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United States Higher Civil Service Study: Careers of High-Level Employees, 1963 (ICPSR 7242)

Principal Investigator(s): Stanley, David T.


This study provides personal and career-related data about 363 high-level federal employees and 195 former such employees. The first section of the study covers the personal characteristics and background of the employees. Sex, age, and educational history were ascertained, including the field of education and the highest degree received. The employee's occupation prior to entering federal service was also noted. In addition, for each employee or former employee, the study recorded the major occupational focus of the federal position, the agency or department to which the position belonged, whether the position was located at headquarters or in the field, and the civil service grade of the employee. The same information was obtained for positions held at five-year intervals, back to July 1, 1916, or the worker's earliest date of employment by the federal government.

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Study Description


Stanley, David T. UNITED STATES HIGHER CIVIL SERVICE STUDY: CAREERS OF HIGH-LEVEL EMPLOYEES, 1963. Compiled by David T. Stanley, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC. 2nd ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1973. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07242.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07242.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    bureaucracy, career history, career goals, civil service, demographic characteristics, employment, federal government, government agencies, government employees, job history, job change, occupational status, personnel management, work attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1963

Date of Collection:   

  • 1963

Universe:    High-level federal employees and former employees.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

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Sample:    Random sample drawn from federal personnel lists.

Data Source:

official government personnel records

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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

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