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November 30, 2009

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

Happiness in Europe: Cross-Country Differences in the Determinants of Subjective Well-Being
Peder J. Pedersen, Torben Dall Schmidt
Abstract; PDF

Does Self-Employment Increase the Economic Well-Being of Low-Skilled Workers?
Magnus Lofstrom
Abstract; PDF

Lab Experiments Are a Major Source of Knowledge in the Social Sciences
(definitive version published in: Science, 2009, 326 (5952), 535-538)
Armin Falk, James J. Heckman
Abstract; PDF

A Simple GMM Estimator for the Semi-Parametric Mixed Proportional Hazard Model
Govert Bijwaard, Geert Ridder
Abstract; PDF

The Ratio Bias Phenomenon: Fact or Artifact?
Mathieu Lefèbvre, Ferdinand M. Vieider, Marie Claire Villeval
Abstract; PDF

The Unknown Immigration: Incentives and Family Composition in Intercountry Adoptions to the United States
Fernando A. Lozano, Sherrie Kossoudji
Abstract; PDF

Dynamic Female Labor Supply
Zvi Eckstein, Osnat Lifshitz
Abstract; PDF

Adolescent Motherhood and Secondary Schooling in Chile
Diana Kruger, Matias Berthelon, Rodrigo Navia
Abstract; PDF

Delaying the Bell: The Effects of Longer School Days on Adolescent Motherhood in Chile
Diana Kruger, Matias Berthelon
Abstract; PDF

The Economic Diversity of Immigration Across the United States
Rachel Friedberg, David A. Jaeger
Abstract; PDF

The Trade-off between Fertility and Education: Evidence from before the Demographic Transition
Sascha O. Becker, Francesco Cinnirella, Ludger Woessmann
Abstract; PDF

Inflation and Welfare in Long-Run Equilibrium with Firm Dynamics
Alexandre Janiak, Paulo Santos Monteiro
Abstract; PDF

How Much Should We Trust Linear Instrumental Variables Estimators? An Application to Family Size and Children's Education
Magne Mogstad, Matthew Wiswall
Abstract; PDF

Life Expectancy and the Environment
Fabio Mariani, Agustín Pérez-Barahona, Natacha Raffin
Abstract; PDF

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New Working Papers from the NBER

Are High Quality Schools Enough to Close the Achievement Gap? Evidence from a Social Experiment in Harlem
by Will Dobbie, Roland G. Fryer, Jr.
Abstract; PDF

Families as Roommates: Changes in U.S. Household Size from 1850 to 2000
by Alejandrina Salcedo, Todd Schoellman, Michele Tertilt
Abstract; PDF

Short-run Effects of Parental Job Loss on Children's Academic Achievement
by Ann Huff Stevens, Jessamyn Schaller
Abstract; PDF

Unequal We Stand: An Empirical Analysis of Economic Inequality in the United States, 1967-2006
by Jonathan Heathcote, Fabrizio Perri, Giovanni L. Violante
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of Minimum Wage Rates on Body Weight in the United States
by David O. Meltzer, Zhuo Chen #15485 (HC HE)
Abstract; PDF

Trends in the Level and Distribution of Income Support
by Robert A. Moffitt, John Karl Scholz
Abstract; PDF

Human Capital In China
by Haizheng Li, Barbara M. Fraumeni, Zhiqiang Liu, Xiaojun Wang
Abstract; PDF

The Effect of Immigration on Productivity: Evidence from US States
by Giovanni Peri #15507 (ITI LS PR)
Abstract; PDF

Immigration, Wages, and Compositional Amenities
by David Card, Christian Dustmann, Ian Preston
Abstract; PDF

Taxation of Human Capital and Wage Inequality: A Cross-Country Analysis
by Fatih Guvenen, Burhanettin Kuruscu, Serdar Ozkan
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of No Child Left Behind on Student Achievement
by Thomas Dee, Brian Jacob
Abstract; PDF

Intended and Unintended Consequences of Prison Reform
by Richard T. Boylan, Naci H. Mocan
Abstract; PDF

Estimation of Treatment Effects Without an Exclusion Restriction: with an Application to the Analysis of the School Breakfast Program
by Daniel L. Millimet, Rusty Tchernis
Abstract; PDF

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November 17, 2009

World Bank public data now in google search

Google first began integrating data from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Division in April of this year. Now it has added 17 World Development Indicators in Google search. To see the new data, try queries like [gdp of indonesia], [life expectancy brazil], [rwanda's population growth], [energy use of iceland], [co2 emissions of iceland] and [gdp growth rate argentina].

You can create interactive charts with link buttons to allow you embed the charts in your websites or blogs like the one below.

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Postdoc positions at Princeton

Post Doctoral Research Associate

The Office of Population Research at Princeton University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on a project that examines the biological pathways linking social and economic factors to health among older cohorts in Taiwan. The candidate should have strong methodological skills and experience in working with large survey data sets. Appointment is for one year, with possible renewal, to begin as early as July 2010. Ph.D. in related discipline required. To apply, link to http://jobs.princeton.edu to complete an application. Please include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, samples of original work, and appropriate supporting material. Applications will be considered starting March 15, 2010. Screening of applicants will continue until position is filled. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. For information about how to voluntarily self-identify, please link to http://www.princeton.edu/dof/ApplicantsInfo.htm

NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Office of Population Research at Princeton University invites applications for an NIH postdoctoral fellowship. Candidates must have completed an MD or a PhD in demography, sociology, statistics, or other relevant field before appointment. Holders of NIH fellowships must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Appointment is for one year, with possibility of renewal, and a start date of September 2010. To apply, link to http://jobs.princeton.edu to complete an application. Please, include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, 1-3 page projected research plan, writing samples, and appropriate supporting material. Screening of applicants will start on February 1, 2010 and continue until position is filled. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. For information about how to voluntarily self-identify, please link to http://www.princeton.edu/dof/ApplicantsInfo.htm

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RAND Graduate Student Summer Associate Program

Applications for summer of 2010 are now being accepted.

RAND's Graduate Student Summer Associate Program introduces outstanding graduate students to RAND, an institution that conducts research on a wide range of national security problems and domestic and international social policy issues. Students receive a stipend and are given the opportunity to conduct research that can be completed during the three months they are at RAND.

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November 13, 2009

Special Issue on Data Sharing from Nature

"Research cannot flourish if data are not preserved and made accessible. All concerned must act accordingly.

More and more often these days, a research project's success is measured not just by the publications it produces, but also by the data it makes available to the wider community."

Nature 461, 145 (10 September 2009)

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Articles on Fertility from the Economist

The move to replacement-level fertility is one of the most dramatic social changes in history, according to an article in the Economist.

Falling fertility
"Today’s fall in fertility is both very large and very fast. Poor countries are racing through the same demographic transition as rich ones, starting at an earlier stage of development and moving more quickly."


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Women and health: today's evidence tomorrow's agenda


The WHO report provides the latest and most comprehensive evidence available to date on women's specific needs and health challenges over their entire life-course. The report includes the latest global and regional figures on the health and leading causes of death in women from birth, through childhood, adolescence and adulthood, to older age.

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November 05, 2009

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

Are Lone Mothers Responsive to Policy Changes? Evidence from a Workfare Reform in a Generous Welfare State
Magne Mogstad, Chiara Pronzato
Abstract; PDF

Impact of Educational and Religious Homogamy on Marital Stability
Kornelius Kraft, Stefanie Neimann
Abstract; PDF

The Regulation of Migration in a Transition Economy: China’s Hukou System
Shuming Bao, Örn B. Bodvarsson, Jack W. Hou, Yaohui Zhao
Abstract; PDF

Family Networks and School Enrolment: Evidence from a Randomized Social Experiment
Manuela Angelucci, Giacomo De Giorgi, Marcos A. Rangel, Imran Rasul
Abstract; PDF

Extended Family Networks in Rural Mexico: A Descriptive Analysis
Manuela Angelucci, Giacomo De Giorgi, Marcos A. Rangel, Imran Rasul
Abstract; PDF

Now Daddy's Changing Diapers and Mommy's Making Her Career: Evaluating a Generous Parental Leave Regulation Using a Natural Experiment
Jochen Kluve, Marcus Tamm
Abstract; PDF

Can Child Care Policy Encourage Employment and Fertility? Evidence from a Structural Model
Peter Haan, Katharina Wrohlich
Abstract; PDF

Money for Nothing? Universal Child Care and Maternal Employment
Tarjei Havnes, Magne Mogstad
Abstract; PDF

Health and Income: A Robust Comparison of Canada and the US
Jean-Yves Duclos, Damien Échevin
Abstract; PDF

Policy Relevant Heterogeneity in the Value of Statistical Life: New Evidence from Panel Data Quantile Regressions
(forthcoming in: Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 2010)
Thomas J. Kniesner, W. Kip Viscusi, James P. Ziliak
Abstract; PDF

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November 04, 2009

School Enrollment in the United States: 2008

School Enrollment in the United States: 2008
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Reports

Could a recent trend toward two-year colleges be leading to an all-time high in enrollment? These tables examine a host of details about school enrollment for the population 3 years and older by social and economic characteristics, including age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, type of school, labor force status of mothers with school-age children, type of family, employment status of those enrolled in vocational courses, income levels, children of foreign-born and more.

Detailed Data

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November 02, 2009

Center for Retirement Research 2010 Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College announces the 2010 Dissertation Fellowship Program for research on retirement income and disability insurance issues. The program, funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration:
• Supports doctoral candidates writing dissertations on retirement income and disability insurance issues.
• Awards up to six fellowships of $28,000.
• Requires proposals be complete and submitted by January 29, 2010.
• Proposal guidelines can be found at the Dissertation Fellowship website.

For questions, please contact:
Marina Tsiknis
tsiknis@bc.edu
617-552-1092

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New Working Papers from the NBER

Testing the Correlated Random Coefficient Model
By James J. Heckman, Daniel A. Schmierer, Sergio S. Urzua
Abstract; PDF

Son Preference and the Persistence of Culture: Evidence from Asian Immigrants to Canada
By Douglas Almond, Lena Edlund, Kevin Milligan
Abstract; PDF

Spatial Mismatch, Immigrant Networks, and Hispanic Employment in the United States
By Judith K. Hellerstein, Melissa McInerney, David Neumark
Abstract; PDF

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