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Survey of Consumer Finances, 1960 (ICPSR 7440)

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


This data collection is one in a series of surveys of consumer finances conducted annually between 1946 and 1971. In a nationally representative sample, the head of each spending unit (usually the husband, the main earner, or the owner of the home) was interviewed. The basic unit of reference in the study was the spending unit, but some family data are also available. The questions in the 1960 survey covered the respondent's attitudes toward national economic conditions and price activity, as well as the respondent's own financial situation. Other questions examined the spending unit head's occupation, and the nature and amount of the spending unit's income, debts, liquid assets, changes in liquid assets, savings, investment preferences, and actual and expected purchases of cars and other major durables. In addition, the survey explored in detail the subject of housing, e.g., previous and present home ownership, value of respondent's dwelling, and mortgage information. Demographic variables include number of people in the spending unit, age, sex, and education of the head, and the race and sex of the respondent.

Series: Survey of Consumer Finances Series

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Study Description


University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program. Survey of Consumer Finances, 1960. ICPSR07440-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-01-10. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07440.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07440.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Ford Foundation
  • General Motors Corporation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    automobile ownership, business conditions, consumer attitudes, consumer behavior, consumer expectations, consumer expenditures, debt, disposable income, durable goods, economic conditions, families, financial assets, home ownership, household budgets, household composition, household expenditures, household income, housing, income distribution, mortgages, national economy, occupations, personal debt, personal finances, prices, savings

Smallest Geographic Unit:    None.

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1960

Date of Collection:   

  • 1960-01--1960-03

Unit of Observation:    spending unit (an individual living alone or a family living together and pooling incomes to meet expenses).

Universe:    Spending units in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    National cross-section of spending units representative of the total population of the United States. The number of spending units interviewed in 1960 was 2,972, in approximately 2,760 family units.

Time Method:    Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

Weight:    No weight variables are included in this dataset.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview

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:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-07-02

Version History:

  • 2014-01-10 The SPSS and SAS setups were updated by adding values and value labels to the variables documentation. Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, an R data file, and a tab-delimited file have been added to the collection. The codebook was updated.

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