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United States Census of Manufactures, Blast Furnace Industry, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935

Resource Type
Dataset : census/enumeration data
  • Bresnahan, Timothy F.
  • Raff, Daniel M. G.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Census of Manufactures Series
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
  • Institute for New Economic Thinking
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
business conditions; census data; economic history; economic indicators; economic trends; employment; Great Depression (1929); industrial indicators; industrial plants; industrial production; industry; manufacturing industry; production costs; production levels; productivity
  • Abstract

    The United States Census Bureau has conducted surveys of manufacturing activity since 1810 with fluctuating frequency. Between 1919 and 1939 the Census of Manufactures (CM) was conducted biennially. This data collection consists of individual-plant data from the Census of Manufactures for 1929, 1931, 1933, and 1935, the only years in this span for which original returns are available. The records of the Blast Furnace Industry have been coded to produce an electronic dataset to provide the basis for microeconomic evidence for the study of the Great Depression. The dataset contains observations on blast furnace operations, steel plants (e.g. name, location, etc.), productivity, output, operation and working hours, employment, wages, operating costs and amount of materials used, machinery, and the effects of The Great Depression.
  • 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: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Abstract


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1929
  • Time period: 1931
  • Time period: 1933
  • Time period: 1935
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
United States blast furnace industry plants Smallest Geographic Unit: Address
No sampling was applied. The universe of reporting firms is included in the dataset.
Collection Mode
  • mail questionnaire
Funding institution(s): National Science Foundation (SES9023021). Institute for New Economic Thinking (INO11-00006).
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 37208 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2018-12-10 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2018-12-10

Bresnahan, Timothy F.; Raff, Daniel M. G. (2018): United States Census of Manufactures, Blast Furnace Industry, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935. Version 1. Census of Manufactures Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.