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Study Report

Study Number: CB-516-001-1-1-International-ICPSR-1888

Subject Area: Economic Processes and Indicators

Bibliographic Citation: Cost of living of industrial workers in the United States and Europe, 1888-1890.  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7711

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Codebook is machine-readable only.

Abstract: These data were gathered in order to determine the cost of living as well as the cost of production in selected industries in the United States and several Western European countries. The study is comprised of nine industries (cotton and woolen textiles, glass, pig iron, bar iron, steel, bituminous coal, coke, and iron ore) and contains family-level information on the household composition, income and expenditures of workers in these industries. Additional topics covered include sources of income, ages and sexes of children, detailed occupation of the household head, detailed expenditures for food as well as nonfood items, and characteristics of the family's dwelling units.

SOURCE: (1) SIXTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOR, 1890. COST OF PRODUCTION: IRON, STEEL, COAL, ETC. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1891, and (2) SEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOR, 1891. COST OF PRODUCTION: THE TEXTILES AND GLASS. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1892

UNIVERSE: Industrial workers and their families in 24 states in the United States and in 5 European nations (France, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, and Belgium).

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 2 data files + machine-readable documentation + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: Part 1: OSIRIS and Card Image, with SPSS Control Cards for each, and Part 2: LRECL

TIME PERIOD: 1888-1890

DATE OF COLLECTION: 1888-1890

SUBJECT TERMS: children. cost of living. demographic characteristics. dwellings. employment. expenditures. family. household structure. households. housing. income. industry. jobs. manufacturing and commerce. occupations. personal finances. Belgium. Federal Republic of Germany. France. Germany. Great Britain. Switzerland. United States.

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