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Census of Manufactures, Motor Vehicle and Textile Industry Plants, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935 [United States] (ICPSR 31761)

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Summary:

This data collection consists of individual-plant data from the Census of Manufactures, conducted by the United States Bureau of the Census, for 1929, 1931, 1933, and 1935. The purpose of this research was to analyze the economic behavior of the American industrial economy during the period 1929-1935, which spans the largest decline in demand ever to strike the manufacturing sector of the economy. This project created establishment panel data sets for the automotive, automotive parts, and textile industries.

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  • These data are flagged as replication datasets and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigator(s) if further information is desired.

  • These data are freely available.

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Citation

Bresnahan, Timothy F., and Daniel M. G. Raff. Census of Manufactures, Motor Vehicle and Textile Industry Plants, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935 [United States]. ICPSR31761-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-10-28. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR31761.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES-9023021)
  • Harvard University. Harvard Business School. Division of Research

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   automobile industry, economic behavior, industrial plants, industrial production, manufacturing industry, national economy

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1929
  • 1931
  • 1933
  • 1935

Date of Collection:  

  • 1991-03-15--1996-08-31

Unit of Observation:   individual industrial plants

Data Types:   census/enumeration data

Data Collection Notes:

This document is part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and is distributed exactly as it arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the principal investigator if further information is desired.

The zipped package contains SPSS data files used in the publications.

In the 1929 "Census of Manufactures," 10 plants either did not respond or had census notations in the margins indicating that the figures were incorrect. Because of budgetary restrictions for census edits, there is the potential for more uncaught errors in the man-hours data. (For 1929, the census did not publish aggregate man-hours statistics.)

Amy Bertin Candell and Boris Simkovich provided research assistance.

Methodology

Sample:   Industries were chosen systematically; but within industries, no sampling. The universe of reporting firms is included in the dataset.

Data Source:

Census of Manufactures, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935

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