Monthly Archives: February, 2011

Tolerance and Tension–Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tolerance and Tension–Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa is a poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.  It was conducted in 2008 and 2009 in 19 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and covers social, religious, and political attitudes.

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA): Loan Application Register (LAR) and Transmittal Sheet (TS) Raw Data, 2006

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA): Loan Application Register (LAR) and Transmittal Sheet (TS) Raw Data 2006 contains contains information collected in calendar year 2006 through the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), enacted by Congress in 1975, that requires most mortgage lenders located in metropolitan areas to report data about their housing-related lending activity. The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data were collected from 8,886 lending institutions and cover approximately 34.1 million home purchase and home improvement loans and refinancings, including loan originations, loan purchases, and applications that were denied, incomplete or withdrawn.

The Measurement of Cross-cutting Cleavages and Other Multidimensional Cleavage Structures

The Measurement of Cross-cutting Cleavages and Other Multidimensional Cleavage Structures contains data on the Cross-national Indices of Multidimensional Measures of Social Structure (CIMMSS).  This includes 69 new indices, covering 128 countries,  for the following dimensions: Race, Ethnicity, Language, Religion, Income, Geography. There are six different characteristics contained in the dataset: (1) Cross-cutting Cleavages (Cross-cuttingness)  (2) Sub-group Fractionalization (3) Sub-group (Bi)polarization definition (4) Cross-fractionalization (5) Fractionalization  (6) (Bi)polarization.

RICE Model of Climate Change, 1975-2010

The RICE model (Regional Integrated model of Climate and the Economy) is described as follows:

“The science of global warming has reached a consensus on the high likelihood of substantial warming over the coming century. Nations have taken but limited steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions since the first agreement at Kyoto in 1997, and little progress was made at the Copenhagen meeting in December 2009. The present study examines alternative outcomes for emissions, climate change, and damages under different policy scenarios. It uses an updated version of the RICE model (Regional Integrated model of Climate and the Economy). New projections suggest that substantial future warming will occur if no abatement policies are implemented. The model also calculates the path of carbon prices necessary to keep the increase in global mean temperature to 2 °C or less in an efficient manner. The carbon price for 2010 associated with that goal is estimated to be $59 per ton (at 2005 prices), compared with an effective global average price today of around $5 per ton. However, it is unlikely that the Copenhagen temperature goal will be attained even if countries meet their ambitious stated objectives under the Copenhagen Accord. This file is the program used to create the runs.”

Political Business Cycles in Open Economies in 28 Developing Countries From Latin America, Asia, and Africa, 1976-2002

Political Business Cycles in Open Economies in 28 Developing Countries From Latin America, Asia, and Africa, 1976-2002

This study looked at whether opportunistic and partisan business cycles influence fiscal policy in 28 developing countries when controlling for de facto exchange rate regimes and capital mobility. Several issues were investigated: 1) opportunistic business cycles, whether elections cause the governments budget balance (taxes minus spending) to experience fiscal expansion (lower taxes and higher spending) in order to stimulate the economy; 2) partisan business cycles, whether left-wing parties engage in more fiscal expansion; 3) whether growing capital mobility (the ability of financial capital to move across borders) will encourage or inhibit a government’s ability to engage in fiscal expansion with an impending election or left-wing party; and 4) whether the exchange rate regime (the rules for determining the exchange rate) is a mitigating factor.

SAS Workshop

Introduction to SAS Statistical Software

This class is for students who are new to SAS. Through hands-on exercise, students will become familiar with the SAS interface and its basic functions of managing data, doing statistic analysis and generating graphs. There will also be a section on configuring and using SAS for Linux through remote access to Rutgers X Application Server.

SAS is a powerful and long-standing statistical software system.

The class instructor is Minglu Wang,  Data Services Librarian, Rutgers University-Newark.

This is an open workshop to be held at:

Alexander Library, Room 413
Friday, February 18
1-4 pm

Census Redistricting Data Released

The Census has begun releasing the results of the 2010 Census for redistricting purposes (including population and race figures). Get data directly from the Census here via ftp, and through the American Factfinder site.

The New Jersey State Data Center has prepared easy-to-use Excel files for the New Jersey data.