Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #95, January 13, 2009.

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1. Census Bureau Facts for Features:

A. "Facts for Features: Women’s History Month: March 2009" (CB09-FF.03, Jan. 5, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).

B. "Facts for Features: Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick's Day (March 17): 2009" (CB09-FF.04, Jan. 5, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

2. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Births: Final Data for 2006," by Joyce A. Martin, Brady E. Hamilton, Paul D. Sutton, Stephanie J. Ventura, Fay Menacker, Sharon Kirmeyer, and T.J. Mathews (National Vital Statistics Reports Vol. 57, No. 7, January 2009, .pdf format, 104p.).

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

A. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "Indirect County and State Estimates of the Percentage of Adults at the Lowest Literacy Level for 1992 and 2003," by Leyla Mohadjer, Graham Kalton, Tom Krenzke,Benmei Liu,Wendy Van de Kerckhove, Lin Li, Dan Sherman, Jennifer Dillman, and Jon Rao (NCES 2009482, January 2009, .pdf format, 123p.).

B. "1.5 Million Homeschooled Students in the United States in 2007" (NCES 2009030, December 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).

4. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Stalking Victimization in the United States," by Katrina Baum, Shannan Catalano, Michael Rand, and Kristina Rose (NCJ 224527, January 2009, ASCII text, and .pdf format, with .zip compressed spreadsheets, 15p.).

5. Department of Housing and Urban Development Report: "Quality Control for Rental Assistance Subsidy Determinations: Final Report for FY 2007" (November 2008, .pdf format, 208p.).

6. National Science Foundation InfoBrief: "Reasons for International Changes in the Ratio of Natural Science and Engineering Degrees to the College-Age Population," by Joan Burrelli and Alan Rapoport (NSF 09-308, January 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).

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US States:


California Department of Finance Reports:

A. "California County Population Estimates and Components of Change by Year-- July 1, 2000--2008" (December 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Population Estimates and Components of Change by County--July 1, 2000--2008" (December 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

C. "California Population Estimates, with Components of Change and Crude Rates, July 1, 1900-2008" (December 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

D. "Tables of July 2008 County Estimates Ranked by Size, Numeric, and Percent Change" (December 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

E. "Maps of July 2008 County Estimates Ranks and Components" (December 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

F. "Legal Immigration to California by County, 1984-2007" (December 2008, Microsoft Excel format).


State Data Center Upates: On Dec. 22, 2008, the SDC updated the following files (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format):


Population estimates, numeric and percent change, and components of change: 2000-2008
Population estimates: 1900-2008
Population (chart): 1900-2008

US and States:

Population and components of change (State rankings): 2000 to 2008
U.S. and all states population percent change (Map): 2000-2008
Iowa and surrounding states population percent change (Chart): 2000-2008

On Dec. 19, 2008, the SDC updated the following files:

State of Iowa:

Projections of total population: 2005-2040
Population projections - Comparisons to previous editions: 2000-2008

Iowa Counties:

Projections of total population: 2005-2040

See under Dec. 22 and Dec. 19 listings.


Department of Health and Hospitals Report: "2008 Survey of People with Disabilities in Louisiana" (January 2009., .pdf format, 785p.).


State Data Center Reports:

A. "Projections by Type for All Counties - Historic Census 1970 to 2000, Projected 2005 to 2030" (December 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Historical and Projected Population 16 Years and Over 1970 to 2030" (December 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

C. "U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates for States (through July 1, 2008): Maryland's Population Growth Slowest in 28 Years" (December 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

Michigan: Report: "Estimated Population of Michigan, 2000-08" (December 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).,1607,7-160-51170-205570--,00.html


Department of Administration Report: "Minnesota's Nonwhite and Latino Population, 2007" (December 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).

New Jersey:

Department of Health and Senior Services Reports:

A. "2005 Municipality-Level Births by Selected Characteristics" (December 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Births by Municipality for 1998-2005 Based on Standardized Mailing Addresses" (December 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).


Department of Human Services: Children, Adults, and Families Report: "Monthly Dashboard Report on CAF measurements" (December 2008, .pdf format, 43p.).

South Carolina:

Department of Health and Environmental Control Reports:

A. "South Carolina Vital and Morbidity Statistics 2006: Volume I: Annual Vital Statistics Series (2008, .pdf format, 354p.).

B. "South Carolina Detailed Mortality Statistics 2006: Volume II: Annual Vital Statistics Series (2008, .pdf format, 187p.).


Center for Health Statistics Report: "Natality A: Demographics Tables from Washington State Vital Statistics (January 2009, Microsoft Excel format).


Department of Administration and Information Compendium, Report:

A. Equality State Almanac 2008 (2008, .pdf format, 203p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Department of Economic and Social Affairs Wall Chart: "World Mortality 2007," (2009, .pdf format, 2p.).


European Commission:

Eurostat Pocketbook: Living conditions in Europe: 2003-2006 (December 2008, .pdf format, 170p.).,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-DZ-08-001



Statistics Austria Compendium: Statistisches Jahrbuch Österreichs: 2009 (December 2008, .pdf format, 610p.). The compendium is in German. Table heads are in German and English.



Statistics Finland News Releases: News releases from Dec. 16, 2008-Jan. 13, 2009 are available at:



Institut national d'etudes demographques (INED) Periodical: Population and societies (No. 451, January 2009, .pdf format, 4p.). The feature article of this issue is: "In-vitro fertilization in France:200,000 'test-tube' babies in the last 30 years," by Elise de La Rochebrochard.



Statistics Georgia Compendium: Statistical Yearbook of Georgia: 2008 (December 2008, .zip compressed .pdf format, 326p.). The compendium is in Georgian and English.



Statistics Iceland Report: "Population projection 2008-2050" (December 2008, .pdf format, 34p.). The report is in Icelandic, with an English summary. Tables are in Icelandic and English.



Statistics Bureau Compendium, Report, Periodical:

A. Japan Statistical Yearbook 2009 (December 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 854p.).

B. "Population Estimates (July 1, 2008 (Final estimates) , December 1, 2008 (Provisional estimates)" (December 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

C. Japan Monthly Statistics (December 2008, Microsoft Excel format).


States of Jersey:

States of Jersey Report: "Jersey Annual Social Survey 2008" (December 2008, .pdf format, 113p.).



Department of Statistics Report: "Population by Age Group, Malaysia, 1963-2008" (January 2009, .pdf format, 1p.).



Statistics Moldava Compendium: Population and demographic processes in the Republic of Moldova: 2007 Edition (2007, .pdf format, 70p.). Note: the page discusses the 2008 edition, but the link points to the 2007 edition at this time. The compendium is in Moldavan, Russian, and English.



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Dec. 17, 2008-Jan. 13, 2009).


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Hot off the Press, Maps:

A. "Student Loans and Allowances: 2007" (December 2008, .pdf format, 15p.). Links to full text are at the bottom of the page).

B. "2009 Digital Boundaries covering New Zealand are now available to download. Compressed in zip format, the files contain the following geographic layers: meshblock (MB), area unit (AU), urban area (UA), territorial authorities (TA), regional council (RC), wards, General (GEDs07) and Maori (MEDs07) electoral districts." Note: Geographic Information System software is required to read these files.


Northern Ireland:

Statistics and Research Agency Periodical: The Registrar General's Quarterly Report (No. 347, July-September 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).



Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Dec. 17, 2008-Jan. 13, 2009).



Ministry of National Economy Report: "Development at Glance" (November 2008, .pdf format, 113p.). The report is in Arabic and English.



Federal Bureau of Statistics Compendium, Report:

A. Social Indicators of Pakistan 2007 (July 2008, .pdf format, 130p.).

B. "Pakistan Social And Living Standards Measurement Survey (PSLM) 2006-07 (Provincial/District) (May 2008, .pdf format).



Department for Children, Schools, and Families Report: "Families in Britain: an evidence paper," (December 2008, .pdf format, 110p.).

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Urban Institute Reports:

A. "Setting Income Thresholds in Medicaid/SCHIP: Which Children Should Be Eligible?" by Genevieve M. Kenney and Jennifer Pelletier (January 2009, .pdf format, 7p.).

B. "An Analysis of Federally Prosecuted Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Cases since the Passage of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000," by Kevonne M. Small, William Adams, Colleen Owens, Kevin Roland (December 2008, .pdf format, 163p.).


University of Chicago Press Book: Migrants and Markets: Perspectives from Economics and the Other Social Sciences, edited by Holger Kolb and Henrik Egbert (distributed for Amsterdam University Press, 2008, 260p., ISBN: 9789053566848). For more information see:


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "Culture, population structure, and low genetic diversity in Pleistocene hominins," by L.S. Premo and Jean-Jacques Hublin (Vol. 106, No. 1, Jan. 6, 2009, p. 33-37).

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California Center for Population Research [University of California-Los Angeles]: "Housing Crowding Effects on Children's Wellbeing: National and Longitudinal Comparisons," by Claudia Solari and Robert D. Mare (PWP-CCPR-2008-058, December 2008, .pdf format, 54p.). There is no abstract for this paper.


Federal Reserve Bank of Boston [Massachusetts] Public Policy Discussion Papers: "Subprime Mortgages, Foreclosures, and Urban Neighborhoods," by Kristopher S. Gerardi and Paul S. Willen (DP 08-6, January 2009, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


National Bureau of Economic Research: "The Impact of Family Income on Child Achievement: Evidence from the Earned Income Tax Credit," by Gordon Dahl and Lance Lochner (w14599, December 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).


Past estimates of the effect of family income on child development have often been plagued by endogeneity and measurement error. In this paper, we use two simulated instrumental variables strategies to estimate the causal effect of income on children's math and reading achievement. Our identification derives from the large, non-linear changes in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) over the last two decades. The largest of these changes increased family income by as much as 20%, or approximately $2,100. Using a panel of almost 5,000 children matched to their mothers from National Longitudinal Survey of Youth datasets allows us to address problems associated with unobserved heterogeneity, endogenous transitory income shocks, and measurement error in income. Our baseline estimates imply that a $1,000 increase in income raises combined math and reading test scores by 6% of a standard deviation in the short run. The gains are larger for children from disadvantaged families and are robust to a variety of alternative specifications. We find little evidence of long-run income effects, with most of the effects disappearing after one year.


Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "The structure of recent first-union formation in Romania," by Jan M. Hoem, Dora Kostova, Aiva Jasilioniene, and Cornelia Muresan (WP-2009-002, January 2009, .pdf format, 14p.).


By European standards, consensual first unions have been rare in Romania, and they remain so even though their incidence has increased by a factor of almost five since the early 1960s. Rates of conversion of consensual unions into marriages have been cut in half over the same four decades or so, and marriage rates have declined by a similar factor since the fall of state socialism, which is more dramatic because this period is so much shorter. There have been strong ethnic differentials in union-entry rates in the country.


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Explaining How Delayed Motherhood Affects Fertility Dynamics in Europe," by Massimiliano Bratti and Konstantinos Tatsiramos (Discussion Paper No. 3907, December 2008, .pdf format, p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: "International Migration, Transfers of Norms and Home Country Fertility," by Michel Beine, Frederic Docquier, and Maurice Schiff (CESifo Working Paper No. 2512, December 2008, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Centre d'Etudes de Populations, de Pauvreté et de Politiques Socio-Economiques / International Network for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development--Integrated Research Infrastructure in the Socio-economic Sciences (CEPS/INSTEAD--IRISS) [Differdange, Luxembourg]: "A comparison of multidimensional deprivation characteristics between natives and immigrants in Luxembourg," by Marie Noel Pi Alperin (IRISS Working Papers No. 2008-14, December 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).


This paper applies a multidimensional approach to poverty measurement based on fuzzy set theory, and its decomposition properties, in order to measure the deprivation level in Luxembourg and to identify the different characteristics of poverty between natives and immigrants (knowing that almost 40 percent of the population in Luxembourg are immigrants). The database used in this study is the 2006 wave of the Panel Socio-Economique Liewen zu Lëtzebuerg (PSELL-3) survey.

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

Journal of Social Work (Vol. 9, No. 1, January 2009).

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

Social Forces (Vol. 87, No. 2, December 2008).

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

International Workshop on the Socio-Economics of Ageing (October 30, 2009, Lisbon, Portugal).

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Penn State Population Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunity: "Pending NICHD training program funding renewal, the Population Research Institute at Penn State anticipates an opening for a postdoctoral fellow in Family Demography and Individual Development, starting September 1, 2009. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in demography, family studies, or a related social science discipline by the starting date. A strong background in quantitative analysis of social science data is desirable. The training program is oriented toward a postdoctoral research apprenticeship in two areas: family demography, and life course development processes and outcomes. We seek trainees with either 1) training in demography who wish to broaden their disciplinary base by acquiring substantive expertise in individual development throughout the life course, or 2) a disciplinary background in individual development who seek to acquire the perspective, tools and techniques of demography. The interface of family demography and individual development science is an area of particular strength among Population Research Institute faculty associates. Selection will be based on research scholarly potential and compatibility with the interests of faculty mentors. A postdoctoral fellow devotes most of his/her time to research collaborations with co-faculty mentor and independent research and research grant proposal writing, but also audit selected courses to broaden disciplinary expertise. Fellowships are for one year, renewable for a second. Candidates must be U.S. citizens (or Permanent Residents) at the time of application. Pending NICHD funding renewal, screening of applications will begin on January 30, 2009 and continue until the position is filled.

Send letter of application along with 1) a three-four page statement describing a) research interests and career plan, b) research study proposal, c) proposed post-doctoral faculty mentors at Penn State, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) example of written work, and 4) three separately sent letters of recommendation to:

Gordon F. De Jong (in care of Sherry Yocum)
Population Research Institute
601 Oswald Tower,
Pennsylvania State University,
University Park, PA 16802,

or e-mail

For more information about the Population Research Institute research and training programs see:


American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Jan. 13, 2009.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Jan. 13, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Jan. 12, 2009.

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on Jan. 11, 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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