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Study Report

Study Number: CB-508-001-2-1-International-ICPSR-1785

Subject Area: Economic Processes and Indicators

Bibliographic Citation: Macroeconomic time series for the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and France: 1785-1971.  [machine-readable data file] / National Bureau of Economic Research  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7644

Date Accessioned: 3/5/1996

Number of Files Received: 44

Comments: This supercedes previous parts in series. NOTE: data are all card-image. Check documentation carefully. Cards per observation of each file is unknown.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 3/5/1996

Documentation: One codebook file per part; all are machine-readable; 2 volume hard copy codebooks from previous edition kept for reference only.

Abstract: This collection consists of a massive array of economic time series data pertaining to the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and France, measuring production, construction, prices, income, employment, inventories, sales, interest rates, money supply, and a variety of other factors. These data were collected by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) during the past five decades, and constitute a research resource of major importance to economists as well as political scientists, sociologists, historians and other scholars. Under a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Consortium and the National Bureau of Economic Research converted this collection (which existed heretofore only on handwritten sheets stored in New York) into fully accessible, readily usable, and completely documented machine-readable form. The NBER collection--now containing an estimated 1.6 million entries--is divided into 16 major categories: I. Production of Commodities II. Construction III. Transportation and Public Utilities IV. Prices V. Stocks of Commodities VI. Distribution of Commodities VII. Foreign Trade VIII. Income and Employment IX. Financial Status of Business X. Savings and Investment XI. Security Markets XII. Volume of Transactions XIII. Interest Rates XIV. Money and Banking XV. Government Finance XVI. Indexes of Leading, Coincident and Lagging Indicators Data from all categories are currently available from ICPSR as twenty-four OSIRIS datasets. The economic variables of the datasets are usually observations on the entire nation or large subsets of the nation. Frequently, however, and especially in the United States, separate regional and metropolitan data are included in other variables. This makes cross-sectional analysis possible in many cases. The time span of variables in these files may be as short as one year or as long as 160 years. Chronologically, most data fall within the first half of the twentieth century. Many series, however, extend into the 19th century, and a few reach into the 18th. The oldest series, covering brick production in England and Wales, begins in 1785, and the most recent United States data extend to 1968. Data in the NBER collected were reported at annual, quarterly, or monthly intervals. Most of the data are monthly observations, and practically all monthly variables contain annual values as well. Infrequently, a variable may contain monthly, quarterly, and annual data. Next to monthly series in number are annual series, which contain only annual values. Quarterly series, of which there are relatively few, contain, like the monthly series, implied annual values. Most of the quarterly and monthly data is presented in both original and seasonally-adjusted form. Additional information on the content and characteristics of each series is available from the Center for International Business Cycle Research, Rutgers University, Newark, N.J. 07102.

SUBJECT TERMS: construction. employment. financial affairs. income. investment. savings. trade. transportation. Federal Republic of Germany. France. Great Britain. United States.


Burns, Arthur F. and Wesley C. Mitchell. National Bureau of Economic Research, 1946.

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