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Note: Codebooks contain frequency data from the private data release. For some variables, these differ from the frequencies in the public release. Variables that differ between the public and private versions include "(not available on public release)" as part of the variable description, or a note indicating the difference between the public and private versions.

1957 - Parents

edfa57q, edmo57q   Father, Mother's years of schooling
sesp57             Respondent's assessment of family's income/wealth
ocf57 - dadocc1    Father's occupation codes


NOTE:     See Appendix A - Memo067 for a general selection of variables
          used for previous WLS publications.

edfa57q: Father's years of schooling.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1957      Mode: SAQ
Source variables: 7a
Revisions: Replacement 1/83      Archived variable: edfa57

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED/REFUSED 131 116 247
-1 DON'T KNOW 292 290 582
7 Did not attend high school 1721 1980 3701
10 Attended high school 800 896 1696
12 Graduated from high school 901 895 1796
13 Attended trade or business school 420 443 863
14 Attended college 279 287 566
16 Graduated from college 331 318 649
18 Has masters or Ph.D. 116 101 217
Note: See Appendix A - COR336at3 for 1983 recoding of questionnaires.

edmo57q: Mother's years of schooling.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1957      Mode: SAQ
Source variables: 7b
Revisions: Replacement 1/83      Archived variable: edmo57

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED/REFUSED 136 99 235
-1 DON'T KNOW 294 182 476
7 Did not attend high school 1320 1636 2956
10 Attended high school 857 1017 1874
12 Graduated from high school 1472 1272 2744
13 Attended trade or business school 263 388 651
14 Attended college 201 263 464
16 Graduated from college 409 435 844
18 Has masters or Ph.D. degree 39 34 73
Note: See Appendix A - COR336at3 for 1983 recoding of questionnaires.

sesp57: How does your family income or wealth compare with families in your community?

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1957      Mode: SAQ
Source variables: 12

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED/REFUSED 166 147 313
1 Considerably below average 36 29 65
2 Somewhat below average 317 331 648
3 Average 3348 3866 7214
4 Somewhat above average 1008 882 1890
5 Considerably above average 116 71 187

ocf57: Father's occupation by general category.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1957      Mode: SAQ
Source variables: 9a

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
1 Unskilled or not ascertained 1972 2149 4121
2 Farming 958 971 1929
3 Skilled 464 550 1014
4 White collar 1039 1093 2132
5 Professional or executive 558 563 1121
Note: This variable is condensed. A unique missing data code cannot
be retrieved without recoding the original 1957 questionnaires. A
decision was made not to recode this variable in 1983 since the data
from Wisconsin Tax Records were much better. See Appendix A - COR336at3
for Location of 1957 raw data: Status of variables and recommendations
for 1983 recoding.

Code 2 - farming. See Appendix E - COR074a for Revised
memo on coding of father's occupation as farmer.

dadocc1: Father's occupation, by broad category. First category chosen.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1957      Mode: SAQ
Source variables: 9a
Revisions: Updated 5/97     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 Blank, no info provided 465 481 946
1 Office work 155 144 299
2 Professional 209 194 403
3 Executive 274 246 520
4 Factory worker 1315 1411 2726
5 Saleman 253 238 491
6 Owns/manages small business 410 416 826
7 Owns/manages farm 849 863 1712
8 Other occupation (specify) 1061 1333 2394
Note: See Appendix B - COR617a2 for Recoding of 1957 occupational
aspiration responses and COR617f2 for Instructions to coders for
1957 aspiration recoding.

dadocc2: Father's occupation, by broad category. Second category chosen.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1957      Mode: SAQ
Source variables: 9a
Revisions: Added 5/97     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 Blank, no info provided 4823 5123 9946
3 Executive 4 1 5
4 Factory worker 1 5 6
5 Saleman 11 7 18
6 Owns/manages small business 21 17 38
7 Owns/manages farm 74 73 147
8 Other occupation (specify) 57 100 157
Note: See Appendix B - COR617a2 for Recoding of 1957 occupational
aspiration responses and COR617f2 for Instructions to coders for
1957 aspiration recoding.

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