Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #98, February 3, 2009.

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1. Census Bureau Report: "Educational Attainment in the United States: 2007," by Sarah R. Crissey (P20-560, January 2009, .pdf format, 15p.). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau News Release: "Foreign-Born Exceed the Native-Born in Advanced Degrees" (CB09-15, Jan. 28, 2009).

Click on report title for link to full text.

2. Federal Register Notice: "Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines (Department of Health and Human Services, Vol. 74, No. 14, Jan. 23, 2009, .pdf format, p. 4199-4201).

3. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "Course Credit Accrual and Dropping Out of High School, by Student Characteristics," by Gillian Hampden-Thompson, Siri Warkentien, and Bruce Daniel (Statistics in Brief, NCES 2009035, February 2009, .pdf format, 15p.).

4. National Center for Health Statistics Report, Data Brief:

A. "Fetal and Perinatal Mortality, United States, 2005," by Marian F. MacDorman and Sharon Kirmeyer (National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 57, No. 8, January 2009, .pdf format, 20p.).

B. "Who Adopts? Characteristics of Women and Men Who Have Adopted Children," by Jo Jones (NCHS Data Brief, No. 12, January 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 8p.).

5. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "Marital Quality and Parent-Adolescent Relationships: Effects on Educational Outcomes for Youth," by Dennis K. Orthner and Hinckley Jones-Sanpei (December 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 26p.).

6. Bureau of Labor Statistics News Release: "America's Youth at 21: School Enrollment, Training, and Employment Transitions between Ages 20 and 21 Summary" (Jan. 23, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 14p.).

7. Government Accountability Office Report: "High-Risk Series: An Update" (GAO-09-271, January 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 94p.).

8. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report:

A. "Determinants of the Food Stamp Program Caseload," by Jacob Alex Klerman and Caroline Danielson (Contractor and Cooperator Report No. (CCR-50), January 2009, .pdf format, 113p.).

B. "Impact of the WIC Program on the Infant Formula Market," by David Betson (Contractor and Cooperator Report No. (CCR-51), January 2009, .pdf format, 141p.).

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US States:


Department of Labor and Workforce Development Report, Periodical: "Alaska Population Overview: 2005-2006 Estimates" (September 2008, .pdf format, 161p.).


State Data Center Report: "African-Americans in Iowa: 2009" (January 2009, .pdf format, 4p.).


Department of Administration Report: "Minnesota Population Projections by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2005 to 2035," by Martha McMurry (January 2009, .pdf format, 16p.).

Dataset (Microsoft Excel format):

New York:

Department of Health Report: "Vital Statistics of New York State 2007" (January 2009).

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NGO and Other Countries:


1. Department for Work and Pensions Research Report: "Spending priorities in the benefits system: Deliberative research with the public," by Suzanne Hall (2009, .pdf format, 118p.).

2. House of Commons, Public Accounts Committee Report: "Skills for Life: Progress in Improving Adult Literacy and Numeracy," (HC 154, January 2009, .pdf format, 35p.).

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "Probing deeper into first American studies," by Tom D. Dillehay (Vol. 106, No. 4, Jan. 27, 2009, p. 971-978).


Rand Corporation Report: "Reparable Harm: Assessing and Addressing Disparities Faced by Boys and Men of Color in California, Executive Summary," by Lois M. Davis, M. Rebecca Kilburn, and Dana Schultz (MG-745/1-TCE, January 2009, .pdf format, 24p.).


National Research Council Monographs: Understanding Crime Trends: Workshop Report, Committee on Understanding Crime Trends (National Academies Press, 2008, OpenBook and .pdf format, 242p.). Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site. NAP requires free registration before proving the .pdf copy.


Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population (SEDAP) [McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario]: "The Impact of Skill Mismatch among Migrants on Remittance Behaviour," by James Ted McDonald and M. Rebecca Valenzuela (SEDAP Research Paper 242, January 2009, .pdf format, 50p.).


Urban Institute Reports:

A. "The Role of Faith-Based and Community Organizations in Post-Hurricane Human Services Relief Efforts," by Carol J. De Vita, Fredrica D. Kramer, Lauren Eyster, Sam Hall, Petya Kehayova, Timothy Triplett (December 2008, .pdf format, 103p.).

B. "Community Revitalization in the United States and the United Kingdom," by Harris Beider, Diane Levy, and Susan J. Popkin (January 2009, .pdf format, 27p.).

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California Center for Population Research: "Neighborhood as a Social Context of the Stress Process," by Carol S. Aneshensel (WP 062-08, December 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).


University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "A Model for Understanding Gender Discrepancies in Sexual Behavior Reports," by Taryn Dinkelman and David Lam (PSC Research Report 09-669, January 2009, .pdf format, 34p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "The Impact of Children's Public Health Insurance Expansions on Educational Outcomes," by Phillip B. Levine and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach (w14671, January 2009, .pdf format, 26p.).


This paper examines the impact of public health insurance expansions through both Medicaid and SCHIP on children's educational outcomes, measured by 4th and 8th grade reading and math test scores, available from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). We use a triple difference estimation strategy, taking advantage of the cross-state variation over time and across ages in children’s health insurance eligibility. Using this approach, we find that test scores in reading, but not math, increased for those children affected at birth by increased health insurance eligibility. A 50 percentage point increase in eligibility is found to increase reading test scores by 0.09 standard deviations. We also examine whether the improvements in educational outcomes can be at least partially attributed to improvements in health status itself. First, we provide further evidence that increases in eligibility are linked to improvements in health status at birth. Second, we show that better health status at birth (measured by rates of low birth-weight and infant mortality), is linked to improved educational outcomes. Although the methods used to support this last finding do not completely eliminate potentially confounding factors, we believe it is strongly suggestive that improving children's health will improve their classroom performance.

B. "Public Policies and Women's Employment after Childbearing," by Wen-Jui Han, Christopher Ruhm, Jane Waldfogel, and Elizabeth Washbrook (w14660, January 2009, .pdf format, 45p.).


This paper examines how the public policy environment in the United States affects work by new mothers following childbirth. We examine four types of policies that vary across states and affect the budget constraint in different ways. The policy environment has important effects, particularly for less advantaged mothers. There is a potential conflict between policies aiming to increase maternal employment and those maximizing the choices available to families with young children. However, this tradeoff is not absolute since some choice-increasing policies (generous child care subsidies and state parental leave laws) foster both choice and higher levels of employment.


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]: "Womens Perceptions of Consequences of Career Interruption due to Childcare in Central and Eastern Europe," by Nevena Zhelyazkova and Marie Valentova (WP 2009-01, January 2009, .pdf format, 18p.).


The paper aims to examine the effect of the transition from a socialist regime to democracy and liberal economy on womens perceptions of the consequences of breaks in labour market participation due to childcare on their further careers in seven post-socialist countries. More precisely, it investigates whether women in Central and Eastern Europe who gave birth to at least one child after 1987 were more likely to experience negative consequences for their further professional life as a result of career interruptions due to childcare than women who had their children during the socialist era. The analysis is conducted in two steps. In the first step, the effect of the political transition is examined in the Central European region as a whole, thus on the pooled data including all the seven countries. In the second step, the paper tests whether the effect of the transition varies significantly from country to country, and if yes, in which countries it had the biggest impact. In both steps, the effect of the transition is examined while controlling for selected individual characteristics that are mentioned in the literature as possible predictors of subjective evaluation of consequences of career breaks on womens further professional development. In the paper we use data from the 2004 European Social Survey.


Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK: "Healthy school meals and Educational Outcomes," by Michèle Belot and Jonathan James (WP 2009-01, January 2009, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research:

A. "Marriage, childbearing, and migration in Kyrgyzstan: exploring interdependencies," by Lesia Nedoluzhko and Victor Agadjanian (WP-2009-003, January 2009, .pdf format, 27p.).


In our study we investigate interdependencies between entry into a marital union, childbirth, and migration. We apply event-history techniques to retrospective data on women aged 18-29 from a survey conducted in northern Kyrgyzstan in 2005 to examine how these events can influence one another, with a special focus on the effects of duration of exposure. In addition we analyze the impact of some individual characteristics on the propensity to get married, to become a mother, and to migrate. In our analysis we account for several duration dependences (‘clocks’). The results illustrate that months since marriage formation is the most important duration variable in the first-birth propensities model. Out-of-wedlock conception is associated with increased marriage risks. Migration is often a part of the family building process: high first-birth propensities of recent migrants as well as high migration risks among pregnant women are due to marriage-related migration.

B. "The age separating early deaths from late deaths," by Zhen Zhang and James W. Vaupel (WP-2009-004, January 2009, .pdf format, 5p.).


There is one unique age separating early deaths from late deaths such that averting an early death decreases life disparity, but averting a late death increases inequality in lifespans.


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

A. "American Education in the Age of Mass Migrations 1870-1930," by Fabrice Murtin and Martina Viarengo (Discussion Paper 3964, January 2009, .pdf format, 45p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Does Increasing Parents' Schooling Raise the Schooling of the Next Generation? Evidence Based on Conditional Second Moments," by Lídia Farré, Roger Klein and Francis Vella (Discussion Paper 3967, January 2009, .pdf format, 26p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "A Distributional Analysis of Social Group Inequality in Rural India," by Mehtabul Azam (Discussion Paper 3973, January 2009, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

D. "Marriage and Other Risky Assets: A Portfolio Approach," by Graziella Bertocchi, Marianna Brunetti, and Costanza Torricelli (Discussion Paper 3975, January 2009, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

E. "Crime and the Labour Market: Evidence from a Survey of Inmates," by Horst Entorf (Discussion Paper 3976, January 2009, .pdf format, 22p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

F. "Age at School Entry and Intergenerational Educational Mobility," by Philipp C. Bauer and Regina T. Riphahn (Discussion Paper 3977, January 2009, .pdf format, 12p.). 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. 3, 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.

Child Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 33, No. 1, January 2009)

Cities: (Vol. 26, No. 1, February 2009).

International Family Planning Perspectives (Vol. 34, No. 4, December 2008).

Journal of Family Issues (Vol. 30, No. 3, March 2009).

Journal of Marriage and the Family (Vol. 71, No. 1, Feb. 2009). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

Social Work (Vol. 54, No. 1, January 2009). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library.

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Yale University Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE): "The Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE) seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for one or more years, to start in Fall 2009. Candidates should be interested in empirical research on the processes that generate inequalities of social class, race/ethnicity, generation, and gender across the life course and have experience on working with longitudinal data." Application deadline is Apr. 3, 2009. For more information see:

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Workshop: "Longitudinal Analysis of Historical Demographic Data," to be held Jul. 20-Aug 14 in Ann Arbor Michigan. Application deadline is May 4. For more information see:

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: "Agework.Com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Feb. 2, 2009.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Feb. 3, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Feb. 2, 2009.

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US Bureau of Labor Statistics: The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979" has released: "NLSY79 Child/Young Adult (1986-2006)-revised 2009-01-18" via its NLS Web Investigator Extractor:


US Census Bureau: American Housing Survey "2007 AHS National Alterations and Replacements Tables" (January 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA): 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:

2007 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services

All years of N-SSATS:


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. Note: check carefully to see if the link is to a hypertext or .pdf yearbook, or information about a print one, as well as the language of the yearbook. Our Country Statistical Yearbook page now points to compendia for 111 countries.



Regions of the European Union. A statistical portrait - 2009 edition

Living Conditions in Europe: 2003-2006

Eurostat Regional Yearbook 2008


Sweden Statistical Yearbook 2009 and link to all yearbooks 2002-2009

Sweden in Figures 2006

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