Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 327–358 | Cite as

Occupational Status in 2000; Over a Century of Census-Based Measurement

  • Charles B. Nam
  • Monica Boyd


The Nam–Powers–Boyd Occupational Status Scale for the year 2000 is introduced here. It is the sixth in a decennial series of such scales that were initiated at the Census Bureau a half century earlier. The bureau's examination of occupational status actually goes back to the end of the 19th century and its thread continues today. The historical background of the 2000 scale, the methodology for constructing the scores, some comparisons with other occupational scales, the 2000 scores themselves, and applications of the 2000 scores are presented.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles B. Nam
    • 1
  • Monica Boyd
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Demography and Population HealthFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of TorontoToronto, Ont.Canada

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