Monthly Archive for May, 2009

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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.

New Working Papers from the NBER

The Causes and Effects of International Migrations: Evidence from OECD Countries 1980-2005
Francesc Ortega, Giovanni Peri
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Estimation of Causal Effects in Experiments with Multiple Sources of Noncompliance
John Engberg, Dennis Epple, Jason Imbrogno, Holger Sieg, Ron Zimmer
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Why is Mobility in India so Low? Social Insurance, Inequality, and Growth
Kaivan Munshi, Mark Rosenzweig
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Menstruation and Education in Nepal
Emily Oster, Rebecca Thornton
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A Theory of Outsourcing and Wage Decline
Thomas J. Holmes, Julia Thornton Snider
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Paying for Progress: Conditional Grants and the Desegregation of Southern Schools
Elizabeth Cascio, Nora Gordon, Ethan Lewis, Sarah Reber
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Gender Roles and Medical Progress
Stefania Albanesi, Claudia Olivetti
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Bayesian and Frequentist Inference in Partially Identified ModelsAbstract; PDF
Does Affirmative Action Lead to Mismatch? A New Test and Evidence
Peter Arcidiacono, Esteban M. Aucejo, Hanming Fang, Kenneth I. Spenner
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Beyond Wages: The Effects of Immigration on the Scale and Composition of Output
Francesca Mazzolari, David Neumark
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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
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Do Immigrants Take the Jobs of Native Workers?
Nikolaj Malchow-Møller, Jakob Roland Munch, Jan Rose Skaksen
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Cultures, Clashes and Peace
Erin Fletcher, Murat Iyigun
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Evaluating the Impact of Community-Based Health Interventions: Evidence from Brazil’s Family Health Program
Romero Rocha, Rodrigo R. Soares
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Delinquent Networks
Coralio Ballester, Antoni Calvó-Armengol, Yves Zenou
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Risk Attitude and Wage Growth: Replication and Reconstruction
Santiago Budria, Luis Diaz-Serrano, Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Joop Hartog
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Gender Interactions within Hierarchies: Evidence from the Political Arena
Stefano Gagliarducci, Daniele Paserman
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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
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Temporary Labour Migration and Welfare at the New European Fringe: A Comparison of Five Eastern European Countries
Alexander M. Danzer, Barbara Dietz
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Self-Selection and Earnings of Emigrants from a Welfare State
Panu Poutvaara, Martin D. Munk, Martin Junge
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High School Students and Smoking

High School Students Who Tried to Quit Smoking Cigarettes — United States, 2007
Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (CDC)

In the United States, cigarette use is the leading cause of preventable death, and most adult smokers started before the age of 18 years. Nicotine dependence maintains tobacco use and makes quitting difficult. Despite their relatively short smoking histories, many adolescents who smoke are nicotine dependent, and such dependence can lead to daily smoking. To examine the extent to which high school students had tried to quit smoking cigarettes, CDC analyzed data from the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), a nationally representative survey of students in grades 9–12 in the United States. This report describes the results of that analysis, which found that 60.9% of students who ever smoked cigarettes daily tried to quit smoking cigarettes, and 12.2% were successful. These findings indicate that comprehensive tobacco control programs need to continue to implement community-based interventions that prevent initiation and increase cessation and increase the use of evidence-based cessation strategies for youths.

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More Than 1 in 10 Children Live with a Substance Abusing Parent

Study: More Than 1 in 10 Children Live with a Substance Abusing Parent
Almost 12 percent of children under the age of 18 years of age live with at least one parent who was dependent on or abused alcohol or an illicit drug during the past year, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The report is based on national data from 2002 to 2007.
Findings for Children Living with Substance-Dependent or Substance-Abusing Parents: 2002 to 2007 are drawn from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual nationwide survey of persons aged 12 and older. This report focused on questions asked of 87,656 parents aged 18 and older about their substance dependence and abuse.
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Occupational Employment and Wages 2008

Occupational Employment and Wages 2008

In 2008, the U.S. median wage was $15.57 per hour or $32,390 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor. These data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program, which provides employment and wage estimates for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and 801 detailed occupations. OES produces data by occupation for the nation, states, metropolitan areas, metropolitan divisions, and nonmetropolitan areas, and by occupation and industry for the nation. National cross-industry employment and wage infor- mation for all occupations is shown in table 1. Complete data are available from the OES homepage at