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Survey of Consumer Finances, 1965

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Survey of Consumer Finances Series
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • Ford Foundation
  • National Science Foundation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors Corporation
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; hobbies; home ownership; household budgets; household composition; household expenditures; household income; housing; income distribution; mortgages; national economy; occupations; personal debt; personal finances; prices; recreation equipment; savings
  • 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. The 1965 data are based on family unit. The questions in the 1965 survey covered the respondent's attitudes toward national economic conditions (e.g., the effect of 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 cars and other 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. Information was also gathered on family income (its source and distribution), and larger recreational and hobby equipment purchases. 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


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1965
  • Collection date: 1965
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The population of the United States.
The sample was made up of a national cross-section of family units.
2020-09-09 Removed variable V272 for disclosure issues. Funding institution(s): Ford Foundation. National Science Foundation. Ford Motor Company. General Motors Corporation.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7445 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07445.v2
  • 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.
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Update Metadata: 2020-09-09 | Issue Number: 4 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program (1984): Survey of Consumer Finances, 1965. Version 1. Survey of Consumer Finances Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.