Economic Incentives, Values, and Subjective Well-Being, 1971-1974 (ICPSR 3512)

Published: Jan 18, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
Burkhard Strumpel; Gerald Gurin; Richard T. Curtin

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This study is composed of four data files and includes data from three national cross-section surveys and a sample of young families in two major cities. The data were collected in an effort to construct and apply survey indicators of economic well-being and motivation, and to link changes in them to trends in the American economy. The work aims at measuring economic welfare, its dimensions, its situational (objective) and psychological (subjective) bases, and its consequences for economic behavior and for people's orientation to the larger social system. The focus is on the mutual interdependence of people and the economy. Consideration is given to both the problem of how people influence the economy and the impact of economic changes on people's well-being, their sense of equity and fairness, and their orientation toward societal institutions and the political system. Part 1 data are comprised of data collected in April-May 1971, from a relatively homogeneous sample of young families in Detroit and Baltimore, Part 2 data are from the Survey Research Center's Omnibus Survey, Spring 1972, Part 3 data are from the Omnibus Survey, Fall 1973, and Part 4 data are from the Omnibus Survey, Fall 1974. Respondents were asked about their expectations concerning changes in their income, their feelings about the equity of their income renumeration in comparison with that of others, and their beliefs about which factors should determine a fair amount of pay. Additional items explored respondents' attitudes toward women's participation in the labor force, and work. Information was also elicited about respondents' satisfaction with their job, standard of living, and amount in savings, and how their current standard of living matched past expectations. Various personal trust, control, and achievement items are also included. The data collection also contains the traditional series of Economic Behavior Program questions on consumer attitudes and expectations, price changes, unemployment, and consumer products satisfaction. Demographic variables describe age, sex, race, marital status, education, occupation, income, number of children, religion, and party identification.

Strumpel, Burkhard, Gurin, Gerald, and Curtin, Richard T. Economic Incentives, Values, and Subjective Well-Being, 1971-1974. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-18.

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National Science Foundation (GS-3244, and GSOC72-05581)

1971 -- 1974

1971 -- 1974

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The survey conducted in the spring of 1971 used a random sample from the Detroit and Baltimore SMSAs of households who had their first child during the 1960s. The national samples consisted of multistage sampling of 74 primary areas in 37 states and the District of Columbia. The overall sampling rate for housing units was frequently about one in 32,000. Probability selection was enforced at all stages of sampling. In a last stage of sampling, one respondent aged 18 and older was selected from among eligible household members. The sample was designed to yield approximately 1,500 interviews. For each study, sample housing units were selected anew and without replacement. The samples were designed to represent housing units in the coterminous United States exclusive of those on military reservations.

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