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John Robert Warren

Professor

University of Minnesota

Department of Sociology & Minnesota Population Center

909 Social Sciences ~ 267 19th Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55455

612.624.2310 (Office) ~ 612.624.7020 (FAX)

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Current CV PDF

(Page last updated 9/4/12)

Interest Areas

Social Stratification; Sociology of Education 

Current Research

THE WISCONSIN LONGITUDINAL STUDY

About 10,000 members of Wisconsin’s high school class of 1957 have been surveyed periodically since 1957.  We have recently re-interviewed the graduates and their randomly selected siblings as part of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS).  WLS data have long been a cornerstone of research on social stratification, and are an important resource for understanding processes related to aging, careers, retirement, the family, health, and more.  Using data from the WLS, Jim Raymo and I are modeling the impact of work and family roles and conditions across the life course on health, well-being, financial security, and other outcomes in late adulthood.  This project is supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging.

      (Go to the WLS web site)

INTEGRATING, LINKING, AND DISSEMINATING DATA FROM THE CURRENT POPULATION SURVEYS

Sarah Flood and other MPC colleagues and I are developing integrated data, dissemination software, and associated metadata that will make longitudinal analyses of Current Population Survey (CPS) data radically easier.  We will provide researchers with flexible access to integrated and well-documented longitudinal data across all CPS surveys, including all surviving basic monthly surveys and all topical supplements.  The project will serve the scientific enterprise by reducing wasteful duplication of effort (e.g., in linking files and harmonizing variables), eliminating common technical errors (e.g., in variance estimation), making findings easier to replicate, and encouraging and facilitating sophisticated and powerful new longitudinal analyses in many research domains.  This project is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development.

      (Go to the IPUMS-CPS web site)

INTEGRATED, COMPLETE-COUNT 1940 U.S. CENSUS DATA

I am working with a team at MPC, the National Archives and Records Administration, and Ancestry.com to create a massive microdata resource comprising the entire population of the United States as enumerated in the 1940 federal Census. The database will provide the earliest information available on educational attainment, migration status, labor force status, wage and salary income, and other social, economic, and demographic characteristics. Accordingly, it will provide the baseline for critical analyses of public health and social and economic change. Researchers will be able to link recent panel surveys, administrative records, and the national death index to the 1940 database, allowing study of the impact of early life conditions on later outcomes. The database will cover the entire population with full geographic detail, providing contextual information on childhood neighborhood characteristics, labor-market conditions, and environmental conditions.  This project is supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, and the National Science Foundation.

PANEL CONDITIONING EFFECTS IN LONGITUDINAL STUDIES

How does participating in a long-term longitudinal study alter individuals’ attitudes and behaviors—or at least their propensity to report those attitudes and behaviors accurately?  To address this issue, Andrew Halpern-Manners, Florencia Torche, and I are using data from the Current Population Survey, the German Socioeconomic Panel, the General Social Survey, and other surveys.  Part of this project was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. 

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE BOUNDARY INFORMATION SYSTEM (SABINS)

Salvatore Saparito, David Van Riper, and I are creating a new database of school attendance boundaries for the country's largest school districts.  The National Science Foundation has provided funds for work on the School Attendance Boundary Information System (SABINS). With the assistance of William & Mary undergraduate student researchers, our team will use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to map school attendance boundaries for 800 of the largest school districts nationwide. This will allow users to map Census or ACS data onto school attendance boundaries.  As a result,  researchers can characterize the populations that live within those areas (and will no longer need to use census tracts or Zip Codes as proxies).  This project is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

      (Go to the SABINS web site)

Recent Papers

FORTHCOMING

John Robert Warren and Andrew Halpern-Manners. “Panel Conditioning in Longitudinal Social Science Surveys.” Sociological Methods & Research PDF

Warren, John Robert & Jim Saliba. “First through Eighth Grade Retention Rates for All 50 States: A New Method and Initial Results.” Educational Researcher PDF

Andrew Halpern-Manners and John Robert Warren. “Panel Conditioning in Longitudinal Studies: Evidence from Labor Force Items in the Current Population Survey.” Demography PDF

Andrew Halpern-Manners and John Robert Warren. “High-Stakes Testing and the Rise of the GED.” Chapter to appear in Studies of the GED Testing Program, edited by James J. Heckman, John Eric Humphries and Nicholas Mader. PDF

Warren, John Robert. “What Do Growing Childhood Socioeconomic Inequalities Mean for the Future of Inequalities in Adult Health?” Chapter to appear in Living in a High Inequality Regime, edited by David Grusky and Alair Maclean. New York: Russell Sage. PDF

Hanushek, Eric., John Robert Warren, & Eric Grodsky. “Evidence, Methodology, Test-Based Accountability, and Educational Policy: A Scholarly Exchange.” Educational Policy PDF

RECENTLY PUBLISHED

Warren, John Robert, Laurie Knies, Steven Haas, and Elaine Hernandez. “The Impact of Childhood Sickness on Adult Socioeconomic Outcomes: Evidence from Late 19th Century America.” Social Science & Medicine 75: 1531-1538. http://cdn.els-cdn.com/sd/elsevier.gif 

Florencia Torche, John Robert Warren, Andrew Halpern-Manners, and Eduardo Valeenzuela. 2012. “Panel Conditioning in a Longitudinal Study of Chilean Adolescents' Substance Use: Evidence from an Experiment.” Social Forces 90:891-918.  Project MUSE

James Raymo, John Robert Warren, Megan Sweeney, Robert M. Hauser, and JeongHwa Ho. 2011. “Precarious Employment, Bad Jobs, Labor Unions, and Retirement.” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences 66B: 249-259.  MC900329930[1]

James M. Raymo, John R. Warren, Megan M. Sweeney, Robert M. Hauser, and Jeong-Hwa Ho. 2010. “Later-life Employment Preferences and Outcomes: The Role of Mid-life Work Experiences.” Research on Aging 32:419-466. PDF

John Robert Warren and Caitlin Hamrock. 2010. “The Effect of Minimum Wage Rates on States’ High School Completion Rates.” Social Forces 88: 1379-1392. Project MUSE

John Robert Warren & Eric S. Grodsky.  2009. “State Exit Exams Harm the Students Who Fail Them and Do Not Benefit the Students Who Pass Them. Now What?” Phi Delta Kappan 90: 645-649. MC900329930[1]

Andrew Halpern-Manners, John Robert Warren, and Jennie Brand. 2009. “Dynamic Measures of Primary and Secondary School Characteristics: Implications for School Effects Research.” Social Science Research 38:397-411. http://cdn.els-cdn.com/sd/elsevier.gif

John Robert Warren. 2009. “Socioeconomic Status and Health across the Life Course: A Test of the Social Causation and Health Selection Hypotheses.” Social Forces.87: 2125-2154. Project MUSE

John Robert Warren & Andrew Halpern-Manners. 2009. “Measuring High School Graduation Rates at the State Level: What Difference Does Methodology Make?” Sociological Methods & Research 38:3-37. MC900329930[1]

Eric Grodsky, John Robert Warren, & Demetra Kalogrides. 2009. “State High School Exit Examinations and NAEP Long-Term Trends in Reading and Mathematics, 1971-2004.” Educational Policy 24: 589-614. MC900329930[1]

UNDER REVIEW

Robert E. Warren & John Robert Warren. “Annual Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population in the United States, by State: 1990 to 2010.” PDF

Andrew Halpern-Manners, John Robert Warren, and Florencia Torche. “Panel Conditioning in the General Social Survey.” PDF

John Robert Warren, James Raymo, Andrew Halpern-Manners, and Julia Goldberg. “The Impact of Work and Family Trajectories on Economic Well-Being at Older Ages: New Insights on Cumulative Stratification.” PDF

Caren Arbeit and John Robert Warren. “Wage Penalties for Foreign Degrees Among College Educated Immigrants.” PDF

Saliba, Jim and John Robert Warren. “In What Contexts Do People Support Raising Taxes? Voter Support for School Funding Referenda.” PDF

IN PROGRESS

Raymo, James, John Robert Warren, Andrew Halpern-Manners, and Julia Goldberg. “The Impact of Work and Family Trajectories on Health at Older Ages.”

John Robert Warren, James Raymo, Andrew Halpern-Manners, and Ti-Fen Yeh. “The Impact of Work and Family Trajectories on Mortality: New Insights on Cumulative Stratification.”

Warren, John Robert, Andrew Halpern-Manners, and Florencia Torche. “Panel Conditioning in Surveys of Crime and Deviance: An Experiment.”

Warren, John Robert, Andrew Halpern-Manners, Liying Luo, James Raymo, and Alberto Palloni. “A Comparison of Alternative Methods for Describing Life Course Trajectories.”

Drew, Julia, Sarah Flood, and John Robert Warren. “Making Full Use of the Longitudinal Design of the Current Population Survey: Methods for Linking Records Across 16 Months.”

Warren, John Robert, Laurie Knies, Steven Haas, and Elaine Hernandez. “The Impact of Family Socioeconomic Resources on Childhood Health: Evidence from Late 19th Century America.”

Pudrovska, Tetyana, John Robert Warren, James Raymo, and Andrew Halpern-Manners. “Employment Histories and Cognition in Late Mid-life.”

Warren, John Robert, Laurie Knies, Steven Haas, and Elaine Hernandez. "The Role of Childhood Sickness in the Process of Intergenerational Social and Economic  Mobility in the 19th Century United States."

Kennedy, Sheela, Catherine Fitch, and John Robert Warren. "Food Insecurity During Childhood: Understanding Persistence and Change Using Linked Current Population Survey Data."

Courses

RESEARCH METHODS (Sociology 3801, Undergraduate Level) PDF (Fall 2006 Syllabus)                        

STATISTICS (Sociology 3811, Undergraduate Level)PDF (Fall 2012 Syllabus)            

STATISTICS (Sociology 5811, Graduate Level)PDF (Fall 2010 Syllabus)                             

STATISTICS (~Sociology 8811, Graduate Level) PDF (Spring 2001 Syllabus)                             

SOCIAL STRATIFICATION (~Sociology 3201, Undergraduate Level) PDF (Summer 2001 Syllabus)       

SOCIAL STRATIFICATION (Sociology 8201, Graduate Level)PDF (Spring 2004 Syllabus)                      

SOCIOLOGY AS A PROFESSION (Sociology 8001, Graduate Level)PDF (Fall 2010 Syllabus)               

Service

1.       I am the Minnesota Population Center’s Training Director.  Click here for information about the Population Studies Minor.

Personal Stuff

  1. I have a lovely wife and two awesome sons.  Click here for a picture.
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