INTERNATIONAL STRATIFICATION AND MOBILITY FILE
International Stratification and Mobility File [ISMF] is a collection of
harmonized sample survey data with information on social stratification and social
mobility, in particular respondent's and parents’ social statuses (education,
occupation). The data set is created and maintained by Harry B.G. Ganzeboom at Free
University Amsterdam, in collaboration with Donald
J. Treiman and Elizabeth Stephenson,
The goal of the ISMF project is to create a comparative database to study social mobility patterns over time and throughout the world. To this end, the ISMF aims to be as comprehensive as possible in its inclusion of all surveys that meet the specified criteria (see below). For some nations, included surveys extend as far back as the 1940’s and are as recent as 2008. As of November 2009 the database includes more than 250 surveys, from 52 nations. With time measured by 5-year birth cohorts, these surveys include data for over 400 nation*time combinations. In all, about one million individuals, both men and women, are included in the database.
Criteria for inclusion in the ISMF are:
· The survey contains information on father's occupation, respondent's level of education, and respondent's current occupation, which together define the most elementary status attainment model.
survey is representative of a national or sub-national population. "Sub-national" refers to
political units that are parts of larger states but that have distinct
identities, separate education systems, separate labor markets, and sometimes
separate languages. Examples include
· The survey is available to researchers at no cost or low cost.
The ISMF itself is currently not available for distribution: researchers should acquire the source data at the respective data-archives and generate their own harmonized extract file. However, we do provide researchers with some important tools for harmonization efforts, in particular maps to recode occupation and education categories into internationally and historically comparable metrics. Researchers are free to use and adapt these tools for these purposes, but are asked to cite these tools using the following citation:
Ganzeboom, Harry B.G.; Treiman, Donald J., “International Stratification and Mobility File: Conversion Tools” http://home.fsw.vu.nl/hbg.ganzeboom/ismf. [Date of last revision].
All modules are formatted as SPSS syntax files, and should open in SPSS on any computer that has this widely distributed statistical software package installed. Otherwise, they can be read as straight ASCII (.txt) files.