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Variable Descriptions for the Weimar Aggregate Data Set

These are aggregate electoral and census data for the Weimar Republic during the years 1919-1933, which encompasses all elections leading to the rise of the Nazis. The data are at the level of Kreise, which are somewhat comparable to census tracts in the United States. The electoral data were originally supplied by the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). I added detailed occupational census data to the original electoral data.

Most of the electoral data in this data set are expressed as proportions of the total population. To retrieve the original raw data, simply multiply the proportions by total population for that year. It is useful to obtain the original codebook for these data from the ICPSR. Most of the variable names in the data for my version of the data set are written as "V###" where ### is 500 plus the variable number given in the original ICPSR codebook for these data. For example, from the original data set, V012 is the variable for the number of votes cast for the German Nationalist People's Party for the 6 June 1920 election. In my data set, V512 is the number votes cast for the German Nationalist People's Party for that same election expressed as a proportion of the total population as of 10 August 1919. To help identify relevant variables associated with parties and election years, the following table may be useful:

  1920 5 April 1924 11 July 1924 20 May 1928 14 Sept. 1930 31 July 1932 11 Nov. 1932 5 March 1933
DNVP V512 V529 V546 V564 V581 V601 V617  
DDP V515 V533 V550 V568 V585 V604 V619 V638
DVP V513 V531 V548 V566 V584 V602 V618 V634
Center V514 V532 V549 V565 V582 V600 V616 V632
SPD V516 V534 V551 V563 V580 V597 V614 V630
Communist V518 V535 V552 V567 V583 V599 V615 V631
NSDAP       V570 V587 V598 V613 V629
Business     V554 V569 V586 V605 V621  
Total population V5 V24 V41 V58 V75 V92 V108 V124
Total eligibles V508 V525 V542 V559 V576 V593 V609 V625
Total votes V511 V528 V545 V562 V579 V596 V612 V628

DNVP: German Nationalist People's Party
DDP: German State Party
DVP: German People's Party
Center: Center (Catholic) Party and the Bavarian People's Party
SPD: German Social Democratic Party
Communist: German Communist Party
NSDAP: Nationalist-Socialist German Worker's Party (the Nazi Party)
Business: The German Nationalist Middle-Class Party (the Business Party)

The occupational variables are expressed both as raw numbers and as proportions of the population. The raw numbers are variables V450-V465, whereas the same variables expressed as proportions of the population are variables V750-V765. (Simply add 300 to the variable name.) The occupational variables are grouped according to industry.

Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery

V450: owners and independent business people
V451: white collar workers
V452: blue collar workers
V453: family members that help out

Industry and Manufacturing

V454: owners and independent business people
V455: white collar workers
V456: blue collar workers
V457: family members that help out

Trade and Transportation

V458: owners and independent business people
V459: white collar workers
V460: blue collar workers
V461: family members that help out

Civil Servants, Army and Navy, Clergy, and Professions (not medical)

V462: owners and independent business people
V463: white collar workers
V464: blue collar workers
V465: family members that help out