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New York Times Business World Survey, 1986-1987 (ICPSR 9213)

Principal Investigator(s): The New York Times


This three-part data collection is designed to gauge the views of American business leaders by interviewing post-World War II graduates of leading business schools concerning the state of business in the United States and the world. Topics covered in Part 1 include world economic powers, strengths and weaknesses of American business, Japanese investment in the United States, foreign competition, the respondent's opinion of Ronald Reagan, taxes, and important problems facing American business (e.g., decline in productivity and the work ethic, the budget deficit, and mergers). In Part 2 respondents were asked whether they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of business executives of several leading corporations, which American corporation was managed the best, how much attention corporate managers were paying to mergers and takeovers, if the respondent would work for a company with a board of directors, and whether layoffs in middle management would strengthen or weaken American companies. Topics covered in Part 3 include foreign investment, federal regulation of business, the Reagan administration's enforcement of anti-trust laws, the respondent's choice for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees, and important economic problems in the United States such as high labor costs, bank instability, and Third World debt. Background information on individuals for all three surveys includes party affiliation, occupation, age, sex, and income.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  September, 1986 - Download All Files (0.964 MB)
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DS2:  February, 1987 - Download All Files (0.961 MB)
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DS3:  September-October, 1987 - Download All Files (0.734 MB)
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Study Description


The New York Times. New York Times Business World Survey, 1986-1987 . ICPSR09213-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-02-24. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09213.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09213.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    business, business conditions, business leaders, corporate mergers, corporations, economic conditions, foreign investments, government regulation, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Reagan, Ronald, taxes

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1986-09--1987-10

Universe:    All post-World War II graduates and short-course diploma recipients of selected business schools. For Part 1, schools included Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton, for Parts 2 and 3, Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, and Kellog.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data for Parts 1 and 2 contain blanks. The data for Part 3 contain blanks, ampersands (&), and dashes (-). Parts 1 and 2 contain multiple records per case. Part 3 also was released as Part 17 of CBS/NEW YORK TIMES NATIONAL AND LOCAL SURVEYS, 1987 (ICPSR 8718).


Sample:    Random sample.

Data Source:

telephone 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:   1990-05-01

Version History:

  • 2009-02-24 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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