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New York Times Business World Survey, 1986-1987

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
business; business conditions; business leaders; corporate mergers; corporations; economic conditions; foreign investments; government regulation; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Reagan, Ronald; taxes
  • Abstract

    This three-part data collection is designed to gauge the views of American business leaders by interviewing post-World War II graduates of leading business schools concerning the state of business in the United States and the world. Topics covered in Part 1 include world economic powers, strengths and weaknesses of American business, Japanese investment in the United States, foreign competition, the respondent's opinion of Ronald Reagan, taxes, and important problems facing American business (e.g., decline in productivity and the work ethic, the budget deficit, and mergers). In Part 2 respondents were asked whether they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of business executives of several leading corporations, which American corporation was managed the best, how much attention corporate managers were paying to mergers and takeovers, if the respondent would work for a company with a board of directors, and whether layoffs in middle management would strengthen or weaken American companies. Topics covered in Part 3 include foreign investment, federal regulation of business, the Reagan administration's enforcement of anti-trust laws, the respondent's choice for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees, and important economic problems in the United States such as high labor costs, bank instability, and Third World debt. Background information on individuals for all three surveys includes party affiliation, occupation, age, sex, and income.
  • 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: Created variable labels and/or value labels..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: September, 1986
    • DS2: February, 1987
    • DS3: September-October, 1987
Temporal Coverage
  • 1986-09 / 1987-10
    Time period: 1986-09--1987-10
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All post-World War II graduates and short-course diploma recipients of selected business schools. For Part 1, schools included Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton, for Parts 2 and 3, Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, and Kellog.
Random sample.
Collection Mode
  • The data for Parts 1 and 2 contain blanks. The data for Part 3 contain blanks, ampersands (&), and dashes (-). Parts 1 and 2 contain multiple records per case. Part 3 also was released as Part 17 of CBS/NEW YORK TIMES NATIONAL AND LOCAL SURVEYS, 1987 (ICPSR 8718).

2009-02-24 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9213 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09213.v2
  • Clymer, Adam. A Times poll of M.B.A.'s. New York Times Magazine.(6), 22 -1986.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

The New York Times (1990): New York Times Business World Survey, 1986-1987. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.