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Survey of Consumer Finances, 1968

Version
v2
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Survey of Consumer Finances Series
Publication Date
1984-05-11
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Publisher
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors Corporation
  • Ford Foundation
Language
English
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
automobile ownership; business conditions; consumer attitudes; consumer behavior; consumer expectations; consumer expenditures; debt; disposable income; durable goods; economic conditions; families; financial assets; financial balances; home ownership; household budgets; household composition; household expenditures; household income; housing; income distribution; mortgages; national economy; occupations; personal debt; personal finances; prices; savings
Description
  • Abstract

    This data collection is one in a series of financial surveys of consumers conducted annually since 1946. In a nationally representative sample, the head of each family unit was interviewed. Starting in 1966, in order to examine the effect that increased car ownership was having on American families, the data collected in this series were organized so that they could be analyzed by both family unit and car unit. The 1968 data are based on car unit. Survey questions regarding automobiles included number of drivers and car owners in the family, make and model of each car, purchase method, car financing and installment debt, and expectations of car purchases in the coming year. Other questions in the 1968 survey covered the respondent's attitudes toward national economic conditions (e.g., the effect of income tax, interest rates, the stock market, Vietnam War involvement, and relations with other communist countries on United States business) and price activity, as well as the respondent's own financial situation. Other questions examined the family unit head's occupation, and the nature and amount of the family's income, debts, liquid assets, changes in liquid assets, savings, investment preferences, and actual and expected purchases of major durables. In addition, the survey explored in detail the subject of housing, e.g., previous and present home ownership, value of respondent's dwelling, and mortgage information. Personal data include age and education of head, household composition, and occupation.
  • Methods

    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: Performed consistency checks.; Standardized missing values..
  • Abstract

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1968
  • Collection date: 1968
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The population of the United States.
Sampling
The sample was made up of a national cross-section of family units.
Note
2020-09-09 Removed variable V14 due to disclosure issues. Funding institution(s): National Science Foundation. Ford Motor Company. General Motors Corporation. Ford Foundation (NSF: SBR-9617813).
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7448 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07448.v1
Publications
  • Shapiro, Robert Y., Conforto, Bruce M.. Presidential performance, the economy, and the public's evaluations of the economic conditions. Journal of Politics.42, (1), 49-67.1980.

Update Metadata: 2020-09-09 | Issue Number: 7 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program (1984): Survey of Consumer Finances, 1968. Version 2. Survey of Consumer Finances Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07448.v2