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Cross-Tabulation and the General Social Survey (2012): Race and Highest Level of Education

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By: Luke Sloan & Rob Angell Published: 2015 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Datasets
Methods: Cross-tabulation
Data Type: Survey
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Abstract

This dataset example introduces readers to cross-tabulation. Cross-tabulation allows researchers to compare the distributions of two categorical variables to see if they are related to each other. This example uses a subset of data from the 2012 General Social Survey (GSS). It presents a cross-tabulation between race and highest level of education obtained. This type of analysis is important since any relationship between the two variables might signify racial inequality in current educational provision and practices in the US.

On this page, readers are introduced to the basic theory and assumptions underlying this technique, the type of question this technique can be used to address, and how to produce and report results. The sample dataset has been cleaned and organized to make the example easier to ...

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About This Dataset
Data Source Citation

National Data Program for the Social Sciences, National Opinion Research Center. (2012). General Social Survey 2012 (Release 5, June 19, 2014) [Data file]. Available from http://www3.norc.org/GSS+Website/

Full title of originating dataset

General Social Survey 2012 (Release 5, June 19, 2014)

Data author(s) and affiliations

The National Data Program for the Social Sciences, National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago

Dataset source website address

http://www3.norc.org/GSS+Website/

First publication date

06-2014

Data Universe

Individual persons 18 or older, living in non-institutional arrangements within the United States

Funding sources/suppliers

National Science Foundation

Sample/sampling procedures

Full probability sampling

Weighting

Original dataset includes weight variable, WTSSALL

Data collection dates

02-2012 to 04-2012

Time frame of analysis

2012

Unit of analysis

Individual

Location covered by data

United States

Links to SRM content
  • Lewis-Beck, M. (2004). Cross-Tabulation. In Michael S. Lewis-Beck, A. Bryman, & Tim Futing Liao (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. (p. 231). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412950589.n205
  • Contingency Table. (2005). In W. Paul Vogt (Ed.), Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology. (3rd ed., p. 61). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412983907.n391
List of variables

ID

Respondent ID

Sex

Sex

Qual

Respondent highest level of education

Race

Respondent race