Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #85, October 21, 2008.

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Index to this issue:















1. Census Bureau Facts for Features: "2008 World Series" (CB08-FFSE.06, Oct. 21, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

2. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "Student Victimization in U.S. Public Schools: Results from the 2005 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey," by Lynn Bauer, Paul Guerino, Kacey Lee Nolle, and Sze-Wei Tang (NCES 2009306, October 2008, .pdf format, 58p.).


US States:


Department of Administration Report: "January 1, 2008 Final Population Estimates" (October 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

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NGO and Other Countries:


Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) Press Release: IBGE shows new dynamics of Brazilian urban network" (Oct. 10, 2008). The main points of the release are in English. The entire release is in Portuguese. The release links to a report "Areas of Influence of Cities," which is available in Portuguese.



Statistics Bureau Report: "Population Estimates: May 1, 2008 (Final Estimates), October 1, 2008 (Provisional Estimates)" (October 2008, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Oct. 16-21, 2008).


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa News Release: "Large statistical database now free (Infoshare) (Oct. 16, 2008).

Click on "Infoshare" for link to database.



Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Oct. 14-21, 2008).



Scottish Government Reports:

A. "Recorded Crimes and Offences Involving Firearms, Scotland, 2007-08" (October 2008, .pdf format, 24p.).

B. " The Educational Attainment of Looked after Children - Local Authority Pilot Projects: Final Research Summary," by Graham Connelly, Joan Forrest, Judy Furnivall, Lindsay Siebelt, Iain Smith, and Liz Seagraves (October 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

C. "Independent School Census, September 2007" (October 2008, .pdf format, 24p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Expenditure and receipts of social protection schemes, Slovenia, 2006: Provisional Data," by Anita Jacovic (Oct. 20, 2008).

B. "Adults and juveniles against whom criminal proceedings through a senate have been legally concluded, detailed data, Slovenia, 2007," by Martina Kontelj (Oct. 15, 2008).

C. "Women farmers in Slovenia," by Irena Svetin (Oct. 13, 2008).



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

A. "GCSE and Equivalent Results in England, 2007/08 (Provisional) - Key tables only" (October 2008, .pdf format, 15p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Pupil Absence in Schools in England: Autumn Term 2007 and Spring Term 2008" (October 2008, .pdf format, 12p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

2. National Statistics Office Report: "An investigation into the location and commuting patterns of part-time and full-time workers in the United Kingdom, using information from the 2001 Census," by Alistair Dent and Stephen Bond, (October 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Brief: "Food Stamp Benefits Falling Further Behind Rising Food Prices," By Dorothy Rosenbaum (October 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).


Population Action International Commentary: "Population, Fertility and Family Planning in Pakistan: A Program in Stagnation," by Research Commentary By Karen Hardee and Elizabeth Leahy (October 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 12p.).

More information about PAI:


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "Robust dynamic classes revealed by measuring the response function of a social system," by Riley Crane and Didier Sornette (Vol. 105, No. 41, October 14, 2008, p. 15649-15653).

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University of Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology: "The Differential Impact of Mortality of American Troops in the Iraq War: The Non-Metropolitan Dimension," by Katherine J. Curtis, Collin F. Payne, and Jennifer Huck (CDE Working Paper 2008-08, 2008, .pdf format, 20p.). Note: There is no abstract for this paper.


Michigan Retirement Research Center: "The Transformation in Who is Expected to Work in the United States and How it Changed the Lives of Single Mothers and People with Disabilities," by Richard V. Burkhauser, Mary C. Daly, Jeff Larrimore and Joyce Kwok (WP 2008-187, September 2008, .pdf format, 49p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

A. "Intergenerational Education Mobility among the Children of Canadian Immigrants," by Abdurrahman Aydemir, Wen-Hao Chen and Miles Corak (Discussion Paper No. 3759, October 2008, .pdf format, 48p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Electoral Participation as a Measure of Social Inclusion for Natives, Immigrants and Descendants in Sweden," by Pieter Bevelander and Ravi Pendakur (Discussion Paper No. 3764, October 2008, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "The Dynamics of Social Assistance Receipt: Measurement and Modelling Issues, with an Application to Britain," by Lorenzo Cappellari and Stephen P. Jenkins (Discussion Paper No. 3765, October 2008, .pdf format, 70p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

D. "Understanding Low Average Returns to Education in Africa: The Role of Heterogeneity across Education Levels and the Importance of Political and Economic Reforms," by Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere (Discussion Paper No. 3766, October 2008, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

E. "Does Money Matter for Schools?" by Helena Holmlund, Sandra McNally, and Martina Viarengo (Discussion Paper No. 3769, October 2008, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: "Teacher Unions, Teacher Pay and Student Performance in India: A Pupil Fixed Effects Approach," by Geeta Kingdon and Francis Teal (WP 2428, October 2008, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 114, No. 2, September 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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US Department of Housing and Urban Development: "Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grants." For more information see:


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) [UK]: "Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study Research Support Unit." Application deadline is Dec. 2, 2008. For more information see:

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American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Oct. 21, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Oct. 21, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Oct. 21, 2008.

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Human Mortality Database: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database.

Oct. 14, 2008 -- Data for France (Total and Civilian) were revised, extended backwards to 1816, and updated through 2006.

Data availability:

Data access:


Demographic and Health Survey: Data for "Azerbaijan: Standard DHS, 2006" are now available:


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets as of Oct. 20, 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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