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Cost of Living in the United States, 1917-1919

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 5 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Cost of Living Survey Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
Free Keywords
consumers; cost of living; economic indicators; expenses; families; households; income; urban population; working class
  • Abstract

    This collection contains data obtained from families of wage earners or salaried workers in industrial locales scattered throughout the United States. The purpose of the survey was to estimate the cost of living of a "typical" American family. The completed questionnaires contain information about income sources and family expenditures including specific quantities and costs of food, housing, clothing, fuel, furniture, and miscellaneous household items for the calendar year. Demographic characteristics recorded for each household member include relationship to head, age, sex, occupation, weeks spent in the household and employed, wage rate, and total earnings.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1917 / 1919
    Time period: 1917--1919
  • 1918-07 / 1919-02
    Collection date: 1918-07--1919-02
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Industrial workers and their families in 99 cities in the United States.
Funding insitution(s): National Endowment for the Humanities (RT-20344-83, and RT-20576-85).
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8299 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08299.v4
  • Costa, Dora L.. American Living Standards, 1888-1994: Evidence from Consumer Expenditures. NBER Working Paper Series.7650, Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. 2000.
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  • Fishback, Price V., Kantor, Shawn Everett. A Prelude to the Welfare State: The Origins of Workers' Compensation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2000.
  • Costa, Dora L.. American Living Standards: Evidence from Recreational Expenditures. NBER Working Paper Series.7148, Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. 1999.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Costa, Dora L.. Less of a Luxury: The Rise of Recreation Since 1888. NBER Working Paper Series.6054, Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. 1997.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Kantor, Shawn Everett, Fishback, Price V.. Precautionary Saving, Insurance, and the Origins of Workers' Compensation. Journal of Political Economy.104, (2), 419-442.1996.
    • ID: 10.1086/262029 (DOI)
  • Austin, Erik W., Clubb, Jerome M., Granda, Peter A.. Understanding Living Conditions: The Cost of Living Surveys in the U.S., 1888-1937. American Statistical Association Annual Meeting.Atlanta, GA. 1991.
  • Gratton, Brian, Rotondo, Frances. M.. Industrialization, the Family Economy, and the Economic Status of the American Elderly. Social Science History.15, (3), 337-362.1991.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics (1985): Cost of Living in the United States, 1917-1919. Version 5. Cost of Living Survey Series. Version: v5. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.