Social Mobility, [1973-1976]: An International Social Science Council (ISSC) Workbook in Comparative Analysis (ICPSR 8682)

Published: Feb 16, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
Thomas, A. Herz

Version V1

This dataset was constructed to serve as a teaching tool on research methodology in the comparative analysis of social mobility. It consists of a subset of variables taken from a cross-national survey conducted during 1973-76 in the United States and seven west European nations: Austria, Great Britain, West Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, and Finland. The file contains variables on the perception of over- and underprivileged groups, subjective social class, occupational value orientation, church preference, marital status, education, occupation, employment status, union membership, political preference, personal income, desired income, family income, father's occupation, parents' political preference, and parents' education. Age, sex, ethnic origin, community size, region, and country are also reported.

Herz, Thomas, A. Social Mobility, [1973-1976]: An International Social Science Council (ISSC) Workbook in Comparative Analysis. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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International Social Science Council

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

1973-11 -- 1976-05

1973-11 -- 1976-05

(1) The original dataset from which this file is derived has been released by ICPSR as POLITICAL ACTION: AN EIGHT NATION STUDY, 1973-1976 (ICPSR 7777). (2) The data are self-weighting within each country only. Analyses using combined data from two or more countries require the application of weights not included in the dataset. (3) The variable count includes two multiple-response variables, each of which has three reponses. SPSS would treat each response as a separate variable, giving a total of 64 variables instead of 60. (4) This dataset was constructed at the request of the Standing Committee on Comparative Research of the International Social Science Council. Texts and data are made available as a joint venture of ICPSR, the Norwegian Social Sciences Data Services, Bergen, the Institute for Public Affairs, Dalhousie University, Halifax, and the Zentralarchiv fur empirische Sozialforschung der Universitat zu Koln, Cologne. Instructional datasets and workbooks examining other areas of comparative research in the social sciences have been sponsored by by the ISSC and UNESCO. These include: POLITICAL PARTICIPATION: AN INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE COUNCIL (ISSC) WORKBOOK IN COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS (ICPSR 8350), TIME BUDGET RESEARCH: AN INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE COUNCIL (ISSC) WORKBOOK IN COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS (ICPSR 8542), and CENTRE-PERIPHERY STRUCTURES IN EUROPE [1880-1978]: AN INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE COUNCIL (ISSC) WORKBOOK IN COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS (ICPSR 7571). Copies of these workbooks and the workbook associated with this dataset may be ordered directly from the publisher: Campus Verlag, Myliusstrasse 15, 6000 Frankfurt 1, Federal Republic of Germany. Each workbook includes a codebook for its associated instructional dataset.

National multistage probability samples were used to select a representative cross-section of persons 16 years of age and older within each of the eight countries. In the first stage, a random sample of small geographical or administrative units (PSUs), stratified by population, urbanization, voting returns, and so on, was selected within each country. In the next stage, a random sample of households was selected from each PSU selected in the first stage. Details of PSU selection and sampling of households within PSUs were nation-specific and followed established procedures of survey research within each country. In the last stage, interviewers chose a respondent from each selected household, using a random selection procedure devised by Leslie Kish. The percent of selected respondents from whom interviews were obtained ranged from 64 percent in Austria to 77 percent in Britain. The multistage sampling procedure yielded representative probability samples of the total population in the same age categories within each country. The procedure contained a very slight household size bias, except in Britain where there was no bias of this type.

Persons in Austria 16 to 70 years of age, and persons in Great Britain, West Germany, the Netherlands, the United States, Italy, Switzerland, and Finland 16 years of age and over.

personal interviews

survey data




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