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Mexican-Americans in Transition: Migration and Employment in Michigan Cities, 1968-1969 (ICPSR 7034)

Principal Investigator(s): Choldin, Harvey; Trout, Grafton


This study explored the social and economic adjustment of Mexican-Americans to Michigan's socioeconomic environment, focusing on the urbanization process for farm workers who had migrated to Michigan from the American Southwest. Some specific areas covered by the interview were migratory background, geographic ties, voting behavior, employment and income patterns, and attitudes toward school, jobs, housing, family life, and outside activities. Questions were also asked about the respondents' attitudes toward politics and community participation, and any problems they may have encountered due to their current place of residence. Demographic variables provide information about the respondents' age, gender, and income. A bilingual interview schedule was used.

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Study Description


Choldin, Harvey, and Grafton Trout. Mexican-Americans in Transition: Migration and Employment in Michigan Cities, 1968-1969. ICPSR07034-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-09-21.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Labor. Office of Manpower Research (81246632)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    communities, community participation, employment, farm workers, housing, Mexican Americans, migrant workers, migration, political attitudes, social adjustments, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1968--1969

Universe:    Mexican-American population of Michigan.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Please disregard the column locations provided in "Producer Codebook" section of the ICPSR codebook as they are not applicable to the ICPSR-produced data file. The column locations for the ICPSR-produced data file can be found in the SPSS and SAS setup files, and Stata dictionary file.


Sample:    The sampling was done at the county level, excluding counties that had fewer than 100 Mexican-American families and the Detroit metropolitan area. The technique used, called "controlled selection sampling," is described in Goodman Roe and Leslie Kish, "Controlled Selection -- A Technique in Probability Sampling," JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION 45 (September 1950), 350-372.

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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

Version History:

  • 2011-09-21 The data have been converted from ASCII card-image format to ASCII column-delimited format, and the following variables have been dropped: the variables beginning with CARD and RESP, except for variable RESP01. The SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, and codebook have been updated. Also, SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, and a tab-delimited ASCII data file have been added.
  • 2011-06-03 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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