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Industrial Location Decisions, 1972 (ICPSR 7615)

Principal Investigator(s): Economic Behavior Program. Survey Research Center


This data collection contains survey data gathered in June and July of 1972 from decision-makers at 173 industrial plants in three United States cities: Detroit, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, and Atlanta, Georgia. The survey was carried out by members of the Economic Behavior Program at the University of Michigan's Survey Research Center who personally administered questionnaires to high-level staff members at each company (e.g., president, vice president, general manager, office manager, or public relations director). Respondents were asked to give reasons for the present location of the plant and to outline the advantages and disadvantages of its location. The duration of plant operations, level of production, sales, geographical area served, future expansion, and production problems were all examined as well.

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Study Description


Economic Behavior Program, Survey Research Center. INDUSTRIAL LOCATION DECISIONS, 1972. ICPSR07615-v1 version. Ann Arbor, MI: Survey Research Center [producer], 1972. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07615.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07615.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    business conditions, decision making, economic behavior, economic planning, industrial production, industrial plants, management, organizational behavior, organizational change, organizational elites, plant location, production costs, production levels

Geographic Coverage:    Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1972

Date of Collection:   

  • 1972-06--1972-07

Universe:    High-level staff at industrial plants in United States cities.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    The sample included 173 industrial plants in three United States cities: Detroit, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03



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