World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators II: Cross-National Aggregate Data, 1950-1965 (ICPSR 5027)

Published: Feb 16, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
Charles Lewis Taylor; Michael C. Hudson


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This data collection consists of aggregate political, economic, and educational data for 136 countries in the period 1950-1965. Included are indicators of population size and growth, communications, education, culture, economics, and politics for the four base years: 1950, 1960, 1966, and 1965. Data are provided for the percentage of population living in cities of 100,000 or more and 20,000 or more, the total economically active male population engaged in agricultural occupations, and the total economically active male population as a percentage of the total male population. Information is also provided for the number of telephones, radios, televisions, and newspapers per 1,000 population, cinema attendance per capita, literacy rates, and school enrollment ratio. Other variables provide information for steel consumption, energy consumption per capita growth rates, gross national product (GNP) per capita, total trade as a percentage of the GNP, total number of current scientific and technical serials published, percentage of contribution to the total world scientific authors, percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) originating in agriculture, industry, transportation, and communications, and gross domestic fixed capital formation as a percentage of the GNP. Additional information is provided on sectorial income inequality, land inequality, total number of physicians, and number of physicians per one million population. Other items include total military manpower, defense, education, and health expenditure in million United States dollars, total United States economic and military aid and Soviet aid, number of memberships in United Nations organizations and in other international organizations, diplomatic representation, electoral irregularity score, press freedom index, total internal security forces, the beginning and ending year of modernization, the date of independence, and the date of founding of the present constitution.

Taylor, Charles Lewis, and Hudson, Michael C. World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators II:  Cross-National Aggregate Data, 1950-1965. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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Benin Papua New Guinea Angola Cambodia Sudan Paraguay Portugal Syria North Korea Greece Mongolia Iran Morocco Mali Panama Guatemala Guyana Iraq Chile Laos Nepal Argentina Tanzania Zambia Ghana Belize India Canada Turkey Belgium Taiwan Finland South Africa Trinidad and Tobago Central African Republic Jamaica Peru Germany Yemen Vietnam (Socialist Republic) Puerto Rico United States Guinea China (Peoples Republic) Somalia Chad Madagascar Ivory Coast Thailand Libya Costa Rica Sweden Malawi Poland Kuwait Jordan Nigeria Bulgaria Tunisia Sri Lanka Uruguay Kenya Switzerland Spain Lebanon Cuba Venezuela Liberia Czech Republic Mauritania Burkina Faso Israel Australia Soviet Union Myanmar Cameroon Cyprus Malaysia Iceland Global Gabon South Korea Great Britain Austria Yugoslavia Mozambique El Salvador Luxembourg Brazil Algeria Colombia Ecuador Hungary Japan Mauritius Albania New Zealand Senegal Italy Honduras Ethiopia Haiti Afghanistan Burundi Singapore Egypt Sierra Leone Bolivia Malta Saudi Arabia Netherlands Pakistan Ireland France Romania Togo Niger Philippines Rwanda Nicaragua Barbados Norway Botswana Democratic Republic of Congo Denmark Dominican Republic Uganda Mexico Zimbabwe Indonesia

1950 -- 1965

The data for 1965 are about 90 percent complete but the proportion of missing data is much higher for the three earlier years, 1950, 1960, and 1960. Extensive documentation is provided by the investigators on sources and data quality.

A total of 136 nations with a population of one million or more in 1965 and smaller nations with membership in the United Nations by 1968.

United Nations agencies, official publications of national governments, special studies, scholarly monographs and publications, and nongovernmental research organizations publications

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