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Social Indicators Time Series Archive for the United States, 1946-1980 (ICPSR 7932)

Principal Investigator(s): Land, Kenneth C.; Felson, Marcus


This collection contains time series data, spanning 35 years, on general social indicators. The file includes data on vital statistics, population, the labor force, health, education, and leisure activities. Variables on vital statistics cover birth and death rates and life expectancy. Variables on population cover marriage, divorce, and age by sex. Labor force data contain information on employment and unemployment, percentages of the population employed in certain occupations, labor turnover, and family income. Health-related data include hospital and doctor visits, prescription costs, and nursing home expenses. Education data cover degrees conferred, educational attainment rates, and number of children enrolled in kindergarten and primary and secondary schools. Data on leisure activities cover sporting event attendance, automobile ownership, and utility consumption. Most of the data are reported on an annual basis extending from 1946 through 1980. Some data, such as the education data, are based on a less frequent observation cycle, and other data, such as health data, do not extend back to 1946. The study consists of a documentation file and a data file. The documentation contains a list of the variables, an alphabetized listing of the variables, and SPSS descriptives. The data file contains both the SPSS control cards and the data.

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Study Description


Land, Kenneth C., and Marcus Felson. SOCIAL INDICATORS TIME SERIES ARCHIVE FOR THE UNITED STATES, 1946-1980. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 198?. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07932.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07932.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic degrees, age, automobile ownership, birth rates, demographic characteristics, divorce rates, drug costs, doctor visits, economic indicators, educational background, employment, energy consumption, enrollments, family income, gender, health care costs, health status, hospitalization, jobs, labor force, leisure, life expectancy, marriage rates, mortality rates, nursing homes, occupations, population characteristics, socioeconomic indicators, time utilization, twentieth century, unemployment, vital statistics

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Collection Notes:

Users should note that the raw data records for this collection appear as an input data stream within a series of SPSS commands. There are 35 cases, one for each year from 1946 to 1980 and 640 variables.



Original ICPSR Release:   1984-07-13


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