Monthly Archive for March, 2008

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Managing Migration: The Global Challenge

Source: Population Bulletin

The number of international migrants is at an all-time high. There were 191 million migrants in 2005, which means that 3 percent of the world’s people left their country of birth or citizenship for a year or more. The number of international migrants in industrialized countries more than doubled between 1985 and 2005, from almost 55 million to 120 million. This new Population Bulletin, written by Philip Martin and Gottfried Zürcher, reviews the migration streams of the last several decades, globally and by world region.

Sexual Behavior of Single Adult American Women

Source: Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (via Guttmacher Institute)

One-third of American women aged 20–44 are single, and nine in 10 of these women are sexually experienced, according to “Sexual Behavior of Single Adult American Women“, by Laura Duberstein Lindberg et al., published in the March 2008 issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. The median age at first marriage rose from 22.0 in 1980 to 25.3 years in 2002.

Employer Costs for Employee Compensation

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employer costs for employee compensation for civilian workers averaged $28.11 per hour worked in December 2007, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Funding: Active Living Research

Active Living Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). This call for proposals (CFP) is the first to reflect a new emphasis for Active Living Research. The program will now focus on supporting research to inform policy and environmental strategies for increasing physical activity among children and adolescents, decreasing their sedentary behaviors and preventing obesity.

Getting More Stodgy? Maybe Not

Washington Post
Getting More Stodgy? Maybe Not
Susan Morse
March 11, 2008
Source: Danigelis, Nicholas L.; Hardy, Melissa; Cutler, Stephen J. 2007. “Population Aging, Intracohort Aging, and Sociopolitical Attitudes.” American Sociological Review, Volume 72, Number 5, (October): 812-830

Are Scientists Playing God?

Are Scientists Playing God? It depends on your religion
John Tierney | NY TIMES
Nov 20, 2007

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

Do you use Google Scholar off campus?

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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.

PBS documentaries examine disparities in health, wellness

The School of Public Health and the Washtenaw County Department of Public Health are hosting several events to preview the new PBS documentary, “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?”
http://www.ur.umich.edu/0708/Mar03_08/04.php

American Election Returns, 1787-1825

A New Nation Votes providesA 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