Crime in Western Societies, 1945-1974 (ICPSR 7769)

Principal Investigator(s): Gurr, Ted Robert; Gurr, Erika


These data were collected from national statistical sources for 16 western societies plus Israel and Japan. Data on population and eight categories of crime were gathered for as many years as possible between 1945 and 1974. Both convictions and offenses known to police were recorded whenever possible. Variables include percent yearly change and population-weighted measures of the incidence of each offense.

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  • 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


Gurr, Ted Robert, and Erika Gurr. Crime in Western Societies, 1945-1974. ICPSR07769-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    convictions (law), crime, criminal justice system, police

Geographic Coverage:    Global

Time Period:   

  • 1945--1974

Date of Collection:   

  • 1945--1974

Data Type(s):    aggregate data


Data Source:

National statistical sources for 16 Western societies plus Israel and Japan


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

Version History:

  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.
  • 1997-09-19 SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been added to this collection.

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