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Career Values in Mexico, 1963 (ICPSR 7058)

Principal Investigator(s): Kahl, Joseph


This is the second of two studies conducted by the principal investigator concerning career patterns and values in Latin American countries (see also CAREER VALUES IN BRAZIL, 1960 [ICPSR 7042]). The present study was carried out in 1963 in both urban and rural areas of Mexico. The variables assessed the respondents' occupations at the time they were interviewed, the length of their employment, what they liked most and least about their jobs, and their incomes. Further questions explored past occupations, the highest level of education attained, and the extent to which lack of education had handicapped respondents' careers. A major portion of the study probed the respondents' feelings about the nature of jobs and people: the importance of ambition and determination in one's job, individual versus group interests, how best to "get ahead," the importance of family ties, the tendency to trust others, and corruption in urban centers. A number of recodes and derived measures are included. Demographic information covers age, marital status, number of children, religion, and father's occupation.

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Study Description


Kahl, Joseph. Career Values in Mexico, 1963. ICPSR07058-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-06-11. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07058.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07058.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    ambition, aspirations, career goals, careers, expectations, family relations, income, job history, job satisfaction, job tenure, occupational mobility, occupations, rural areas, urban areas, work, work attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Latin America, Mexico

Time Period:   

  • 1963

Date of Collection:   

  • 1963

Universe:    Employed population of Mexico.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Data Source:

personal interviews

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 variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10

Version History:

  • 2009-06-11 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.



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