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Survey of Households in Five Judicial Districts of the United States: A Civil Litigation Project, 1977-1979 (ICPSR 9743)

Principal Investigator(s): Trubek, David, et al.


This data collection is based on the household screening survey conducted by the Civil Litigation Research Project (CLRP) in 1980. The survey was conducted in five federal judicial districts in the United States: Eastern Wisconsin, Eastern Pennsylvania, South Carolina, New Mexico, and Central California. The primary objective of the study was to identify individuals involved in disputes that might have become lawsuits. The major area of investigation was claiming behavior. The dataset also includes 54 households from the "screened experiment," whereby households known to have been involved in lawsuits were contacted. Demographic variables include the age, sex, education, occupation, and union status of the chief wage earner. Also included are the respondent's sex, race, and family income. Questions were asked about consumer problems, problems with persons who owed the respondent money, discrimination problems, debt problems, property-related problems, mortgage-related problems, landlord-tenant problems, problems with government benefits, and post-divorce problems. The unit of analysis is the household.

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Trubek, David, et al. Survey of Households in Five Judicial Districts of the United States: A Civil Litigation Project, 1977-1979. ICPSR09743-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    conflict resolution, households, lawsuits

Geographic Coverage:    California, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, United States, Wisconsin

Time Period:   

  • 1977--1979

Date of Collection:   

  • 1980

Universe:    Households with telephones in five federal judicial districts in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

In this hierarchical dataset there are a total of 14 different record types, with the number of records and variables varying from household to household. There are 116 variables for type (1) records, 10 variables for type (2) records, 51 variables for type (3) records, 10 variables for type (4) records, 11 variables for type (5) records, 8 variables for type (6) records, 6 variables for type (7) records, 14 variables for type (8) records, 15 variables for type (9) records, 7 variables for type (10) records, 6 variables for type (11) variables, 7 variables for type (12) variables, 5 variables for type (13) records, and 8 variables for type (14) variables. A total of 5,202 households were sampled. This collection is a revision and extension of Part 3 of CIVIL LITIGATION IN THE UNITED STATES, 1977-1979 (ICPSR 7994).


Sample:    Cluster sampling using a random digit dialing technique.

Data Source:

personal 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:

  • Standardized missing values.


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-05-12

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