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Norwegian Life History Study, 1971

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Ramsoy, Natalie Rogoff
  • Skrede, Kari
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging
Free Keywords
education; employment; family life; health; household composition; illness; injuries; job history; life cycle; life events
  • Abstract

    This data collection represents interviews with birth cohorts of Norwegian males born in 1921, 1931, and 1941 who were 50, 40, and 30 years of age at the time the interviews were conducted (November 1971 - March 1972). The objective of the study was to investigate historical life changes in the life cycle experiences of Norwegian men. The respondents were asked about the families into which they were born, their childhoods, and their lives from the age of fourteen until the time of the interview. The major areas covered in the interviews include: place of residence, education, work history, income, household status and composition, marital status and family composition, illness and injuries, and receipt of benefits.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Main Activity Data
    • DS2: Residence Data
    • DS3: Formal Education Data
    • DS4: On the Job Training Data
    • DS5: Main Occupation Data
    • DS6: Secondary Occupation Data
    • DS7: Marital Status Data
    • DS8: Children Data
    • DS9: Household Composition Data
    • DS10: Health Data
    • DS11: Employment Data
    • DS12: Sickness Benefit Data
    • DS13: Informal Education Data
    • DS14: Respondent File
Temporal Coverage
  • 1921 / 1971
    Time period: 1921--1971
  • 1971-11 / 1972-03
    Collection date: 1971-11--1972-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Global
  • Norway
Sampled Universe
The population of men residing in Norway born in either 1921, 1931, or 1941 who were listed in the central population register of the Norwegian Central Bureau of Statistics as of December 31, 1970.
Sampling was done through the central population register under the direction of the Norwegian Central Bureau of Statistics. A two-stage sampling procedure was employed. The universe of men in the three age cohorts living in the 300 primary sampling units served as the basis for the second sampling stage.
Collection Mode
  • The age distribution for the 3470 interviewed men was: age 30 (N=1054), age 40 (N=1094), age 50 (N=1322). The English language edition of the codebook was produced by Aage Sorensen, Annemette Sorensen, and David L. Featherman, University of Wisconsin, Department of Sociology, who extensively reorganized the data into machine- readable rectangular event-based analysis files. The data and documentation have also been aaugmented by additional information they acquired during the course of their research. Sorensen et al. obtained the original data set from the Norwegian Social Science Data Services, University of Bergen. Seven data files from the original data set have been omitted.

    Funding for the English language edition was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Aging.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 15 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 15 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (AG02816-03).
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8545 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Fujiwara-Greve, Takako, Greve, Heinrich R.. Organizational ecology and job mobility. Social Forces.79, (2), 547-585.2000.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Sorensen, Annemette. Family effects on Norwegian men's life course patterns in early adulthood. European Sociological Review.2, (2), 97-113.1986.
  • Featherman, David L., Sorensen, Annemette. Societal transformation in Norway and changes in life course transitions into adulthood. Acta Sociologica.26, (2), 105-126.1983.
    • ID: 10.1177/000169938302600201 (DOI)
  • Skrede, Kari. Inequality of Education, Income and Health Status in Three Norwegian Male Cohorts (Revised Version). Memorandum from the Occupational Mobility Study.13, Oslo: Institute of Applied Social Research. 1976.
  • Ramsoy, Natalie Rogoff. Life Changes and Life Histories: Remarks on Concept and Method in the Norwegian Occupational Life Study. Occupational History Study.Institute of Applied Social Research, Memorandum No. 6. 1973.

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

Ramsoy, Natalie Rogoff; Skrede, Kari (1987): Norwegian Life History Study, 1971. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.