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Geographic Mobility of Labor, 1962-1963 (ICPSR 7434)

Principal Investigator(s): Lansing, John B., University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research. Economic Behavior Program; Mueller, Eva, University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research. Economic Behavior Program


This study focused on labor force mobility in the United States. Wider in scope than previous studies of local labor markets and particular categories of workers, this investigation obtained information about attitudes, motives, and the economic circumstances of families, in addition to migration history and demographic characteristics. A broad range of data were collected on the causes of mobility and obstacles to mobility, the process of mobility, and its consequences. Three waves of interviews were conducted in August-September 1962, November-December 1962, and November 1963 with national cross-section samples of the adult population. From each household, either the head or the spouse was interviewed. Special samples of people living in redevelopment areas and having recently moved were also surveyed, and a panel of respondents selected from both a cross-national sample and residents of redevelopment areas was reinterviewed in August 1963. The data collection includes three files. Part 1 contains information for all respondents, including reinterviews, organized around the family as unit of analysis. Filter variables allow a separate analysis of cross-sectional data. In Part 2 the unit of analysis is the move, with variables documenting year, geographic region and state, and reasons for the move. Part 3 provides information about the relocation of adult offspring, other than the first, aged 18-29. Demographic data include age, sex, race, marital status, income, occupation, and level of education.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Cross Section - Download All Files (9.934 MB)
DS2:  Moves - Download All Files (7.272 MB)
DS3:  Child - Download All Files (7.077 MB)

Study Description


Lansing, John B., and Eva Mueller. Geographic Mobility of Labor, 1962-1963. ICPSR07434-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 197?. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07434.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07434.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Commerce. Area Redevelopment Administration
  • United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Employment Security
  • United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Welfare Administration
  • United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Social Security Administration

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    households, labor force, population migration

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1962--1963

Date of Collection:   

  • 1962-08--1963-08

Universe:    Adult population of the United States, aged 18 and older, living in private households.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Weights are included for redevelopment area data.


Sample:    Three types of samples were drawn for this study: (1) cross-section samples representative of the national population, (2) a special sample of families living in redevelopment areas in September-October 1962, and (3) a special sample of families included in SURVEY OF CONSUMER FINANCES, 1962 (ICPSR 7442) and SURVEY OF CONSUMER FINANCES, 1963 (ICPSR 7443) who reported having moved in the year prior to interview in redevelopment projects. Respondents from a cross-section sample and residents of redevelopment areas were first surveyed in 1962 and then reinterviewed in 1963.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB7434.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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