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Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys [LAMAS] 7, 1973 (ICPSR 36604)

Alternate Title:   LAMAS 7

Principal Investigator(s): Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Science Research, University of California, Los Angeles


The Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys [LAMAS] 7, 1973 collection reflects data gathered in 1973 as part of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Studies (LAMAS). The LAMAS, beginning in the spring of 1970, are a shared-time omnibus survey of Los Angeles County community members, usually repeated twice annually. The LAMAS were conducted ten times between 1970 and 1976 in an effort to develop a set of standard community profile measures appropriate for use in the planning and evaluation of public policy.

The LAMAS instruments, indexes, and scales were used to track the development and course of social indicators (including social, psychological, health, and economic variables) and the impact of public policy on the community. Questions in this survey cover respondents' attitudes toward the following topics: community and public services, local government politics, political efficacy, residential mobility, and integration of their neighborhood. In addition, participating researchers were given the option of submitting questions to be asked in addition to the core items. These additional question topics include: travel time to work, number of vehicles, means of transportation, and alcohol use, as well as drinking and driving.

Demographic variables in this collection include sex, age, race, ethnicity, education, occupation, income, religion, marital status, birth place, and housing type.

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Study Description


Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Science Research. Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys [LAMAS] 7, 1973. ICPSR36604-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-01-04. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36604.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36604.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alcohol abuse, alcoholism, budgets, driving habits, driving under the influence, health status, local government, public policy, public transportation, public utilities, social attitudes

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Census Block

Geographic Coverage:    California, Los Angeles

Time Period:   

  • 1973

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Households in Los Angeles County

Data Type(s):    survey data


Study Purpose:    The goal of the LAMAS studies is the development of a set of standard community profile measures appropriate for use in the planning and evaluation of public policy.

Sample:    LAMAS utilizes a multistage, stratified probability sample with the following characteristics: 1. Los Angeles County is divided into ten geographic regions. 2. Block groups in each region are stratified by housing value, percentage owner-occupied, and percentage nonwhite. 3. 100 block groups are sampled from the ten regions. 4. Two block clusters are drawn from each of the 100 block groups. Household respondents were selected according to the KISH-TABLE method. The LAMAS used the unclustered nature of the sample to over sample selected sub-populations such as ethnicity. Additional information is available in the study documentation.

Time Method:    Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

Weight:    The data do not contain any weight variables.

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:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2017-01-04



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