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Faculty Retirement in the Arts and Sciences: Source Data for 33 United States Colleges and Universities, 1985-1990 (ICPSR 9818)

Principal Investigator(s): Rees, Albert, Princeton University; Smith, Sharon P., Princeton University


These data were compiled to permit analysis of issues surrounding delayed faculty retirement at doctorate-granting universities and selected liberal arts colleges. Variables in Part 1, the Transaction Data File, include school identification number, type of school, year of transaction event (retirement), age of faculty member after event occurred, academic discipline of faculty member, presence of mandatory retirement age, five-year age range of event, and type of pension plan in which faculty member was enrolled. Variables in Part 2, the Age Distribution Data file, include observation number, school code, academic discipline grouping, and type of school.

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DS2:  Age Distribution Data - Download All Files (0.717 MB)
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Study Description


Rees, Albert, and Sharon P. Smith. Faculty Retirement in the Arts and Sciences: Source Data for 33 United States Colleges and Universities, 1985-1990. ICPSR09818-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09818.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09818.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Carnegie Corporation
  • Hewlett Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic disciplines, college faculty, colleges, higher education, pension plans, retirement, retirement planning, universities

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1985--1990

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985--1990

Universe:    All tenured faculty in doctorate-granting institutions and liberal arts colleges in the United States.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data, and aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

Documentation for this collection is provided in the SAS and SPSS Control Cards as comments.


Sample:    Nonrandom sample of research and doctorate-granting universities and liberal arts colleges that agreed to participate.

Data Source:

official college or university records

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:   1992-10-31

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File SP9818.ALL was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.



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