Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #92, December 9, 2008.

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1. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "Highlights From TIMSS 2007: Mathematics and Science Achievement of U.S. Fourth- and Eighth-Grade Students in an International Context," by Patrick Gonzales, Trevor Williams, Leslie Jocelyn, Stephen Roey, David Kastberg, and Summer Brenwald (NCES 2009001, December 2008, .pdf format, 112p., with supplementary tables, .pdf format, 43p.).

2. Department of Housing and Urban Development Periodical: Cityscape (Vol. 10, No 3, 2008). The theme of this issue is "Design and Disaster: Higher Education Responds to Hurricane Katrina."\

Click on "Current Issue".

3. National Science Foundation InfoBrief: "2007 Records Fifth Consecutive Annual Increase in U.S. Doctoral Awards," by Jaquelina C. Falkenheim and Mark K. Fiegener1 (NSF 09-307, November 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

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US States:


State Data Center Updates: The SDC released the following updates (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format) on Nov. 26 and Dec. 9, 2008).

Demographic Profiles: "2005-2007 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates (for geographies in Iowa with a population of 20,000 or more)"

For US and all states: "Refugee arrivals by country of origin and state of initial resettlement: 2000-2007

See under Dec. 9 and Nov. 26 entries.


Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Report: "Vital Statistics: 2006 Data" (July 2008, .pdf format, 159p.).

North Carolina:

State Center for Health Statistics Report: "NC Vital Statistics Volume 2 Leading Causes of Death - 2007" (December 2008, HTML and .pdf format).

North Dakota:

State Data Center Presentation, Periodical:

A. "Regional Demographic Shifts and Their Implications for Higher Education," by Richard Rathge (December 2008, Microsoft PowerPoint format, viewable and downloadable, 37 slides).



B. Population Bulletin (Vol. 24, No. 12, December 2008, .pdf format, 3p.). The topic of this issue is: "Housing Units in North Dakota: 1950 to 2000 Census and July 1, 2001 to July 1, 2007 Estimates."


Department of Health Report: "Preliminary 2007 Births and Deaths By County and Municipality" (2008, .pdf format).


Washington State Department of Health Report: "Divorce Tables from theWashington State Vital Statistics report: 2007 (December 2008, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

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NGO and Other Countries:


Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports:

A. "Leading causes of death in Canada, 2000-2004" (December 2008, .HTML format).

B. "How Canadians' Use of the Internet Affects Social Life and Civic Participation," by Ben Veenhof, Barry Wellman, Carsten Quell and Bernie Hogan (No. 16, December 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 29p.).

C. "Aboriginal Peoples Survey, 2006: Inuit Health and Social Conditions," by Heather Tait (No. 1, December 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 28p.).

D. "Seniors in Rural Canada," by Kimberley Dandy and Ray D. Bollman (_Rural and Small Town Canada Analysis Bulletin_, Vol. 7, No. 8, December 2008, .pdf format, 56p.).



Statistics and Census Service Periodical: Monthly Bulletin Of Statistics, November 2007 (December 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 81p.).



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Dec. 3-9, 2008).



Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Dec. 3-9, 2008).



Scottish Government Report: "Criminal Justice Social Work Statistics, 2007-08" (December 2008, .pdf format, 43p.).



1. Department of Health Report: "Mortality target monitoring (infant mortality, inequalities): update to include data for 2007" (December 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

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

2. National Statistics Office Report, Periodical:

A. "Review of the National Statistician on births and patterns of family building in England and Wales, 2007" (Birth Statistics Series FM1, No. 36, December 2008, .pdf format, 79p.).

B. Population Trends (No. 134, Winter 2008, .pdf format, 90p.).

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

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "Economics, cultural transmission, and the dynamics of the sex ratio at birth in China," by Mikhail Lipatov, Shuzhuo Li, and Marcus W. Feldman (Vol. 105, No. 49, December 9, 2008, p. 19171-19176).


Urban Institute Monograph, Reports:

A. Public Housing and the Legacy of Segregation, by Margery Austin Turner, Susan J. Popkin, and Lynette Rawlings (2008, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-87766-755-1). For more information see:

B. "Federal Programs for Addressing Low-Income Housing Needs: A Policy Primer," by Margery Austin Turner and G. Thomas Kingsley (December 2008, .pdf format, 25p.).

C. "Putting Public Safety First: 13 Strategies for Successful Supervision and Reentry," by Amy L. Solomon, Jesse Jannetta, Brian Elderbroom, Laura Winterfield, Jenny Osborne, Peggy Burke, Richard P. Stroker, Edward E. Rhine, and William D. Burrell (Policy Brief, December 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

Full Report (December 2008, .pdf format, 54p.).

D. "Department of Health and Human Services: Improving Services for Children and Families," by Olivia A. Golden and Joan Lombardi (December 2008, pdf format, 8p).


Time Articles:

A. "Rhee Tackles Classroom Challenge," by Amanda Ripley (Nov. 26, 2008).,9171,1862444,00.html

B. "Obama and Education: Obama has praised Rhee, but she worries he is all talk," by Callie Shell (Nov. 26, 2008).,9171,1862445,00.html

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University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "Spatial Dynamics of the Local Built Environment in the City of Chicago: An Investigation of Data Sources and Methods," by Michael Bader and Jennifer Ailshire (PSC Research Report No. 08-663, November 2008, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "High Birth Weight and Cognitive Outcomes," by Resul Cesur and Inas Rashad (w14524, December 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).


While the effects of low birth weight have long been explored, those of high birth weight have been essentially ignored. Economists have analyzed the negative effects that low birth weight might have on subsequent school outcomes, while taking into account unobserved characteristics that may be common to families with low birth weight babies and negative outcomes in terms of school test scores when children, in addition to labor market income when adults. Today, however, with increasing obesity rates in the United States, high birth weight has become a potential concern, and has been associated in the medical literature with an increased likelihood of becoming an overweight child, adolescent, and subsequently an obese adult. Overweight and obesity, in turn, are associated with a host of negative effects, including lower test scores in school and lower labor market prospects when adults. If studies only focus on low birth weight, they may underestimate the effects of ensuring that mothers receive adequate support during pregnancy. In this study we find that cognitive outcomes are adversely affected not only by low birth weight (<2500 grams) but also by high birth weight (>4500 grams). Our results have policy implications in terms of provision of support for pregnant women.

B. "More Women Missing, Fewer Girls Dying: The Impact of Abortion on Sex Ratios at Birth and Excess Female Mortality in Taiwan," by Ming-Jen Lin, Nancy Qian, and Jin-Tan Liu (w14541, December 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).


Many countries with "deficits" in their female population see banning sex-selective abortion as a way to curb the observed sex imbalance. However, they rarely discuss the potentially negative unintended consequences of this ban on female survival rates as parents may be forced to substitute post-natal for pre-natal sex-selection. This paper presents novel empirical evidence on the impact of access to abortion on sex ratios at birth and relative female infant mortality. We use the universe of birth and death registry data from Taiwan and exploit plausibly exogenous variation in the availability of sex-selective abortion caused legislative changes to identify the causal effects of sex-selective abortion on sex ratios at birth and excess female mortality. We find that sex-selective abortion increased the fraction of males at birth by approximately 0.7 percentage-points, accounting for approximately 100% of the observed increase in sex ratios at birth during the 1980s; and it decreased relative female neo-natal mortality by approximately 61%. We estimate that approximately 13 more female infants survived for every 100 aborted female fetuses.


Boston College Center For Retirement Research : "The Long-Term Effects of the Divorce Revolution: Health, Wealth, and Labor Supply," by Kristin Mammen (Working Paper No. 2008-22, December 2008, .pdf format, 25p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Woodrow Wilson Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (Princeton University):

A. "Parental Depression and Children’s Developmental Outcomes: The Mediating Influence of Parenting Behavior," by Kristin Turney (WP 2008-17-FF, December 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).


This paper uses data from a subsample of the Fragile Families and Child Well-being survey (N = 1,799) to examine the relationship between parental depression and children’s developmental outcomes. Results suggest that parental depression when children are 12 months old, particularly maternal depression, leads to less favorable behavioral but not cognitive outcomes among children. Maternal parenting behaviors including discipline, neglect, and parenting stress are also associated with children’s behavior, and attenuate the negative consequences of episodic but not chronic maternal depression. This research extends past literature by using a large, non-clinical, and representative sample; by incorporating reports of both parents; and, importantly, by elucidating mechanisms through which depression matters for children.

B. "Maternal Employment After a Birth: Examining Variations by Family Structure," by Christine Percheski (WP 2008-18-FF, April 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).

Employment rates for married and unmarried mothers in the United States crossed over in the early 1990s, leading to questions about how marital status and family structure affect contemporary maternal employment. A mother's family structure--whether she is married, cohabiting or living without a partner--may affect her employment through her family's income needs, the instrumental and social support she receives, and her perceived security to pursue her preferred level of employment. Additionally, if a woman has a husband or cohabiting partner, she may take his preference for her employment level into account. Alternatively, selection may explain the association between family structure and maternal employment. In this analysis, I describe how the employment of mothers varies by family structure in the five years after giving birth. Before taking demographic or human capital characteristics into account, married, cohabiting and lone mothers have similar levels of employment. Using covariate adjustments to account for differences in selection, I find that married mothers work less on average than unmarried mothers, and that cohabiting and lone unmarried mothers have very similar employment levels. Family income, family wealth, partner characteristics, and sex role attitudes do not explain this marriage effect. I argue that married mothers work less because they have greater perceived economic security, enabling them to pursue their preferred level of employment when their children are very young. Black married mothers are exceptional; on average, they work more than married white or Hispanic mothers and have similar employment levels as black unmarried mothers. This unique pattern may reflect lower economic security among black married women or a unique set of cultural values regarding the combination of childrearing and employment.


Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada: "Internal Migration of Immigrants: Do Immigrants Respond to Regional Labour Demand Shocks?" by Yuri Ostrovsky, Feng Hou and Garnett Picot (Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series No. 318, December 2008, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


World Bank Policy Research Programme: "Progress in participation in tertiary education in India from 1983 to 2004," by Mehtabul Azam and Andreas Blom (WPS 4793, December 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 44p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

A. "What Makes a Test Score? The Respective Contributions of Pupils, Schools, and Peers in Achievement in English Primary Education," by Francis Kramarz, Stephen Machin, and Amine Ouazad (Discussion Paper 3866, December 2008, .pdf format, 49p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Teachers' Training, Class Size and Students' Outcomes: Learning from Administrative Forecasting Mistakes," by Pascal Bressoux, Francis Kramarz, Corinne Prost (Discussion Paper 3871, December 2008, .pdf format, 46p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

Population and Development Review (Vol. 34, No. 4, December 2008).

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Compton Foundation/Population Reference Bureau International Fellowship: "Since 2001 the Compton Foundation and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) have collaborated to increase the capacity of outstanding graduate students from sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America to affect policy and/or improve the effectiveness of population, family planning, and reproductive health programs in the developing world.

In the spirit of this collaboration and to fulfill its objectives, the Compton Foundation is making available Fellowships through PRB for capstone/internship work and dissertation research on topics that examine the interactions linking family planning/reproductive health/population dynamics with environmental and/or human security issues. This Fellowship provides highly motivated individuals with a unique opportunity to explore these very important interactions. Fellowship recipients must also be committed to returning to their country or region of origin to apply the skills and education they acquired and make substantial contributions to the field." Application deadline is Jan. 23, 2009. For more information see:

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Economic and Social Data Service (Universities of Essex and Manchester, UK]: "Sharing Research Data: Pioneers, Policies and Protocols," a conference to be held in London, UK, Mar. 13, 2008). For more information see:


Max Planck Institute of Demographic Research Call for Papers: "The Persistence of the Past: Inaugural Conference of the Laboratory of Historical Demography of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research," a workshop to be held in Rostock, Germany May 25-27, 2009. The call for papers is now available (Microsoft Word format, 3p.).


European Social Science History Conference Call for Papers: "The ESSHC 2010 will take place in Ghent, Belgium from Tuesday 13 April up to and including Friday 16 April 2010." A call for papers is available at the site.


Intute: Social Sciences: Intute has updated it's Sociology conferences page with a new conference:

Changing Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Learning and Teaching: The Future of Social Sciences in the University (Nov. 25, 2009).

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Human Development and Family Studies: "HDFS is presently recruiting three Assistant Professors (.pdf format) for 2009. For more information see:


Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "Leader of an Independent Junior Research Group." Application deadline is Jan. 31, 2009. For more information see:


Agework.Com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Dec. 8, 2008.


American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Dec. 8, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Dec. 9, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Dec. 8, 2008.

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US Census Bureau American Factfinder Update: American Community Survey "2005-2007 ACS 3-Year Estimates" are now available.

Click on "get data" under "American Community Survey"


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

Data for Estonia have been revised and updated through 2007.

Data availability:

Data access:


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on Dec. 7, 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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University of Wisconsin Data and Information Service Center Country Statistical Yearbook Update. Our Country Statistical Yearbook page has added links to several yearbooks.

Czech Republic: Statistical Yearbook of the Czech Republic 2008

Liechtenstein: Liechtenstein in Figures: 2009

Lithuania: Statistical Yearbook: 2008

Serbia: Men and Women in Serbia: 2008

South Africa: Statistics in Brief: 2000-2008

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