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Family Budget Study: Massachusetts, 1874

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Modell, John
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
budgets; consumer attitudes; consumer behavior; cost of living; ethnicity; expenditures; family; health; households; income; labor force; nutrition; occupations; personal finances; population; quality of life; wages and salaries
  • 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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1874
Geographic Coverage
  • Massachusetts
  • United States
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9032 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09032.v1
  • Modell, John. Patterns of consumption, acculturation, and family income strategies in late-nineteenth century America. Family and Population in Nineteenth-Century America.Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 1978.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Modell, John (1984): Family Budget Study: Massachusetts, 1874. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.