Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #275--February 17, 2005

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CAAR (Current Awareness in Aging Research) is a weekly email report produced by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that helps researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cdha/caar.html

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I. Data:

1. HRS USER GUIDE: "Documentation of Chronic Disease Measures in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS/AHEAD)," by Gwenith G. Fisher, Jessica D. Faul, David R. Weir, and Robert B. Wallace (University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, Health and Retirement Study, February 2005, .pdf format, 103p.).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/docs/userg/dr-009.pdf

Other HRS online User Guides:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/docs/sho_refs.php?hfyle=index&xtyp=3

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II. Reports and articles:

2. CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "A Profile of Older Workers in Colorado," by Nick Carroll and Cynthia Taeuber (Local Employment Dynamics LED/OW-CO, February 2005, .pdf format, 22p.). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Census Bureau Releases Analysis of Colorado's Older Workers" (CB05-19, Feb. 16, 2005).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/aging_population/003960.html
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3. GAO REPORT: "Retiree Health Benefits: Options for Employment-Based Prescription Drug Benefits Under the Medicare Modernization Act" (US Government Accountability Office GAO-05-205, February 2005, .pdf format 62p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05205.pdf

Note: This is a temporary addresses. GAO reports are always available at:

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gaoreports/index.html
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4. NIH NEWS RELEASES:

A. "Test Could Improve Detection of Prion Disease in Humans" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Feb. 14, 2005).

http://www.nia.nih.gov/NewsAndEvents/PressReleases/PR20050215Prion.htm

B. "Men More Likely to Get Prostate Cancer Biopsy Following High PSA Test Result" (US National Institutes of Health, Feb. 15, 2005).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/feb2005/nci-15.htm
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5. US CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION REPORT: "Emergency Room Injuries Adults 65 and Older" (February 2005, .pdf format, 10p.). "According to data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), from 1991 to 2002, the percentage increase of adults 75 years and older entering U.S. hospital emergency rooms with consumer product-related injuries was almost three times this age group~Rs increase in the U.S. population. Adults 75 and older have twice the rate of emergency room-treated injuries associated with consumer products compared with those 65 to 74."

http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia05/os/older.pdf
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6. CEPR ARTICLE: "Empty Promise: The Benefit to African American Men of Private Accounts Under President Bush's Social Security Plan," by Dean Baker (Center for Economic and Policy Research, February 2005).

http://www.cepr.net/publications/empty_promises_2005_02.htm

More information about CEPR:

http://www.cepr.net/pages/CEPR_info_page.htm
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7. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION ISSUE BRIEF: "Summary of Final Regulations Implementing the New Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit" (February 2005, .pdf format, 109p.). "This document summarizes the final regulations to implement the new Medicare prescription drug benefit. The regulations were published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a final rule in the Jan. 28 Federal Register. It provides an overview that allows interested parties to obtain information about specific provisions of the law. The summary was prepared by Health Policy Alternatives Inc. on behalf of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7283.cfm
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8. AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASE: "Surge in health insurance for mature-aged Australians" (ABB015/05, Feb. 15, 2005).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2005-ta-abb015.htm
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9. WOMEN'S ENEWS ARTICLE: "Why Women Will Lose," by Heather Boushey (Women's eNews via Alternet, Feb. 15, 2005).

http://www.alternet.org/rights/21271/

More information on Women's eNews:

http://www.womensenews.org/

More information on Alternet:

http://www.alternet.org/about/
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10. INVESTMENT COMPANY INSTITUTE REPORT: "The Individual Retirement Account at Age 30: A Retrospective," by Sarah Holden, Kathy Ireland, Vicky Leonard-Chambers, and Michael Bogdan (February 2005, .pdf format, 24p.). The report is linked to from an ICI press release: "Individual Retirement Accounts: 30 Years of Savings" (Feb. 14, 2005).

http://www.ici.org/statements/nr/05_news_iras.html

More information on ICI:

http://www.ici.org/about_ici.html
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11. CENTER FOR STUDYING HEALTH SYSTEM CHANGE ISSUE BRIEF: "An Update on Medicare Beneficiary Access to Physician Services," by Sally Trude and Paul B. Ginsburg (Issue Brief 93, February 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://hschange.org/CONTENT/731/

More information on CSHSC:

http://hschange.org/index.cgi?file=about
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12. _PNAS_ COMMENTARY EXTRACT, ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Nanoscience enables ultrasensitive detection of Alzheimer's biomarker," by Christine D. Keating (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 102, No. 7, Feb. 15, 2005, p. 2263-2264).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/extract/102/7/2263?etoc

B. "Nanoparticle-based detection in cerebral spinal fluid of a soluble pathogenic biomarker for Alzheimer's disease," by Dimitra G. Georganopoulou, Lei Chang, Jwa-Min Nam, C. Shad Thaxton, Elliott J. Mufson, William L. Klein, and Chad A. Mirkin (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 102, No. 7, Feb. 15, 2005, p. 2273-2276).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/102/7/2273?etoc
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13. _NATURE_ LETTERS TO _NATURE_ ABSTRACT: "Rejuvenation of aged progenitor cells by exposure to a young systemic environment," by Irina M. Conboy, Michael J. Conboy, Amy J. Wagers, Eric R. Girma, Irving L. Weissman, and Thomas A. Rando (_Nature_ Letters to _Nature_, Vol. 433, No. 7027, Feb. 17, 2005, p. 760-764).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v433/n7027/abs/nature03260_fs.html
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14. _NEJM_ CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS OF BASIC RESEARCH EXTRACT: "Attacking Amyloid," by Jeffery W. Kelly (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 352, No. 7, Feb. 17, 2005, p. 722-723).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/352/7/722
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15. _BMJ_ NEWS ROUNDUP EXTRACT, PRIMARY CARE ABSTRACT, PRESS REVIEW EXTRACT:

A. "Canadian life expectancy varies greatly depending on ethnic origin," by Barbara Kermode-Scott (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 330, No. 7487, p. 326).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/330/7487/326-d

B. "Association between hormone replacement therapy and subsequent stroke: a meta-analysis," by Philip M.W. Bath and Laura J Gray (_British Medical Journal_ Primary Care, Vol. 330, No. 7487, p. 342-345).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/330/7487/342

C. "Are the media running elderly drivers off the road?" by Alan Martin, Lucy Balding, and Desmond O'Neill (_British Medical Journal_ Press Review, Vol. 330, No. 7487, p. 368).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/330/7487/368-a
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16. _LANCET_ RESEARCH LETTER, SEMINAR: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing articles. These articles are freely available to the public after registration.

A. "Parkinson's disease in China: prevalence in Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai," by Zhen-Xin Zhang, Gustavo C. Roman, Zhen Hong, Cheng-Bing Wu, Qiu-Ming Qu, Jue-Bing Huang, Bing Zhou, Zhi-Ping Geng, Ji-Xing Wu, Hong-Bo Wen, Heng Zhao, and Gwendolyn E.P. Zahner (_Lancet_ Research Letter, Vol. 365, No. 9459, Feb. 12, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, p. 595-597).

HTML:

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol365/iss9459/full/llan.365.9459.primary_research.32228.1

.pdf:

http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.365.9459.primary_research.32228.1&x=x.pdf

B. "Age-related cataract," by Penny A. Asbell, Ivo Dualan, Joel Mindel, Dan Brocks, Mehdi Ahmad, and Seth Epstein (_Lancet_ Seminar, Vol. 365, No. 9459, Feb. 12, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, p. 599-609).

HTML:

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol365/iss9459/full/llan.365.9459.review_and_opinion.32229.1

.pdf:

http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.365.9459.review_and_opinion.32229.1&x=x.pdf
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17. MEDSCAPE ARTICLES: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Can Prostate Cancer Be Prevented?" by Eric A. Klein (_Nature Clinical Practice Urology_, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2005, p. 24-31, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/498004?src=hp7.lead

B. "Time and the Biology of Aging," by Elena Armandola (Medscape General Medicine, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2005).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/495914
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18. _US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT_ ARTICLE: "Conjuring up a crisis," by Lou Dobbs (_US News and World Report_, Feb. 21, 2005).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/050221/opinion/21dobbs.htm
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19. _ECONOMIST_ ARTICLE: "Second thoughts on the third age" (_Economist, Feb. 17, 2005).

http://www.economist.com/printedition/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=3672681
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20. _NATION_ ARTICLE: "The New Colossus," by William Greider (_Nation, Feb. 28, 2005).

http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050228&s=greider

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III. Working Papers:

21. NBER: "Social Security, Demographic Trends, and Economic Growth: Theory and Evidence from the International Experience," by Isaac Ehrlich and Jinyoung Kim (National Bureau of Economic Research w11121, February 2005, .pdf format, 50p.).

Abstract:

The worldwide problem with pay-as-you-go (PAYG) social security systems isn't just financial. This study indicates that these systems may have exerted adverse effects on key demographic factors, private savings, and long-term growth rates. Through a comprehensive endogenous-growth model where human capital is the engine of growth, family choices affect human capital formation, and family formation itself is a choice variable, we show that social security taxes and benefits can create adverse incentive effects on family formation and subsequent household choices, and that these effects cannot be fully neutralized by counteracting intergenerational transfers within families. We implement the model using calibrated simulations as well as panel data from 57 countries over 32 years (1960-92). We find that PAYG tax measures account for a sizeable part of the downward trends in family formation and fertility worldwide, and for a slowdown in the rates of savings and economic growth, especially in OECD countries.

http://www.nber.org/papers/W11121
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22. IZA: "Social Security in Belgium: Distributive Outcomes," by Alain Jousten, Mathieu Lefebvre, Sergio Perelman, and Pierre Pestieau (Institute for the Study of Labor (University of Bonn, Germany] Discussion Paper 1486, February 2005, .pdf format, 26p.).

Abstract:

The paper analyzes the link between old-age income programs and economic outcomes in Belgium. We use a simulation methodology to construct an average pension generosity variable. Our regression analysis explores the link with distributional outcomes in income, consumption and more subjective indicators. Results document the weak link between average generosity and distributional outcomes across a heterogeneous population.

ftp://ftp.iza.org/dps/dp1486.pdf
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23. CESifo: "Demographics and the Political Sustainability of Pay-as-you-go Social Security," by Theodore C. Bergstrom and John L. Hartman (Center for Economic Studies and the Ifo Institute for Economic Research (University of Munich, Germany), Working Paper 1378, January 2005, .pdf format, 18p.).

Abstract:

The net present value of costs and benefits from a pay-as-you-go social security system are negative for young people and positive for the elderly. If people all vote their financial self-interest, there will be a pivotal age such that those who are younger favor smaller social security benefits and those who are older will favor larger benefits. For persons of each age and sex, we estimate the expected present value gained or lost from a small permanent increase in the amount of benefits, where the cost of these benefits is divided equally among the population of working age. Assuming that everyone votes his or her long run financial self-interest, and calculating the number of voters in the population of each age and sex, we can determine whether there is majority support for an increase or a decrease in social security benefits. We use statistics on the age distribution and mortality rates for the United States to explore the sensitivity of political support for social security to alternative assumptions about the discount rate, excess burden in taxation, voter participation rates, and birth, death, and migration rates. We find that a once-and-for-all decrease in benefits would be defeated by a majority of selfish voters under a wide range of parameters. We also study the predicted majority outcomes of votes on changing the retirement age.

http://www.cesifo.de/~DocCIDL/1378.pdf
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24. STATISTICS NORWAY:

A. "Labor Supply of Retiring Couples and Heterogeneity in Household Decision-Making Structure," by Zhiyang Jia (Discussion Paper 404, February 2005, .pdf format, 27p.).

Abstract:

This paper analyzes the labor market participation behavior of retiring couples in Norway. To account for the unobserved heterogeneity in decision-making structure within the household, I formulate a mixed model by assuming there are two types of households, the cooperative type and the non-cooperative type. I assume that non-cooperative households behave according to a Stackelberg game with the male as the leader, while cooperative households engage in a cooperative bargaining process. The estimation results show that more than half of the households are of the non-cooperative type.

http://www.ssb.no/cgi-bin/publsoek?job=forside&id=dp-404&kode=dp&lang=en

Link is at the bottom of the page.

B. "Retirement Behavior of Working Couples in Norway. A Dynamic Programming Approach," by Zhiyang Jia (Discussion Paper 405, February 2005, .pdf format, 31p.).

Abstract:

This paper aims to provide an empirical analysis of the joint retirement behavior of working couples in Norway. A dynamic programming model is specified and estimated on micro data. The estimation results show that a model, which uses only measures of economic incentives: wages and pension benefits gives a satisfactory fit to the observed retirement pattern. The results also indicate that husbands have higher bargaining power within the household. A hypothetical policy simulation shows that by taxing pension benefits as wage income, the labor market participation of both husbands and wives will increase around 4 percentage points at age 65.

http://www.ssb.no/cgi-bin/publsoek?job=forside&id=dp-405&kode=dp&lang=en

Link is at the bottom of the page.

C. "Spousal Influence on Early Retirement Behavior," by Zhiyang Jia (Discussion Paper 406, February 2005, .pdf format, 27p.).

Abstract:

In this paper, we use a binary choice panel data model to analyze married individuals' retirement behavior in Norway when a new option, AFP early retirement becomes available. We focus our study on the influence of the spouse's characteristics on early retirement behavior. We find the directions of spousal effects are quite symmetric but women seem to have a much stronger response to their spouses' characteristics than men. The comparison of different specifications indicates that correct modeling of the error term covariance structure in a panel data binary choice model is quite important.

http://www.ssb.no/cgi-bin/publsoek?job=forside&id=dp-406&kode=dp&lang=en

Link is at the bottom of the page.

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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

25. Age and Ageing (Vol. 34, No. 2, March 2005).

http://ageing.oupjournals.org/content/vol34/issue2/index.dtl?etoc

26. Journal of Health Economics (Vol. 24, No. 2, March 2005).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01676296
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27. INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

http://www.ingenta.com/

B. click on "advanced search"
C. Type in your publication name and click "Exact title" radio button
D. Under "Show", click the "fax/ariel" radio button.
E. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

Ageing and Society (Vol. 25, No. 1, 2005).

International Psychogeriatrics (Vol. 16, No. 4, 2004).
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28. AMEDEO MEDICAL LITERATURE: Note: "AMEDEO has been created to serve the needs of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, other members of the health professions, and patients and their friends. They can easily access timely, relevant information within their respective fields... All AMEDEO services are free of charge. This policy was made possible thanks to generous unrestricted educational grants provided by AMGEN, Berlex, Eisai, Glaxo Wellcome, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, and Schering AG."

A. Osteoporosis: Literature for the week of Feb. 16, 2005:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ost.htm

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 16, 2005:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ad.htm

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 16, 2005:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/pd.htm

D. Prostate Cancer:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/prc.htm

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Feb. 16, 2005:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/stc.htm

AMADEO Literature Guide:

http://www.amedeo.com/index.htm

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V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

29. NIH: "Research on Sleep and Sleep Disorders" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-05-046, Feb. 9, 2005). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-05-046.html
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30. AOA EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: "Aging Services Program Specialist" (US Administration on Aging, Feb. 16, 2005). For more information see:

https://jobs.quickhire.com/scripts/hhs.exe/runjobinfo?aOrg=1&aJob=7111&aUser=&Username=%7EBROWSE%7E&ORGIMG=psc.gif

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VI. Conferences:

31. RAND SUMMER INSTITUTE: "Demography, Economics, and Epidemiology of Aging" (12th Annual Rand Corporation Summer Institute, to be held Jul. 15-16, 2005, in Santa Monica, California. For more information see:

http://www.rand.org/labor/aging/rsi/demography.html

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

32. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR AND PENSIONS HEARING TESTIMONY:

A. "Drug Importation: The Realities of Safety and Security," a hearing held February 16, 2005.

http://help.senate.gov/bills/hlh_65_bill.html

B. "Drug Importation: Would the Price Be Right?" a hearing held February 17, 2005.

http://help.senate.gov/bills/hlh_63_bill.html
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33. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATIONS:

A. "Forum on Protecting Older Americans Under Guardianship: Who is Watching the Guardian," a hearing held Jul. 22, 2004 (US Senate Hearing 108-728, Serial Publication 108-41, ASCII text and .pdf format, 103p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate22sh108.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-728" (without the quotes).

B. "A Fresh Look at Mandatory Retirements: Do They Still Make Sense?" a hearing held Sep. 14, 2004 (US Senate Hearing 108-733, Serial Publication 108-42, ASCII text and .pdf format, 85p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate22sh108.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-733" (without the quotes).

C. "Medical Liability in Long Term Care: Is Escalating Litigation a Threat to Quality and Access?" a hearing held Jul. 15, 2004 (US Senate Hearing 108-726, Serial Publication 108-39, ASCII text and .pdf format, 330p.).

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/chearings/index.html

In the search box, type "108-726" (WITH the quotes).
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34. US SENATE GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Buyer Beware: The Danger of Purchasing Pharmaceuticals Over the Internet," a hearing held Jun. 17, and Jul. 22, 2004 (US Senate Hearing 108-684, ASCII text and .pdf format, 481p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate12sh108.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-684" (without the quotes).
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35. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS HEARING PUBLICATION: "Oversight Hearing on Long-Term Care Programs in VA," a hearing held May 22, 2003, (US House Serial Publication 108-14, .pdf format, 114p.).

http://veterans.house.gov/hearings/schedule108/may03/5-22-03/5-22h-03.pdf

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

36. United Nations Statistics Division: UNSD provides a web page that links to selected national statistics offices. Nations are organized alphabetically by continent.

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/inter-natlinks/sd_natstat.htm

Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for
Demography of Health and Aging
4470 Social Science University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
608-262-9827
jsolock@ssc.wisc.edu