Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: CA-035-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1874

Subject Area: Economic Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Family budget study: Massachusetts, 1874.  [machine-readable data file] / Modell, John  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9032

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook and machine-readable dictionary.

Abstract: This historical data collection was derived from interviews conducted in 1874 by the Massachusetts Department of Labor Statistics with workers in Massachusetts. The purpose was to analyze the budgets which various working families were using at the time. In addition to the occupation of the head of household, the data include the ethnicity of the household, the income(s) of the wage-earner(s), details about the family structure and household furnishings, budgeted items for various expenditures, health of the family, and foods eaten. Each record represents a household.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation.


SUBJECT TERMS: budgets. consumer attitudes and behavior. cost of living. ethnicity. expenditures. family. furnishings. health. historical census data. households. income. labor force. nutrition. occupations. personal finances. population. quality of life. wages. Massachusetts. United States.


Modell, John. ''Patterns of Consumption, Acculturation, and Family Income Strategies in Late-Nineteenth Century America.'' In Tamara F. Hareven and Maris Vinovskis (eds.), FAMILY AND POPULATION IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1978.

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