Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #99, February 10, 2009.

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1. National Center for Education Statistics Report, Brief:

A. "After-School Programs in Public Elementary Schools," by Basmat Parsad and Laurie Lewis (NCES 2009043, February 2009, .pdf format, 55p.).

B. "Course Credit Accrual and Dropping Out of High School, by Student Characteristics," by Gillian Hampden-Thompson, Siri Warkentien, and Bruce Daniel (NCES 2009035, February 2009, .pdf format, 15p.).

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US States:

District of Columbia:

Office of Planning Report: "State of Washington, D.C.ís Neighborhoods," by Peter A. Tatian, G. Thomas Kingsley, Margery Austin Turner, Jennifer Comey, and Randy Rosso (September 2008, .pdf format, 189p.).


Stats Indiana Update: The following table has been updated: "U.S. and States Birth Data by Race, 2006"

See new items on right side of the page.


Department of Public Health and Human Services Report: "Vital Statistics 2007 Report" (February 2009, .pdf format, 139p.).

Vital Statistics Summary 1980-2007 (February 2009, Microsoft Excel format).

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical: Population Bulletin (Vol. 25, No. 2, February 2009, .pdf format, 3p.). The topic of this issue is: "Poverty Estimates for Persons in North Dakota: 2007."


Department of Human Services Report: "Dashboard Report - District and Statewide" (February 2009, .pdf format, 43p.).


Department of Health Services Report: "Wisconsin Youth Sexual Behavior and Outcomes 1993-2007 Update" (February 2009, .pdf format, 38p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

European Commission:

Eurostat Report: "Demographic Outlook: National reports on the demographic developments in 2007" (January 2009, .pdf format, 65p.).,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-RA-08-013



Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "Adoptions Australia 2007-08," (Child welfare series no. 46, February 2009, .pdf format, 84p.).



Statistics Denmark Statistics Focus: "Immigrants and their descendants and foreign nationals" (January 2009).



Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Reports:

A. "Garda Recorded Crime Statistics 2003-2007" (February 2009, .pdf format, 203p.).

B."Irish Life Tables No. 15 2005-2007" (January 2009,.pdf format, 16p.).



1. Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare Report: "Annual Health, Labour and Welfare Report 2007-2008" (January 2009, .pdf format). Note: at present English translations of Part 2: "Key Administrative Measures of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare," are available. Chap. 6-11, and Part 1: "Overview Annual Report on Health,Labour and Welfare 2007-2008" are "under construction."

2. Statistics Bureau Report: "Internal Migration in December 2008" (January 2009, Microsoft Excel and extractable database format).



Statistics and Census Service Periodical: Monthly Bulletin of Statistics, January 2009 (January 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 81p.).



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Jan. 28,-Feb. 10, 2009).



Central Statistical Office Report: "Population projection for Poland 2008-2035" (February 2009, .pdf format, 328p.). The report is in Polish and English.



Statistics Singapore Periodical: Monthly Digest of Statistics (January 2009, .pdf format, 105p.).



Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Territorial units and house numbers by municipalities, statistical regions and cohesion regions, Slovenia, 31 December 2008," by Barbara Grm (Feb. 4, 2009).

B. "Population, Slovenia, 30 September 2008," by Barica Razpotnik (Jan. 30, 2009).

C. "Student enrolment in higher vocational studies and higher undergraduate studies, Slovenia, 2008/09--provisional data," by Urska Arsenjuk and Andreja Kozmelj (Jan. 29, 2009).



Federal Statistical Office Report: "Education Statistics 2008" (2009, .pdf format, 8p.).



1. Department for Work and Pensions Report: "In-work poverty: a systematic review," by Janice Tripney, Mark Newman, Mukdarut Bangpan, Amelia Hempel-Jorgensen, Marian Mackintosh, Helen Tucker and Jennifer Sinclair" (Research Report 549, February 2009, .pdf format, 73p.).

2. Ministry of Justice Report: "Statistics of mentally disordered offenders 2007" (February 2009, .pdf format, 23p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Reports:

A. "Attitudes to the Environment in Wales: Results from the Living in Wales Survey 2007" (February 2009, .pdf format, 12p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Overcrowding in Wales: Results from the Living in Wales Survey 2007" (February 2009, .pdf format, 7p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

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Families USA Report: "Unemployed and Uninsured in America," by Claire McAndrew (February 2009, .pdf format, 6p.).


K.K. Agencies Books: Think India: Agetable, 1881 to 2021, by Jitendra Kumar Barthakur (2008, Kumud Books, New Delhi, ISBN: 8189392000). For more information see:

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Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life Report: "A Religious Portrait of African-Americans," (January 2009).


Rand Corporation Monograph: Reparable Harm: Assessing and Addressing Disparities Faced by Boys and Men of Color in California," by Lois Davis, M. Kilburn, and Dana Schultz (MG-745-TCE, 2009, .pdf format, 126p.).

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "The Economics and Psychology of Inequality and Human Development," by Flavio Cunha and James J. Heckman (w14695, January 2009, .pdf format, 64p.).


Recent research on the economics of human development deepens understanding of the origins of inequality and excellence. It draws on and contributes to personality psychology and the psychology of human development. Inequalities in family environments and investments in children are substantial. They causally affect the development of capabilities. Both cognitive and noncognitive capabilities determine success in life but to varying degrees for different outcomes. An empirically determined technology of capability formation reveals that capabilities are self-productive and cross-fertilizing and can be enhanced by investment. Investments in capabilities are relatively more productive at some stages of a child's life cycle than others. Optimal child investment strategies differ depending on target outcomes of interest and on the nature of adversity in a child's early years. For some configurations of early disadvantage and for some desired outcomes, it is efficient to invest relatively more in the later years of childhood than in the early years.

B. "Stereotype Threat and the Student-Athlete," by Thomas S. Dee (w14705, February 2009, .pdf format, 33p.).


Achievement gaps may reflect the cognitive impairment thought to occur in evaluative settings (e.g., classrooms) where a stereotyped identity is salient (i.e., stereotype threat). This study presents an economic model of stereotype threat that reconciles prior evidence on how student effort and performance are influenced by this social-identity phenomenon. This study also presents empirical evidence from a laboratory experiment in which students at a selective college were randomly assigned to a treatment that primed their awareness of a stereotyped identity (i.e., student-athlete). This treatment reduced the test-score performance of athletes relative to non-athletes by 14 percent (effect size = -1.0).


Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "Do only new brooms sweep clean? A review on workforce age and innovation," by Katharina Frosch (WP-2009-005, February 2009, .pdf format, 29p.).


The relationship between age and creative performance has been found to follow a hump-shaped profile in the arts and sciences, and in great technological achievement. Accordingly, accelerating workforce aging raises concern about whether future capacity to innovate is endangered. This paper provides a review of existing studies exploring age effects on innovative performance, both at the individual and the macro levels. Empirical evidence confirms the hump-shaped relationship between workersí ages and innovative performance, with the highest levels of performance seen between ages 30 and 50, depending on the domain. Industrial invention in knowledge-intensive fields, and great invention in general, seem to be a young manís game. Yet in more experience-based fields, innovative performance peaks later, and remains stable until late in the career. Moreover, the quality of invention remains rather stable at older ages. However, individual-level evidence has to be interpreted with caution due to the presence of selectivity biases and unobserved heterogeneity. Studies at the levels of firms, regions, and countries address some of these issues. Results of these studies have indicated that young professionals drive knowledge absorption, innovation, and technological progress, whereas more experienced workers are more relevant in mature technological regimes. Apart from integrating the existing empirical evidence on different levels of aggregation, a strong focus is on methodological issues and conceptual challenges. This review therefore provides a sound basis for further studies on the impact of workforce aging on innovative performance. In addition, promising directions for future research are proposed.


Vienna [Austria] Institute of Demography: "Agglomeration and population aging in a two region model of exogenous growth," by Theresa Grafeneder-Weissteiner and Klaus Prettner (VID Working Paper 01/2009, February 2009, .pdf format, 33p.).


This article investigates the effects of introducing demography into the New Economic Geography. We generalize the constructed capital approach, which relies on infinite individual planning horizons, by introducing mortality. The resulting overlapping generation framework with heterogeneous individuals allows us to study the effects of ageing on agglomeration processes by analytically identifying the level of trade costs that triggers catastrophic agglomeration. Interestingly, this threshold value is rather sensitive to changes in mortality. In particular, the introduction of a positive mortality rate makes the symmetric equilibrium more stable and therefore counteracts agglomeration tendencies. In sharp contrast to other New Economic Geography approaches, this implies that deeper integration is not necessarily associated with higher interregional inequality.


Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: "Age at School Entry and Intergenerational Educational Mobility," by Philipp C. Bauer and Regina T. Riphahn (WP 2541, February 2009, .pdf format, 15p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

A. "Popularity," by Gabriella Conti, Andrea Galeotti, Gerrit Mueller, and Stephen Pudney (ISER Working Paper No. 2009-03, February 2009, .pdf format, 25p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Measuring Inequality Using Censored Data: A Multiple Imputation Approach," by Stephen Jenkins, Richard Burkhauser, Shuaizhang Feng, and Jeff Larrimore (ISER Working Paper No. 2009-04, February 2009, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (Vol. 37, No. 2, December 2008). Note: Full text of this journal isavailable in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

Survey Research Methods (Vol. 2, No. 3, 2008).

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Feb. 10, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Feb. 10, 2009.

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Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study [Princeton University]: "The Five-Year In-Home Fragile Families Data has been released and is available for download from the OPR (Office of Population Research at Princeton University) data archive.


National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect: "First Youth Internet Safety Survey (YISS-1)." The codebook is available in .pdf format.

Ordering information is available at the site.


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on Feb. 8, 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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Panel Study Of Income Dynamics Bibliography Update: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

Arum, Richard; Roksa, Jospia, and Budig, Michelle J. The Romance of College Attendance: Higher Education Stratification and Mate Selection. Research in Social Stratifcation and Mobility. 2008; 26(_):107-121.

Bernal, Raquel and Fruttero, Anna. Parental Leave Policies, Intra-Household Time Allocations and Children's Human Capital. Journal of Population Economics. 2008; 21(4):779-826.

Brinig, Margaret F. and Nock, Steven L. The One-Size-Fits-All Family. Santa Clara Law Review. 2009; 49(137):_.

Chan, Chaowen. Are Leavers and Returners Different? Determinants of Coresidence After Adult Children Leave Home. Maryland: University of Maryland - College Park; 2008 63 pgs.

Crowder, Kyle D. and South, Scott J. Spatial Dynamics of White Flight: The Effects of Local and Extralocal Racial Conditions on Neighborhood Out-Migration. American Sociological Review. 2008; 73(5):792-812.

Huang, Jr-Tsung. The Personal Tax Exemption and Married Women's Birth Spacing in the United States. Public Finance Review. 2008; 36(6):728-748.

Kurthen, Hermann and Heisler, Barbara Schmitter. Immigrant Integration: Comparative Evidence From the United States and Germany. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 2009; 32(1):139-170.

Liu, Haoming and Zeng, Jinli. Genetic Ability and Intergenerational Earnings Mobility. Journal of Population Economics. 2009; 22(1):75-95.

Persky, Joseph and Felsenstein, Daniel. Job Chains and Wage Curves: Worker Mobility and Marshallian Surpluses in Evaluating Regional Employment Growth. Journal of Regional Science. 2008; 48(5):921-940.

Woods, Stephen. Public Policy, Social Surveys, and the National Science Foundation. Documents to the People {DTTP}. 2008; 36(3):8.

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