Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #84, October 14, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau Report: "2007 American Housing Survey (AHS)" (Current Housing Reports H150/07. September 2008, 642p.). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Nation’s Housing Stock Reaches 128 Million" (CB08-151, Oct. 6, 2008).

2. National Center for Education Statistics Reports:

A. "Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008," by Jill Fleury DeVoe and Kristen E. Darling-Churchill (NCES 2008084, September 2008, .pdf format, 182p.).

B. "Postsecondary Institutions in the United States: Fall 2007 and Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2006-07, and 12-Month Enrollment 2006-07," by Laura G. Knapp (NCES 2008159, October 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).

3. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Report: "Sexually Assaulted Children: National Estimates and Characteristics," by David Finkelhor, Heather Hammer, and Andrea J. Sedlak (August 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

4. National Science Foundation InfoBrief: "Federal S&E Obligations to Academic Institutions Reach New Highs in FY 2006 but Fail to Keep Up with Inflation," by Richard Bennof (NSF 08-316, October 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).

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US States:


Office of Health Data and Program Management Reports:

A. "Historical Vital Statistics:1900-2006" (July 2008, rich text format, 2p.).

B. "Maine resident births by town, county and state total, 2000-2006" (January 2008, rich text format).

C. "2006 Population Estimates" (July 2008, rich text format, 19p.).

North Carolina:

State Center for Health Statistics Report: "Detailed Mortality Statistics, 2007" (October 2008, .pdf format).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

United Nations Yearbook: "The Yearbook of the United Nations is now available for free online." To browse or search the collections of yearbooks (1946-2005, .pdf format) see:



National Statistical Service Compendium: Marzes of the Republic of Armenia in Figures, 2008 (September 2008, .pdf format, 280p.). The compendium is in Armenian and English.



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report: "Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile 2008," edited by Lucie Ogrodnik (October 2008, .pdf format, 53p.).



Statistics Denmark Compendium: Nordic Statistical Yearbook: 2008 (October 2008, .pdf format, 638p.).



Statistics Iceland News Release: "Adoptions 2007" (Oct. 14, 2008).

Click on the "Statistics" link at the bottom of the news release for a link to extractable data on the topic.



Central Statistics Office Compendia:

A. Mauritius in Figures 2007 (June 2008, .pdf format, 44p.).

B. Digest of Statistics on Rodrigues (Island): 2007 (October 2008, .pdf format, 66p.).



Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Oct. 8-14, 2008).



Ministry of the National Economy Compendium: Statistical Year book 2008 (October 2008, .pdf format). The compendium is in Arabic and English.


Palestinian National Authority News Release: "The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics Issued a Report about the Household Environmental Survey 2008" (Oct. 10, 2008, .pdf format, 1p.).



Statistical Office News Release: "Natural and migration changes of population by municipalities, detailed data, Slovenia, 2007," by Milena Ilic, Janja Povhe, Darja Ster, and Tina Znidarsic (Oct. 10, 2008).



Statistics Sweden News Release: "Population statistics: Lucky number 8 led many to matrimony" (Oct. 14, 2008).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "Teenage Conceptions, 2006" (October 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

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University of Michigan Population Studies Center Monograph: "Designing Effective Web Surveys," by Mick P. Couper (Cambridge University Press, 2008, 416p., ISBN: 9780521717946). For more information see:


Population Reference Bureau Article, Take a Number:

A. "Tracking Trends in Low Fertility Countries: An Uptick in Europe?" Carl Haub (September 2008).

B. "Take a Number: Population, Health, and Environment News You Might Have Missed (September 2008).


Pew Hispanic Center Report: "Trends in Unauthorized Immigration: Undocumented Inflow Now Trails Legal Inflow," by Jeffrey S. Passel and D’Vera Cohn (October 2008, .pdf format, 17p.).


Demographic Research Article: "How can economic schemes curtail the increasing sex ratio at birth in China?" by Debarun Bhattacharjya, Marcus Feldman, Ross Shachter, Anant Sudarshan, and Shripad Tuljapurkar (Vol. 19, Article 54, October 2008, .pdf format, p. 1831-1850). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling [NATSEM] [University of Canberra, Capital Territory, Australia] Conference Papers: "Children with Jobless Parents: National and Small Area Trends for Australia in the Past Decade," by Riyana Miranti, Ann Harding, Quoc Ngu Vu, Justine McNamara and Robert Tanton (CP 126, October 2008, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "International migration beyond gravity: A statistical model for use in population projections," by Joel E. Cohen, Marta Roig, Daniel C. Reuman, and Cai GoGwilt (Vol. 105, No. 40, Oct. 7, 2008, p. 15269-15274).

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University of Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology: "Is there an Economic Bar for Marriage?" by Jennifer A. Holland (CDE Working Paper 2008-13, September 2008, .pdf format, 45p.).


This study investigates the existence and level of the hypothesized economic bar to marriage, the economic threshold couples must reach before they will marry. I consider differences by socioeconomic status in levels of combined couple earnings associated with increased odds of marriage among cohabiting couples. Earnings are most important for those with a high school degree or less. At $26,000 of combined earnings, marriage odds increase significantly for couples with less than a high school degree. For high school graduates, the increase in marriage odds is found after $34,000. Because the earnings bar for marriage is above the poverty threshold and above the phase-out for many government transfer programs, it is unlikely that income supplements or tax credits would push disadvantaged couples above the bar.


University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "Gender Division of Household Labor in Vietnam: Cohort Trends and Regional Variations," by Bussarawan Teerawichitchainan, John E. Knodel, Vu Manh Loi, and Vu Tuan Huy PSC Research Report No. 08-658, October 2008, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Rand Corporation Labor and Population Program: "Graph Comprehension: An Experiment in Displaying Data as Bar Charts, Pie Charts and Tables with and without the Gratuitous 3rd Dimension," by Matthias Schonlau and Ellen Peters (WR-618, .pdf format, 16p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Gender, Source Country Characteristics and Labor Market Assimilation Among Immigrants: 1980-2000," by Francine D. Blau, Lawrence M. Kahn, and Kerry L. Papps (w14387, October 2008, .pdf format, 41p.).


We use 1980, 1990 and 2000 Census data to study the impact of source country characteristics on the labor supply assimilation profiles of married adult immigrant women and men. Women migrating from countries where women have high relative labor force participation rates work substantially more than women coming from countries with lower relative female labor supply rates, and this gap is roughly constant with time in the United States. These differences are substantial and hold up even when we control for wage offers and family formation decisions, as well as when we control for the emigration rate from the United States to the source country. Men's labor supply assimilation profiles are unaffected by source country female labor supply, a result that suggests that the female findings reflect notions of gender roles rather than overall work orientation. Findings for another indicator of traditional gender roles, source country fertility rates, are broadly similar, with substantial and persistent negative effects of source country fertility on the labor supply of female immigrants except when we control for presence of children, in which case the negative effects only become evident after ten years in the United States.

B. "The Transmission of Women's Fertility, Human Capital and Work Orientation Across Immigrant Generations," by Francine D. Blau, Lawrence M. Kahn, Albert Yung-Hsu Liu, and Kerry L. Papps (w14388, October 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).


Using 1995-2006 Current Population Survey and 1970-2000 Census data, we study the intergenerational transmission of fertility, human capital and work orientation of immigrants to their US-born children. We find that second-generation women's fertility and labor supply are significantly positively affected by the immigrant generation's fertility and labor supply respectively, with the effect of mother's fertility and labor supply larger than that of women from the father's source country. The second generation's education levels are also significantly positively affected by that of their parents, with a stronger effect of father's than mother's education. Second-generation women's schooling levels are negatively affected by immigrant fertility, suggesting a quality-quantity tradeoff for immigrant families. We find higher transmission rates for immigrant fertility to the second generation than we do for labor supply or education: after one generation, 40-65% of any immigrant excess fertility will remain, but only 12-18 % of any immigrant annual hours shortfall and 18-36% of any immigrant educational shortfall. These results suggest a considerable amount of assimilation across generations toward native levels of schooling and labor supply, although fertility effects show more persistence.

C. "The Effect of Gun Shows on Gun-Related Deaths: Evidence from California and Texas," by Mark Duggan, Randi Hjalmarsson and Brian A. Jacob (w14371, October 2008, .pdf format, 53p.).


Thousands of gun shows take place in the U.S. each year. Gun control advocates argue that because sales at gun shows are much less regulated than other sales, such shows make it easier for potential criminals to obtain a gun. Similarly, one might be concerned that gun shows would exacerbate suicide rates by providing individuals considering suicide with a more lethal means of ending their lives. On the other hand, proponents argue that gun shows are innocuous since potential criminals can acquire guns quite easily through other black market sales or theft. In this paper, we use data from Gun and Knife Show Calendar combined with vital statistics data to examine the effect of gun shows. We find no evidence that gun shows lead to substantial increases in either gun homicides or suicides. In addition, tighter regulation of gun shows does not appear to reduce the number of firearms-related deaths.

D. "When The Saints Come Marching In: Effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Student Evacuees," by Bruce Sacerdote (w14385, October 2008, .pdf format, 74p.).


I examine academic performance and college going for public school students affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Students who are forced to switch schools due to the hurricanes experience sharp declines in test scores in the first year following the hurricane. However, by the second and third years after the disaster, Katrina evacuees displaced from Orleans Parish appear to benefit from the displacement, experiencing a .15 standard deviation improvement in scores. The test score gains are concentrated among students whose initial schools were in the lowest quintile of the test score distribution and among students who leave the New Orleans MSA. Katrina evacuees from suburban areas and Rita evacuees (from the Lake Charles area) eventually recover most of the ground lost during 05-06 but do not experience long term gains relative to their pre-Katrina test scores. High school age Orleans evacuees have higher college enrollment rates than their predecessors from the same high schools. Meanwhile, Katrina evacuees from the suburbs experience a 3.5 percentage point drop in their rate of enrollment in four year colleges. Those evacuees do not to make up for the decline in the subsequent two years. Later cohorts of suburban New Orleans evacuees are unaffected. The results suggest that for students in the lowest performing schools, the long term gains to achievement from switching schools can more than offset even substantial costs of disruption.


Population Reference Bureau: "Unintended Pregnancies Remain High in Jordan," by Rozzet Jurdi (MENA Working Paper Series, October 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).


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

A. "Intrafamily Resource Allocations: A Dynamic Model of Birth Weight," by Emilia Del Bono, John Ermisch and Marco Francesconi (Discussion Paper No. 3704, September 2008, .pdf format, 61p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "The Elite and the Marginalised: An Analysis of Public Spending on Mass Education in the Indian States," by Sarmistha Pal and Sugata Ghosh (Discussion Paper No. 3707, September 2008, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Is Being 'Soft on Crime' the Solution to Rising Crime Rates? Evidence from Germany," by Horst Entorf, Hannes Spengler (Discussion Paper No. 3710, September 2008, .pdf format, 53p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

D. "Nepotism, Incentives and the Academic Success of College Students," by Deniz Gevrek and Zahide Eylem Gevrek (Discussion Paper No. 3711, September 2008, .pdf format, 45p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

E. "The Construction of Neighbourhoods and its Relevance for the Measurement of Social and Ethnic Segregation: Evidence from Denmark," by Anna Piil Damm and Marie Louise Schultz-Nielsen (Discussion Paper No. 3719, September 2008, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

F. "The Risk of Divorce and Household Saving Behavior," by Libertad Gonzalez and Berkay Özcan (Discussion Paper No. 3726, September 2008, .pdf format, 45p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

G. "Are Children Decision-Makers Within the Household?" by Anyck Dauphin, AbdelRahmen El Lahga, Bernard Fortin, and Guy Lacroix (Discussion Paper No. 3728, September 2008, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

H. "The Transmission of Women's Fertility, Human Capital and Work Orientation across Immigrant Generations," by Francine D. Blau, Lawrence M. Kahn, Albert Yung-Hsu Liu, and Kerry L. Papps (Discussion Paper No. 3732, September 2008, .pdf format, 54p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

I. "Self-Productivity and Complementarities in Human Development: Evidence from the Mannheim Study of Children at Risk," by Dorothea Blomeyer, Katja Coneus, Manfred Laucht and Friedhelm Pfeiffer (Discussion Paper No. 3734, September 2008, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

J. "Ethnic Intermarriage among Immigrants: Human Capital and Assortative Mating," by Barry R. Chiswick and Christina A. Houseworth (Discussion Paper No. 3740, September 2008, .pdf format, 49p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

K. "Marriage, Divorce and Interstate Risk Sharing," by Martin Halla and Johann Scharler (Discussion Paper No. 3744, October 2008, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

L. "Am I Missing Something? The Effects of Absence from Class on Student Performance," by Wiji Arulampalam, Robin Naylor, and Jeremy Smith (Discussion Paper No. 3749, October 2008, .pdf format, 49p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) [United Nations University]: "Can We Predict Vulnerability to Poverty?" by Yuan Zhang and Guanghua Wan (Research Paper No. 2008-82, September 2008, .pdf format, 11p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]:

A. "Noblesse Oblige? Determinants of Survival in a Life and Death Situation," by Bruno S. Frey, David A. Savage, and Benno Torgler (WP 2425, October 2008, .pdf format, 21p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Why go to France or Germany, if you could as well go to the UK or the US? Selective Features of Immigration to four major OECD Countries," by Wido Geis, Silke Uebelmesser, and Martin Werding (WP 2427, October 2008, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

A. "The Social Significance of Homogamy," by Malcolm Brynin, Simonetta Longhi, and Álvaro Martínez Pérez (WP 2008-32, October 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).


It is a long-standing principle in anthropology, sociology but also economics, that there are strong social and material incentives for people to marry or partner on the basis of social similarity, thus encouraging equality within partnerships but social inequality in the distribution of education, income, or other characteristics. It has been argued, however, that marriage is becoming less homogamous, and therefore that society is becoming more open. Using both the Longitudinal Study and the British Household Panel Study, we find that homogamy remains a powerful factor in marriage and partnership. Further, it reduces stress levels in the partnership and increases over the period of the relationship as partners’ social and political attitudes become closer over time.

B. "The dynamics of social assistance receipt: measurement and modelling issues, with an application to Britain," by Stephen P. Jenkins and Lorenzo Cappellari (WP 2008-34, October 2008, .pdf format, 70p.).


We model the dynamics of social assistance benefit receipt in Britain using data from the British Household Panel Survey, waves 1-15. First, we discuss definitions of social assistance benefit receipt, and present information about the trends between 1991 and 2005 in the receipt of social assistance benefits, and in annual rates of transition into and out of receipt. Second, we review potential multivariate modelling approaches especially the dynamic random effects probit models that are used in our empirical analysis and, third, discuss sample selection criteria and explanatory variables. Fourth, we present our regression estimation estimates and interpret them. The final section contains a summary of the substantive results, and highlights some lessons concerning application of the analysis for other countries and some methodological issues.

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

Annals of Statistics (Vol. 36, No. 5, October 2008).

Journal of the American Statistical Association (Vol. 103, No. 483, September 2008). Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

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Sociometrics Teen Contest: "If you know a teenager between 13-19 years old who lives in California, encourage them to enter a contest on adolescent sexual health to win our grand prize of $500! Teens are asked to choose from a list of sexual health facts compiled by Sociometrics, and change the language and presentation of the facts (using video, artwork, music or another format of their choice) to make the facts fresh and engaging to other teens. Contest details, submission forms, and science-based facts can be found at:"


Samples of Anonymised Records: "Invitation to tender: Developing a case for support for U.K. Census 2011 microdata."

This is an invitation to tender for a research project aimed at developing a case for support the production of Census 2011 microdata. The work is being commissioned by the SARs team at the University of Manchester which is funded under the ESRC Census program.

All applications to tender should be delivered by 27 October 2008. The application should include a proposed specification of the work to be undertaken, a full CV of all persons involved in the bid, undertaking that deadlines will be met, details of Employer's Liability insurance, Public Liability Insurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance and full details of costs using the costing table included in the tender document. There is no fixed budget for this piece of work though it is likely to entail between 20 and 25 days FTE to complete. Applicants should indicate the total cost of the work in their submission as well as a breakdown of all charges and expenses. If necessary, applicants may be invited to attend a commissioning meeting during the week commencing November 3rd. The successful tender will be announced no later than 11 November 2008. For more information and a link to a tender document (Microsoft Word format, 20p.) see:

Under Oct. 10 News Item.

More information about SARS:

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Economic and Social Data Service (UK): "ESDS Qualidata workshop: a demonstration of data resources for teaching qualitative interviewing," to be held Nov. 28, 2008, in Manchester, Lancashire, UK. For more information, see:


GESIS: German Social Science Infrastructure Services Call for Papers: "European Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS) and European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC): European User Conference," to be held in Mannheim, Germany, Mar. 5-6, 2009, .pdf format, 1p.). For more information see:

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Oct. 14, 2008.

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Integrated Public Use Microdata Update: IPUMS at the University of Minnesota announced on Oct. 11, 2008: "Added 1880 100% population database."

See Oct. 11, 2008 item.

Data Access:


US Department of Housing and Urban Development: "2007 AHS (American Housing Survey) National Data (September 2008, self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS format, with documentation in .pdf format).

Summary of changes:


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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US National Center for Education Statistics Datalab: "DataLab, a new website from the Institute of Education Sciences' National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), puts a wide range of survey data collected by NCES at your fingertips. Whether you want a quick number or an in-depth look at education data, the tools in the DataLab are designed to do both. QuickStats, available now, is a guided table generator that allows users to produce a table with ease. Designed for those who are new to NCES data, or those who wish to answer basic questions -- what percent of college students are from low-income families? what percent of adults are taking coursework outside of the traditional college setting? what are the teaching challenges most often cited by public school teachers? -- QuickStats provides easy access to frequently used variables in many NCES studies of students, teachers, schools, and postsecondary institutions. PowerStats, available in the spring of 2009, will permit users to produce complex tables and to run regressions, and to draw upon thousands of variables from many NCES studies. Like its predecessor the NCES DAS, Powerstats will allow for many kinds of regression analyses, including weighted least squares and logistic regression."


University of Wisconsin Data and Information Service Center Country Statistical Yearbook Update. Our Country Statistical Yearbook page has added links to several yearbooks. Yearbooks are in English unless otherwise noted. In some cases updated Yearbooks have been added to older ones, in others the older ones have been replaced, based on what is available at the website. See individual listings for further information.


Wales: Wales in Figures: 2008


Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan in Figures 2008 (in Azeri)

Germany: Statistical Yearbook: 2008 (in German)

Israel: Statistical Abstract of Israel: 2008

Lebanon: Statistical Yearbook 2007

Luxembourg: Le Luxembourg en chiffres 2008 (in French)

Slovenia: Slovenia in Figures: 2008

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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:

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

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