Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #82, September 30, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau News Releases:

A. "New Census Bureau Data Provide a Portrait of the Puerto Rico Population" (CB08-CN.69, Sep. 23, 2008). The news release links to relevant American Factfinder tables from the American Community Survey.

B. "One-in-Five Speak Spanish In Four States: New Census Bureau Data Show How America Lives" (CB08-CN.67, Sep. 23, 2008). The news release links to relevant American Factfinder tables from the American Community Survey.

2. National Center for Education Statistics Report, Issue Brief:

A. "Eighth Grade: First Findings From the Final Round of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K)," by Jill Walston, Amy Rathbun, and Elvira Germino Hausken (NCES 2008088, September 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).

B. "Postsecondary Career/Technical Education: Changes in the Number of Offering Institutions and Awarded Credentials from 1997 to 2006," by Sue Clery (NCES 2008001, September 2008, pdf format, 3p.).

3. Department of Housing and Urban Development Periodical: U.S. Housing Market Conditions: 2nd Quarter 2008 (September 2008, .pdf format, 93p.).

4. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "Evaluating Privatized Child Welfare Programs: A Guide for Program Managers," (Topical Paper No. 4, August 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 34p.).

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US States:


State Demographic Center Report: "2007 American Community Survey profiles for select geographies in Iowa" (September 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).


Department of Health Report: "Mississippi Vital Statistics 2007" (September 2008, .pdf format, 202p., with additional tabulations, .pdf format).,0,75,335.html


Department of Health & Human Services Report: "Child Abuse Report 2007" (September 2008, .pdf format, 60p.).

North Carolina:

State Center for Health Statistics Reports: "2007 Child Deaths in North Carolina" (September 2008, .pdf format).


Department of Human Services Reports:

A. "2008 Client Caseload Forecasts (Fall)" (September 2008, .pdf format, 120p.).

B. "Monthly Dashboard Report on CAF (Children, Adult, and Family) measurements (.pdf format).

August 2008 (43p.):

September 2008 (43p.):


Department of State Health Services Report: "Texas Vital Statistics: 2005 Annual Report" (September 2008).

Partial data is also available for 2006-2007 at:


Center for Health Statistics Reports: CHS has made available selected State Vital Statistics Reports from 1934-1998 (.pdf format) available on their website.

Scroll to "Historical Washington State Vital Statistics Reports".


Department of Administration & Information Report: "2007 ACS (American Community Survey) Profile: Wyoming (September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 13p.).

Press Release (Sept. 23, 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Development Fund for Women Compendium: Progress of the World's Women 2008/2009 (September 2008, .pdf format, 152p.).



1. Bureau of Statistics Report: "Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2008" (September 2008, .pdf format, 51p., with tables in Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

2. Queensland Government Information Brief: "Australian Demographic Statistics: March Quarter 2008" (September 2008, .pdf format, 1p.).



Statistics Austria Report: "Arbeitskräfteerhebung 2007, Ergebnisse des Mikrozensus (Labour Force Survey 2007, Results of the Micro census)" (September 2008, .pdf format, 341p.). The report is in German, but contains an English summary and English headings for tables.



Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) Press Release: SIS (Summary of Social Indicators: Education progresses, but still has challenges to face" (Sep. 24, 2008). The press release links to a detailed report and tables, in Portuguese.



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports:

A. "Births, 2006," (September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 51p.).

B. "Group Differences in Educational Attainment Among the Children of Immigrants," by Teresa Abada, Feng Hou and Bali Ram (September 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).



Statistics Finland News Release: "A total of 38,509 candidates in the Municipal elections 2008" (Sep. 30, 2008).



Institut national d'etudes demographques (INED) Periodical: Population and societies (No. 447, July-August 2008, .pdf format, 4p.). The feature article of this issue is: "Does religious practice influence family behaviours?," by Arnaud Régnier-Loilier and France Prioux.



Statistics Iceland News Releases:

A. "Foreign language study in compulsory and upper secondary schools 2007-2008" (Sep. 25, 2008).

B. "Average cost per pupil in compulsory schools 2008" (Sep. 29, 2008).



Central Bureau of Statistics Compendium: Statistical Abstract of Israel 2008 (September 2008, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format (.zip compressed or uncompressed) with selected explanation files in Microsoft Word format, 765p.).

Click on "All Tables in One File" for .pdf version.



Statistics Bureau Report: "Report on Internal Migration in Japan: Internal Migration in August 2008" (September 2008, Microsoft Excel and interactive database format).



Statistics Department Periodical: Economic and Social Development in Lithuania: August 2008 (September 2008, .pdf format, 217p.). The periodical is in Lithuanian and English.

Scroll to "2008 August".



Central Statistics Office Report: "Education Statistics-2008" (September 2008, .pdf format and Microsoft Word format, 33p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format). The report is linked to by a news release of the same title (Sep. 24, 2008).

Links to full text and tables are at the bottom of the news release:



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Sep. 25-30, 2008).


Northern Ireland:

Statistics and Research Agency Periodical: The Registrar General's Quarterly Report (No. 346, April to June 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).



Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Sep. 25-30, 2008).



1. General Register Office Report: "Life Expectancy for Administrative Areas within Scotland, 2005-2007" (September 2008, .pdf format, 41p.).

2. National Health Services Scotland Report: "Births in Scottish Hospitals" (September 2008).



Statistics Singapore Report: "Population Trends 2008" (September 2008, .pdf format, 52p.).



Statistical Office Compendium: Slovenia in Figures: 2008 (September 2008, .pdf format, 76p.). The compendium is in Slovene and English.


South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Periodical: Bulletin of Statistics (Vol. 42, No. 3, September 2008, .pdf format, 184p.).



Statistics Sweden Press Release: "Democracy Statistics 2008" (Sep. 29, 2008). The press release links to a detailed report, in Swedish.



1. Ministry of Justice Report: "Population in custody: August 2008" (September 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 14p.).

2. National Statistics Office Periodical: Monthly Digest of Statistics, edited by Dilys Rosen (September 2008, .pdf format, 137p.).

3. Department for Work and Pensions Research Report: "Informing the piloting of Deduction from Earnings Orders as the primary method of collecting child maintenance," by Ashfa Slater and Kate McPhillips (Research Report 530, September 2008, .pdf format, 95p.).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Compendium, Report

A. Wales in Figures: 2008 (September 2008, .pdf format, 21p.).

B: "Education Maintenance Allowances Awarded in Wales 2007/08" (September 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

C. "Homelessness, April to June 2008" (September 2008, .pdf format, 11p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Central Statistical Office Report: "Poverty in Zambia: 1991-2006" (September 2008).

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Demographic Research Articles:

A. "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). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.

B. "A behaviorally-based approach to measuring inequality," by Robert Schoen and Claudia Nau (Vol. 19, Article 49, September 2008, .pdf format, p. 1727- 1748). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.

C. "Biodemography: Research prospects and directions," by James R. Carey (Vol. 19, No. 50, September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1749-1758).


Population Reference Bureau Webcast, Article:

A. "Recent Trends in U.S. Mortality and Population Aging," (September 2008, podcast, mp3 and Windows Media Player format, running time approximately 20 minutes). "Ron Lee, a professor of demography and economics at the University of California-Berkeley, talked with PRB about his research on the trends in mortality and aging."

B. "Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Data and Trends," by Charlotte Feldman-Jacobs and Donna Clifton (September 2008).


National Research Council Monographs:

A. Assessing Accomplished Teaching: Advanced-Level Certification Programs, edited by Milton D. Hakel,Judith Anderson Koenig, and Stuart W. Elliott (National Academies Press, 2008, OpenBook format, 324p.). Ordering information for a print and .pdf copy are available at the site.

B. Rebuilding the Research Capacity at HUD, by the Committee to Evaluate the Research Plan of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Center for Eonomic, Governance, and International Studies, National Research Council (National Academies Press, 2008, OpenBook and .pdf format, 209p.). NAP requires free registration before providing a .pdf copy. Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site.


PEW Charitable Trusts Report:"Votes Count: Legislative Action on Pre-K Fiscal Year 2009," by Jennifer V. Doctors (September 2008, .pdf format, 24p.). Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

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University of Michigan Population Studies Center:

A. "Contraceptive Method Choice among Youth in the United States: The Importance of Relationship Context," by Yasamin Kusunoki and Dawn M. Upchurch (PSC Research Report No. 08-655, September 2008, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site. Click on the PDF icon for link to full text.

B. "The Kerner Commission Report Plus Four Decades: What Has Changed? What Has Not?" by Reynolds Farley (PSC Research Report No. 08-656, September 2008, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site. Click on the PDF icon for link to full text.


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Do Community Colleges provide a Viable Pathway to a Baccalaureate Degree?" by Bridget Terry Long and Michal Kurlaender (w14367, September 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).


Community colleges have become an important entryway for students intending to complete a baccalaureate degree. However, many question the viability of the transfer function and wonder whether students suffer a penalty for starting at a two-year institution. This paper examines how the outcomes of community college entrants compare to similar students who initially entered four-year institutions within the Ohio public higher education system. Using a detailed dataset, we track outcomes for nine years and employ multiple strategies to deal with selection issues: propensity score matching and instrumental variables. The results suggest that straightforward estimates are significantly biased, but even after accounting for selection, students who initially begin at a community college were 14.5 percent less likely to complete a bachelor's degree within nine years.

A. "Divorce Law and Women's Labor Supply," by Betsey Stevenson (w14346, September 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).


Divorce law changes made in the 1970s affected marital formation, dissolution, and bargaining within marriage. By altering the terms of the marital contract these legal changes impacted the incentives for women to enter and remain in the labor force. Whereas earlier work had suggested that the impact of unilateral divorce on female employment depended critically on laws governing property division, I show that these results are not robust to alternative specifications and controls. I find instead that unilateral divorce led to an increase in both married and unmarried female labor force participation, regardless of the pre-existing laws regarding property division.


World Bank Policy Research Programme:

A. "Determinants of choice of migration destination," by Marcel Fafchamps and Forhad Shilpi (WPS 4728, September 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 50p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "The great proletarian cultural revolution, disruptions to education, and returns to schooling in urban China," by John Giles, Albert Park, and Meiyan Wang (WPS 4279, September 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 39p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

Journal of Social Work (Vol. 8, No. 4, October 2008).

Social Science and Medicine: (Vol. 67, No. 10, November 2008).

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National Academies: "The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program." "The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program within the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies is designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analytical process that informs the creation of national policy-making with a science/technology element. As a result, students develop basic skills essential to working in the world of science policy." For more information see:

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Sep. 30, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Sep. 30, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Sep. 30, 2008.


National University of Singapore Sociology Department: "Head of Department" (application deadline Oct. 31, 2008). For more information see:

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Integrated Public Use Microdata Update: IPUMS at the University of Minnesota announced on Sept. 26, 2008: "Added a 1% sample from the 2007 American Community Survey (ACS)."

See Sept. 26, 2008 item.

Data Access:


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets as of Sep. 29, 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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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]=5934

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 5934-5979


Panel Study of Income Dynamics Bibliography Update: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

Lee, Marlena Iris. Essays on Household Behavior. Illinois: The University of Chicago; 2008 75 pgs.

Leung, Therese Sook-Yan. Add Oil and Water, Then Stir: The Incompatibility of Work and Family. Massachusetts: Harvard University; 2008 159 pgs.

Sener, Ipek; Copperman, Rachel; Pendyala, Ram, and Chandra, Bhat. An Analysis of Children's Leisure Activity Engagement: Examining the Day of Week, Location, Physical Activity Level, and Fixity Dimensions. Transportation. 2008; 35(5):673-696.

Vere, James. The Perils of Father-Reported Fertility Data for Household Labour Supply Models. Population Studies. 2008; 62(2):235-243.

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