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Detroit Area Study, 1970: Careers in Detroit (ICPSR 7408)

Principal Investigator(s): Cole, Robert, University of Michigan. Department of Sociology


This data collection provides information on the jobs and career patterns of 638 male workers aged 16 and older who had worked for pay for six months or longer in the Detroit metropolitan area in 1970. In order to determine the occupational mobility of respondents, detailed questions were asked about job histories. Probed were aspects of the respondents' jobs that were most satisfying to them. Other items assessed the job opportunities that were available to respondents then and in the future, and their feelings about their financial situations relative to the past and the future. Additional items queried respondents about their club memberships and voting behavior, and their views of government. Demographic variables specify age, race, marital status, education, occupation, number of children, religion, political party affiliation, social class status, income, home ownership, and length of residence in the Detroit area.

More information about the Detroit Area Studies Project is available on this Web site.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Cole, Robert. Detroit Area Study, 1970: Careers in Detroit. ICPSR07408-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-01-10. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07408.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07408.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    careers, cities, economic behavior, families, family life, job history, job opportunities, job satisfaction, occupational mobility, political affiliation, political attitudes, political participation

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1970

Date of Collection:   

  • 1970

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Variables V200 and V318 (YEAR OF R'S BIRTH) appear to be identical as do V199, V244, V245 and V363 (INTERVIEW NUMBER). Variables V634 through V725 are not described in the Variable List and no additional information is available.


Sample:    A total of 638 male workers aged 16 and older who had worked for pay for six months or longer in the Detroit metropolitan area in 1970.

Data Source:

personal 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:

  • Performed consistency checks.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10

Version History:

  • 2007-01-10 This study, updated from OSIRIS, now includes SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, a SAS transport (XPORT) file, an SPSS portable file, a Stata system file, and an updated codebook.

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