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Annual Time Series Statistics for the United States, 1929-1968 (ICPSR 27)

Principal Investigator(s): Norwood, Douglas A.


This study is a 40-year time series of social, economic, and political indicators at the national level for the United States in the period 1929-1968. The variables include data on expenditures from the federal budget by various departments, agencies, and commissions, the number of employees in the various United States departments, measures of the political characteristics of the United States Congress, such as the number of Repuplicans, Democrats, and "other" party members in the United States Senate and in the House of Representatives, business and consumer expenditures, and attributes of the population. Data are also provided on the number per 1,000 of immigrants to the United States, membership of all the religious bodies in the United States, labor union membership, total households in the United States, total civilian labor force, and the number of the unemployed. Demographic variables provide information on education, births, and death rates. The unit of analysis is the year. Variables 2-281 cover the period from 1929-1968 and Variables 282-408 cover only the period from 1947-1968.

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Study Description


Norwood, Douglas A. ANNUAL TIME SERIES STATISTICS FOR THE UNITED STATES, 1929-1968. Compiled by Douglas A. Norwood, University of Wisconsin. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1999. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00027.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00027.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    church membership, congressional elections, congressional voting, consumer expenditures, economic indicators, demographic statistics, federal budget, federal elections, federal spending, government agencies, government employees, government expenditures, government revenues, income distribution, labor force, local government, party membership, political affiliation, political behavior, political parties, population characteristics, presidential elections, social history, social welfare, state government, twentieth century, unemployment, union membership, voting behavior, United States Congress

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1929--1968

Data Type(s):    administrative records data, census data, and aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

The data map is provided as an ASCII text file and the codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Data Source:

United States government publications, United States Census Bureau statistical publications, 1957-1969, and books

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.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03



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