Current Awareness Aging Report #3, September 30, 1999


1. CENSUS BUREAU--MARCH 1999 CPS DATA AND REPORTS: The Census Bureau has released information and data from the March 1999 Current Population Annual Demographic Survey. Note that only selected pre-tabulated tables are available at this time.

Links to Press Release, pretabulated tables and FERRET access to microdata extraction of raw data or summary statistics:

_Money Income in the United States: 1998_ (P60-206, September 1999, .pdf format, 111p.)

_Poverty in the United States: 1998_ (P60-207, September 1999, .pdf format, 74p.)


2. GAO TESTIMONY: The General Accounting Office has released "Medicare Reform: Ensuring Fiscal Sustainability While Modernizing the Program Will
Be Challenging" (GAO/T-HEHS/AIMD-99-294, .pdf format, 27p.)

3. GAO REPORT: The General Accounting Office has released "Medicare Subvention Demonstration: DOD Start-up Overcame Obstacles, Yields Lessons,
and Raises Issues (GGD/HEHS-99-161, September 1999, .pdf format, 56p.).

Note: GAO URLs are valid for only a limited period of time (approximately three months). After that time, documents can be found by searching:

4. SSA ORES REPORT: The Social Security Administration Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics has released _Fast Facts & Figures About Social
Security 1999_ (.pdf format, 40p.) The publication can be downloaded, viewed, or printed in its entirety or by section)

5. SSA ORES STATE FACT SHEETS: The Social Security Administration Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics has released December 1998 Fact
Sheets with OASDI (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Income), SSI (Supplemental Security Income), and earnings and employment data arranged by state. Each state report is a 2 page .pdf format document.


6. "Old-Age Mortality in Germany prior to and after Reunification, Arjan Gjonca, Hilke Brockmann, and Heiner Maier (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research Working Paper WP-1999-011, .pdf format, 31p.)

>From the Abstract:

Recent trends in German life expectancy show considerable improvement. Most of the improvement resulted from decreasing mortality at older ages. Patterns of oldest old mortality (ages 80+) differed significantly between men and women as well as between East and West Germany (the former German Democratic Republic, GDR, and the Federal Republic of Germany in its borders from 1989, FRG, respectively).  While West German oldest old mortality decreased since the mid 1970s, comparable improvements in East Germany only became evident during the late 1980s.  Yet, East German improvements accelerated after German reunification in 1990, particularly among East German females, attesting to the plasticity of human life expectancy and the importance of late life events. Medical care, individual economic resources and life-style factors are discussed as potential determinants of improvement in old age mortality in Germany.

7. "Coverage under Old-Age Security Programs and Protection for the Uninsured - What Are the Issues?" by Estelle James (World Bank Working Paper #2163, August 1999, .pdf format, 21p.)

links to abstract and paper.

8. "Effects of Pensions on Labor Markets and Retirement," by Robert L. Clark (North Carolina State University) and Joseph F. Quinn (Boston College), (Boston College Economic Working Papers WP 431, September 1999, .pdf format, 40p.)

"The primary objective of this paper is to examine the effect of pension plans in the labor market; in particular, on labor productivity and mobility during working years and on the timing and nature of retirement. We begin by asking why workers desire employer-provided retirement plans and why firms offer them. These preferences lie behind the structure of pension plans and the incentives they create to affect worker behavior. The core of this analysis is to describe how pension plans are expected to alter labor market outcomes and to assess the findings of empirical studies on the significance of these effects."

IV. JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability)

9. CARL Uncover Journal Tables of Contents. Follow the instructions below to access tables of contents. Sorry for any inconvenience, but licensing restrictions do not allow the actual tables on contents to be passed via email, and database driven URLs are dynamic and will not work from one machine to the next.

A. Point your browser to:

B. click on "Search Uncover"
C. click on "Search Uncover Now"
D. Type the Journal Name in the search box and click the radio button
"Journal Title Browse"
E. click on the journal name
F. click on "journal issues"
G. click on the issues identified below

_Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology_ (1999, Vol 14, No. 1, Vol 14, No. 2)


10. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the Department of Health and Human Services has produced a Directory of Data Resources within the Department of Health and Human Services. "The HHS Directory of Health and Human Services Data Resources is a compilation of information about virtually all major data collection systems sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Directory was developed under the auspices of the HHS Data Council, which serves as the department's senior internal data policy body and advises the Secretary on a variety of data policy issues. The directory updates and expands upon the 1995 HHS Directory of Minority Health and Human Services Data. Additional data systems are included in this update, and more extensive information about each data system is provided." Agencies covered include the Administration on Aging, Health Care Financing Administration, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Institutes of Health, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology
4470 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706