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May 30, 2008

World Health Statistics 2008

World Health Statistics
Source: World Health Organization

World Health Statistics 2008 presents the most recent health statistics for WHO’s 193 Member States. This fourth edition includes 10 highlights in health statistics, as well as an expanded set of over 70 key health indicators. It includes, for the first time, trend data where the statistics are available and of acceptable quality.

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May 29, 2008

Mothers and Government Assistance

Participation of Mothers in Government Assistance Programs: 2004
By: Jane Lawler Dye
Source: U.S. Census, Household Economic Studies

Although participation in government assistance programs has risen somewhat in recent years among mothers with a birth in the last year, it is much lower than when welfare reform was enacted in 1996, according to a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The report, Participation of Mothers in Government Assistance Programs: 2004 [PDF], analyzes the socioeconomic characteristics of mothers participating in six different public assistance programs. These include Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF); food stamps; Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); Medicaid; housing assistance; and other assistance. It shows that in 1996, 42 percent of mothers with a birth in the previous year were participants in at least one of these programs. The rate dipped to 29 percent in 2001 before climbing to 34 percent in 2004. The corresponding number, 1.6 million in 1996, dipped to 1.2 million in 2001 before rising to 1.4 million in 2004 .

Overall, 7.5 million mothers of childbearing age (15 to 44), or 22 percent, participated in one or more of these programs in 2004. Those with infants were more likely participants than those with older children (34 percent compared with 20 percent).

Mothers were also more likely to receive public assistance if they were younger than 25, living with either no other adult or with an unmarried partner, a minority, did not work in the past month, never attended college, or did not receive child support.


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Medicaid Care for Children

Medicaid Managed Care for Children in Child Welfare
Kamala Allen
Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.

Children in the child welfare system have an extremely high prevalence of physical and behavioral health problems. This issue brief examines the complex physical and behavioral health care needs and associated costs for children in child welfare and outlines critical opportunities and challenges within Medicaid to better manage care for this high-risk, high-cost population.


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Economics and Early Childhood Policy

What Does Economics Tell Us About Early Childhood Policy?
By: M. Rebecca Kilburn, Lynn A. Karoly
RAND Research Brief

This research brief describes how insights from the field of economics — human capital theory and monetary payoffs — provide science-based guidance for early childhood policy.


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State Children’s Health Insurance Program

Covering Uninsured Children in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Source: Congressional Budget Office (Testimony)

SCHIP has significantly reduced the number of low-income children who lack health insurance. According to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO’s) estimates, the portion of children in families with income between 100 percent and 200 percent of the poverty level who were uninsured fell by about 25 percent between 1996 (the year before SCHIP was enacted) and 2006. In contrast, the rate of uninsurance among higher-income children remained relatively stable during that period. The difference probably reflects the impact of the SCHIP program.

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May 28, 2008

New Book Acquisitions

Ageing in Southeast and East Asia: Family, Social Protection and Policy Challenges
Edited by Lee Hock Guan

Southeast and East Asian countries are undergoing varying stages of population ageing. The social, economic and political implications of population ageing will be enormous, and because of the fast speed of ageing in the region, the countries cannot afford the luxury of time for the gradual evolution of social and structural support systems and networks for the older population. The papers in this volume are selected from those presented at a 2004 workshop on Ageing and the Status of the Older Population in Southeast Asia. They critically examine national ageing policies and programmes, the sustainability of existing pension systems, housing and living arrangements, inter-generational transfer, and aspects of quality of life of the elderly population in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea and Japan. While the findings show that most Southeast Asian countries have started to formulate and implement national ageing policies, they also indicate that the existing policies are by and large inadequate and underdeveloped in serving the needs of the older population and indeed much more must be done to prepare for the future.

Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Generalized Causal Inference
By: William R. Shadish, Thomas D. Cook, and Donald T. Campbell

This long awaited successor of the original Cook/Campbell Quasi-Experimentation: Design and Analysis Issues for Field Settings represents updates in the field over the last two decades. The book covers four major topics in field experimentation:

* Theoretical matters: Experimentation, causation, and validity
* Quasi-experimental design: Regression discontinuity designs, interrupted time series designs, quasi-experimental designs that use both pretests and control groups, and other designs
* Randomized experiments: Logic and design issues, and practical problems involving ethics, recruitment, assignment, treatment implementation, and attrition
* Generalized causal inference: A grounded theory of generalized causal inference, along with methods for implementing that theory in single and multiple studies.

Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis: Modeling Change and Event Occurrence
By: Judith D. Singer, and John B. Willett

Change is constant in everyday life. Infants crawl and then walk, children learn to read and write, teenagers mature in myriad ways, the elderly become frail and forgetful. Beyond these natural processes and events, external forces and interventions instigate and disrupt change: test scores
may rise after a coaching course, drug abusers may remain abstinent after residential treatment. By charting changes over time and investigating whether and when events occur, researchers reveal the temporal rhythms of our lives. Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis is a much-needed professional book
for empirical researchers and graduate students in the behavioral, social, and biomedical sciences. It offers the first accessible in-depth presentation of two of today's most popular statistical methods: multilevel models for individual change and hazard/survival models for event occurrence (in
both discrete- and continuous-time). Using clear, concise prose and real data sets from published studies, the authors take you step by step through complete analyses, from simple exploratory displays that reveal underlying patterns through sophisticated specifications of complex statistical models.

Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis offers readers a private consultation session with internationally recognized experts and represents a unique contribution to the literature on quantitative empirical methods.

Visit http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/examples/alda.htm for:
* Downloadable data sets
* Library of computer programs in SAS, SPSS, Stata, HLM, MLwiN, and more
* Additional material for data analysis

The Biology of Human Longevity: Inflammation, Nutrition, and Aging in the Evolution of Lifespans
By: Caleb E. Finch

Written by Caleb Finch, one of the leading scientists of our time, The Biology of Human Longevity - Inflammation, Nutrition, and Aging in the Evolution of Lifespans synthesizes several decades of top research on the topic of human aging and longevity particularly on the recent theories of inflammation and its effects on human health. The book expands a number of existing major theories, including the Barker theory of fetal origins of adult disease to consider the role of inflammation and Harmon's free radical theory of aging to include inflammatory damage. Future increases in lifespan are challenged by the obesity epidemic and spreading global infections which may reverse the gains made in lowering inflammatory exposure. This timely and topical book will be of interest to anyone studying aging from any scientific angle.

These books may be found on the New Acquisitions display.

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May 27, 2008

New Discussion Papers from the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Employment Effects of Welfare Reforms: Evidence from a Dynamic Structural Life-Cycle Model
Peter Haan, Victoria L. Prowse, Arne Uhlendorff
Abstract; PDF

Cognitive Abilities and Behavioral Biases
Jörg Oechssler, Andreas Roider, Patrick W. Schmitz
Abstract; PDF

Efficiency and Effectiveness of Social Spending
Peter Herrmann, Arno Tausch, Almas Heshmati, Chemen S. J. Bajalan
Abstract; PDF

Social Change
Jeremy Greenwood, Nezih Guner
Abstract; PDF

Fixed Effects Bias in Panel Data Estimators
Hielke Buddelmeyer, Paul H. Jensen, Umut Oguzoglu, Elizabeth Webster
Abstract; PDF

The Lot of the Unemployed: A Time Use Perspective
Alan B. Krueger, Andreas Mueller
Abstract; PDF

Would a Legal Minimum Wage Reduce Poverty? A Microsimulation Study for Germany
Kai-Uwe Müller, Viktor Steiner
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of Household Capital Income on Income Inequality: A Factor Decomposition Analysis for Great Britain, Germany and the USA
Anna Fräßdorf, Markus M. Grabka, Johannes Schwarze
Abstract; PDF

Human Capital Externalities and the Urban Wage Premium: Two Literatures and their Interrelations
Benedikt Halfdanarson, Daniel F. Heuermann, Jens Suedekum
Abstract; PDF

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May 23, 2008

Preliminary Datasets for the Mali DHS 2006

Preliminary datasets are now available for the Mali DHS 2006. MEASURE DHS makes all unrestricted survey data files available for legitimate academic research. Preliminary Data are a pre-release of the Standard Recode survey data. Since the data are still under review, the official release of the survey data may differ from the pre-release version. It is strongly recommended that analyses using these preliminary data, should be repeated when the final version of the data become available. Changes to these preliminary data sets are not recorded.

Datasets can be requested/downloaded at: http://www.measuredhs.com/login.cfm

Data access instructions may be found here.

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The Psychological Dimension of an Environmental Disaster

Enduring Mental Health Morbidity and Social Function Impairment in World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery and Cleanup Workers: The Psychological Dimension of an Environmental Health Disaster
Jeanne Mager Stellman, Rebecca P. Smith, Craig L. Katz, Vansh Sharma, Dennis S. Charney, Robin Herbert, Jacqueline Moline, Benjamin J. Luft, Steven Markowitz, Iris Udasin, Denise Harrison, Sherry Baron, Philip J. Landrigan, Stephen M. Levin, and Steven Southwick
Source: Environmental Health Perspectives

Workers’ service in 9/11 recovery operations is associated with chronic impairment of mental health and social functioning. Psychological distress and psychopathology in WTC workers greatly exceed population norms. Surveillance and treatment programs continue to be needed.


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Life After Lockup

Life After Lockup: Improving Reentry from Jail to the Community
Amy L. Solomon, Jenny W.L. Osborne, Stefan F. LoBuglio, Jeff Mellow, and Debbie A. Mukamal
Source: Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance/Urban Institute/John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Since 1998, criminal justice policymakers, practitioners, and researchers have focused substantial attention on the issue of prisoner reentry, people released from state and federal prisons. For a variety of reasons, until recently the policy discussion largely ignored the reentry issues of the millions released from local jails. Through the efforts of many in the field, that is no longer the case, and interest and activity in jail reentry has grown remarkably in the past several years. Though jail reentry can build on many of the ideas and approaches of prisoner reentry, the distinct differences in the nature of the operations and the status of the jail population require a new set of strategies.

In an effort to build knowledge on the topic, in 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance invested in the Jail Reentry Roundtable Initiative, a joint project of the Urban Institute, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. Over the past two years, we have commissioned seven papers, convened a Jail Reentry Roundtable and two national advisory meetings, conducted a “scan of practice,? and interviewed dozens of practitioners around the country. This report aims to synthesize what we have learned through these efforts.


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Older Americans and Poverty

More Older Americans are Poor than the Official Measure Suggests
Sheila R. Zedlewski, Barbara Butrica
Source: The Urban Institute


The number of poor adults age 65 and older has declined dramatically since the official poverty rate was designed back in the 1960s. Today the federal government considers fewer than 1 in 10 older adults to be poor, compared with about 1 in 3 in the 1960s. These estimates show the share of people with insufficient income to meet basic living expenses, such as food and housing. However, substantial research shows that the official poverty measure no longer reflects the true resources or needs of older adults.

The lack of an accurate poverty measure for older adults hampers efforts to reform Medicare and Social Security, which face significant revenue shortfalls. Reform proposals often aim to reduce costs by combining benefit cuts with increased cost sharing for older adults. To target any cuts or increased costs to older adults with the greatest ability to pay, an accurate measure of economic well-being is critical.


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Inequalities in U.S. Death Rates

Widening of Socioeconomic Inequalities in U.S. Death Rates, 1993–2001
Ahmedin Jemal1, Elizabeth Ward, Robert N. Anderson, Taylor Murray, Michael J. Thun
Source: PLoS ONE

Socioeconomic inequalities in death rates from all causes combined widened from 1960 until 1990 in the U.S., largely because cardiovascular death rates decreased more slowly in lower than in higher socioeconomic groups. However, no studies have examined trends in inequalities using recent US national data.


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Immigrant Assimilation

Measuring Immigrant Assimilation in the United States
by Jacob L. Vigdor

Executive Summary

This report introduces a quantitative index that measures the degree of similarity between native- and foreign-born adults in the United States. It is the ability to distinguish the latter group from the former that we mean when we use the term “assimilation.? The Index of Immigrant Assimilation relies on Census Bureau data available in some form since 1900 and as current as the year before last. The index reveals great diversity in the experiences of individual immigrant groups, which differ from each other almost as much as they differ from the native-born. They vary significantly in the extent to which their earnings have increased, their rate of learning the English language, and progress toward citizenship. Mexican immigrants, the largest group and the focus of most current immigration policy debates, have assimilated slowly, but their experience is not representative of the entire immigrant population.

Collective assimilation rates are lower than they were a century ago, although no lower than they have been in recent decades. And this is true despite the fact that recent immigrants have arrived less assimilated than their predecessors and in very large numbers. In addition to country of origin, the Index categorizes groups on the basis of date of arrival, age, and place of residence. Some groups have done far better or worse than the Index as a whole; Assimilation also varies considerably across metropolitan areas.


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May 19, 2008

New Discussion Papers from the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

In Search of Gender Bias in Household Resource Allocation in Rural China
Lina Song
Abstract; PDF

Selective Migration and Health
Timothy Halliday, Michael C. Kimmitt
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of Population Aging on the Labor Market: The Case of Sri Lanka
Milan Vodopivec, Nisha Arunatilake
Abstract; PDF

Heterogeneity, State Dependence and Health
Timothy Halliday
Abstract; PDF

Civil Wars beyond their Borders: The Human Capital and Health Consequences of Hosting Refugees
Javier E. Baez
Abstract; PDF

Between Meritocracy and Ethnic Discrimination: The Gender Difference
Mahmood Arai, Moa Bursell, Lena Nekby
Abstract; PDF

Does the Effect of Incentive Payments on Survey Response Rates Differ by Income Support History?
Juan Baron, Robert Breunig, Deborah Cobb-Clark, Tue Gorgens, Anastasia Sartbayeva
Abstract; PDF

Hyperbolic Discounting and the Phillips Curve
Liam Graham, Dennis J. Snower
Abstract; PDF

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New Working Papers from the NBER

Bribery or Just Desserts? Evidence on the Influence of Congressional Voting Patterns on PAC Contributions from Exogenous Variation in the Sex Mix of Legislator Offspring
Dalton Conley and Brian J. McCabe
Abstract; PDF

Life Expectancy and Human Capital Investments: Evidence From Maternal Mortality Declines
Seema Jayachandran and Adriana Lleras-Muney
Abstract; PDF

Beyond Signaling and Human Capital: Education and the Revelation of Ability
Peter Arcidiacono, Patrick Bayer, and Aurel Hizmo
Abstract; PDF

Conflict and Deterrence under Strategic Risk
Sylvain Chassang and Gerard Padro i Miquel
Abstract; PDF

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May 15, 2008

New Poverty, Gender, and Youth Working Paper from the Population Council

Terms of marriage and time-use patterns of young wives: Evidence from rural Bangladesh
Sajeda Amin and Luciana Suran
Abstract; PDF

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Religion and Fertility

Religious affiliation, religiosity, and male and female fertility (PDF)
Li Zhang
Demographic Research, 18(8)

Religious studies of fertility typically focus on the effect of religious affiliation on fertility; the role of religiosity in determining fertility remains overlooked. Meanwhile, most studies focus on studying female fertility; whether religion and religiosity have significantly different impacts on men’s and women’s fertility rarely has been examined. To fill these gaps, this study uses data from the 2002 NSFG Cycle 6 on religious affiliation, religiosity, and children ever born (CEB) for both men and women to investigate the effects of religious affiliation and religiosity on male and female fertility. A series of hypotheses which aim to demonstrate the critical role of religiosity, particularly the importance of religious beliefs in people’s daily life in shaping people’s fertility behavior are tested. The findings show a shrinking pattern of fertility differentials among religious groups. However, religiosity, particularly religious beliefs, shows a substantially positive effect on fertility. The gender interaction terms are not significant which indicates that the effects of religion and religiosity on fertility do not vary by gender.

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Engines of Inequality: Class, Race, and Family Structure

Engines of Inequality: Class, Race, and Family Structure (PDF)
Amy L. Wax, University of Pennsylvania Law School


The past 30 years have witnessed a dramatic divergence in family structure by social class, income, education, and race. This article reviews the data on these trends, explores their significance, and assesses social scientists’ recent attempts to explain them. The article concludes that society-wide changes in economic conditions or social expectations cannot account for these patterns. Rather, for reasons that are poorly understood, cultural disparities have emerged by class and race in attitudes and behaviors surrounding family, sexuality, and reproduction. These disparities will likely fuel social and economic inequality and contribute to disparities in children’s life prospects for decades to come.

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The Growing Divide: Income Inequality and Its Effects on Florida’s Families

The Growing Divide: Income Inequality and Its Effects on Florida’s Families (PDF)
Emily Eisenhauer, Marcos Feldman, Bruce Nissen, and Yue Zhang
Source: Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy, Florida International University

The gap between the wealthiest and the poorest families in Florida is widening, impacting housing and health care coverage. Over the last fifteen years the average income of the top 5% of families have increased by more than 55%. Upper income families are over two and a half times as likely as low-income families to own their own homes, and 22% more likely to have every household member covered by health insurance.

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May 14, 2008

State Programs Add Safety Net for Low Income Workers

State Programs Add Safety Net for the Poorest
May 12, 2008

At least a dozen states are giving monthly payments to low-income workers, hoping to keep them off welfare rolls.

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May 13, 2008

The Price of Independence

The Price of Independence: The Economics of Early Adulthood, edited by Sheldon Danziger and Cecilia Elena Rouse

More and more young men and women today are taking longer and having more difficulty making a successful transition to adulthood. They are staying in school longer, having a harder time finding steady employment at jobs that provide health insurance, and are not marrying and having children until much later in life than their parents did. In The Price of Independence, a roster of distinguished experts diagnose the extent and causes of these trends.

Observers of social trends have speculated on the economic changes that may be delaying the transition to adulthood—from worsening job opportunities to mounting student debt and higher housing costs—but few have offered empirical evidence to back up their claims. The Price of Independence represents the first significant analysis of these economic explanations, charting the evolving life circumstances of 18-35 year olds over the last few decades. Lisa Bell, Gary Burtless, Janet Gornick, and Timothy M. Smeeding show that the earnings of young workers in the U.S. and a number of industrialized countries have declined relative to the cost of supporting a family, which may explain their protracted dependence. In addition, Henry Farber finds that job stability for young male workers has dropped over the last generation. But while economic factors have some influence on young people’s transitions to adulthood, The Price of Independence shows that changes in the economic climate can not account for the magnitude of the societal shift in the timing of independent living, marriage, and childbearing. Aaron Yelowitz debunks the myth that steep housing prices are forcing the young to live at home—housing costs actually fell between 1980 and 2000 once lower interest rates and tax subsidies are taken into account. And Ngina Chiteji reveals that average student loan debt is only $3,500 per household. The trend toward starting careers and families later appears to have more to do with changing social norms, as well as policies that have broadened access to higher education, than with changes in the economy.

For better or worse, the current generation is redefining the nature and boundaries of what it means to be a young adult. The Price of Independence documents just how dramatically the modern lifecycle has changed and offers evidence as an antidote to much of the conventional wisdom about these social changes.

This book is new in the PSC library and may be found on the PSC Authors display.

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Poverty, Gender, and Youth Working Papers from the Population Council

Has the HIV epidemic peaked?
John Bongaarts, Thomas Buettner, Gerhard Heilig, and François Pelletier
Abstract; PDF

Sexual behavior and STI/HIV status among adolescents in rural Malawi: An evaluation of the effect of interview mode on reporting
Barbara S. Mensch, Paul C. Hewett, Richard Gregory, and Stephane Helleringer
Abstract; PDF

Fertility transitions in developing countries: Progress or stagnation?
John Bongaarts
Abstract; PDF

The role of schools in promoting sexual and reproductive health among adolescents in developing countries
Cynthia B. Lloyd
Abstract; PDF

Premarital sex and schooling transitions in four sub-Saharan African countries
Ann Biddlecom, Richard Gregory, Cynthia B. Lloyd, and Barbara S. Mensch
Abstract; PDF

Poverty and fertility: Evidence and agenda
Sajeda Amin, John B. Casterline, and Laura Spess
Abstract; PDF

Ethnic differentials in parental health seeking for childhood illness in Vietnam
Bussarawan Teerawichitchainan and James F. Phillips
Abstract; PDF
Subsequently published: Social Science and Medicine 66(5): 1118–1130

Support by migrants to their elderly parents in rural Cambodia and Thailand: A comparative study
Zachary Zimmer, Kim Korinek, John Knodel, and Napaporn Chayovan
Abstract; PDF

Teacher absence as a factor in gender inequalities in access to primary schooling in rural Pakistan
Sharon Ghuman and Cynthia B. Lloyd
Abstract; PDF

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New Working Papers from the NBER

Is the GED an Effective Route to Postsecondary Education for School Dropouts?
John H. Tyler and Magnus Lofstrom
Abstract; PDF

Income Maximization and the Selection and Sorting of International Migrants
Jeffrey Grogger and Gordon H. Hanson
Abstract; PDF

The Higher Educational Transformation of China and Its Global Implications
Yao Li, John Whalley, Shunming Zhang, and Xiliang Zhao
Abstract; PDF

Changes in the Characteristics of American Youth: Implications for Adult Outcomes
Joseph G. Altonji, Prashant Bharadwaj, and Fabian Lange
Abstract; PDF

Do Markets Respond to Quality Information? The Case of Fertility Clinics
M. Kate Bundorf, Natalie Chun, Gopi Shah Goda, and Daniel P. Kessler
Abstract; PDF

How Costly is Diversity? Affirmative Action in Light of Gender Differences in Competitiveness
Muriel Niederle, Carmit Segal, and Lise Vesterlund
Abstract; PDF

Is Marriage Always Good for Children? Evidence from Families Affected by Incarceration
Keith Finlay and David Neumark
Abstract; PDF

Econometric Causality
James J. Heckman
Abstract; PDF

Effect of Employer Access to Criminal History Data on the Labor Market Outcomes of Ex-Offenders and Non-Offenders
Keith Finlay
Abstract; PDF

Too Young to Leave the Nest: The Effects of School Starting Age
Sandra E. Black, Paul J. Devereux, and Kjell G. Salvanes
Abstract; PDF

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New Discussion Papers from the Institute for the Study of Labor

The Effect of Intragroup Communication on Preference Shifts in Groups
Michael P. Brady, Steven Y. Wu
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of College Graduation on Geographic Mobility: Identifying Education Using Multiple Components of Vietnam Draft Risk
Ofer Malamud, Abigail Wozniak
Abstract; PDF

Minimum Wages and Welfare in a Hotelling Duopsony
Leo Kaas, Paul Madden
Abstract; PDF

From Illegal to Legal: Estimating Previous Illegal Experience among New Legal Immigrants to the United States
(forthcoming in: International Migration Review
Guillermina Jasso, Douglas S. Massey, Mark R. Rosenzweig, James P. Smith
Abstract; PDF

Life Satisfaction in Urban China: Components and Determinants
Lina Song, Simon Appleton
Abstract; PDF

Interethnic Marriage: A Choice between Ethnic and Educational Similarities
Delia Furtado, Nikolaos Theodoropoulos
Abstract; PDF

International Migration, Ethnicity and Economic Inequality
(substantially revised version forthcoming in: Oxford Handbook on Economic Inequality, 2009)
Martin Kahanec, Klaus F. Zimmermann
Abstract; PDF

Too Young to Leave the Nest? The Effects of School Starting Age
Sandra E. Black, Paul Devereux, Kjell G. Salvanes
Abstract; PDF

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May 07, 2008

"Squeezed: How Costs for Insuring Families are Outpacing Income A State-By-State Analysis

This article reveals how the cost of family health insurance nationwide is increasing dramatically for employees without anywhere near an equivalent increase in family income. If this trend continues, more workers are likely to become uninsured because of the expense.


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May 02, 2008

Future care of dependent elderly population in Europe

Report of study projecting dependent elder population up to 2030, distinguishing among family situations.

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Growing disparities in life expectancy

Congressional Budget Office brief looks at widening gap in life expectancy by SES and implications for Social Security and Medicare.

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WHO Mortality Database updated Apr 14, 2008

Access to raw data files, necessary instructions, file structures, code reference tables, etc.

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