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World Handbook III (Aggregate Data)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Taylor, Charles L. (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin)
Publication Date
  • Ch. L. Taylor, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Labour and employment
    • Demography and population
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Politics
    • Economic policy
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Indicators of 155 countries of the world from the areas of politics, the economy, government finances, population and society. The World Handbook III presents basically a continuation for 1970 and 1975 of the World Handbook II in which the dates 1950, 1955, 1960 and 1965 were recorded. For some selected variables the time series had already been continued to 1978. Topics: government income and expenditures by the central government in percent of gross national product (GNP); tax revenue in percent of government income; absolute level of defense expenditures and their proportion in the GNP; public expenditures for education and health in percent of GNP; number of men under arms; proportion of soldiers in the working population; number of employed; total population and number of adults; proportion of votes and proportion of seats in parliament of the 5 largest parties; election turnout; civil rights, political rights, political and economic discrimination (indices); ethnolinguistic ethnic group proportions; separatist movements; surface area; area used for agriculture; population density; absolute gross national product; gross national product per capita and growth rate of the gross national product; number of scientific authors; energy consumption per capita; energy reserves and energy production; import, export and business in percent of the GNP; export concentration on certain countries or goods; income distribution or income concentration; food supply per capita; doctor density; life expectancy for men and women; infant mortality; birth rate and mortality rate; rate of supply with running water; education level of population; illiteracy; distribution of newspapers, radio equipment, television sets, movies and telephones; letter traffic per capita with foreign countries and domestically; percent of population in large cities; percent of the workforce in agriculture, industry and service companies; proportion of the individual sectors in GNP; private consumption and government consumption in percent of GNP; domestic investments; proportion of workers organized in trade unions; strike frequency and number of workers involved in strikes; loss of work days through strikes.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1950 / 1978
Geographic Coverage
  • 155 countries
Sampled Universe
Countries with over 1 million residents or membership in the UN.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Sample
Collection Mode
  • Survey of aggregate data from statistical records of the UN.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 155
    Number of Variables: 359
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1130 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Taylor, Charles Lewis; Jodice, David A.: World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators. New Haven: Yale University Press 1982. (Third Edition, 2 Vols.).
  • Taylor, Charles Lewis; Jodice, David A.: Detente and Its Effects: A Measurement of East-West-Trade. In: Frei, Daniel (Hrsg.): Definitions and Measurements of Detente: East and West Perspectives. Cambridge: Oelschlager Gunn and Hain 1981, S. 153 - 172.
  • Taylor, Charles Lewis; Jodice, David A.: Updating and Expending the World Handbook Data Collection. Social Science Information, 19, 1980, S. 885 - 901.
  • Taylor, Charles Lewis; Jodice, David A.: New Data for Comparative Political Analysis: The World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators III. Comparative Foreign Policy Notes, 8, 1980, S. 25 - 27.
  • Jodice, David A.; Taylor, Charles Lewis; Deutsch, Karl W.: Cumulation in Social Science Data Archiving. K√∂nigstein/Ts: Anton Hain Verlag 1980. (Publication of the International Institute for Comparative Social Research, Wissenschaftszentrum-Berlin).
  • Jodice, David A.: Political Economy of Expropriation: Sources of Change in Third World Regimes for Foreign Direct Investment 1968-1976. In: International Organization, Vol. 34, No. 2, 1980, S. 177 -206.
  • Ward, Michael D.; Widmaier, Ulrich: The Domestic-International Conflict Nexus: New Evidence and Old Hypotheses. In: International Interactions Oktober 1981. (Publication of the International Institute for Comparative Social Research, Wissenschaftszentrum-Berlin Juli 1981).
  • Ward, Michael D.: Changing Pattern of Inequality in a Changing Global Order. In: Kyklos 1981. (Publication of the International Institute for Comparative Social Research, Wissenschaftszentrum-Berlin April 1981).

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Taylor, Charles L. (1978): World Handbook III (Aggregate Data). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.