April 07, 2010

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

Hazard Analysis of Unemployment Duration by Gender in a Developing Country: The Case of Turkey
Aysit Tansel, H. Mehmet Tasci
Abstract; Abstract

The Multitasking of Household Production
Charlene M. Kalenkoski, Gigi Foster
Abstract; Abstract

Does Education Reduce the Risk of Hypertension? Estimating the Biomarker Effect of Compulsory Schooling in England
Nattavudh Powdthavee
Abstract; Abstract

Recent Advances in the Economics of Individual Subjective Well-Being
Alois Stutzer, Bruno S. Frey
Abstract; Abstract

Health Care Expenditure and Income in the OECD Reconsidered: Evidence from Panel Data
Badi H. Baltagi, Francesco Moscone
Abstract; Abstract

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Use of Drug Therapy
John R. Bowblis, Myeong-Su Yun
Abstract; Abstract

A Socio-economic Analysis of Youth Disconnectedness
Friedhelm Pfeiffer, Ruben R. Seiberlich
Abstract; Abstract

How Do Labor Markets Affect Crime? New Evidence on an Old Puzzle
(forthcoming in: Handbook on the Economics of Crime, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010)
David B. Mustard
Abstract; Abstract

The Glass Door: The Gender Composition of Newly-Hired Workers Across Hierarchical Job Levels
Wolter Hassink, Giovanni Russo
Abstract; Abstract

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April 06, 2010

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

Differences in the Distribution of High School Achievement: The Role of Class Size and Time-in-Term
Miles Corak, Darren Lauzon
Abstract; Abstract

Multidimensional Measurement of Richness: Theory and an Application to Germany
Andreas Peichl, Nico Pestel
Abstract; Abstract

The Distributional Impact of Public Services When Needs Differ
Rolf Aaberge, Manudeep Singh Bhuller, Audun Langørgen, Magne Mogstad
Abstract; Abstract

Is There an Income Gradient in Child Health? It Depends Whom You Ask
David W. Johnston, Carol Propper, Stephen Pudney, Michael A. Shields
Abstract; Abstract

Who Wants to Work in a Rural Health Post? The Role of Intrinsic Motivation, Rural Background and Faith-Based Institutions in Rwanda and Ethiopia
Pieter Serneels, Jose G. Montalvo, Gunilla Pettersson, Tomas Lievens, Jean Damascene Butera, Aklilu Kidanu
Abstract; Abstract

A Simple Theory of Optimal Redistributive Taxation with Equilibrium Unemployment
Mathias Hungerbühler, Etienne Lehmann, Alexis Parmentier, Bruno Van der Linden
Abstract; Abstract

Public Education for the Children Left Behind
Carmen Camacho, I-Ling Shen
Abstract; Abstract

Overconfidence is a Social Signaling Bias
Stephen V. Burks, Jeffrey P. Carpenter, Lorenz Goette, Aldo Rustichini
Abstract; Abstract

Identification and Estimation of Distributional Impacts of Interventions Using Changes in Inequality Measures
Sergio Firpo
Abstract; Abstract

Polarization and Rising Wage Inequality: Comparing the U.S. and Germany
Dirk Antonczyk, Thomas DeLeire, Bernd Fitzenberger
Abstract; Abstract

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March 18, 2010

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

Cream-Skimming, Parking and Other Intended and Unintended Effects of Performance-Based Contracting in Social Welfare Services
Pierre Koning, Carolyn J. Heinrich
Abstract; PDF

Can We Measure Individual Risk Attitudes in a Survey?
Xiaohao Ding, Joop Hartog, Yuze Sun
Abstract; PDF

The Evolution of the Returns to Human Capital in Canada, 1980-2005
Brahim Boudarbat, Thomas Lemieux, Craig Riddell
Abstract; PDF

Intergenerational Income Mobility in Urban China
Cathy Honge Gong, Andrew Leigh, Xin Meng
Abstract; PDF

Economic Mobility, Family Background, and the Well-Being of Children in the United States and Canada
Miles Corak, Lori Curtis, Shelley Phipps
Abstract; PDF

Growth, History, or Institutions? What Explains State Fragility in Sub-Saharan Africa
Graziella Bertocchi, Andrea Guerzoni
Abstract; PDF

The Intergenerational Transmission of Employers
Miles Corak, Patrizio Piraino
Abstract; PDF

A New Model for Equitable and Efficient Resource Allocation to Schools: The Israeli Case
Iris BenDavid-Hadar, Adrian Ziderman
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Wages and Immigrant Occupational Composition in Sweden
Jörgen Hansen, Roger Wahlberg, Sharif Faisal
Abstract; PDF

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March 17, 2010

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

The Role of Early-Life Conditions in the Cognitive Decline due to Adverse Events Later in Life
Gerard J. van den Berg, Dorly J. H. Deeg, Maarten Lindeboom, France Portrait
Abstract; PDF

Gender Wage Gap: A Semi-Parametric Approach with Sample Selection Correction
Matteo Picchio, Chiara Mussida
Abstract; PDF

Trends in Economic Research: An International Perspective
Ana Rute Cardoso, Paulo Guimaraes, Klaus F. Zimmermann
Abstract; PDF

Financial Constraints and Innovation: Why Poor Countries Don't Catch Up
Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Monika Schnitzer
Abstract; PDF

Does Immigration Induce 'Native Flight' from Public Schools? Evidence from a Large Scale Voucher Program
Christer Gerdes
Abstract; PDF

Non-Response Biases in Surveys of School Children: The Case of the English PISA Samples
John Micklewright, Sylke V. Schnepf, Chris Skinner
Abstract; PDF

Increasing Income Inequality: Productivity, Bargaining and Skill-Upgrading
Anders Frederiksen, Odile Poulsen
Abstract; PDF

The Design of Unemployment Transfers: Evidence from a Dynamic Structural Life-Cycle Model
Peter Haan, Victoria L. Prowse
Abstract; PDF

Estimation of Heterogeneous Treatment Effects on Hazard Rates
Simen Gaure, Knut Roed, Gerard J. van den Berg, Tao Zhang
Abstract; PDF

The Effect of Education on Smoking Behavior: New Evidence from Smoking Durations of a Sample of Twins
Pierre Koning, Dinand Webbink, Nicholas G. Martin
Abstract; PDF

Social Mobility: Is There an Advantage in Being English in Scotland?
Maarten van Ham, Allan Findlay, David Manley, Peteke Feijten
Abstract; PDF

Labour Supply and Commuting
(forthcoming in: Journal of Urban Economics)
Eva Gutiérrez-i-Puigarnau, Jos van Ommeren
Abstract; PDF

Education and the Welfare Gains from Employment Protection
Olivier Charlot, Franck Malherbet
Abstract; PDF

The Credibility Revolution in Empirical Economics: How Better Research Design Is Taking the Con out of Econometrics
(forthcoming in: Journal of Economic Perspectives)
Joshua Angrist, Jörn-Steffen Pischke
Abstract; PDF

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March 16, 2010

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

Ethnic Discrimination in Germany's Labour Market: A Field Experiment
Leo Kaas, Christian Manger
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Ethnic Concentration and Language Fluency of Immigrants in Germany
Alexander M. Danzer, Firat Yaman
Abstract; PDF

Dialects, Cultural Identity, and Economic Exchange
Oliver Falck, Stephan Heblich, Alfred Lameli, Jens Suedekum
Abstract; PDF

Family Values and the Regulation of Labor
Alberto Alesina, Yann Algan, Pierre Cahuc, Paola Giuliano
Abstract; PDF

Minimum Wages and Employment: Reconsidering the Use of a Time-Series Approach as an Evaluation Tool
Wang-Sheng Lee, Sandy Suardi
Abstract; PDF

Determinants of Lifetime Unemployment: A Micro Data Analysis with Censored Quantile Regressions
Achim Schmillen, Joachim Möller
Abstract; PDF

Are Happiness and Productivity Lower among University Students with Newly-Divorced Parents? An Experimental Approach
Eugenio Proto, Daniel Sgroi, Andrew J. Oswald
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Stability of Time Preferences
Stephan Meier, Charles Sprenger
Abstract; PDF

The Analytical Returns to Measuring a Detailed Household Roster
Richard Akresh, Eric V. Edmonds
Abstract; PDF

The Political Economy of Intergenerational Income Mobility
Andrea Ichino, Loukas Karabarbounis, Enrico Moretti
Abstract; PDF

The Effect of Children on Specialization and Coordination of Partners' Activities
Anh Tram Le, Paul W. Miller
Abstract; PDF

Robust Inequality Comparisons
Rolf Aaberge, Magne Mogstad
Abstract; PDF

Does Size Matter? The Impact of Changes in Household Structure on Income Distribution in Germany
Andreas Peichl, Nico Pestel, Hilmar Schneider
Abstract; PDF

Handedness, Health and Cognitive Development: Evidence from Children in the NLSY
David W. Johnston, Michael E. R. Nicholls, Manisha Shah, Michael A. Shields
Abstract; PDF

No Country for Fat Men? Obesity, Earnings, Skills, and Health among 450,000 Swedish Men
Petter Lundborg, Paul Nystedt, Dan-Olof Rooth
Abstract; PDF

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February 25, 2010

New Working Papers from the NBER

Interval Estimation of Potentially Misspecified Quantile Models in the Presence of Missing Data
By Patrick Kline, Andres Santos
Abstract; PDF

Temperature and the Allocation of Time: Implications for Climate Change
By Joshua Graff Zivin, Matthew J. Neidell
Abstract; PDF

The Effects of Relative Food Prices on Obesity -- Evidence from China: 1991-2006
By Yang Lu, Dana Goldman
Abstract; PDF

A Stitch in Time: The Effects of a Novel Incentive-Based High-School Intervention on College Outcomes
By C. Kirabo
Abstract; PDF

Women's Education and Family Behavior: Trends in Marriage, Divorce and Fertility
By Adam Isen, Betsey Stevenson
Abstract; PDF

Family Values and the Regulation of Labor
By Alberto F. Alesina, Yann Algan, Pierre Cahuc, Paola Giuliano
Abstract; PDF

Clustering, Spatial Correlations and Randomization Inference
By Thomas Barrios, Rebecca Diamond, Guido W. Imbens, Michal Kolesar
Abstract; PDF

Self-Selection and International Migration: New Evidence from Mexico
By Robert Kaestner, Ofer Malamud
Abstract; PDF

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February 16, 2010

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

Do Employers Discriminate by Gender? A Field Experiment in Female-Dominated Occupations
(forthcoming in: Economics Letters )
Alison L. Booth, Andrew Leigh
Abstract; PDF

Objective Confirmation of Subjective Measures of Human Well-being: Evidence from the USA
(forthcoming in: Science)
Andrew J. Oswald, Stephen Wu
Abstract; PDF

Inequality Aversion and Risk Attitudes
Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Xavi Ramos
Abstract; PDF

From Shame to Game in One Hundred Years: An Economic Model of the Rise in Premarital Sex and its De-Stigmatization
Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, Jeremy Greenwood, Nezih Guner
Abstract; PDF

Measuring Long-Term Inequality of Opportunity
Rolf Aaberge, Magne Mogstad, Vitorocco Peragine
Abstract; PDF

Divorced Fathers' Proximity and Children's Long Run Outcomes: Evidence from Norwegian Registry Data
Ariel Kalil, Magne Mogstad, Mari Rege, Mark Votruba
Abstract; PDF

Transferability of Human Capital and Immigrant Assimilation: An Analysis for Germany
Leilanie Basilio, Thomas Bauer
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Valuing School Quality via a School Choice Reform
Stephen Machin, Kjell G. Salvanes
Abstract; PDF

Retire Later or Work Harder?
David N.F. Bell, Robert A. Hart
Abstract; PDF

Wage Inequality, Linkages and FDI
Nigel Driffield, Sourafel Girma, Michael Henry, Karl Taylor
Abstract; PDF

Econometric Methods for Causal Evaluation of Education Policies and Practices: A Non-Technical Guide
Martin Schlotter, Guido Schwerdt, Ludger Woessmann
Abstract; PDF

Strategic Sophistication of Individuals and Teams in Experimental Normal-Form Games
Matthias Sutter, Simon Czermak, Francesco Feri
Abstract; PDF

Do Labor Statistics Depend on How and to Whom the Questions Are Asked? Results from a Survey Experiment in Tanzania
Elena Bardasi, Kathleen Beegle, Andrew Dillon, Pieter Serneels
Abstract; PDF

Immigration Policies and the Ecuadorian Exodus
Simone Bertoli, Jesús Fernández-Huertas Moraga, Francesc Ortega
Abstract; PDF

Demographics, Fiscal Health, and School Quality: Shedding Light on School Closure Decisions
Sherrilyn M. Billger
Abstract; PDF

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February 02, 2010

New Working Papers from the NBER

The Impact of Comparative Effectiveness Research on Health and Health Care Spending
By Anirban Basu, Tomas J. Philipson
Abstract; PDF

Causes and Consequences of Early Life Health
By Anne Case, Christina Paxson
Abstract; PDF

The Long Reach of Childhood Health and Circumstance: Evidence from the Whitehall II Study
By Anne Case, Christina Paxson
Abstract; PDF

Who Owns Children and Does it Matter?
By Alice Schoonbroodt, Michele Tertilt
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Human Capital, Endogenous Information Acquisition, and Home Bias in Financial Markets
by Isaac Ehrlich, Jong Kook Shin, Yong Yin
Abstract; PDF

Peer Migration in China
By Yuyu Chen, Ginger Zhe Jin, Yang Yue
Abstract; PDF

From Shame to Game in One Hundred Years: An Economic Model of the Rise in Premarital Sex and its De-Stigmatization
By Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde, Jeremy Greenwood, Nezih Guner
Abstract; PDF

Explaining the Rise in Educational Gradients in Mortality
By David M. Cutler, Fabian Lange, Ellen Meara, Seth Richards, Christopher J. Ruhm
Abstract; PDF

The Effect of Uncertain Labor Income and Social Security on Life-cycle Portfolios
By Raimond Maurer, Olivia S. Mitchell, Ralph Rogalla
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Educational Expectations and Attainment
By Brian A. Jacob, Tamara Wilder
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Europe's tired, poor, huddled masses: Self-selection and economic outcomes in the age of mass migration
By Ran Abramitzky, Leah Platt Boustan, Katherine Eriksson
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How general are risk preferences? Choices under uncertainty in different domains
By Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, Iuliana Pascu, Mark R. Cullen
Abstract; PDF

Does Prescription Drug Adherence Reduce Hospitalizations and Costs?
By William Encinosa, Didem Bernard, Avi Dor
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So you want to run an experiment, now what? Some Simple Rules of Thumb for Optimal Experimental Design
By John A. List, Sally Sadoff, Mathis Wagner
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Inaccurate age and sex data in the Census PUMS files: Evidence and Implications
By J. Trent Alexander, Michael Davern, Betsey Stevenson
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Can Mentoring Help Female Assistant Professors? Interim Results from a Randomized Trial
By Francine D. Blau, Janet M. Currie, Rachel T.A. Croson, Donna K. Ginther
Abstract; PDF

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January 25, 2010

Two Census 2010 Blogs

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Robert Groves, U.S. Census Bureau Director and former director of the Survey Research Center at ISR, started a blog in October: "My idea is to use this blog to let you know my thoughts about how the country is doing as we approach this “national ceremony” that occurs every 10 years – the decennial census." It can be read here.

The Pew Research Center has started a website called All Things Census: Methods, Findings, Resources. From their "About" statement: "All Things Census is a gathering place for postings about census methods, findings and resources. As the 2010 Census revs up its engine, this site will look at how the machinery is running. When the data come out, starting late this year, it will feature reports on what the numbers say and mean."

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January 18, 2010

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

Social Networks
Joan de Martí, Yves Zenou
Abstract; PDF

On The Rise of Health Spending and Longevity
Raquel Fonseca, Pierre-Carl Michaud, Titus Galama, Arie Kapteyn
Abstract; PDF

Preferences and Beliefs in a Sequential Social Dilemma: A Within-Subjects Analysis
Mariana Blanco, Dirk Engelmann, Alexander K. Koch, Hans-Theo Normann
Abstract; PDF

Does Public Information about School Quality Lead to Flight from Low-Achieving Schools?
Jane Friesen, Mohsen Javdani, Simon D. Woodcock
Abstract; PDF

What's the Use of Marriage?
Alessandro Cigno
Abstract; PDF

On the Origin of the Family
Marco Francesconi, Christian Ghiglino, Motty Perry
Abstract; PDF

Seeking Similarity: How Immigrants and Natives Manage at the Labor Market
Olof Aslund, Lena Hensvik, Oskar Nordström Skans
Abstract; PDF

Voting with Feet: Community Choice in Social Dilemmas
Özgür Gürerk, Bernd Irlenbusch, Bettina Rockenbach
Abstract; PDF

Happiness and Productivity
Andrew J. Oswald, Eugenio Proto, Daniel Sgroi
Abstract; PDF

The Family Gap in Wages: What Wombmates Reveal
Marianne Simonsen, Lars Skipper
Abstract; PDF

Older Men: Pushed into Retirement by the Baby Boomers?
Diane Macunovich
Abstract; PDF

Older Women: Pushed into Retirement by the Baby Boomers?
Diane Macunovich
Abstract; PDF

The Measurement of Child Costs: A Rothbarth-Type Method Consistent with Scale Economies
Olivier Bargain, Olivier Donni
Abstract; PDF

Welfare Usage in the U.S.: Does Immigrant Birthplace and Immigration Status Matter?
Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere, Maharouf Oyolola
Abstract; PDF

Time to Work or Time to Play: The Effect of Student Employment on Homework, Sleep, and Screen Time
Charlene M. Kalenkoski, Sabrina W. Pabilonia
Abstract; PDF

Years of Schooling, Human Capital and the Body Mass Index of European Females
Giorgio Brunello, Daniele Fabbri, Margherita Fort
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Intergenerational Mobility of Immigrants in Germany: Moving with Natives or Stuck in their Neighborhoods?
Mutlu Yuksel
Abstract; PDF

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New Working Papers from the NBER

Growing Up In a Recession: Beliefs and Macroeconomy
By: Paola Giuliano and Antonio Spilimbergo
Abstract; PDF

Is a WIC Start a Better Start? Evaluating WICs Impact on Infant Health Using Program Introduction
By: Hilary W. Hoynes, Marianne E. Page, Ann Huff
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The Good, the Bad and the Average: Evidence on the Scale and Nature of Ability Peer Effects in Schools
By: Victor Lavy, Olmo Silva, Felix Weinhardt
Abstract; PDF

The Trade Creation Effect of Immigrants: Evidence from the Remarkable Case of Spain
By: Giovanni Peri, Francisco Requena
Abstract; PDF

Testing for Altruism and Social Pressure in Charitable Giving
By: Stefano DellaVigna, John A. List, Ulrike Malmendier
Abstract; PDF

Calorie Posting in Chain Restaurants
By: Bryan Bollinger, Phillip Leslie, Alan Sorensen
Abstract; PDF

Terminal Care and The Value of Life Near Its End
By: Tomas J. Philipson, Gary Becker, Dana Goldman, Kevin M. Murphy
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Intended and Unintended Effects of Youth Bicycle Helmet Laws
By: Christopher S. Carpenter, Mark F. Stehr
Abstract; PDF

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January 06, 2010

United Nations Demographic Manuals On-line

23 manuals and guides of demographic methods and techniques issued by the United Nations over a long period of time are now online.

The pages for particular manuals include a short introduction, reproduction of the cover page, chapter-level table of contents hyperlinked to respective files in the portable document format and links to thematically related manuals.

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December 16, 2009

New Working Papers from the NBER

Voluntary Public Goods Provision, Coalition Formation, and Uncertainty
By Nicholas E. Burger, Charles D. Kolstad
Abstract; PDF

A Formal Test of Assortative Matching in the Labor Market
By John M. Abowd, Francis Kramarz, Sebastien Perez-Duarte, Ian Schmutte
Abstract; PDF

Do Working Men Rebel? Insurgency and Unemployment in Iraq and the Philippines
By Eli Berman, Joseph Felter, Jacob N. Shapiro
Abstract; PDF

The Economics of Labor Coercion
By Daron Acemoglu, Alexander Wolitzky
Abstract; PDF

Taxes and Time Allocation: Evidence from Single Women
By Alexander M. Gelber, Joshua W. Mitchell
Abstract; PDF

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December 10, 2009

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

How Consistent Are Class Size Effects?
Spyros Konstantopoulos
Abstract; PDF

Will There Be Blood? Incentives and Substitution Effects in Pro-social Behavior
Nicola Lacetera, Mario Macis, Robert Slonim
Abstract; PDF

Some Evidence on the Nature of Urbanization Economies
Douglas J. Krupka
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of Local Decentralization on Economic Growth: Evidence from U.S. Counties
George W. Hammond, Mehmet S. Tosun
Abstract; PDF

Do Better Schools Lead to More Growth? Cognitive Skills, Economic Outcomes, and Causation
Eric A. Hanushek, Ludger Woessmann
Abstract; PDF

Schooling, Cognitive Skills, and the Latin American Growth Puzzle
Eric A. Hanushek, Ludger Woessmann
Abstract; PDF

Cross-Country Differences in Productivity: The Role of Allocation and Selection
Eric Bartelsman, John C. Haltiwanger, Stefano Scarpetta
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Intensifying the Use of Benefit Sanctions: An Effective Tool to Shorten Welfare Receipt and Speed Up Transitions to Employment?
Bernhard Boockmann, Stephan Lothar Thomsen, Thomas Walter
Abstract; PDF

Investment in Human Capital during Incarceration and Employment Prospects of Prisoners
Margaret Giles, Anh Tram Le
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How Fast Do Wages Adjust to Human-Capital Productivity? Dynamic Panel-Data Evidence from Belgium, Denmark and Finland
Corrado Andini
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Tobit or Not Tobit?
Jay Stewart
Abstract; PDF

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December 03, 2009

Google Scholar Adds Full-text Case Law

When you are at Google Scholar page, click on the "Legal opinions and journals" radio button. You can find legal opinions by searching for cases or by topics.

"As you read an opinion, you can follow citations to the opinions to which it refers. You can also see how individual cases have been quoted or discussed in other opinions and in articles from law journals. Browse these by clicking on the "How Cited" link next to the case title."

More at
Finding the laws that govern us
11/17/2009 09:05:00 AM

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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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November 13, 2009

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 02, 2009

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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October 29, 2009

New Working Papers from the NBER

Effects of Urban Sprawl on Obesity
By Zhenxiang Zhao, Robert Kaestner
Abstract; PDF

Long Term Effects of Minimum Legal Drinking Age Laws on Adult Alcohol Use and Driving Fatalities
By Robert Kaestner, Benjamin Yarnoff
Abstract; PDF

The Changing Selectivity of American Colleges
By Caroline M. Hoxby
Abstract; PDF

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October 19, 2009

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

Thieves, Thugs, and Neighborhood Poverty
David Bjerk
Abstract; PDF

Estimating the Impact of Immigration on Wages in Ireland
Alan Barrett, Adele Bergin, Elish Kelly
Abstract; PDF

HIV and Fertility in Africa: First Evidence from Population Based Surveys
Chinhui Juhn, Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan, Belgi Turan
Abstract; PDF

The Life Satisfaction Approach to Environmental Valuation
Bruno S. Frey, Simon Luechinger, Alois Stutzer
Abstract; PDF

The Gender Gap in Early Career in Mongolia
Francesco Pastore
Abstract; PDF

Health Investment over the Life-Cycle
Timothy Halliday, Hui He, Hao Zhang
Abstract; PDF

Is Posner Right? An Empirical Test of the Posner Argument for Transferring Health Spending from Old Women to Old Men
Christoph Wunder, Johannes Schwarze
Abstract; PDF

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October 12, 2009

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

Is the Wage Curve Formal or Informal? Evidence for Columbia
Raul Ramos, Juan C. Duque, Jordi Surinach
Abstract; PDF

Fiscal Competition for Imperfectly-Mobile Labor and Capital: A Comparative Dynamic Analysis
David Wildasin
Abstract; PDF

Neighborhood Diversity and the Appreciation of Native- and Immigrant-Owned Homes
Deborah A Cobb-Clark, Mathias Sinning
Abstract; PDF

Better Protected, Better Paid: Evidence on How Employment Protection Affects Wages
(forthcoming in: Labour Economics, 2009)
Karen van der Wiel
Abstract; PDF

Kindergarten Enrollment and the Intergenerational Transmission of Education
Philipp C. Bauer, Regina T. Riphahn
Abstract; PDF

Endogenous Indoctrination: Occupational Choice, the Evolution of Beliefs, and the Political Economy of Reform
Gilles Saint-Paul
Abstract; PDF

Discrimination in a Low-Wage Labor Market: A Field Experiment
(forthcoming in: American Sociological Review, 2009, 74 (5))
Devah Pager, Bruce Western, Bart Bonikowski
Abstract; PDF

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New Working Papers from the NBER

Recent Trends in the Earnings of New Immigrants to the United States
By George J. Borjas, Rachel M. Friedberg
Abstract; PDF

Top Incomes in the Long Run of History
By Anthony B. Atkinson, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez
Abstract; PDF

The Area and Population of Cities: New Insights from a Different Perspective on Cities
By Hernán D. Rozenfeld, Diego Rybski, Xavier Gabaix, Hernán A. Makse
Abstract; PDF

Moral Hazard Matters: Measuring Relative Rates of Underinsurance Using Threshold Measures
By Jean Marie Abraham, Thomas DeLeire, Anne Beeson Royalty
Abstract; PDF

Accidental Death and the Rule of Joint and Several Liability
By Daniel Carvell, Janet Currie, W. Bentley MacLeod
Abstract; PDF

Traffic Congestion and Infant Health: Evidence from E-ZPass
By Janet Currie, Reed Walker
Abstract; PDF

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October 02, 2009

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

Does the Welfare State Make Older Workers Unemployable?
Gilles Saint-Paul
Abstract; PDF

Class Size and Class Heterogeneity
Giacomo De Giorgi, Michele Pellizzari, William Gui Woolston
Abstract; PDF

Assortative Mating and Divorce: Evidence from Austrian Register Data
Wolfgang Frimmel, Martin Halla, Rudolf Winter-Ebmer
Abstract; PDF

Happiness and Health Care Coverage
David G. Blanchflower
Abstract; PDF

Evaluating Nonexperimental Estimators for Multiple Treatments: Evidence from Experimental Data
Carlos A. Flores, Oscar A. Mitnik
Abstract; PDF

Regional Economic Growth and Human Capital: The Role of Overeducation
Raul Ramos, Jordi Surinach, Manuel Artís
Abstract; PDF

Genes, Legitimacy and Hypergamy: Another Look at the Economics of Marriage
Gilles Saint-Paul
Abstract; PDF

The Dynamics of Social Assistance Benefit Receipt in Britain
Lorenzo Cappellari, Stephen P. Jenkins
Abstract; PDF

Asabiyya: Re-Interpreting Value Change in Globalized Societies
Arno Tausch, Almas Heshmati
Abstract; PDF

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October 01, 2009

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

How Do Adolescents Spell Time Use?
Charlene M. Kalenkoski, David C. Ribar, Leslie S. Stratton
Abstract; PDF

Impact of Paternal Temporary Absence on Children Left Behind
Alison L. Booth, Yuji Tamura
Abstract; PDF

The Effect of Lone Motherhood on the Smoking Behaviour of Young Adults
(forthcoming in: Health Economics)
Marco Francesconi, Stephen P. Jenkins, Thomas Siedler
Abstract; PDF

Targeting Fertility and Female Participation Through the Income Tax
(forthcoming in: Labour Economics, 2009)
Ghazala Azmat, Libertad Gonzalez
Abstract; PDF

Employment, Wages, and the Economic Cycle: Differences between Immigrants and Natives
Christian Dustmann, Albrecht Glitz, Thorsten Vogel
Abstract; PDF

Substitution Effects in Parental Investments
Loren Brandt, Aloysius Siow, Hui Wang
Abstract; PDF

Racial Differences in Fringe Benefits and Compensation
Wallace Mok, Zahra Siddique
Abstract; PDF

The Role of Demographics in Precipitating Crises in Financial Institutions
Diane Macunovich
Abstract; PDF

The Inter-Related Dynamics of Dual Job Holding, Human Capital and Occupational Choice
Georgios A. Panos, Konstantinos Pouliakas, Alexandros Zangelidis
Abstract; PDF

Do Foreigners Replace Native Immigrants? Evidence from a Panel Cointegration Analysis
Herbert Brücker, Stefano Fachin, Alessandra Venturini
Abstract; PDF

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New Working Papers from the NBER

The Short-Term Mortality Consequences of Income Receipt
William N. Evans, Timothy J. Moore
Abstract; PDF

The Effect of Maternal Depression and Substance Abuse on Child Human Capital Development
Richard G. Frank, Ellen Meara
Abstract; PDF

Induced Innovation and Social Inequality: Evidence from Infant Medical Care
David M. Cutler, Ellen Meara, Seth Richards
Abstract; PDF

Recent Trends in Top Income Shares in the USA: Reconciling Estimates from March CPS and IRS Tax Return Data
Richard V. Burkhauser, Shuaizhang Feng, Stephen P. Jenkins, Jeff Larrimore
Abstract; PDF

How large are returns to schooling? Hint: Money isn't everything
Philip Oreopoulos, Kjell G. Salvanes
Abstract; PDF

Poverty Alleviation and Child Labor
Eric V. Edmonds, Norbert Schady
Abstract; PDF

Spatial Development
Klaus Desmet, Esteban Rossi-Hansberg
Abstract; PDF

Misperceptions About the Magnitude and Timing of Changes in American Income Inequality
Robert J. Gordon
Abstract; PDF

Women's Rights and Development
Raquel Fernández
Abstract; PDF

Inheritances, Health and Death
Beomsoo Kim, Christopher J. Ruhm
Abstract; PDF

Measuring How Risk Tradeoffs Adjust With Income
Mary F. Evans, V. Kerry Smith
Abstract; PDF

The Effects of School Desegregation on Crime
David A. Weiner, Byron F. Lutz, Jens Ludwig
Abstract; PDF

Into College, Out of Poverty? Policies to Increase the Postsecondary Attainment of the Poor
David Deming, Susan Dynarski
Abstract; PDF

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September 23, 2009

World Development Report 2010

World Development Report 2010
Source: World Bank

From Press Release:
Developing countries can shift to lower-carbon paths while promoting development and reducing poverty, but this depends on financial and technical assistance from high-income countries, says World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change.

High-income countries also need to act quickly to reduce their carbon footprints and boost development of alternative energy sources to help tackle climate change. If they act now, a 'climate-smart' world is feasible, and the costs for getting there will be high but still manageable.

Download individual chapters (advance press edition)

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

Tipping and Residential Segregation: A Unified Schelling Model
Junfu Zhang
Abstract; PDF

The Right Amount of Trust
Jeffrey V. Butler, Paola Giuliano, Luigi Guiso
Abstract; PDF

The Effect of the Timing and Spacing of Births on the Level of Labor Market Involvement of Married Women
Kenneth Troske, Alexandru Voicu
Abstract; PDF

The Causal Effect of Education on Wages Revisited
Matt Dickson
Abstract; PDF

Do as the Neighbors Do: The Impact of Social Networks on Immigrant Employment
Fredrik Andersson, Simon Burgess, Julia Lane
Abstract; PDF

Modelling Charitable Donations to an Unexpected Natural Disaster: Evidence from the U.S. Panel Study of Income Dynamics
Sarah Brown, Mark N. Harris, Karl Taylor
Abstract; PDF

Immigrants and Employer-Provided Training
Alan Barrett, Seamus McGuinness, Martin O'Brien, Philip J. O'Connell
Abstract; PDF

Do Means-Tested School Lunch Subsidies Change Children's Weekly Consumption Patterns?
Larry L. Howard, Nishith Prakash
Abstract; PDF

Estimating Employment Dynamics across Occupations and Sectors of Industry
(forthcoming in: Journal of Macroeconomics, 2010)
Frank Cörvers, Arnaud Dupuy
Abstract; PDF

Disability and Skill Mismatch
Melanie K. Jones, Peter J. Sloane
Abstract; PDF

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August 12, 2009

New Working Papers from the NBER

A Note on Adapting Propensity Score Matching and Selection Models to Choice Based Samples
By: James J. Heckman, Petra E. Todd
Abstract; PDF

The Under-Reporting of Transfers in Household Surveys: Its Nature and Consequences
By Bruce D. Meyer, Wallace K. C. Mok, James X. Sullivan
Abstract; PDF

Empirics on the Origins of Preferences: The Case of College Major and Religiosity
By: Miles S. Kimball, Colter M. Mitchell, Arland D. Thornton, Linda C. Young-Demarco
Abstract; PDF

Social Ties and the Job Search of Recent Immigrants
By: Deepti Goel, Kevin Lang
Abstract; PDF

A Simple Nonparametric Estimator for the Distribution of Random Coefficients
By Patrick Bajari, Jeremy T. Fox, Kyoo il Kim, Stephen P. Ryan
Abstract; PDF

Evaluating Marginal Policy Changes and the Average Effect of Treatment for Individuals at the Margin
By: Pedro Carneiro, James J. Heckman, Edward J. Vytlacil
Abstract; PDF

Low Life Expectancy in the United States: Is the Health Care System at Fault?
By: Samuel H. Preston, Jessica Y. Ho
Abstract; PDF

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August 11, 2009

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

Real and Nominal Wage Rigidity in a Model of Equal-Treatment Contracting
Pedro S. Martins, Andy Snell, Jonathan P. Thomas
Abstract; PDF

Employment Fluctuations with Downward Wage Rigidity: The Role of Moral Hazard
James Costain, Marcel Jansen
Abstract; PDF

Caste and Punishment: The Legacy of Caste Culture in Norm Enforcement
Karla Hoff, Mayuresh Kshetramade, Ernst Fehr
Abstract; PDF

Marriage, Cohabitation and Commitment
Murat Iyigun
Abstract; PDF

Population and Health Policies
T. Paul Schultz
Abstract; PDF

Time and Income Poverty: An Interdependent Multidimensional Poverty Approach with German Time Use Diary Data
Joachim Merz, Tim Rathjen
Abstract; PDF

Smoking Persistence Across Countries: An Analysis Using Semi-Parametric Dynamic Panel Data Models with Selectivity
Dimitris Christelis, Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano
Abstract; PDF

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August 10, 2009

Kids Count 2009

The 2009 Kids Count Data Book
Source: The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Counting What Counts: Taking Results Seriously for Vulnerable Children and Families: The 20th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book profiles the well-being of America’s children on a state-by-state basis and ranks states on 10 key measures of child well-being. The Data Book essay calls for a “data revolution” that uses timely and reliable information to track the progress and improve the lives of vulnerable children.

2009 Essay
Overall State Rankings
Kids Count Data Center

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August 04, 2009

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

The Economies of Scale of Living Together and How They Are Shared: Estimates Based on a Collective Household Model
Aline Bütikofer, Michael Gerfin
Abstract; PDF

Nonparametric Identification and Estimation of Nonadditive Hedonic Models
James J. Heckman, Rosa Matzkin, Lars Nesheim
Abstract; PDF

Does Schooling Affect Health Behavior? Evidence from the Educational Expansion in Western Germany
Hendrik Jürges, Steffen Reinhold, Martin Salm
Abstract; PDF

Immigration and Housing Booms: Evidence from Spain
Libertad Gonzalez, Francesc Ortega
Abstract; PDF

Another Look at the Identification at Infinity of Sample Selection Models
Xavier d'Haultfoeuille, Arnaud Maurel
Abstract; PDF

Setting the Minimum Wage
Tito Boeri
Abstract; PDF

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July 28, 2009

New Book Acquisitions

Survey Methodology, 2nd Edition
By: Robert Groves, et al. 2009.

This new edition of Survey Methodology continues to provide a state-of-the-science presentation of essential survey methodology topics and techniques. The volume's six world-renowned authors have updated this Second Edition to present newly emerging approaches to survey research and provide more comprehensive coverage of the major considerations in designing and conducting a sample survey.

Key topics in survey methodology are clearly explained in the book's chapters, with coverage including sampling frame evaluation, sample design, development of questionnaires, evaluation of questions, alternative modes of data collection, interviewing, nonresponse, post-collection processing of survey data, and practices for maintaining scientific integrity. Acknowledging the growing advances in research and technology, the Second Edition features:

* Updated explanations of sampling frame issues for mobile telephone and web surveys
*New scientific insight on the relationship between nonresponse rates and nonresponse errors
*Restructured discussion of ethical issues in survey research, emphasizing the growing research results on privacy, informed consent, and confidentiality issues
*The latest research findings on effective questionnaire development techniques
* The addition of 50% more exercises at the end of each chapter, illustrating basic principles of survey design
*An expanded FAQ chapter that addresses the concerns that accompany newly established methods

Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method
By: Don A. Dillman, Jolene D. Smyth, and Leah Melani Christian. 2008.

A complete, start-to-finish guide for every researcher to successfully plan and conduct Internet, mail, and telephone surveys, Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method, Third Edition presents a succinct review of survey research methods, equipping you to increase the validity and reliability, as well as response rates, of your surveys. Now thoroughly updated and revised with information about all aspects of survey research grounded -- in the most current research -- the new edition provides practical how-to guidelines on optimally using the Internet, mail, and phone channels to your advantage.

The Psychology of Survey Response
By: Roger Tourangeau, Lance J. Rips and Kenneth Rasinski. 2000.

Drawing on classic and modern research from cognitive psychology, social psychology, and survey methodology, this book examines the psychological roots of survey data, how survey responses are formulated, and how seemingly unimportant features of the survey can affect the answers obtained. Topics include the comprehension of survey questions, the recall of relevant facts and beliefs, estimation and inferential processes people use to answer survey questions, the sources of the apparent instability of public opinion, the difficulties in getting responses into the required format, and distortions introduced into surveys by deliberate misreporting.

Generalized Latent Variable Modeling: Multilevel, Longitudinal, and Structural Equation Models
By: Anders Skrondal and Sophia Rabe-Hesketh. 2004.

This book unifies and extends latent variable models, including multilevel or generalized linear mixed models, longitudinal or panel models, item response or factor models, latent class or finite mixture models, and structural equation models. Following a gentle introduction to latent variable modeling, a wide range of estimation and prediction methods from biostatistics, psychometrics, econometrics, and statistics are explained and contrasted in a simple way. Exciting and realistic applications demonstrate how researchers can use latent variable modeling to solve concrete problems in areas as diverse as medicine, economics, and psychology. Many nonstandard response types are considered including ordinal, nominal, count, and survival data. Joint modeling of mixed responses such as survival and longitudinal data is also illustrated. Numerous displays, figures, and graphs make the text vivid and easy to read.

Cultural Anthropology, 13th Edition
By: Conrad Philip Kottak. 2009.

A recent National Academy of Sciences inductee, Conrad Phillip Kottak offers an up-to-date holistic introduction to cultural anthropology. Kottak emphasizes why anthropology should matter to students and how students can use anthropology to better understand themselves. "Bringing It All Together" essays found on the online learning center demonstrate the integrated and comparative nature of anthropology. New "Through the Eyes of Others" essays offer the perspectives of foreign students and recent graduates who present their own cultures of origin in contrast with contemporary American culture. Thought-provoking questions now begin each chapter to highlight key themes and spark discussions and critical thinking.

Population Ageing and the Well-Being of Older Persons in Thailand: Past Trends, Current Situation and Future Challenges
By: John Knodel and Napaporn Chayovan. 2008.

This report focuses on the rapid demographic change that has taken place in Thailand during the last three to four decades leading to the country becoming the most “aged” in South-East Asia next only to Singapore. This is explained by the significant declines in fertility (from 6.4 to 1.8) and improvements in longevity (from 52 to 71 years) during the second half of the 20th century. These trends can be attributed to effective government and civil society programmes to improve the health of the population and promote voluntary family planning. This led to population ageing that poses new challenges to families, communities as well as to nations as a whole.

Dissecting the social: on the principles of analytical sociology
By: Peter Hedström. 2005.

Over the past few decades serious reservations have been expressed about the explanatory power of sociological theory and research. In this important book leading sociologist Peter Hedström outlines the foundations of an analytically oriented sociology that seeks to address this criticism. Building on his earlier influential contributions to contemporary debates, Professor Hedström argues for a systematic development of sociological theory so that it has the explanatory power and precision to inform sociological research and understanding. He discusses various mechanisms of action and interaction and shows how strong links can be forged between the micro and the macro, and between theory and empirical research. Combining new approaches to theory and methodology and using extensive examples to illustrate how they might be applied, this clear, concise and original book will appeal to a broad range of social scientists.

Applied regression analysis and generalized linear models
By: John Fox. 2008.

Combining a modern, data-analytic perspective with a focus on applications in the social sciences, the Second Edition of Applied Regression Analysis and Generalized Linear Models provides in-depth coverage of regression analysis, generalized linear models, and closely related methods. Although the text is largely accessible to readers with a modest background in statistics and mathematics, author John Fox also presents more advanced material throughout the book.

Key Updates to the Second Edition:
• Provides greatly enhanced coverage of generalized linear models, with an emphasis on models for categorical and count data
• Offers new chapters on missing data in regression models and on methods of model selection
• Includes expanded treatment of robust regression, time-series regression, nonlinear regression, and nonparametric regression
• Incorporates new examples using larger data sets
• Includes an extensive Web site at http://www.sagepub.com/fox that presents appendixes, data sets used in the book and for data-analytic exercises, and the data-analytic exercises themselves

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

Caught in the Trap? The Disincentive Effect of Social Assistance
Olivier Bargain, Karina Doorley
Abstract; PDF

The End of Destitution
Ian Gazeley, Andrew T. Newell
Abstract; PDF

Gender and Competition
Alison L. Booth
Abstract; PDF

Neighborhood Dynamics and the Housing Price Effects of Spatially Targeted Economic Development Policy
Douglas J. Krupka, Douglas S. Noonan
Abstract; PDF

The Effect of Joint Custody on Marriage and Divorce
Martin Halla
Abstract; PDF

Symbolic Values, Value Formation and Interpersonal Relations
Giacomo Corneo
Abstract; PDF

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July 24, 2009

New Working Papers from the NBER


Educational Choices, Subjective Expectations, and Credit Constraints
By: Orazio Attanasio, Katja Kaufmann
Abstract; PDF

Changing the Price of Marriage: Evidence from Blood Test Requirements
By: Kasey S. Buckles, Melanie E. Guldi, Joseph Price
Abstract; PDF

Does Health Insurance Make You Fat?
By: Jay Bhattacharya, Kate Bundorf, Noemi Pace, Neeraj Sood
Abstract; PDF

Anti-Lemons: School Reputation and Educational Quality
By: W. Bentley MacLeod, Miguel Urquiola
Abstract; PDF

Public Policy, Health Insurance and the Transition to Adulthood
By: Phillip B. Levine, Robin McKnight, Samantha Heep
Abstract; PDF

Cumulative Effects of Job Characteristics on Health
By: Jason M. Fletcher, Jody L. Sindelar, Shintaro Yamaguchi
Abstract; PDF

Job Loss: Eat, drink and try to be merry?
By: Partha Deb, William T. Gallo, Padmaja Ayyagari, Jason M. Fletcher, Jody L. Sindelar
Abstract; PDF

Tobacco Use, Taxation and Self Control in Adolescence
By: Jason M. Fletcher, Partha Deb, Jody L. Sindelar
Abstract; PDF

Disease and Development Revisited
By: David E. Bloom, David Canning, Günther Fink
Abstract; PDF

Identifying Heterogeneity in Economic Choice Models
By: Jeremy T. Fox, Amit Gandhi
Abstract; PDF

Using Genetic Lotteries within Families to Examine the Causal Impact of Poor Health on Academic Achievement
By: Jason M. Fletcher, Steven F. Lehrer
Abstract; PDF

Inequality and Specialization: The Growth of Low-Skill Service Jobs in the United States
By: David H. Autor, David Dorn
Abstract; PDF

The Potato's Contribution to Population and Urbanization: Evidence from an Historical Experiment
By: Nathan Nunn, Nancy Qian
Abstract; PDF

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July 14, 2009

America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009

America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009
Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics

America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009 is a compendium of indicators illustrating both the promises and the difficulties confronting our Nation’s young people. The report presents 40 key indicators on important aspects of children’s lives. These indicators are drawn from our most reliable statistics, easily understood by broad audiences, objectively based on substantial research, balanced so that no single area of children’s lives dominates the report, measured regularly so that they can be updated to show trends over time, and representative of large segments of the population rather than one particular group.

This year’s report continues to present key indicators grouped by the seven sections identified in the restructured 10th anniversary report (2007): family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. The report incorporates several modifications that reflect the Forum’s ongoing efforts to improve its quality and comprehensiveness: updates to data sources and substantive expansions or clarifications have been made for several indicators; a regular indicator on adolescent depression has been added, addressing an ongoing data gap on the mental heath of children; and a special feature, Children with Special Health Care Needs, has been included.

Foreword and Table of Contents
Full text (PDF)

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July 10, 2009

New Working Papers from the NBER

Modern Medicine and the 20th Century Decline in Mortality: Evidence on the Impact of Sulfa Drugs
Seema Jayachandran, Adriana Lleras-Muney, Kimberly V. Smith
Abstract; PDF

Life at the top: the benefits of height
Angus S. Deaton, Raksha Arora
Abstract; PDF

Food Prices and the Dynamics of Body Weight
Dana Goldman, Darius Lakdawalla, Yuhui Zheng
Abstract; PDF

Abortion and Crime: A Review
Theodore J. Joyce
Abstract; PDF

Crime and Body Weight in the Nineteenth Century: Was there a Relationship between Brawn, Employment Opportunities and Crime?
Howard Bodenhorn, Gregory Price
Abstract; PDF

Obesity, Self-esteem and Wages
Naci H. Mocan, Erdal Tekin
Abstract; PDF

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

Inequality and Specialization: The Growth of Low-Skill Service Jobs in the United States
David Autor, David Dorn
Abstract; PDF

Flexible Labor Supply Models
(forthcoming in: Economics Letters )
Olivier Bargain
Abstract; PDF

The Informal Sector Wage Gap: New Evidence Using Quantile Estimations on Panel Data
Olivier Bargain, Prudence Kwenda
Abstract; PDF

Circular Migration or Permanent Return: What Determines Different Forms of Migration?
Florin Vadean, Matloob Piracha
Abstract; PDF

Linking Individuals and Societies
(forthcoming in: Journal of Mathematical Sociology )
Guillermina Jasso
Abstract; PDF

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July 08, 2009

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

Forecasting with Spatial Panel Data
Badi H. Baltagi, Georges Bresson, Alain Pirotte
Abstract; PDF

Large Demographic Shocks and Small Changes in the Marriage Market
Loren Brandt, Aloysius Siow, Carl Vogel
Abstract; PDF

The Duration of Paid Parental Leave and Children's Scholastic Performance
Qian Liu, Oskar Nordström Skans
Abstract; PDF

How Does Retirement Affect Health?
Stefanie Behncke
Abstract; PDF

Child Care Subsidies and Childhood Obesity
Chris M. Herbst, Erdal Tekin
Abstract; PDF

Age at Migration and Social Integration
Olof Aslund, Anders Böhlmark, Oskar Nordström Skans
Abstract; PDF

Immigration, Family Responsibilities and the Labor Supply of Skilled Native Women
Lídia Farré, Libertad Gonzalez, Francesc Ortega
Abstract; PDF

Causes and Consequences of a Father's Child Leave: Evidence from a Reform of Leave Schemes
Helena Skyt Nielsen
Abstract; PDF
Cognition and Economic Outcomes in the Health and Retirement Survey
John J. McArdle, James P. Smith, Robert Willis
Abstract; PDF

Birth Weight and the Dynamics of Early Cognitive and Behavioural Development
Emilia Del Bono, John Ermisch
Abstract; PDF

Immigration to the Land of Redistribution
Tito Boeri
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of Childhood Health on Adult Labor Market Outcomes
James P. Smith
Abstract; PDF

Work and Money: Payoffs by Ethnic Identity and Gender
Amelie F. Constant, Klaus F. Zimmermann
Abstract; PDF

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June 18, 2009

New Working Papers from the NBER

Measuring Discrimination in Education
Rema Hanna, Leigh Linden
Abstract; PDF

Economic Contextual Factors and Child Body Mass Index
Lisa M. Powell, Frank J. Chaloupka
Abstract; PDF

Physical Activity: Economic and Policy Factors
Melayne M. McInnes, Judith A. Shinogle
Abstract; PDF

Why Do Mothers Breastfeed Girls Less Than Boys? Evidence and Implications for Child Health in India
Seema Jayachandran, Ilyana Kuziemko
Abstract; PDF

Direct and Indirect Effects of Teenage Body Weight on Adult Wages
Euna Han, Edward C. Norton, Lisa M. Powell
Abstract; PDF

Why Do Skilled Immigrants Struggle in the Labor Market? A Field Experiment with Six Thousand Resumes
Philip Oreopoulos
Abstract; PDF

Physical Activity: Economic and Policy Factors
Melayne M. McInnes, Judith A. Shinogle
Abstract; PDF

Do Race and Fairness Matter in Generosity? Evidence from a Nationally Representative Charity Experiment
Christina M. Fong, Erzo F.P. Luttmer
Abstract; PDF

Adoption Curves and Social Interactions
William A. Brock, Steven N. Durlauf
Abstract; PDF

Schooling, Cognitive Skills, and the Latin American Growth Puzzle
Eric A. Hanushek, Ludger Woessmann
Abstract; PDF

The Quality of Medical Care, Behavioral Risk Factors, and Longevity Growth
Frank R. Lichtenberg
Abstract; PDF

Empirics of Strategic Interdependence: The Case of the Racial Tipping Point
William Easterly
Abstract; PDF

Opting For Families: Recent Trends in the Fertility of Highly Educated Women
Qingyan Shang, Bruce A. Weinberg
Abstract; PDF

The (Mythical?) Housing Wealth Effect
Charles Calomiris, Stanley D. Longhofer, William Miles
Abstract; PDF

The Equality Multiplier
Erling Barth, Karl O. Moene
Abstract; PDF

Birth Cohort and the Black-White Achievement Gap: The Roles of Access and Health Soon After Birth
Kenneth Y. Chay, Jonathan Guryan, Bhashkar Mazumder #15078 (CH ED HC HE LS PE)
Abstract; PDF

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

Childcare, Eldercare, and Labor Force Participation of Married Women in Urban China: 1982−2000
Margaret Maurer-Fazio, Rachel Connelly, Chen Lan, Lixin Tang
Abstract; PDF

Brain Drain in Globalization: A General Equilibrium Analysis from the Sending Countries' Perspective
Luca Marchiori, I-Ling Shen, Frédéric Docquier
Abstract; PDF

No Room to Live: Urban Overcrowding in Edwardian Britain
Ian Gazeley, Andrew T. Newell
Abstract; PDF

Do International Labor Standards Contribute to the Persistence of the Child Labor Problem?
Matthias Doepke, Fabrizio Zilibotti
Abstract; PDF

Parental Education and Wages: Evidence from China
Yuanyuan Chen, Shuaizhang Feng
Abstract; PDF

The Timing of Maternal Work and Time with Children
Jay Stewart
Abstract; PDF

Inequality and Volatility Moderation in Russia: Evidence from Micro-Level Panel Data on Consumption and Income
Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Klara Sabirianova Peter, Dmitriy Stolyarov
Abstract; PDF

Network Formations among Immigrants and Natives
Gil S. Epstein, Odelia Heizler (Cohen)
Abstract; PDF

Long-Term Impact of Youth Minimum Wages: Evidence from Two Decades of Individual Longitudinal Data
Ana Rute Cardoso
Abstract; PDF

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June 05, 2009

New Working Papers from the NBER

The Random Coefficients Logit Model Is Identified
by Patrick Bajari, Jeremy Fox, Kyoo il Kim, Stephen P. Ryan
Abstract; PDF

Pollution, Health, and Avoidance Behavior: Evidence from the Ports of Los Angeles
by Enrico Moretti, Matthew Neidell
Abstract; PDF

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

Quantity-Quality and the One Child Policy:The Only-Child Disadvantage in School Enrollment in Rural China
by Nancy Qian
Abstract; PDF

Why do Institutions of Higher Education Reward Research While Selling Education?
by Dahlia K. Remler, Elda Pema
Abstract; PDF

Toxic Exposure in America: Estimating Fetal and Infant Health Outcomes
by Nikhil Agarwal, Chanont Banternghansa, Linda Bui
Abstract; PDF

The Relationship Between Neighborhood Quality and Obesity Among Children
by Bisakha Sen, Stephen Mennemeyer, Lisa C. Gary
Abstract; PDF

Short Run Constraints and the Increasing Marginal Value of Time in Recreation
by Raymond B. Palmquist, Daniel J. Phaneuf, V. Kerry Smith
Abstract; PDF

Food Stamp Program and Consumption Choices
by Neeraj Kaushal, Qin Gao
Abstract; PDF

Studying the Child Obesity Epidemic With Natural Experiments
by Robert Sandy, Gilbert Liu, John Ottensmann, Rusty Tchernis, Jeffrey Wilson, O.T. Ford
Abstract; PDF

Effects of Weight on Adolescent Educational Attainment
by Robert Kaestner, Michael Grossman, Benjamin Yarnoff
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of the AIDS Pandemic on Health Services in Africa: Evidence from Demographic and Health Surveys
by Anne Case, Christina Paxson
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of State-Level Nutrition-Education Program Funding on BMI: Evidence from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
by Kerry Anne McGeary
Abstract; PDF

Differences in the U.S. Trends in the Prevalence of Obesity Based on Body Mass Index and Skinfold Thickness
by Richard V. Burkhauser, John Cawley, Maximilian D. Schmeiser
Abstract; PDF

Child Care Subsidies and Childhood Obesity
by Chris M. Herbst, Erdal Tekin
Abstract; PDF

Direct and Indirect Effects of Teenage Body Weight on Adult Wages
by Euna Han, Edward C. Norton, Lisa M. Powell
Abstract; PDF

Why Do Skilled Immigrants Struggle in the Labor Market? A Field Experiment with Six Thousand Resumes
by Philip Oreopoulos
Abstract; PDF

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

Population Aging, Elderly Migration and Education Spending: Intergenerational Conflict Revisited
Mehmet S. Tosun, Claudia R. Williamson, Pavel Yakovlev
Abstract; PDF

Sample Attrition Bias in Randomized Experiments: A Tale of Two Surveys
Luc Behaghel, Bruno Crépon, Marc Gurgand, Thomas Le Barbanchon
Abstract; PDF

Participation in Higher Education: A Random Parameter Logit Approach with Policy Simulations
Darragh Flannery, Cathal O'Donoghue
Abstract; PDF

An Empirical Analysis of the Dynamics of the Welfare State: The Case of Benefit Morale
Martin Halla, Mario Lackner, Friedrich Schneider
Abstract; PDF

Still Waiting for Mister Right? Asymmetric Information, Abortion Laws and the Timing of Marriage
Simon W. Bowmaker, Patrick M. Emerson
Abstract; PDF

Optimal Family Policy in the Presence of Moral Hazard, When the Quantity and Quality of Children Are Stochastic
Alessandro Cigno, Annalisa Luporini
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of Demographic Change on Human Capital Accumulation
Michael Fertig, Christoph M. Schmidt, Mathias Sinning
Abstract; PDF

Corruption and the Shadow Economy: A Structural Equation Model Approach
Andreas Buehn, Friedrich Schneider
Abstract; PDF

Low Pay Persistence in European Countries
Ken Clark, Nikolaos C. Kanellopoulos
Abstract; PDF

A Reevaluation of the Role of Family in Immigrants' Labor Market Activity: Evidence from a Comparison of Single and Married Immigrants
Sarit Cohen-Goldner, Chemi Gotlibovski, Nava Kahana
Abstract; PDF

Intra-Household Time Allocation: Gender Differences in Caring for Children
Inmaculada García-Mainar, José Alberto Molina, Víctor M. Montuenga
Abstract; PDF

Social Incentives in the Workplace
(forthcoming in: Review of Economic Studies)
Oriana Bandiera, Iwan Barankay, Imran Rasul
Abstract; PDF

Postponing Maternity in Ireland
Cathal O'Donoghue, David Meredith, Eamon O'Shea
Abstract; PDF

The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness
Betsey Stevenson, Justin Wolfers
Abstract; PDF

Google Econometrics and Unemployment Forecasting
(forthcoming in: Applied Economics Quarterly, 2009)
Nikos Askitas, Klaus F. Zimmermann
Abstract; PDF

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May 12, 2009

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

Stepping Stone or Dead End? The Effect of the EITC on Earnings Growth
Molly Dahl, Thomas DeLeire, Jonathan Schwabish
Abstract; PDF

Does Job Loss Cause Ill Health?
Martin Salm
Abstract; PDF

Do the Obese Really Die Younger or Do Health Expenditures Buy Them Extra Years?
Paul Frijters, Juan D. Barón
Abstract; PDF

Family Ties and Political Participation
Alberto Alesina, Paola Giuliano
Abstract; PDF

Family Ties and Political Participation
Alberto Alesina, Paola Giuliano
Abstract; PDF

Dynamics of Poor Health and Non-Employment
Peter Haan, Michal Myck
Abstract; PDF

Immigrant Wages in the Spanish Labour Market: Does the Origin of Human Capital Matter?
Esteve Sanromá, Raul Ramos, Hipólito Simón
Abstract; PDF

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May 07, 2009

New Book Acquisitions

HIV prevalence estimates from the demographic and health surveys
By: Erica Nybro, Bernard Barrère. 2008.

HIV tests among thousands of men and women provide a sobering look at the international epidemic. A new publication, HIV Prevalence Estimates from the Demographic and Health Surveys, summarizes the results of population-based HIV tests in 28 countries among more than 400,000 men and women worldwide.

Starting in 2001, the MEASURE DHS project included blood tests for HIV in its national surveys, leading world experts to readjust international estimates of HIV prevalence. While this readjustment lowered the estimates of HIV infection worldwide, the new report describes the international burden of the epidemic with prevalence rates ranging from less than one percent in Asia and West Africa to almost 26 percent in Swaziland. Southern Africa is by far the most affected region. About one in four adults is infected in Lesotho and Swaziland and 18 percent in Zimbabwe. Less than one percent of the population is infected in the three Asian countries with DHS-based HIV estimates-India, Cambodia, and Vietnam. In India, however, less than one percent means that close to 2 million people age 15-49 are infected with HIV.

Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide
By: Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart. 2004.

Seminal thinkers of the nineteenth century -- Auguste Comte, Herbert Spencer, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud -- all predicted that religion would gradually fade in importance and cease to be significant with the emergence of industrial society. The belief that religion was dying became the conventional wisdom in the social sciences during most of the twentieth century. During the last decade, however, the secularization thesis has experienced the most sustained challenge in its long history. The traditional secularization thesis needs updating. Religion has not disappeared and is unlikely to do so. Nevertheless, the concept of secularization captures an important part of what is going on. This book develops a theory of secularization and existential security. Sacred and Secular is essential reading for anyone interested in comparative religion, sociology, public opinion, political behavior, political development, social psychology, international relations, and cultural change.

Assessing Organizational Change: A Guide to Methods, Measures, and Practices
Stanley E. Seashore, Edward E. Lawler III, Philip H. Mirvis, Cortlandt Cammann. 1983.

From the preface: This book is about assessing organizational change. It is a progress report on the results of a multiyear large-scale effort to develop measures, methods, and practices to measure change. To a significant degree it is a how-to book that contains a wide range of measurement instruments, observation techniques, and analytical methods.

A biologist's guide to mathematical modeling in ecology and evolution
Sarah P. Otto, Troy Day. 2007.

Thirty years ago, biologists could get by with a rudimentary grasp of mathematics and modeling. Not so today. In seeking to answer fundamental questions about how biological systems function and change over time, the modern biologist is as likely to rely on sophisticated mathematical and computer-based models as traditional fieldwork. In this book, Sarah Otto and Troy Day provide biology students with the tools necessary to both interpret models and to build their own.

The book starts at an elementary level of mathematical modeling, assuming that the reader has had high school mathematics and first-year calculus. Otto and Day then gradually build in depth and complexity, from classic models in ecology and evolution to more intricate class-structured and probabilistic models. The authors provide primers with instructive exercises to introduce readers to the more advanced subjects of linear algebra and probability theory. Through examples, they describe how models have been used to understand such topics as the spread of HIV, chaos, the age structure of a country, speciation, and extinction.

Ecologists and evolutionary biologists today need enough mathematical training to be able to assess the power and limits of biological models and to develop theories and models themselves. This innovative book will be an indispensable guide to the world of mathematical models for the next generation of biologists.

Gender and Ageing: Changing Roles and Relationships
Sara Arber, Kate Davidson, Jay Ginn. 2003.

This book is a follow-up to Arber and Ginn's award winning Connecting Gender and Ageing (1995). It contains original chapters from eminent writers on gender and ageing, addressing newly emergent areas within gender and ageing, including gender identity and masculinity in later life. Early work on gender and ageing was dominated by a focus on older women. The present collection breaks with this tradition by emphasizing changing gender roles and relationships, gender identity and an examination of masculinities in midlife and later life.

A key theme running through the book is the need to reconceptualize partnership status, in order to understand the implications for women and men of widowhood, divorce and new forms of relationships, such as Living Apart Together (LAT-relationships). Another is the influence of socio-economic circumstances on how ageing is experienced and transitions are negotiated.

The book illustrates new ways of thinking about old age and indicates policy implications, especially concerning the nature of service provision for older people. It will change the ways in which social scientists conceptualize later life.

Written with undergraduate students and researchers in mind, Gender and Ageing: Changing Roles and Relationships will be an invaluable text for those studying social gerontology, sociology of later life, gender studies, health and community care and social policy.

Demographic Challenges for the 21st Century: A State of the Art in Demography
Johan Surkyn, Patrick Deboosere, Jan Van Bavel. 2008.

Inspired by the work of Ron Lesthaeghe, retired Belgian professor of demography and social science research methodology, this collection of contributions is also based on a conference entitled "Demographic Challenges for the 21st Century: A State of the Art in Demography." During Ron Lesthaeghe’s tenure, he established himself as a scholar, publishing highly influential work that changed the face of demography and founded the research group, Interface Demography. Most of his research was in the various subfields of demography: historical, social, and economic, and mainly covered populations of Europe and of sub-Saharan Africa. He also researched the fields of cultural change in Europe and of ethnic minority studies. This book offers a collection of tributes to his contribution to demography, presented by leading international demographers.

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New Working Papers from the NBER

The Causes and Effects of International Migrations: Evidence from OECD Countries 1980-2005
Francesc Ortega, Giovanni Peri
Abstract; PDF

Estimation of Causal Effects in Experiments with Multiple Sources of Noncompliance
John Engberg, Dennis Epple, Jason Imbrogno, Holger Sieg, Ron Zimmer
Abstract; PDF

Why is Mobility in India so Low? Social Insurance, Inequality, and Growth
Kaivan Munshi, Mark Rosenzweig
Abstract; PDF

Menstruation and Education in Nepal
Emily Oster, Rebecca Thornton
Abstract; PDF

A Theory of Outsourcing and Wage Decline
Thomas J. Holmes, Julia Thornton Snider
Abstract; PDF

Paying for Progress: Conditional Grants and the Desegregation of Southern Schools
Elizabeth Cascio, Nora Gordon, Ethan Lewis, Sarah Reber
Abstract; PDF

Gender Roles and Medical Progress
Stefania Albanesi, Claudia Olivetti
Abstract; PDF

Bayesian and Frequentist Inference in Partially Identified Models Hyungsik Roger Moon, Frank Schorfheide
Abstract; PDF

Does Affirmative Action Lead to Mismatch? A New Test and Evidence
Peter Arcidiacono, Esteban M. Aucejo, Hanming Fang, Kenneth I. Spenner
Abstract; PDF

Beyond Wages: The Effects of Immigration on the Scale and Composition of Output
Francesca Mazzolari, David Neumark
Abstract; PDF

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May 04, 2009

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

The Gender Education Gap in China: The Power of Water
Yasheng Maimaiti, W. Stanley Siebert
Abstract; PDF

Do Immigrants Take the Jobs of Native Workers?
Nikolaj Malchow-Møller, Jakob Roland Munch, Jan Rose Skaksen
Abstract; PDF

Cultures, Clashes and Peace
Erin Fletcher, Murat Iyigun
Abstract; PDF

Evaluating the Impact of Community-Based Health Interventions: Evidence from Brazil's Family Health Program
Romero Rocha, Rodrigo R. Soares
Abstract; PDF

Delinquent Networks
Coralio Ballester, Antoni Calvó-Armengol, Yves Zenou
Abstract; PDF

Risk Attitude and Wage Growth: Replication and Reconstruction
Santiago Budria, Luis Diaz-Serrano, Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Joop Hartog
Abstract; PDF

Gender Interactions within Hierarchies: Evidence from the Political Arena
Stefano Gagliarducci, Daniele Paserman
Abstract; PDF

Critical Periods During Childhood and Adolescence: A Study of Adult Height Among Immigrant Siblings
Gerard J. van den Berg, Petter Lundborg, Paul Nystedt, Dan-Olof Rooth
Abstract; PDF

Temporary Labour Migration and Welfare at the New European Fringe: A Comparison of Five Eastern European Countries
Alexander M. Danzer, Barbara Dietz
Abstract; PDF

Self-Selection and Earnings of Emigrants from a Welfare State
Panu Poutvaara, Martin D. Munk, Martin Junge
Abstract; PDF

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March 13, 2009

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

Marriage considerations in sending girls to school in Bangladesh: Some qualitative evidence
Sajeda Amin and Lopita Huq
Abstract; PDF

Multiple dimensions of urban well-being: Evidence from India
S. Chandrasekhar and Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay
Abstract; PDF

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Open Access Week at the University Library

Open Access Week at the University Library

The University of Michigan University Library is hosting a week-long, campus-wide exploration of Open Access during the month of March. We define Open Access as free, permanent, full-text, online access to peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly material. The series of events will bring together scholars, publishers, authors, copyright experts, and librarians from a range of disciplines to discuss the impact of Open Access on academic research and publishing.

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March 11, 2009

Mini-Digest of Education Statistics, 2008

Mini-Digest of Education Statistics, 2008
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

This publication is a pocket-sized compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from kindergarten through graduate school. The statistical highlights are excerpts from the Digest of Education of Statistics, 2008.

Full document (PDF)

Edited to add:
The full Digest of Education Statistics, 2008 is now available. Download chapters or Full Document (PDF)

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

Gender Differences in Risk Behaviour: Does Nurture Matter?
Alison L. Booth, Patrick J. Nolen
Abstract; PDF

Choosing to Compete: The Role of Single-Sex Education
Alison L. Booth, Patrick J. Nolen
Abstract; PDF

Access to Higher Education and Inequality: The Chinese Experiment
Xiaojun Wang, Belton M. Fleisher, Haizheng Li, Shi Li
Abstract; PDF

Re-Constructing Childhood Health Histories
James P. Smith
Abstract; PDF

Literacy Traps: Society-wide Education and Individual Skill Premia
Vidya Atal, Kaushik Basu, John Gray, Travis Lee
Abstract; PDF

How Does Household Production Affect Measured Income Inequality?
Harley Frazis, Jay Stewart
Abstract; PDF

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March 03, 2009

New Book Acquisitions

Demographic Challenges for the 21st Century: A State of the Art in Demography
Edited by: Johan Surkyn, Patrick Deboosere and Jan Van Bavel

In February 2007, a conference entitled ’Demographic Challenges for the 21st Century: A state of the Art in Demography’ was organised at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in honour of Ron Lesthaeghe, who had recently retired from this institution as a professor in demography and social science research methodology. During the 35 years Ron Lesthaeghe worked at the university, he established himself as a passionate researcher in many fields, as a gifted teacher who enthused several generations of students, and as a scholar publishing highly influential work which has changed the face of demography.

This book offers a collection of contributions, presented by friends and colleagues on the occasion of that conference. Therefore it is not a Liber Amicorum that concentrates on personal impressions. Instead, it is inspired by Ron Lesthaeghe’s work and covers many of the fields he was engaged in, together with the research group ’Interface Demography’ which he founded in the late 1980’s. In addition, a tribute from Frans Willekens opens this volume with a brief precis of his academic biography and the significance of his contribution to demography.

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February 27, 2009

Health, United States, 2008

Health, United States, 2008
From the Center for Disease Control

Press Release:

Health Habits of Adults Aged 18-29 Highlighted in Report on Nation′s Health

Young adults in the United States aged 18-29 face a number of health challenges, including increases in obesity, high injury rates, and lack of insurance coverage compared to older adults, according to the latest report on the nation′s health.

Health, United States: 2008 is the 32nd annual edition of the report prepared by CDC′s National Center for Health Statistics, and includes a compilation of health data from a number of sources within the federal government and in the private sector. The report uses the most current data available at the time of publication.

This year′s edition features a special section on adults aged 18 to 29, a group making many life choices including decisions about education, marriage, childbearing, and health behaviors such as tobacco and alcohol use, which will affect both their future economic and health status.

Highlights of the report:

* Obesity rates have tripled among young adults in the past three decades, from 8 percent in 1971-1974 to 24 percent in 2005-2006.
* In 2006, 29 percent of young men were current cigarette smokers, compared to 21 percent of young adult women. Between 1997 and 2006, the percentage of women 18–29 years of age who currently smoked cigarettes declined nearly 20 percent. Current smoking did not decline significantly among young men.
* In 2005, unintentional injuries or accidents, homicide, and suicide accounted for 70 percent of deaths among young adults 18–29 years of age. Three-quarters of the 47,000 deaths in this age group occurred among young men. Young adults also have the highest rate of injury-related emergency department visits of all age groups.
* In 1999–2004, almost 9 percent of adults aged 20–29 reported having major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, or panic disorder in the past 12 months.
* In 2006, adults aged 20–24 were more likely to be uninsured (34 percent) than those aged 18–19 (21 percent) and 25–29 (29 percent).
* In 2004–2006, 17 percent of adults aged 18–29 reported needing but not receiving one or more of the following services in the past year because they could not afford them: medical care, prescription medicines, mental health care, or eyeglasses.

The full report contains 151 data tables in addition to the special feature on young adults. The tables cover the spectrum of health topics, serving as a comprehensive snapshot of the nation′s health.

Other highlights:

* In 2006, American men could expect to live 3.6 years longer, and women 1.9 years longer, than they did in 1990. Death rates from heart disease, stroke and cancer have continued to decline in recent years.
* Sixty-five percent of men and 80 percent of women aged 75 and older reported having high blood pressure or were taking high blood pressure medication in 2003–2006, compared to about 36 percent of adults aged 45–54.
* The proportion of the population with high cholesterol levels has been dropping, in large part due to increased use of cholesterol-lowering drugs. In 2003–2006, 16 percent of adults had high cholesterol. Women aged 55 and over were much more likely to have high cholesterol than their male counterparts.
* Approximately 25 percent of adults aged 60 and over had diabetes in 2003-2006.
* Obesity rates do not appear to be increasing as rapidly as they did in past decades, but remain high, with over a third of adults age 20 and over considered to be obese in 2005–2006.

Preliminary Health, United States, 2008 Website
Full report (PDF)

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February 24, 2009

New Working Papers from the NBER

Public Policies and Women's Employment after Childbearing
Wen-Jui Han, Christopher Ruhm, Jane Waldfogel, Elizabeth Washbrook
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of Children's Public Health Insurance Expansions on Educational Outcomes
Phillip B. Levine, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
Abstract; PDF

"Momma's Got the Pill": How Anthony Comstock and Griswold v. Connecticut Shaped U.S. Childbearing
Martha J. Bailey
Abstract; PDF

Welfare and Generational Equity in Sustainable Unfunded Pension Systems
Alan J. Auerbach, Ronald Lee
Abstract; PDF

Immigration and Inequality
David Card
Welfare and Generational Equity in Sustainable Unfunded Pension Systems
Alan J. Auerbach, Ronald Lee
Abstract; PDF

The Economics and Psychology of Inequality and Human Development
Flavio Cunha, James J. Heckman
Abstract; PDF

Income and Health Spending: Evidence from Oil Price Shocks
Daron Acemoglu, Amy Finkelstein, Matthew J. Notowidigdo
Abstract; PDF

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February 23, 2009

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

Gender Differences in Risk Aversion and Ambiguity Aversion
forthcoming in: Journal of the European Economic Association)
Lex Borghans, Bart Golsteyn, James J. Heckman, Huub Meijers
Abstract; PDF

Following in Your Parents' Footsteps? Empirical Analysis of Matched Parent-Offspring Test Scores
Sarah Brown, Steven McIntosh, Karl Taylor
Abstract; PDF

Why Praise Inequality? Public Good Provision, Income Distribution and Social Welfare
Indraneel Dasgupta
Abstract; PDF

External Validation of the Use of Vignettes in Cross-Country Health Studies
Nabanita Datta Gupta, Nicolai Kristensen, Dario Pozzoli
Abstract; PDF

Part-Time Work, Gender and Job Satisfaction: Evidence from a Developing Country
Florencia López Bóo, Lucia Madrigal, Carmen Pagés
Abstract; PDF

Happiness and Economic Growth: Does the Cross Section Predict Time Trends? Evidence from Developing Countries
Richard A. Easterlin, Onnicha Sawangfa
Abstract; PDF

The Economics and Psychology of Inequality and Human Development
Flavio Cunha, James J. Heckman
Abstract; PDF

Long-Term Effects of Forced Migration
Matti Sarvimäki, Roope Uusitalo, Markus Jäntti
Abstract; PDF

The Elite Brain Drain
(forthcoming in: Economic Journal)
Rosalind S. Hunter, Andrew J. Oswald, Bruce G. Charlton
Abstract; PDF

Imitative Obesity and Relative Utility
(forthcoming in: Journal of the European Economic Association)
David G. Blanchflower, Andrew J. Oswald, Bert Van Landeghem
Abstract; PDF

Measuring Inequality Using Censored Data: A Multiple Imputation Approach
Stephen P. Jenkins, Richard V. Burkhauser, Shuaizhang Feng, Jeff Larrimore
Abstract; PDF

Fertility Changes in Latin America in the Context of Economic Uncertainty
Alicia Adsera, Alicia Menendez
Abstract; PDF

Heterogeneity in Risky Choice Behaviour in a Broad Population
Hans-Martin von Gaudecker, Arthur van Soest, Erik Wengström
Abstract; PDF

How Do Training Programs Assign Participants to Training? Characterizing the Assignment Rules of Government Agencies for Welfare-to-Work Programs in California
Oscar A. Mitnik
Abstract; PDF

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February 05, 2009

CSCAR Workshops

Introduction to Stata: Feb 16 - 27, M/W/F mornings.
Intermediate Topics in SPSS: Data Management and Macros: Feb 17 and 19, T/TH mornings.
Using ArcGIS: Mar 3 and 5, T/TH 2 full days.
Introduction to NVivo: Mar 4, W all day.
Health Measurement: Mar 6, F all day.
Intermediate SAS: Mar 9, 11, 13, M/W/F mornings.
Intermediate Topics in SPSS: Advanced Statistical Models: Mar 10 and 12, T/TH mornings.
Randomized Controlled Trials: Mar 23, M all day.
Introduction to SPSS: Mar 24 - 27, T/W/TH/F afternoons.
Determining Sufficient Sample Size: Apr 3, F all day.

Spring:
Multivariate Techniques - Logistic Regression and Related Techniques. Apr 28, T all day.
Multivariate Techniques - Data Reduction. Apr 29, W all day.
Applied Structural Equation Modeling: May 4 - 6, M/T/W all day.
Applied Survival Analysis. May 7 and 8, TH/F 2 full days.
Introduction to Proc Mixed: May 11 and 12, M/W 2 full days.
Applications of Hierarchical Linear Models: May 18, 19, 20, M/T/W 3 full days.
Text Mining with Common Digital Documents: May 21, TH all day.
Comparative Studies: Matching , Adjustment, and Propensity Scores: May 27, W all day.
Meta-Analysis: May 28, TH all day.

For fees and registration, see
http://www.umich.edu/~cscar/workshops/index.html

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February 04, 2009

New Book Acquisitions

Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches, 3rd Edition
By: John W. Creswell

The Third Edition of John W. Creswell’s best-selling Research Design enables readers to compare three approaches to research – qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods – in a single research methods text. The book examines these methodologies side by side within the process of research, from the beginning steps of philosophical assumptions to the writing and presenting of research.

Structural Equation Modeling: Foundations and Extensions By: David Kaplan
Using detailed, empirical examples, Structural Equation Modeling, Second Edition, presents a thorough and sophisticated treatment of the foundations of structural equation modeling (SEM). It also demonstrates how SEM can provide a unique lens on the problems social and behavioral scientists face.
Thoroughly revised to address recent developments, this new edition includes:
• The foundations of SEM, including path analysis and factor analysis.
• Traditional SEM for continuous latent variables, including latent growth curve modeling for continuous growth factors, and issues in testing assumptions of SEM.
• SEM for categorical latent variables, including latent class analysis, Markov models (latent and mixed latent), and growth mixture modeling.
• Philosophical issues in the practice of SEM, including the problem of causal inference.

A Mathematical Primer for Social Statistics
By: John Fox

A Mathematical Primer for Social Statistics: Beyond the introductory level, learning and effectively using statistical methods in the social sciences requires some knowledge of mathematics. It is, however, surprising how far one can go with a relatively modest mathematical background. The proposed monograph aims to provide that background, introducing the areas of mathematics that are most centrally important to applied social statistics: matrices, linear algebra, and vector geometry; basic differential and integral calculus, including multivariable and matrix calculus, and the application of calculus to optimization problems; and probability and estimation, including the basics of probability theory, discrete and continuous random variables, commonly encountered statistical distributions, principles of estimation, the method of maximum likelihood and the basics of Bayesian inference.

Event History Analysis with Stata
By: Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Gtz Rohwer, and Katrin Golsch

Event History Analysis With Stata provides an introduction to event history modeling techniques using Stata (version 9), a widely used statistical program that provides tools for data analysis. The book emphasizes the usefulness of event history models for causal analysis in the social sciences and the application of continuous-time models.

The authors illustrate the entire research path required in the application of event-history analysis, from the initial problems of recording event-oriented data, to data organization, to applications using the software, to the interpretation of results. The book also demonstrates, through example, how to implement hypotheses tests and how to choose the right model. The strengths and limitations of various techniques are emphasized in each example, along with an introduction to the model, details on how to input data, and the related Stata commands. Each application is accompanied by a brief explanation of the underlying statistical concept.

Readers are offered the unique opportunity to easily run and modify all of the book’s application examples on a computer, by visiting the author’s Web site at http://www.uni-bamberg.de/sowi/soziologie-i/eha/. Examples include survival rates of patients in medical studies; unemployment periods in economic studies; and the time it takes a criminal to break the law after his release in a criminological study.

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New Book Acquisitions

Intergenerational Caregiving
Edited by: Alan Booth, Ann C. Crouter, Suzanne M. Bianchi, and Judith A. Seltzer

Dramatic changes in the American family have transformed the way we care for its oldest and youngest members. Nuclear families have become smaller as childbearing has declined, but extended families have become larger as life expectancy grows. Divorce, extramarital childbearing, cohabitation, and remarriage, have increased our number of kin but often complicate relationships and diffuse responsibility for care. Further, women s increasing participation in the workforce has meant that previous generations must reevaluate their assumptions about caregivers. In Intergenerational Caregiving, an interdisciplinary group of scholars considers our changing family relationships and their effect on social policies. Caregiving and its effects on families relationships and resources are examined from economic, sociological, anthropological and psychological perspectives, and chapters on both elders and children with disabilities are included.

Family in the Middle East: Ideational change in Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia
By: Kathryn M. Yount and Hoda Rashad

Examines, in comparative perspective, the different ideals about family and society and how they have impacted on real family life across a number of countries in the Middle East.

Worlds in Motion: Understanding International Migration at the End of the Millennium
By: Douglas S. Massey, Joaquin Arango, Graeme Hugo, and Ali Kouaouci

The twentieth century has seen immense worldwide shifts in population. Whether it is Europe to North America, the Carribean to the United Kingdom, or East Asia to Australia, migration is one of the major factors that influences the global political and economic situation. By applying systematic theoretical frameworks to detailed empirical data, Worlds in Motion provides a unique overview of not only where migration occurs, and how it works, but crucially details the major factors that influence international population movement.

Coverage Measurement in the 2010 Census
By: Robert M. Bell, Michael L. Cohen and National Research Council Committee on National Statistics

The census coverage measurement programs have historically addressed three primary objectives: to inform users about the quality of the census counts; to help identify sources of error to improve census taking, and to provide alternative counts based on information from the coverage measurement program. In planning the 1990 and 2000 censuses, the main objective was to produce alternative counts based on the measurement of net coverage error. For the 2010 census coverage measurement program, the Census Bureau will deemphasize that goal, and is instead planning to focus on the second goal of improving census processes. This book, which details the findings of the National Research Council's Panel on Coverage Evaluation and Correlation Bias, strongly supports the Census Bureau's change in goal. However, the panel finds that the current plans for data collection, data analysis, and data products are still too oriented towards measurement of net coverage error to fully exploit this new focus. Although the Census Bureau has taken several important steps to revise data collection and analysis procedures and data products, this book recommends further steps to enhance the value of coverage measurement for the improvement of future census processes.

Working After Welfare: How Women Balance Jobs and Family in the Wake of Welfare Reform
By: Kristin Seefeldt

How to balance work and family issues has become a major issue for women across the country in all income classes, but especially so for single mothers who were formerly on welfare. This book, tapping into the quantitative and qualitative evidence gathered in the Women’s Employment Study (WES), offers insights into the lives of women in an urban Michigan county who left welfare for work and the role their family decisions play in their labor market decisions.

Intraindividual Processes (Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology)
Edited by: Abraham Tesser and Norbert Schwarz

This state of the art overview of intraindividual processes covers social cognition, attitudes, and social motivation. It will be useful for students with some knowledge of social psychology who want an overview and for researchers as an authoritative definition of the field that also indicates likely future trends.

The handbook includes contributions by academics and researchers from around the world to ensure a truly international perspective. After outlining a set of integrative perspectives: evolutionary and cultural, developmental, and methodological, it goes on to provide an in-depth treatment of current research on social cognition and social motivation. The handbook concludes with chapters devoted to research on applying cognitive and motivational principles. Fully referenced chapters and bibliographies allow easy access to further study.

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

Testing the Inverseness of Fertility and Labor Supply: The Case of Ethiopia
Blen Solomon, Jean Kimmel
Abstract; PDF

Ethnicity and the Immigration of Highly Skilled Workers to the United States
(forthcoming in: International Journal of Manpower)
Guillermina Jasso
Abstract; PDF

I'll Marry You If You Get Me a Job: Marital Assimilation and Immigrant Employment Rates
Delia Furtado, Nikolaos Theodoropoulos
Abstract; PDF

Non-Cash Benefits and the Distribution of Economic Welfare
Tim Callan, Claire Keane
Abstract; PDF

Unemployment, Market Work and Household Production
Michael C. Burda, Daniel S. Hamermesh
Abstract; PDF

American Education in the Age of Mass Migrations 1870-1930
Fabrice Murtin, Martina Viarengo
Abstract; PDF

Non-Parametric Inference for the Effect of a Treatment on Survival Times with Application in the Health and Social Sciences
Xavier de Luna, Per Johansson
Abstract; PDF

Does Increasing Parents' Schooling Raise the Schooling of the Next Generation? Evidence Based on Conditional Second Moments
Lídia Farré, Roger Klein, Francis Vella
Abstract; PDF

Multivariate Decomposition for Hazard Rate Models
Daniel A. Powers, Myeong-Su Yun
Abstract; PDF

Marriage and Other Risky Assets: A Portfolio Approach
Graziella Bertocchi, Marianna Brunetti, Costanza Torricelli
Abstract; PDF

Age at School Entry and Intergenerational Educational Mobility
Philipp C. Bauer, Regina T. Riphahn
Abstract; PDF

Comparing IV with Structural Models: What Simple IV Can and Cannot Identify
James J. Heckman, Sergio Urzua
Abstract; PDF

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February 03, 2009

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

Regional Measures of Human Capital in the European Union
Christian Dreger, Georg Erber, Daniela Glocker
Abstract; PDF

How Much Does Immigration Boost Innovation?
Jennifer Hunt, Marjolaine Gauthier-Loiselle
Abstract; PDF

The Microeconomic Determinants of Emigration and Return Migration of the Best and Brightest: Evidence from the Pacific
John Gibson, David McKenzie
Abstract; PDF

Child Welfare and Old-Age Security in Female Headed Households in Tanzania
Holger Seebens
Abstract; PDF

Undocumented Worker Employment and Firm Survival
J. David Brown, Julie L. Hotchkiss, Myriam Quispe-Agnoli
Abstract; PDF

Public Policies and Women's Employment after Childbearing
Wen-Jui Han, Christopher J. Ruhm, Jane Waldfogel, Elizabeth Washbrook
Abstract; PDF

Work, Jobs and Well-Being across the Millennium
Andrew E. Clark
Abstract; PDF

Cheaper Child Care, More Children
Eva Mörk, Anna Sjögren, Helena Svaleryd
Abstract; PDF

Low-Skilled Immigration and the Expansion of Private Schools
Davide Dottori, I-Ling Shen
Abstract; PDF

On Mandatory Activation of Welfare Recipients
Matz Dahlberg, Kajsa Johansson, Eva Mörk
Abstract; PDF

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January 30, 2009

Tech Deck in the Undergraduate Library

Are you working on a project that requires you or your class group to create

•a video production
•a poster
•a web site
•a PowerPoint presentation
or other media-rich content?

Do you or your study group need access to, and help in using

•color scanners
•large scale poster printing
•media conversion station, including VCR/DVD and digital tape deck
•high end graphics software
•online research and presentation tools such as RefWorks, CTools, Flickr, and mBlog and other media and knowledge production resources?

Then the new Tech Deck on the first floor of the Undergraduate Library should be your next stop!

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December 04, 2008

New Database: Global Health

The UM Health Sciences Libraries have licensed access to the database Global Health on the EBSCO platform for the UM Ann Arbor campus. Access is available at: http://searchtools.lib.umich.edu/V?func=native-link&resource=UMI03641

Global Health is a public health database that provides information on international health, biomedical life sciences, non-communicable diseases, public health nutrition, food safety and hygiene, and much more. The database provides a global perspective with coverage of publications from over 158 countries in 50 languages. Global Health contains more than 1.2 million records dating back to 1973, with coverage of more than 5,000 serials, books, book chapters, reports, conference proceedings, discussion papers, newsletters, patents, theses, and electronic publications. This resource complements the international health-related literature indexed within Medline and Embase with 60% of the indexed journals unique to the Global Health database. Also included is the Global Health Archive, consisting of 800,000 records from 1910-1973.

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November 21, 2008

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

The Effect of Community-Level Socio-Economic Conditions on Threatening Racial Encounters
Heather Antecol, Deborah Cobb-Clark
Abstract; PDF

Parental Marital Disruption, Family Type, and Transfers to Disabled Elderly Parents
(forthcoming in: Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences)
Liliana E. Pezzin, Robert Pollak, Barbara Steinberg Schone
Abstract; PDF

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November 19, 2008

State of the World Population 2008

State of the World Population 2008: Reaching common ground: culture, gender and human rights
Source: United Nations Population Fund

Development strategies that are sensitive to cultural values can reduce harmful practices against women and promote human rights, including gender equality and women’s empowerment, affirms The State of World Population 2008 report from UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

Reaching Common Ground: Culture, Gender and Human Rights, launched 12 November 2008, reports that culture is a central component of successful development of poor countries, and must be integrated into development policy and programming.

The report, which coincides with this year’s 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is based on the concept that the international human rights framework has universal validity. Human rights express values common to all cultures and protect groups as well as individuals. The report endorses culturally sensitive approaches to development and to the promotion of human rights, in general, and women’s rights, in particular.

Full report (PDF)

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November 13, 2008

New Working Papers from the NBER

Effects of Welfare Reform on Educational Acquisition of Young Adult Women
Dhaval M. Dave, Nancy E. Reichman, Hope Corman
Abstract; PDF

Identification and Estimation of 'Irregular' Correlated Random Coefficient Models
Bryan S. Graham, James Powell
Abstract; PDF

Are Mixed Neighborhoods Always Unstable? Two-Sided and One-Sided Tipping
David Card, Alexandre Mas, Jesse Rothstein
Abstract; PDF

Are Big Cities Really Bad Places to Live? Improving Quality-of-Life Estimates across Cities
David Albouy
Abstract; PDF

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November 11, 2008

New Working Papers from the NBER

Identification with Imperfect Instruments
Aviv Nevo, Adam M. Rosen
Abstract; PDF

Work Expectations, Realizations, and Depression in Older Workers
Tracy A. Falba, William T. Gallo, Jody L. Sindelar
Abstract; PDF

Teacher Quality in Educational Production: Tracking, Decay, and Student Achievement
Jesse Rothstein
Abstract; PDF

When Does Improving Health Raise GDP?
Quamrul H. Ashraf, Ashley Lester, David N. Weil
Abstract; PDF

Measuring Labor Earnings Inequality using Public-Use March Current Population Survey Data: The Value of Including Variances and Cell Means When Imputing Topcoded Values
Richard V. Burkhauser, Shuaizhang Feng, Jeff Larrimore
Abstract; PDF

Estimating Welfare in Insurance Markets Using Variation in Prices
Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, Mark R. Cullen
Abstract; PDF

Urban Inequality
Edward L. Glaeser, Matthew G. Resseger, Kristina Tobio
Abstract; PDF

Time Spent in Home Production in the 20th Century: New Estimates from Old Data
Valerie A. Ramey
Abstract; PDF

Psychiatric Disorders and Employment: New Evidence from the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys (CPES)
Pinka Chatterji, Margarita Alegria, David Takeuchi
Abstract; PDF

Sufficient Statistics for Welfare Analysis: A Bridge Between Structural and Reduced-Form Methods
Raj Chetty
Abstract; PDF

The Effect of Gun Shows on Gun-Related Deaths: Evidence from California and Texas
Mark Duggan, Randi Hjalmarsson, Brian A. Jacob
Abstract; PDF

When The Saints Come Marching In: Effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Student Evacuees
Bruce Sacerdote
Abstract; PDF

The Transmission of Women's Fertility, Human Capital and Work Orientation Across Immigrant Generations
Francine D. Blau, Lawrence M. Kahn, Albert Yung-Hsu Liu, Kerry L. Papps
Abstract; PDF

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November 06, 2008

World of Work Report 2008

Global income inequality gap is vast and growing
Source: International Labour Organization

Despite strong economic growth that produced millions of new jobs since the early 1990s, income inequality grew dramatically in most regions of the world and is expected to increase due to the current global financial crisis, according to a new study published today by the research arm of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The new report, entitled World of Work Report 2008: Income inequalities in the age of financial globalization, produced by the ILO’s International Institute for Labour Studies also notes that a major share of the cost of the financial and economic crisis will be borne by hundreds of millions of people who haven’t shared in the benefits of recent growth.

Executive Summary; Full Report (PDF's)

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September 11, 2008

Library and Technology Workshops

Upcoming Library/Technology Workshops at the University Library

A list of workshops to enhance you research and technology skills on campus. Classes include Endnote, Photoshop, Powerpoint and more.

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August 07, 2008

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

Weight Gain in Adolescents and Their Peers
Timothy Halliday, Sally Kwak
Abstract; PDF

Does the Color of the Collar Matter? Firm Specific Human Capital and Post-Displacement Outcomes
Guido Schwerdt, Andrea Ichino, Oliver Ruf, Rudolf Winter-Ebmer, Josef Zweimüller
Abstract; PDF

The Economic Growth Impact of Hurricanes: Evidence from US Coastal Counties
Eric Strobl
Abstract; PDF

Regional Price Differences in Urban China 1986-2001: Estimation and Implication
Cathy Honge Gong, Xin Meng
Abstract; PDF

Preparing for Policy Changes: Social Security Expectations and Pension Scheme Participation
Karen M. van der Wiel
Abstract; PDF

Happiness Inequality in the United States
Betsey Stevenson, Justin Wolfers
Abstract; PDF

Information and Beliefs in a Repeated Normal-Form Game
Dietmar Fehr, Dorothea Kübler, David N. Danz
Abstract; PDF

Long-Term Economic Consequences of Vietnam-Era Conscription: Schooling, Experience and Earnings
Joshua Angrist, Stacey Chen..
Abstract; PDF

The Causal Effect of Parent’s Schooling on Children’s Schooling: A Comparison of Estimation Methods
Helena Holmlund, Mikael Lindahl, Erik Plug
Abstract; PDF

Living’ Wage, Class Conflict and Ethnic Strife
Indraneel Dasgupta
Abstract; PDF

Minimizing Bias in Selection on Observables Estimators When Unconfoundness Fails
Daniel L. Millimet, Rusty Tchernis
Abstract; PDF

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July 31, 2008

New Working Papers from the NBER

The Plight of Mixed Race Adolescents
Roland G. Fryer, Jr, Lisa Kahn, Steven D. Levitt, Jörg L. Spenkuch
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of Postsecondary Remediation Using a Regression Discontinuity Approach: Addressing Endogenous Sorting and Noncompliance
Juan Carlos Calcagno, Bridget Terry Long
Abstract; PDF

Air Pollution and Infant Health: Lessons from New Jersey
Janet Currie, Matthew J. Neidell, Johannes Schmieder
Abstract; PDF

Measuring the Importance of Labor Market Networks
Judith K. Hellerstein, Melissa McInerney, David Neumark
Abstract; PDF

Labor Supply: Are the Income and Substitution Effects Both Large or Both Small?
Miles S. Kimball, Matthew D. Shapiro
Abstract; PDF

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July 29, 2008

New Working Papers from the NBER

The Lengthening of Childhood
David Deming, Susan Dynarski
Abstract; PDF

Family Leave after Childbirth and the Health of New Mothers
Pinka Chatterji, Sara Markowitz
Abstract; PDF

Estimating Derivatives in Nonseparable Models with Limited Dependent Variables
Joseph G. Altonji, Hidehiko Ichimura, Taisuke Otsu
Abstract; PDF

Has Public Health Insurance for Older Children Reduced Disparities in Access to Care and Health Outcomes?
Janet Currie, Sandra Decker, Wanchuan Lin
Abstract; PDF

The Evolutionary Theory of Time Preferences and Intergenerational Transfers
C.Y. Cyrus Chu, Hung-Ken Chien, Ronald D. Lee
Abstract; PDF

The Consequences of High School Exit Examinations for Struggling Low-Income Urban Students: Evidence from Massachusetts
John P. Papay, Richard J. Murnane, John B. Willett
Abstract; PDF

Immigration and National Wages: Clarifying the Theory and the Empirics
Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano, Giovanni Peri
Abstract; PDF

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July 28, 2008

2008 Statistics on Child Welfare

2008 State Fact Sheets from the Child Welfare League of America

The State Fact Sheets provide descriptive information on the condition of vulnerable children in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, using indicators of child protection, health, child care, education, and income support.

Each State is available in PDF or HTML.

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July 25, 2008

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

The trial subscription to The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics is effective till Aug 23.

http://searchtools.lib.umich.edu/V?func=native-link&resource=UMI05097

If you would like to see the University Library subscribe to this work on a permanent basis, send comments to sseteam@ctools.umich.

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New Working Papers from the NBER

Wages, Unemployment and Inequality with Heterogeneous Firms and Workers
Elhanan Helpman, Oleg Itskhoki, Stephen Redding
Abstract; PDF

State and Federal Approaches to Health Reform: What Works for the Working Poor?
Ellen Meara, Meredith Rosenthal, Anna Sinaiko, Katherine Baicker
Abstract; PDF

The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Investigation of the Settler Mortality Data
David Y. Albouy
Abstract; PDF

Exclusionary Policies in Urban Development, How under-servicing of migrant households affects the growth and composition of Brazilian cities
Leo Feler, J. Vernon Henderson
Abstract; PDF

The Knowledge Trap: Human Capital and Development Reconsidered
Benjamin F. Jones
Abstract; PDF

From the New Wave to the New Hollywood: The Life Cycles of Important Movie Directors from Godard and Truffaut to Spielberg and Eastwood
David Galenson, Joshua Kotin
Abstract; PDF

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July 22, 2008

New Working Papers from the NBER

Education and the Age Profile of Literacy into Adulthood
Elizabeth Cascio, Damon Clark, Nora Gordon
Abstract; PDF

Welfare Payments and Crime
C. Fritz Foley
Abstract; PDF

Trends in Men's Earnings Volatility: What Does the Panel Study of Income Dynamics Show?
Donggyun Shin, Gary Solon
Abstract; PDF

How Social Processes Distort Measurement: The Impact of Survey Nonresponse on Estimates of Volunteer Work
Katharine G. Abraham, Sara E. Helms, Stanley Presser
Abstract; PDF

Minimum Drinking Age Laws and Infant Health Outcomes
Tara Watson, Angela Fertig
Abstract; PDF

Will the Stork Return to Europe and Japan? Understanding Fertility Within Developed Nations
Bruce Sacerdote, James Feyrer
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of Income on the Weight of Elderly Americans
John Cawley, John R. Moran, Kosali I. Simon
Abstract; PDF

Protecting Minorities in Binary Elections: A Test of Storable Votes Using Field Data
Alessandra Casella, Shuky Ehrenberg, Andrew Gelman, Jie Shen
Abstract; PDF

Marijuana Use and High School Dropout: The Influence of Unobservables
Daniel F. McCaffrey, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Bing Han, Phyllis Ellickson
Abstract; PDF

Nature or Nurture? Learning and the Geography of Female Labor Force Participation
Alessandra Fogli, Laura Veldkamp
Abstract; PDF

The Cost of Uncertain Life Span
Ryan D. Edwards
Abstract; PDF

What Good Is Wealth Without Health? The Effect of Health on the Marginal Utility of Consumption
Amy Finkelstein, Erzo F.P. Luttmer, Matthew J. Notowidigdo
Abstract; PDF

Use of Propensity Scores in Non-Linear Response Models: The Case for Health Care Expenditures
Anirban Basu, Daniel Polsky, Willard G. Manning
Abstract; PDF

Estimation of Random Coefficient Demand Models: Challenges, Difficulties and Warnings
Christopher R. Knittel, Konstantinos Metaxoglou
Abstract; PDF

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

Estimating the Causal Effect of Gun Prevalence on Homicide Rates: A Local Average Treatment Effect Approach
Tomislav Kovandzic, Mark Schaffer, Gary Kleck
Abstract; PDF

Social Protection and Migration in China: What Can Protect Migrants from Economic Uncertainty?
Lina Song, Simon Appleton
Abstract; PDF

Citizenship in the United States: The Roles of Immigrant Characteristics and Country of Origin
Barry R. Chiswick, Paul W. Miller
Abstract; PDF

New Estimates of the Effects of Minimum Wages in the U.S. Retail Trade Sector
John T. Addison, McKinley L. Blackburn, Chad D. Cotti
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of Social Capital on Crime: Evidence from the Netherlands
I. Semih Akçomak, Bas ter Weel
Abstract; PDF

Happiness Dynamics with Quarterly Life Event Data
Paul Frijters, David W. Johnston, Michael A. Shields
Abstract; PDF

The Effect of Expansions in Maternity Leave Coverage on Children’s Long-Term Outcomes
Christian Dustmann, Uta Schönberg
Abstract; PDF

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July 10, 2008

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

Lessons from the Ottoman Harem (On Ethnicity, Religion and War)
Murat Iyigun
Abstract; PDF

Allocation of Labour in Urban West Africa: Implication for Development Policies
Ralitza Dimova, Christophe Jalil Nordman, François Roubaud
Abstract; PDF

Migration, the Quality of the Labour Force and Economic Inequality
Martin Kahanec, Klaus F. Zimmermann
Abstract; PDF

Occupational Segregation and the Gender Wage Gap in Private- and Public-Sector Employment: A Distributional Analysis
Juan Baron, Deborah Cobb-Clark
Abstract; PDF

The "Negative" Assimilation of Immigrants: A Special Case
Barry R. Chiswick, Paul W. Miller
Abstract; PDF

Instrumental Variables in Models with Multiple Outcomes: The General Unordered Case
James J. Heckman, Sergio Urzua, Edward Vytlacil
Abstract; PDF

Family Migration: A Vehicle of Child Morbidity in the Informal Settlements of Nairobi City, Kenya?
Adama Konseiga
Abstract; PDF

The Economics of Language: An Introduction and Overview
Barry R. Chiswick
Abstract; PDF

Do Unemployment Benefits Increase Unemployment? New Evidence on an Old Question
Peter Fredriksson, Martin Söderström
Abstract; PDF

Examining the Gender Wealth Gap in Germany
Eva Sierminska, Joachim R. Frick, Markus M. Grabka
Abstract; PDF

Does Fertility Respond to Financial Incentives?
Guy Laroque, Bernard Salanié
Abstract; PDF

Human Capital, Economic Growth, and Regional Inequality in China
Belton M. Fleisher, Haizheng Li, Min Qiang Zhao
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of Relative Cohort Size on U.S. Fertility, 1913-2001
Yongil Jeon, Michael P. Shields
Abstract; PDF

Estimating the Causal Effect of Gun Prevalence on Homicide Rates: A Local Average Treatment Effect Approach
Tomislav Kovandzic, Mark Schaffer, Gary Kleck
Abstract; PDF

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July 03, 2008

New Working Papers from the NBER

The Macroeconomic Implications of Rising Wage Inequality in the United States
Jonathan Heathcote, Kjetil Storesletten, Giovanni L. Violante
Abstract; PDF

Schools, Skills, and Synapses
James J. Heckman
Abstract; PDF

Education and the Age Profile of Literacy into Adulthood
Elizabeth Cascio, Damon Clark, Nora Gordon
Abstract; PDF

Welfare Payments and Crime
C. Fritz Foley
Abstract; PDF

Trends in Men's Earnings Volatility: What Does the Panel Study of Income Dynamics Show?
Donggyun Shin, Gary Solon
Abstract; PDF

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July 01, 2008

New Working Papers from the NBER

Obesity and Developmental Functioning Among Children Aged 2-4 Years
John Cawley, C. Katharina Spiess
Abstract; PDF

Is the Obesity Epidemic a Public Health Problem? A Decade of Research on the Economics of Obesity
Tomas Philipson, Richard Posner
Abstract; PDF

Searching for Optimal Inequality/Incentives
Anders Björklund, Richard Freeman
Abstract; PDF

The Narrowing Gap in New York City Teacher Qualifications and its Implications for Student Achievement in High-Poverty Schools
Donald Boyd, Hamilton Lankford, Susanna Loeb, Jonah Rockoff, James Wyckoff
Abstract; PDF

Who Leaves? Teacher Attrition and Student Achievement
Donald Boyd, Pam Grossman, Hamilton Lankford, Susanna Loeb, James Wyckoff
Abstract; PDF

Under the Weather: Health, Schooling, and Economic Consequences of Early-Life Rainfall
Sharon L. Maccini, Dean Yang
Abstract; PDF

Who Gentrifies Low-Income Neighborhoods?
Terra McKinnish, Randall Walsh, Kirk White
Abstract; PDF

Health, Human Capital, and African American Migration Before 1910
Trevon D. Logan
Abstract; PDF

The Impact of Earnings Disregards on the Behavior of Low Income Families
Jordan D. Matsudaira, Rebecca M. Blank
Abstract; PDF

Bayesian Learning in Social Networks
Daron Acemoglu, Munther A. Dahleh, Ilan Lobel, Asuman Ozdaglar
Abstract; PDF

Cigarette Taxes and the Transition from Youth to Adult Smoking: Smoking Initiation, Cessation, and Participation
Philip DeCicca, Donald S. Kenkel, Alan D. Mathios
Abstract; PDF

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The Condition of Education

The Condition of Education

This website is an integrated collection of the indicators and analyses published in The Condition of Education 2000–2008. Some indicators may have been updated since they appeared in print.

Includes indicator list, user's guide, highlights from 2008, and special analyses list.

From the National Center for Education Statistics

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June 23, 2008

Family Economic Security Profiles

From the National Center for Children in Poverty

NCCP’s Family Economic Security Profiles provide state-specific data on low-income children and families and highlight state policy choices to promote work attachment and advancement, income adequacy, and asset development.

Download all 50 states, or individual states (PDFs).

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

Gender Differences and the Timing of First Marriages
Javier Díaz-Giménez, Eugenio P. Giolito
Abstract; PDF

The Role of Religion in Economic and Demographic Behavior in the United States: A Review of the Recent Literature
Evelyn L. Lehrer
Abstract; PDF

Crime and Partnerships
Michael Svarer
Abstract; PDF

The Re-Building Effect of Hurricanes: Evidence from Employment in the US Construction Industry
Eric Strobl, Frank Walsh
Abstract; PDF

Education, Information, and Improved Health: Evidence from Breast Cancer Screening
Keith Chen, Fabian Lange
Abstract; PDF

Formality, Informality, and Social Welfare
John Bennett
Abstract; PDF

Ancestry versus Ethnicity: The Complexity and Selectivity of Mexican Identification in the United States
Brian Duncan, Stephen Trejo
Abstract; PDF

On Gender Gaps and Self-fulfilling Expectations: Theory, Policies and Some Empirical Evidence
Sara de la Rica, Juan José Dolado, Cecilia García-Peñalosa
Abstract; PDF

Social Interactions and the Salience of Social Identity
Kendra N. McLeish, Robert J. Oxoby
Abstract; PDF

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June 18, 2008

The World Bank's Africa Region HIV-AIDS Action Agenda

Our Commitment: The World Bank’s Africa Region HIV/AIDS Agenda for Action 2007-2011

“Our Commitment: World Bank’s Africa Region HIV/AIDS Agenda for Action 2007-2011,? is the result of extensive consultation with over 30 African partner countries and institutions, as well as donors, UN agencies, non-governmental organizationsand others seeking to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS. It builds on what has been learned in the emergency response to HIV/AIDS and reaffirms the World Bank’s commitment to combatting HIV/AIDS in Africa.

The Agenda for Action will contribute substantially to the long-term, sustainable response required to overcome this enormous development challenge facing sub-Saharan Africa."

PDF

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Sexual & Reproductive Health in the Middle East & North Africa

Sexual & Reproductive Health in the Middle East and North Africa: A Guide for Reporters
Farzaneh Roudi-Fahimi and Lori Ashford
Source: Population Reference Bureau

(May 2008) Sexual and reproductive health is a broad concept encompassing health and well-being in matters related to sexual relations, pregnancies, and births. It deals with the most intimate and private aspects of people's lives, which can be difficult to write about or discuss publicly, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Published by the Population Reference Bureau, Sexual & Reproductive Health in the Middle East and North Africa: A Guide for Reporters aims to bring together the latest available data on sexual and reproductive health for countries in the MENA region. It was written for journalists, to help them educate the public and make the case for policymakers that poor sexual and reproductive health contributes to social inequalities and hinders social and economic development.

"This is the first time that material on sexual and reproductive health has been put together in one, easy-to-read resource for the Middle East and North Africa," noted Farzaneh Roudi-Fahimi, a co-author of the guide. "We hope that reporters, educators, and others will refer to it in their work and use it to expand the dialogue on these extremely important development topics."

Cultural sensitivities and taboos surrounding sexuality are particularly pronounced in the MENA region, and make the role of the media vital in providing objective information about sexual and reproductive health matters. The media has the power to break the culture of silence that surrounds sexual and reproductive health, a silence that all too often prevents people from seeking information and care and prevents governments from putting the issues on their development agendas. Journalists can report responsibly and objectively on these issues to break taboos, educate the public, and bring the issues to policymakers' attention.

The guide covers these topics: marriage, childbearing, family planning, maternal health, abortion, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS, adolescents and young adults, female genital cutting, and cervical cancer. There is also a chapter on health and development goals, as well as three appendices on population and reproductive health indicators by country, a glossary, and sources of information.

This guide was funded by the Ford Foundation office in Cairo.

PDF

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

Immigrants and Welfare Programmes: Exploring the Interactions between Immigrant Characteristics, Immigrant Welfare Dependence and Welfare Policy
Alan Barrett, Yvonne McCarthy
Abstract; PDF

Taking the Easy Way Out: How the GED Testing Program Induces Students to Drop Out
James J. Heckman, Paul A. LaFontaine, Pedro L. Rodríguez
Abstract; PDF

The Effects of Health and Health Shocks on Hours Worked
Lixin Cai, Kostas G. Mavromaras, Umut Oguzoglu
Abstract; PDF

Immigrant Labor, Child-Care Services, and the Work-Fertility Trade-Off in the United States
Delia Furtado, Heinrich Hock
Abstract; PDF

Marriage, Partnership and Sexual Orientation: A Study of British University Academics and Administrators
Alison L. Booth, Jeff Frank
Abstract; PDF

Schools, Skills, and Synapses
James J. Heckman
Abstract; PDF

Armed Conflict and Schooling: Evidence from the 1994 Rwandan Genocide
Richard Akresh, Damien de Walque
Abstract; PDF

Informality and Macroeconomic Fluctuations
Norbert M. Fiess, Marco Fugazza, William F. Maloney
Abstract; PDF

Fertility in Sub-Saharan African Countries with Consideration to Health and Poverty
Yongil Jeon, Sang-Young Rhyu, Michael P. Shields
Abstract; PDF

The Rise in Obesity across the Atlantic: An Economic Perspective
Giorgio Brunello, Pierre-Carl Michaud, Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano
Abstract; PDF

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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 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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May 13, 2008

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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April 24, 2008

Recent World Bank Policy Research Working Papers

Determinants of remittances : recent evidence using data on internal migrants in Vietnam

Health reform, population policy and child nutritional status in China

Migrant labor markets and the welfare of rural households in the developing world : evidence from China

More

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April 23, 2008

World Development Indicators, 2008

The 2008 WDI includes more than 800 indicators in over 80 tables organized in 6 sections: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links.

UM access to WDI Online, 1960-

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April 10, 2008

Latin America and the Caribbean statistical yearbook 2007

From the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

From press release:

A leading reference source for social, economic and environmental information on the region, the Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean 2007, produced by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), is now available on ECLAC’s webpage. … The Yearbook is divided into four chapters:

* Chapter one covers demographic and social areas, with special attention to gender;
* Chapter two presents basic economic information, including production, prices, international trade, balance of payments and national accounts;
* Chapter three provides information on natural resources and the environment, in response to increasing regional and international interest in sustainable development; and
* Chapter four provides readers with methodological and other data on sources, definitions and coverage of the statistics cited.

Spanish; English

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New Discussion Papers from the Institute for the Study of Labor

How Hurricanes Affect Employment and Wages in Local Labor Markets
(forthcoming in: American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, May 2008)
Ariel R. Belasen and Solomon Polachek
Abstract; PDF

Qualifying Religion: The Role of Plural Identities for Educational Production
Timo Boppart, Josef Falkinger, Volker Grossmann, Ulrich Woitek, and Gabriela Wüthrich
Abstract; PDF

Tobacco and Alcohol: Complements or Substitutes? A Structural Model Approach
Harald Tauchmann, Silja Göhlmann, Till Requate, and Christoph M. Schmidt
Abstract; PDF

Meta-Analysis of Empirical Evidence on the Labour Market Impacts of Immigration
Simonetta Longhi, Peter Nijkamp, and Jacques Poot
Abstract; PDF

Migration and the Wage Curve: A Structural Approach to Measure the Wage and Employment Effects of Migration
Herbert Brücker and Elke J. Jahn
Abstract; PDF

Econometric Causality
(forthcoming in: International Statistical Review)
James J. Heckman
Abstract; PDF

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April 02, 2008

New Working Papers from the NBER

Imperfect Substitution between Immigrants and Natives: A Reappraisal
George J. Borjas, Jeffrey Grogger, Gordon H. Hanson
Abstract; PDF

The Life Cycle of Scholars and Papers in Economics -- the "Citation Death Tax"
Joshua Aizenman, Kenneth Kletzer
Abstract; PDF

The Transition to Post-industrial BMI Values Among US Children
John Komlos, Ariane Breitfelder, Marco Sunder
Abstract; PDF

Is There Dowry Inflation in South Asia?
Raj Arunachalam, Trevon Logan
Abstract; PDF

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April 01, 2008

New release of USA Counties

USA Counties now has downloadable data files to accompany the web-based version of USA counties:

Web-based version
http://censtats.census.gov/usa/usa.shtml

Excel download version
http://www.census.gov/support/USACdata.html

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March 25, 2008

CMS releases data on Medicare enrollment

National Trends 1966-2007
Medicare State Enrollment 2004-2006
(PDF files)

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March 21, 2008

Population Estimates released

New estimates from the Census Bureau are available. They show that the New Orleans area is growing; previous hot spots like Florida, Arizona, and Nevada are slowing.

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/011635.html

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Measuring Innovation

Read the report from the Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Advisory Committee.

http://www.innovationmetrics.gov/

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March 20, 2008

2007 Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has issued the Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2007.

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March 19, 2008

New Series from the National Center for Health Statistics

NCHS Data Briefs


Data briefs are statistical publications that provide information about current public health topics in a straightforward format. Each report takes a complex data subject and summarizes it into text and graphics that provide readers with easily comprehensible information in a compact publication.

The titles so far include:

HIV Infection in the United States Household Population Aged 18-49 Years: Results from 1999-2006. PDF

Hypertension Awareness, Treatment, and Control-Continued Disparities in Adults: United States, 2005-2006. PDF

High Serum Total Cholesterol-An Indicator for Monitoring Cholesterol Lowering Efforts: U.S. Adults, 2005-2006. PDF

Obesity Among Adults in the United States-No Statistically Significant Change Since 2003-2004. PDF

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New Discussion Papers from the Institute for the Study of Labor

Minimum Wages in Kenya
Mabel Andalon and Carmen Pagés
Abstract; PDF

Measuring Skilled Emigration Rates: The Case of Small States
Frédéric Docquier and Maurice Schiff
Abstract; PDF

Geography vs. Institutions at the Village Level
Michael Grimm and Stephan Klasen
Abstract; PDF

Remittances and the Brain Drain: Skilled Migrants Do Remit Less
Yoko Niimi, Caglar Ozden and Maurice Schiff
Abstract; PDF

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Helpful resources regarding the new NIH Public Access Policy

About the Public Access Policy
• Public Access Information http://publicaccess.nih.gov/
• Detailed, very helpful FAQ http://publicaccess.nih.gov/FAQ.htm
• Guide notice http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-08-033.html

The NIH Manuscript Submission System
• NIHMS http://www.nihms.nih.gov/
• Tutorials http://www.nihms.nih.gov/web-help/

PubMed Central

• PubMed Central http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/
• PMC Demo http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Education/pmc/

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Copyright: Retain key rights as authors

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) have released a new, short video clip to help researchers start thinking about securing their rights as authors. The two-minute video presentation, explains in simple, graphic terms the potential for wider exposure of scholarly articles when authors retain key rights. Inspired by the SPARC Author Rights initiative, the presentation offers three steps to effective rights management.

University of Michigan Author Addendum is available at UM copyright website.

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March 14, 2008

New Discussion Papers from the Institute for the Study of Labor

The Health Returns to Education: What Can We Learn from Twins?
Petter Lundborg
Abstract; PDF

Brain Drain and its Determinants: A Major Issue for Small States
Michel Beine, Frédéric Docquier, Maurice Schiff
Abstract; PDF

Prison Conditions and Recidivism
Francesco Drago, Roberto Galbiati, Pietro Vertova
Abstract; PDF

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Do you use Google Scholar off campus?

Google Scholar with UM access off-campus. After you authenticate with the link below, you will get the same access to articles as you are on campus.

Google Scholar (with U-M Ann Arbor MGet It Links)
The Google Scholar search engine that searches for scholarly documents on the World Wide Web, with the added feature of MGet IT (formerly SFX) links from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor that connect you to the online and print versions held by the University Library.

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March 13, 2008

American Election Returns, 1787-1825

A New Nation Votes provides data from America’s earliest elections. It includes more than presidential election returns. Data run from governor races to the county coroner. The geographic coverage extends to the 25 states that existed during this time frame. The site is still in progress, but already includes 15,000 elections. This is about one-quarter of the eventual total. The website is based on the research of Philip Lampi.

http://elections.lib.tufts.edu/aas_portal/index.xq

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March 12, 2008

Recent NBER Working Papers

Identity, Parochial Institutions, and Occupational Choice: Linking the Past to the Present in the American Midwest
Kaivan Munshi and Nicholas Wilson
Abstract; PDF

Does Movie Violence Increase Violent Crime?
Gordon Dahl and Stefano DellaVigna
Abstract; PDF

Complementarity and the Measurement of Individual Risk Tradeoffs: Accounting for Quantity and Quality of Life Effects
Mary F. Evans and V. Kerry Smith
Abstract; PDF

Educating Urban Children
Richard J. Murnane
Abstract; PDF

Acting White or Acting Black: Mixed-Race Adolescents' Identity and Behavior
Christopher Ruebeck, Susan Averett, and Howard Bodenhorn
Abstract; PDF

The Economics and Psychology of Personality Traits
Lex Borghans, Angela Lee Duckworth, James J. Heckman, Bas ter Weel
Abstract; PDF

Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migration and Racial Wage Convergence in the North, 1940-1970
Leah Platt Boustan
Abstract; PDF

Evidence From Maternity Leave Expansions of the Impact of Maternal Care on Early Child Development
Michael Baker, Kevin Milligan
Abstract; PDF

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March 07, 2008

Latest from UN Population and Vital Statistics Report: Series A

The Population and Vital Statistics Report: Series A presents most recent data on population size (total, male and female) from the latest available census of the population, national official population estimates and the number and rate (births, deaths and infant deaths) for the latest available year within the past 15 years. It also presents United Nations estimates of the mid-year population of the world, with its various areas and regions.

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Congressional Hearing on the Web

The University Library recently purchased access to the full text of Congressional committee hearings in pdf format, 1965-2003, with 1824-1964 available by December 2008.

You can access the hearings on or off campus through LEXIS Congressional.

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March 05, 2008

UN Data Launched

UN data was launched in February 2008. It will replace the UN Commons database, which will be discontinued as of July 31, 2008.

http://data.un.org

UNdata is the United Nations Data Access System which gives access to current, relevant and reliable statistics for free. The service is provided by the United Nations to users of data around the world. It offers easy access to data compiled and produced by United Nations agencies as well as other organizations.

UNdata's main features are:
- accessing different data sources through one interface,
- searching data with keywords and browsing databases,
- refining search results by filtering, and
- customizing tables with features such as sorting, column
selection and pivoting.

UNdata and the UN Common Database (UNCDB) UNdata is replacing the UNCDB. The new system goes beyond the concept of the UNCDB, starting from the way the data is stored and searched to the data presentation. Furthermore, the UNCDB only includes a small selection of UNSD's extensive data collection, whereas UNdata will have broader data coverage from various international and national sources.

The UNCDB series are currently available through UNdata under the new name "Key indicators". Please note that the Key indicator's scope has already been reduced, as some of the series have been included from the original data provider.

The UNCDB will be discontinued this summer after the academic year finished in most schools around the globe.

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February 29, 2008

New Book Acquisitions

Biosocial Surveys, Maxine Weinstein, James W. Vaupel, and Kenneth W. Wachter. Published by the National Academies Press, 2007.

Biosocial Surveys analyzes the latest research on the increasing number of multipurpose household surveys that collect biological data along with the more familiar interviewer respondent information. This book serves as a follow-up to the 2003 volume, Cells and Surveys: Should Biological Measures Be Included in Social Science Research? and asks these questions: What have the social sciences, especially demography, learned from those efforts and the greater interdisciplinary communication that has resulted from them? Which biological or genetic information has proven most useful to researchers? How can better models be developed to help integrate biological and social science information in ways that can broaden scientific understanding? This volume contains a collection of 17 papers by distinguished experts in demography, biology, economics, epidemiology, and survey methodology. It is an invaluable sourcebook for social and behavioral science researchers who are working with biosocial data.

Redefining Retirement: How Will Boomers Fare? Edited by Brigitte Madrian, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Beth J. Soldo. Published by Oxford University Press, 2007.

As the leading edge of the 'Baby Boom' generation attains age 60, members of this unusually large cohort born 1946-66 are poised to redefine retirement - just as they have restructured educational, housing, and labor markets in prior days. Looking ahead, their numbers and energy are sure to have a major impact on national pensions, healthcare, and social safety nets. Contributors to this volume note that 'Boomers' will be better off than their predecessors in many ways, having benefited from the long run-up in housing prices, dramatic improvements in healthcare, and the expanding economy. On the other hand, the generation's sheer size will surely squeeze resources and require new approaches to retirement risk management. This volume paints a complex and fascinating picture as Boomers move into retirement. On average they are in better financial and physical health than prior cohorts, and they can be anticipated to fare better than current retirees in absolute terms. Yet the distribution of retiree income and wealth will be less equal than in earlier years, and in relative terms, many Boomers will be less well off than their forebears. Contributors to the volume use many invaluable models and datasets, including the incomparable Health and Retirement Study (HRS) which affords unique insights into the status of mature adults surveyed at the same age and hence same point in their life cycles, but at three different time periods. Analysts offer new evidence about prospects for health and income during retirement, as well as pensions and housing equity, health, portfolio allocation, and financial literacy. This book offers readers an invaluable and first book-length study of Boomers as they march into retirement. As such, it represents an invaluable addition to the Pension Research Council/Oxford University Press series. It will be especially useful for scholars and policymakers seeking to understand retirement preparedness, to actuaries and tax specialists concerned with retirement system regulation, and to plan sponsors interested in the determinants of work and retirement at older ages.

Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage, by Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas. Published by University of California Press, 2005

Millie Acevedo bore her first child before the age of 16 and dropped out of high school to care for her newborn. Now 27, she is the unmarried mother of three and is raising her kids in one of Philadelphia's poorest neighborhoods. Would she and her children be better off if she had waited to have them and had married their father first? Why do so many poor American youth like Millie continue to have children before they can afford to take care of them?
Over a span of five years, sociologists Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas talked in-depth with 162 low-income single moms like Millie to learn how they think about marriage and family. Promises I Can Keep offers an intimate look at what marriage and motherhood mean to these women and provides the most extensive on-the-ground study to date of why they put children before marriage despite the daunting challenges they know lie ahead.

Measurement Errors in Surveys, Paul P. Biemer, Robert M. Groves, Lars E. Lyberg, Nancy A. Mathiowetz, and Seymour Sudman. Published by Wiley-Interscience, 2004.

Measurement Errors in Surveys documents the current state of the field, reports new research findings, and promotes interdisciplinary exchanges in modeling, assessing, and reducing measurement errors in surveys. Providing a fundamental approach to measurement errors, the book features sections on the questionnaire, respondents and responses, interviewers and other means of data collection, the respondent-interviewer relationship, and the effects of measurement errors on estimation and data analysis.

These books may be found on the New Acquisitions display.

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County and City Data Book: 2007

Just Released: County and City Data Book: 2007, February 29, 2008

Compiled since the 1940s, the County and City Data Book incorporates demographic and economic information about the United States from Census Bureau surveys, as well as information from other government and private organizations. The data cover topics such as population, housing, vital statistics, health care, social programs, education, labor force, wholesale and retail trade, and weather.

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February 28, 2008

Web of Knowledge New Interface

ISI has unveiled a new search interface for the ISI Web of Knowledge databases. To access individual databases like Web of Science or Current Contents, click on the "select databases" tab. Email psc-library if you have questions regarding searching or setting up alerts.

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