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Costs and Revenues of US Daily Newspapers, 1927 and 1930, Inland Daily Press Association (ICPSR 35160)

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The focus of this data collection was the costs and revenues of United States daily newspapers in 1927 and 1930. Detailed cost and revenues for 94 and 104 newspapers respectively, were obtained from tables in annual reports. Costs include mechanical, delivery and maintenance, administrative and editorial, paper and ink, costs. Revenues include local, foreign, classified, and legals and reader advertising. Data is from a non-random sample and newspaper names are unavailable.

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Study Description


Gentzkow, Matthew, Jesse Shapiro, and Michael Sinkinson. Costs and Revenues of US Daily Newspapers, 1927 and 1930, Inland Daily Press Association. ICPSR35160-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-05-14. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35160.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES-0617658, SES-0922342)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   advertising, costs, historical data, newspaper circulation, newspapers, revenue

Smallest Geographic Unit:   United States

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1927
  • 1930

Unit of Observation:   Newspaper

Data Types:   administrative records data


Sample:   The sample is a non-random subset of the member newspapers of the Inland Daily Press Association.

Time Method:   Cross-sectional

Kind of Data:   quantitative

Mode of Data Collection:   record abstracts

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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