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Study Report

Study Number: CA-044-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1986

Subject Area: Economic Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: New York Times business world survey, 1986-1987.  [machine-readable data file] / New York Times  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9213

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook.

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.

SOURCE: telephone interviews

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.

SAMPLE: Random sample.

NOTE: 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).

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 3 data files + machine-readable documentation.

DATA TYPE: survey data


TIME PERIOD: September 1986-October 1987

DATE OF COLLECTION: September 9-24, 1986, February 2-26, 1987, September 29-October 8, 1988


Clymer, Adam. ''A Times Poll of M.B.A.'s.'' The New York Times Magazine (December 7, 1986), 1-4. Clymer, Adam. ''A Times Poll of M.B.A.'s.'' The New York Times Magazine (May 3, 1987). Clymer, Adam. ''A Times Poll of M.B.A.'s.'' The New York Times Magazine (November 27, 1987).

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