Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #91, December 3, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau Facts for Features: "Black (African-American) History Month: February 2009" (CB09-FF.01, Dec. 2, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

2. National Center for Education Statistics Issue Brief: "Expectations and Reports of Homework for Public School Students in the First, Third, and Fifth Grades," by Siri Warkentien, Molly Fenster, Gillian Hampden-Thompson, and Jill Walston (NCES 2009033, December 2008, .pdf format, 4p., with standard errors, .pdf format, 1p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization Report: "Education for All: Global Monitoring Report 2009: Overcoming inequality: why governance matters" (November 2008, .pdf format, 463p.).



Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) Press Release: "In 2007, expectation of life at birth was 72.57 years in Brazil" (Dec. 1, 2008). The press release links to a topical publication, in Portuguese.



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report: "Canada's Farm Population: Agriculture-Population Linkage Data for the 2006 Census" (December 2008, HTML format).

Related article (The Daily):



Statistics Finland News Release:

"Debts, dwellings and alcohol consumption have grown in a decade" (Nov. 26, 2008).



Statistics Iceland News Report: "Expenditure on education in Iceland" (December 2008, .pdf format, 35p.). The report is in Icelandic, with an English summary. Table heads are in Icelandic and English. Icelandic table items are translated into English at the end of the report.



Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Population of localities: Sep. 30, 2008 (provisional data) (November 2008, .Microsoft Excel format). Note: though the page is in Hebrew, the tables are in Hebrew and English.



Statistics Latvia News Release: "On poverty indicators in 2007" (Nov. 26, 2008). Note: if the release is in Latvian, click on the "EN" tab at the top right side of the page for an English version.



Amt Für Volkswirtschaft Fürstentum Liechtenstein Compendium: Liechtenstein in Figures: 2009 (November 2008, .pdf format, 47p.).



Statistics Department Compendium: Children in Lithuania: 2008 (November 2008, .pdf format, 97p.). The report is in Lithuanian and English.



National Statistics Office News Release: "Lifestyle Survey 2007" (December 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2008).


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Report: "Conviction and sentencing tables" (November 2008, web based extractor system, data available in various formats). Time series data is available through 2007.



Scottish Government Reports:

A. "Scottish House Condition Survey Key Findings 2007" (November 2008, .pdf format, 56p.).

B. "Statistics Publication Notice: Children Looked After Statistics 2007-08" (November 2008, .pdf format, 41p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Statistical Office Compendium: Men and Women in Serbia: 2008 (November 2008, .pdf format, 76p.).



Statistics Singapore Periodical: Monthly Digest of Statistics (November 2008, .pdf format, 105p.).



Statistical Office News Release: "Data on marriages and divorces, detailed data, Slovenia, 2007," by Milena Ilic, and Darja Ster (Nov. 28, 2008). The news release links to relevant tables in the SI-STAT database.


South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Compendium: Statistics in Brief: 2008 (November 2008, .pdf format, 193p.).



Statistics Sweden Press Releases:

A. "Leaving home: Young people in metropolitan areas are leaving home later" (Dec. 3, 2008). The press release links to a report ("Leaving Home") in Swedish.

B. "Immigrant family members and their relatives" (Nov. 26, 2008). The press release links to a report on the same topic in Swedish.

C. "Immigrants' migration patterns" (Nov. 26, 2008). The press release links to a report on the same topic in Swedish.


Tonga: Statistics Department Census 2006 Report: "Tonga 2006 Census of Population and Housing" (2008).



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

A. "Education and Training Statistics for the United Kingdom: 2008" (November 2008, .pdf format, 69p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Student Support for Higher Education in England, Academic Year 2008/09 (Provisional)" (November 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).

Click on "LINK" for link to full text.

2. Home Office Report: "Perceptions of anti-social behaviour: Findings from the 2007/08 British Crime Survey Supplementary Volume 1 to Crime in England and Wales 2007/08" (November 2008, .pdf format, 50p.).

3. Ministry of Justice Report, Periodical:

A. "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales 2007" (November 2008, .pdf format, 205p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Sentencing statistics 2007, England and Wales" (November 2008, .pdf format, 203p.).

B. Population in custody (October 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 14p.).

4. National Statistics Office Report, Periodical:

A. "Non-residential Parental Contact, 2007/08" (November 2008, .pdf format, 70p.).

Click on "Latest release" for link to full text.

B. Monthly Digest of Statistics, edited by Dilys Rosen (November 2008, .pdf format, 137p.).

Click on "Latest release" for link to full text.



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "Life Expectancy, 2005-2007" (December 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

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Population Reference Bureau Articles:

A. "College Enrollment Rate Increases, but Financial Challenges Bring Uncertainty," by Eric Zuehlke (November 2008).

B. "Sex Ratio at Birth Deteriorating Among Asian Immigrants in the United States," by Nadwa Mossaad (November 2008).

C. "What Explains the Disparities Between Men's and Women's Health?" by Mary Mederios Kent (November 2008).

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


National Research Council Monograph: Early Childhood Assessment: Why, What, and How, edited by Catherine E. Snow and Susan B. Van Hemel (National Academies Press, 2008, OpenBook format, 484p.). Ordering information for a print or .pdf copy is available at the site.


The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education Report: "Measuring Up 2008" (December 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).

More information about NCPPHE:


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstracts:

A. "Laws of population growth," by Hernán D. Rozenfeld, Diego Rybski, José S. Andrade, Jr., Michael Batty, H. Eugene Stanley, and Hernán A. Maksea (Vol. 105, No. 48, Dec. 2, 2008, p. 18702-18707).

B. "A general framework for multiple testing dependence," by Jeffrey T. Leek and John D. Storey (Vol. 105, No. 48, Dec. 2, 2008, p. 18718-18723).


Demographic Research Articles:

A. "Postponement and childlessness - Evidence from two British cohorts," by Dylan Kneale and Heather Joshi (Vol. 19, Article 58, November 2008, .pdf format, p. 1935-1968). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Creative providers: Counseling and counselors in family planning and reproductive health," Anthony T. Carter (Vol. 19, Article 59, December 2008, .pdf format, p. 1969-2010). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "The Future of American Fertility," by Samuel H. Preston and Caroline Sten Hartnett (w14498, November 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).


This paper reviews the major social and demographic forces influencing American fertility levels with the aim of predicting changes during the next three decades. Increases in the Hispanic population and in educational attainment are expected to have modest and offsetting effects on fertility levels. A cessation of the recent pattern of increasing ages at childbearing will at some point put upward pressure on period (but not cohort) fertility rates. Higher relative wages for women and better contraception have empowered women and fundamentally altered marriage and relations between the sexes. But women's childbearing has become less dependent upon stable relations with men, and educational differences in intended fertility have narrowed. One explanation of higher fertility in the U.S. than in other developed countries is that its institutions have adapted better to rising relative wages for women and the attendant increase in women's labor force participation.

B. "Life Satisfaction and Quality of Development," by John F. Helliwell (w14507, November 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).


This paper argues that measures of life satisfaction, now being collected annually by the Gallup World Poll in more than 130 countries, permit a much broader view of the quality and consequences of development than other common measures. While these data show the importance of conventionally measured economic development, they also show the importance of many other elements of life that are also affected, whether deliberately or not, by community, national, and international institutions and policies. In estimating the importance of these other factors, this paper pays special attention to the social context of well-being: the norms, networks and relationships within which lives are lived.


Center for Statistics and the Social Science [University of Washington]:

A. "Estimating the Total Fertility Rate from Multiple Imperfect Data Sources and Assessing its Uncertainty," by Leontine Alkema, Adrian E. Raftery , Patrick Gerland, Samuel J. Clark, and Francois Pelletier (Working Paper No. 89, November, 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).


We develop a new methodology for estimating and assessing the uncertainty of the total fertility rate over time. The estimates are based on multiple imperfect estimates from different data sources, including surveys and censuses, and different methods, both direct and indirect. We take account of measurement error by decomposing it into two sources: bias and variance. We estimate both bias and variance by linear regression on data quality covariates. We estimate the total fertility rate using a local smoother, and we assess uncertainty using the weighted likelihood bootstrap. Based on a data set for seven countries in western Africa, we found that retrospective surveys with a recall period of more than five years tended to overestimate the total fertility rate, while direct estimates and older observations underestimated fertility. The measurement error variance was larger for observations with a one-year time span, for observations that were collected before the mid 1990s, and for one Demographic Health Survey (in Mauritania in 1990). Cross-validation showed that taking differences in data quality between observations into account gave better calibrated confidence intervals and reduced bias: on average the width of confidence intervals was reduced by about 40%.

B. "More on the Cohort-Component Model of Population Projection in the Context of HIV/AIDS: A Leslie Matrix Representation and New Estimation Methods," by Jason Thomas and Sam Clark (Working Paper No. 88, November 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).


This article presents an extension of the cohort component model of population projection (CCMPP) rst formulated by Heuveline (2003) that is capable of modeling a population a affected by HIV. Heuveline proposes a maximum likelihood approach to estimate the age profile of HIV incidence that produced the HIV epidemics in East Africa during the 1990s. We extend this work by developing the Leslie matrix representation of the CCMPP which greatly facilitates implementation of the model for parameter estimation and projecting. The Leslie matrix also contains information about the stable tendencies of the corresponding population, such as the stable age distribution and time to stability. We validate our reformulation of the model by comparing parameter estimates obtained through maximum likelihood and bootstrap methods to those presented by Heuveline using Heuveline's original data set. A further application of the model to a small population with high HIV prevalence in rural South Africa is presented as an additional demonstration. This work lays the foundation for development of more robust and flexible Bayesian estimation methods that will greatly enhance the utility of this and similar models.


Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "The impact of a migration-caused selection effect on regional mortality differences in Italy and Germany," by Marc Luy and Graziella Caselli (WP-2008-027, November 2008, .pdf format, 41p.).


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

A. "Measuring Nonresponse Cross-Nationally," by Annelies G. Blom (No. 2008-41, November 2008, pdf format, 65p).


This paper investigates the measurement of nonresponse outcomes across countries. It consists of three sections. Section one proposes a conceptual framework of influences on the response outcomes available for analysis. Section two develops a crossnational codeframe of response outcome codes. The last section investigates the impact that differential ways of deriving final case outcomes have on the estimated response, contact and cooperation rates. The results emphasise the importance of careful measurement of the nonresponse process for conclusions about the similarity and differences across countries in processes leading to nonresponse.

B. "The Use of Respondent Incentives on Longitudinal Surveys," by Heather Laurie and Peter Lynn (Working Paper No. 2008-42, December 2008, pdf format, 32p).


We review current practice concerning the use of respondent incentives on longitudinal surveys and we review experimental evidence concerning the effects of incentives on longitudinal surveys, particularly on cumulative response rates and on sample composition. To provide context, we also briefly review the research literature regarding the effects of incentives on cross-sectional surveys and discuss the extent to which findings from such studies are likely to carry over to longitudinal surveys. We identify some aspects of longitudinal surveys that may be unique in terms of how incentives operate.

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

Child Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 32, No. 12, December 2008).

Cities (Vol. 25, No. 6, December 2008).

Demography (Vol. 45, No. 4, November 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

History of the Family (Vol. 13, No. 4, 2008).

Population Review (Vol. 47, No. 2, 2008).

Population, Space, and Place (Vol. 14, No. 6, November/December 2008).

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Agework.Com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Dec. 2, 2008.


American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Dec. 3, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Dec. 3, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Dec. 2, 2008.

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US House Committee on Education and Labor Hearing Publication: "Caring for the Vulnerable: The State of Social Work in America," a hearing held Jul. 29, 2008 (Serial No. 110-105, .pdf format, 86p.).

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Population Reference Bureau:

A. PRB's DataFinder has recently been updated with data from the 2008 World Population Data Sheet. "DataFinder includes 143 variables for more than 200 countries and 29 world regions and subregions. Users can select a combination of countries or regions to be ranked on a specific variable or to compare on several variables. User-created tables can be downloaded as Excel files to use for further analysis. Rates and values can be displayed on world maps, revealing geographic patterns of demographic, health, or environment variables. The map below show the distinct pattern of infant mortality rates across the continents, as an example." It is linked to from an article "PRB's DataFinder Updated and Expanded," by Mary Mederios Kent (November 2008).

B. "2008 Africa Population Data Sheet," (2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

Related Brief: "Reproductive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa," by James Gribble and Joan Haffey (October 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on Nov. 30, 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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