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Current Population Survey, May 1978

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Current Population Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
census data; demographic characteristics; employment; Hispanic origins; households; income; labor force; multiple jobs; occupations; population characteristics; population estimates; unemployment; union membership; working hours
  • Abstract

    This data collection supplies standard monthly labor force data for the week prior to the survey. Comprehensive information is given on the employment status, occupation, and industry of persons 14 years old and older. Additional data are available concerning weeks worked and hours per week worked, reason not working full-time, total income and income components, and residence. Supplemental information on respondents with more than one job includes weekly income, reason for additional job, hourly wage amount, days and hours worked per week, labor union membership, and time of day work began and ended. Information on demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, race, marital status, veteran status, household relationship, educational attainment, and Hispanic origin, is available for each person in the household enumerated.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1978-05
  • Collection date: 1978-05
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons in the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States including members of the armed forces living in civilian housing units in May 1978.
A national probability sample was used in selecting housing units. Persons 14 years old and older in sampled housing units were surveyed.
Collection Mode
  • All records contain weights, which must be used in any analysis.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 7783 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07783.v1
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  • Shapiro, Matthew D.. Macroeconomic implications of variation in the workweek of capital. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity.(2), 79-133.1996.
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  • Card, David E., Krueger, Alan B.. Myth and measurement: The new economics of the minimum wage. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 1995.
  • Gittleman, Maury B., Howell, David R.. Changes in the structure and quality of jobs in the United States: Effects by race and gender, 1973-1990. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.48, (3), 420-440.1995.
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  • Grogger, Jeff, Eide, Eric. Changes in college skills and the rise in the college wage premium. Journal of Human Resources.30, (2), 280 -1995.
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  • Macpherson, David A., Even, William E.. The Consequences of Indexing the Minimum Wage to Average Wages in the U.S. Economy. Washington, DC: . 1995.
  • Macpherson, David A., Hirsch, Barry T.. Wages and gender composition: Why do women's jobs pay less?. Journal of Labor Economics.13, (3), 426-471.1995.
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  • Neumark, David, Wascher, William. Minimum Wage Effects on Employment and School Enrollment. Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.13, (2), 199-206.1995.
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  • Card, David, Katz, Lawrence F., Krueger, Alan B.. Comment on David Neumark and William Wascher, `Employment Effects of Minimum and Subminimum Wages: Panel Data on State Minimum Wage Laws'. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.48, (3), 487-496.1994.
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  • Hendricks, Wallace. Deregulation and labor earnings. Journal of Labor Research.15, (31), 207-234.1994.
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  • Neumark, David, Wascher, William. Employment effects of minimum and subminimum wages: Reply to Card, Katz, and Krueger. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.47, 497-512.1994.
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  • Peoples, James, Saunders, Lisa. Trucking deregulation and the black/white wage gap. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.47, (1), 23-35.1993.
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  • Neumark, David, Wascher, William. Employment effects of minimum wages and subminimum wages: Panel data on state minimum wage laws. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.46, (1), 55-81.1992.
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  • Trejo, Stephen J.. The Effects of Overtime Pay Regulation on Worker Compensation. American Economic Review.81, (4), 719 -1991.
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  • Linneman, Peter D., Wachter, Michael L., Carter, William H.. Evaluating the Evidence on Union Employment and Wages. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.44, (1), 34-53.1990.
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  • Allen, Steven G.. Declining Unionization in Construction: The Facts and the Reasons. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.41, (3), 343-359.1988.
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  • Belman, Dale. Concentration, Unionism, and Labor Earnings: A Sample Selection Approach. Review of Economics and Statistics.70, (3), 391 -1988.
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  • Belman, Dale, Heywood, John S.. Public Wage Differentials And The Public Administration Industry. Industrial Relations.27, (3), 385-393.1988.
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  • Hirsch, Barry T.. Trucking regulation, unionization, and labor earnings: 1973-85. Journal of Human Resources.23, (3), 296-319.1988.
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  • Hirsch, Barry T., Neufeld, John L.. Nominal and real union wage differentials and the effects of industry and SMSA density: 1973-1983. Journal of Human Resources.22, (1), 138-148.1987.
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  • Menke, Terri. Economic Welfare and Urban Amenities across Race-Sex Groups. Urban Studies.24, (2), 151-161.1987.
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  • Freeman, Richard B.. In search of union wage concessions in standard data sets. Industrial Relations.25, (2), 131-145.1986.
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  • Johnson, George, Solon, Gary. Estimates of the Direct Effects of Comparable Worth Policy. American Economic Review.76, (5), 1117-1125.1986.
  • Linneman, Peter, Wachter, Michael L.. Rising Union Premiums and the Declining Boundaries Among Noncompeting Groups. American Economic Review.76, (2), 103-108.1986.
  • Kokkelenberg, Edward C., Sockell, Donna R.. Union Membership in the United States, 1973-1981. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.38, (4), 497-543.1985.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Allen, Steven G.. Trade Unions, Absenteeism, and Exit-Voice. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.37, (3), 331-345.1984.
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  • Cullison, William E.. Equalizing Regional Differences in Wages: A Study of Wages and Migration in the South and Other Regions. Economic Review - Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.70, (3), 20 -1984.
  • Duggan, James E.. The Labor-Force Participation of Older Workers. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.37, (3), 416-430.1984.
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  • Perloff, Jeffrey M., Wachter, Michael L.. Wage Comparability in the U.S. Postal Service. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.38, (1), 26-35.1984.
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  • Dorsey, Stuart, Walzer, Norman. Workers' Compensation, Job Hazards, and Wages. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.36, (4), 642-654.1983.
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  • Sahling, Leonard G., Smith, Sharon P.. Regional Wage Differentials: Has the South Risen Again?. Review of Economics and Statistics.65, 131-135.1983.
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  • Baugh, William H., Stone, Joe A.. Teachers, Unions, and Wages in the 1970s: Unionism Now Pays. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.35, (3), 368-376.1982.
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  • Holzer, Harry J.. Unions and the Labor Market Status of White and Minority Youths. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.35, (3), 392-405.1982.
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  • Finegan, T. Aldrich. Discouraged Workers and Economic Fluctuations. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.35, (1), 88-102.1981.
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  • Horvath, Francis W.. Tracking Individual Earnings Mobility with the Current Population Survey. Monthly Labor Review.103, (5), 43 -1980.
  • Bednarzik, Robert W.. How Many Hours of Work Do the Unemployed Want?. Monthly Labor Review.101, (12), 70 -1978.

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

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (1984): Current Population Survey, May 1978. Archival Version. Current Population Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.