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Cross-National Data Analysis Learning Package (ICPSR 5701)

Principal Investigator(s): Banks, Arthur S.


This study contains cross-sectional data on the economic, political, and population characteristics of 108 independent nations in the period 1961-1970. Also included are limited longitudinal data for 60 nations in the period 1919-1970. The dataset was developed to introduce students to cross-national political data analyses. Economic variables provide information on the gross national product (GNP), government revenues and expenditures, foreign aid, imports and exports per capita, each nation's proportion of world trade, defense and educational expenditures as percentage of the GNP, energy, electric, steel, and cement production and consumption per capita, and the percentage of the workforce in industry and in agriculture. Data on political regimes and systems include the type of regime, effectiveness of the executive and legislative branches, size of the legislature, polyarchy index of democratic performance, press freedom, political and civil rights, number of coups d'etat, major constitutional and cabinet changes, legislative elections, and dates of independence. Population characteristics variables include population density, urbanization index, internal security forces and the size of the military as proportion of the adult population, and infant mortality rate as proportion of live births. Demographic variables include religion, ethnicity, literacy, and languages.

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Study Description


Banks, Arthur S. Cross-National Data Analysis Learning Package. ICPSR05701-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05701.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05701.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (GY-9343)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    economic conditions, instructional materials, political systems, population characteristics, world politics

Geographic Coverage:    Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China (Peoples Republic), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Global, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Soviet Union, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam (Socialist Republic), Yemen, Yugoslavia

Time Period:   

  • 1919--1970

Universe:    A total of 108 independent nations in the period 1961-1970, including 60 of the nations that were independent during the period 1919-1970.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

See also the related collection, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TEACHING PACKAGE, 1955-1964 (ICPSR 5702).


Data Source:

(1) State University of New York, Binghamton, Center for Comparative Political Research, Cross-National Time-Series Data Archive, and (2) Taylor, Charles L., and Michael C. Hudson. WORLD HANDBOOK OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL INDICATORS. New Haven, CT. Yale University Press, 1972.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-04


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