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New Survey of London Life and Labor, 1929-1931

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Eichengreen, Barry
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
commuting (travel); cost of living; household composition; households; income; labor force; pensions; quality of life; Social Security; unemployment; unemployment benefits; welfare services; work; workers
  • Abstract

    This dataset provides information on unemployment and labor-force participation among working class residents of interwar London. Variables include information on household composition, hours worked both last week and in a full week, last week's earnings and full week's wages, weekly cost of transport to and from work, receipt of unemployment benefits, pension income, poor relief, amount of rent, and income from other sources such as subletting rooms.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1929 / 1931
    Time period: 1929--1931
  • 1983 / 1986
    Collection date: 1983--1986
Geographic Coverage
  • England
  • Global
  • Great Britain
  • London
Sampled Universe
Working class residents of London.
Ten percent sample of the New Survey of London Life and Labor plus a supplementary sample of 50 percent of the households containing at least one unemployed person.
2010-06-30 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SES 839-8994).
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8539 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08539.v1
  • Eichengreen, Barry. Unemployment in interwar Britain: New evidence from London. Journal of Interdisciplinary History.17, (2), 335-358.1986.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Eichengreen, Barry, Freiwald, Susan. From Survey to Sample: Labor Market Data for Interwar London. Historical Methods.18, (4), 125-136.1985.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Eichengreen, Barry (1987): New Survey of London Life and Labor, 1929-1931. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.