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 91p.).

Direct address:



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Sep. 18-23, 2008).


New Zealand:

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

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



Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Sep. 17-23, 2008).



National Institute of Statistics Press Release: "Statistics on Annulments, Separations and Divorces. Year 2007" (Sep. 22, 2008,.pdf format, 5p.).

Click on "Press release" for link to full text. There are also links to detailed tables (multiple download options) for 2007 (Spanish only) and 1998-2006 (English), as well as: "European data. Series since 1998" (English).



Scottish Government Report: "SQA Examination Results in Scottish Schools, 2007/08 (September 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 15p.).



1. Communities and Local Government Report: "Housing in England 2006/07: A report based on the 2006/07 Survey of English Housing" (September 2008, .pdf format, 208p.). Link to full text 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. Ministry of Justice Report: "Prison population projections: 2008-2015" (September 2008, .pdf format, 27p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

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Demographic Research Article:

A. "Cohabitation and children's living arrangements: New estimates from the United States," by Sheela Kennedy and Larry Bumpass (Vol. 19, Article 47, September 2008, .pdf format, p. 1663- 1692). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "The influence of parents on cohabitation in Italy - Insights from two regional contexts," by Christin Schröder (Vol. 19, Article 48, September 2008, .pdf format, p. 1693-1726).


Guttmacher Institute Report: "Trends in the Characteristics of Women Obtaining Abortions, 1974 to 2004," by Stanley K. Henshaw and Kathryn Kost (August 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).


Urban Institute Report: "Food Stamps, Federalism, and Working Families," by Kenneth Finegold (September 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).


Population Reference Bureau Article: "The 'Lucky Few' Reveal the Lifelong Impact of Generation," by Eric Zuehlke (September 2008).

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Population Research Institute [Penn State University]: "Assimilation or Isolation? The Case of Mainland Chinese Immigrant Students in Hong Kong," by Suet-ling Pong and Wing Kwong Tsang (Working Paper No. 08-06, September 2008, .pdf format, 44p.).


Immigrant children’s educational assimilation has been a subject of concern to societies receiving a large number of immigrants. The former British colony of Hong Kong provides a good case because of continuous immigration from Mainland China. Which path of educational assimilation do Mainland Chinese immigrant children follow: upward mobility, downward assimilation, or muscle-up assimilation? Our study find that Mainland Chinese immigrant students outperform native Hong Kong students in all academic subjects except the English language, from Form 1 to 3 (grades 7-9). Not only do Mainland students start out at a higher level of achievement, they also attain achievement growth faster than native students in Form 2 and 3 in most subjects. Even though Mainland students perform poorly in the English language compared to their native peers in every grade, they pick up speed over time and narrow the nativity gap in Form 3. Mainland students’ high performance cannot be explained by their low socioeconomic backgrounds or the low-achieving schools they attend. Many Mainland students are overaged for their grade but they perform just as well as other younger students. Also, Chinese-medium schools, especially medium- or low-ability schools, are more effective in promoting high achievement in Mainland students than are English medium or high-ability schools. Immigrant redshirting, a stronger home-country curriculum, and the overall positive context of reception of Mainland immigrants by the Hong Kong government are possible driving force behind these results. The implications of these Hong Kong results for international studies on immigrant children’s academic assimilation are discussed.


Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "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.


Demographic And Health Surveys: "Child Stunting Across Schooling and Fertility Transitions: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa," by Sarah C. Giroux (WP 57, August 2008, pdf format, 37p).


Study Objectives. Two concurrent social changes in sub-Saharan Africa have the potential to improve the health of children in these countries. First, the dilution effect of fertility declines may result in the availability of more resources per child. Second, improvements in women’s education may additionally translate into improved child outcomes. This study estimates the human capital dividends associated with these dual transitions, especially those in the realm of child stunting.

Data and Methods. This study uses data from six sub-Saharan countries. It examines the relationship between fertility change and stunting at both the macro- (cross-sectional and historical correlation) and micro- (regression) levels. Methodologically, it uses an analytical framework that permits aggregation of micro-level evidence and decomposition of dividends into the specific effects of fertility and educational transitions. Main Results. First, the cross-sectional findings suggest a relationship between stage in the fertility transition and stunting; however, the historical country-specific trends are less clear. This is partially due to the fact that in three of the six country periods, the number of children competing for resources within the household increased even as fertility declined. Second, the regression results suggest the importance of maternal education and sibsize in the majority of study settings. Lastly, the decomposition shows that changes in the baseline socioeconomic conditions and the effect of sibsize and maternal education are the dominant drivers of change. However, when the prevalence of stunting declines, changes in maternal education and sibsize play an important role. When the prevalence of stunting increases, changes in maternal education make a small, but still significant, contribution.

Conclusions and Implications. The findings suggest that little reduction in stunting can be expected from fertility declines per se, but dividends are more likely when the actual numbers of children residing in households declines. In addition, the findings suggest that recent gains and reversals in women’s schooling are contributing to changes in the prevalence of stunting. Policies that promote women’s schooling, family-planning programs, and initiatives that channel resources to families with many children may thus help to reduce the prevalence of stunting.


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

A. "Intrafamily Resource Allocations: A Dynamic Model of Birth Weight," by Emilia Del Bono, John Ermisch, and Marco Francesconi (WP 2008-27, September 2008, pdf format, 64p).


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-specific 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.

B. "Staying Together For The Sake Of The Home? House Price Shocks And Partnership Dissolution In The UK," by Helmut Rainer and Ian Smith (WP. 2008-31, September 2008, pdf format, 22p).


This paper explores the importance of unanticipated house price shocks for marital dissolution in the UK using individual household data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) and county-level house price data from the Halifax House Price Index (HHPI). Results suggest that positive and negative house price shocks have asymmetric effects on the probability of partnership dissolution. Negative house price shocks significantly increase the risk of partnership dissolution, while positive house price shocks do not have a significant effect in general. The destabilizing effect of negative house price shocks is particularly pronounced for couples with dependent children, low family income, and high mortgage debt. Results are robust to a wide variety of specifications.

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

Sexuality Research and Social Policy (Vol. 5, No. 3, 2008).. This issue is a special issue on "Abstinence-Only Policies and Programs."

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Sep. 22, 2008.


American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Sep. 23, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Sep. 23, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Sep. 23, 2008.

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US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security Hearing Testimony: "Reducing the Undercount in the 2010 Census," a hearing held September 23, 2008. (.pdf format).

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Department of Housing and Urban Development: American Housing Survey "Variable Name Index" Update: "The American Housing Survey Variable Name Index file has been updated to include the 2007 national datasets." (September 2008, .zip compressed comma separated value [.csv] format. "The Variable Name Index is a file that cross-indexes all the variable names used in AHS datasets with all of the survey years, both metropolitan and national. For the 1997 and later surveys, both the distribution and "flattened" versions of the datasets are listed. Thus, you can use it to check the years in which a particular variable appeared in the AHS."

Scroll to "AHS Variable Name Index."


Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) Updates: ARDA at Penn State University added several studies on Sep. 19, 2008. Note: Users must affirm a license agreement before downloading data.


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 KIDSCOUNT Updates: KIDSCOUNT has recently update the following data: "Children in poverty"; "Total population in poverty"; "Children below 200% of poverty"; "Children under age 6 in poverty"; "Families with children in poverty."

See under "Poverty".

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