Crime in Western Societies, 1945-1974 (ICPSR 7769)

Published: Nov 4, 2005

Principal Investigator(s):
Ted Robert Gurr; Erika Gurr

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These data were collected from national statistical sources for 16 western societies plus Israel and Japan. Data on population and eight categories of crime were gathered for as many years as possible between 1945 and 1974. Both convictions and offenses known to police were recorded whenever possible. Variables include percent yearly change and population-weighted measures of the incidence of each offense.

Gurr, Ted Robert, and Gurr, Erika. Crime in Western Societies, 1945-1974. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-11-04.

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1945 -- 1974

1945 -- 1974

National statistical sources for 16 Western societies plus Israel and Japan

aggregate data



2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

1997-09-19 SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been added to this collection.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.