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Boston Mobility Study, 1880

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Thernstrom, Stephen
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
biographical data; census data; social mobility
  • Abstract

    This study was conducted to examine patterns of social mobility in Boston, Massachusetts. It contains individual-level demographic information such as amount of property, occupation, location of residence, and income at ten year intervals. It also contains a derived measure of intergenerational prestige mobility.
  • Methods

    The data are not weighted, and there are no weight variables in the data.
  • 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: Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1880 / 1930
    Time period: 1880--1930
Geographic Coverage
  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Population of Boston, Massachusetts. Smallest Geographic Unit: Neighborhood
The study consists of a sample base of data drawn from the 1880 United States census and a longitudinal extension through 1930, by decade, of selected variables. The extension was drawn from the Boston City Directory, marriage records in 1910, and birth records in 1930.
2015-05-05 The SPSS setup files were updated to conform to current standards. SAS and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a R data file, a tab-delimited data file, and a PDF codebook have been added to the collection.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7550 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07550.v1
  • Horan, Patrick M.. Occupational Mobility and Historical Social Structure. Social Science History.9, (1), 25-48.1985.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Kousser, J. Morgan, Cox, Gary W., Galerison, David W.. Log-linear analysis of contingency tables: An introduction for historians with an application to Thernstrom on the 'floating proletariat'. Historical Methods.15, (4), 152-169.1982.
  • Thernstrom, Stephen. The Other Bostonians: Poverty and Progress in the American Metropolis, 1880-1970. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1973.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Thernstrom, Stephen (1984): Boston Mobility Study, 1880. Version 2. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.