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Wealth, Household Expenditure, and Consumer Goods in Preindustrial England and America, 1550-1800 (ICPSR 9404) RSS

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Summary:

These data explore changes in English and American consumption between 1550 and 1800. The probate inventories (Parts 1-11) include information about personal wealth, household production, and the possession of consumer durables and semi-durables. The household survey for England circa 1790 (Part 12) contains dietary information as well as information about other household expenditures. The wills from England and America (Part 13) are a source for learning about the kinds of goods people obtained from their families through inheritance. Finally, information pertaining to the distribution network in eighteenth century England is contained in the aggregate county-level data on the shop and peddler's tax (Part 13).

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  Probate Inventories: Oxfordshire, England, 1550-1590 - Download All Files (1,801 KB)
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DS2:  Probate Inventories: Worcestershire, England, 1669-1670 - Download All Files (1,926 KB)
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DS3:  Probate Inventories: Worcestershire, England, 1720-1721 - Download All Files (1,789 KB)
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DS4:  Probate Inventories: London East End, 1661-1664 - Download All Files (1,844 KB)
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DS5:  Probate Inventories: London East End, 1720-1729 - Download All Files (1,782 KB)
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DS6:  Probate Inventories: Essex Country, Massachusetts, 1660-April 1673 - Download All Files (1,814 KB)
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DS7:  Probate Inventories: Rural Massachusetts, 1700-1749 - Download All Files (1,747 KB)
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DS8:  Probate Inventories: Massachusetts, 1774 - Download All Files (1,812 KB)
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DS9:  Probate Inventories: Tidewater Virginia, 1660-1677 - Download All Files (1,848 KB)
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DS10:  Probate Inventories: Tidewater Virginia, 1724-1729 - Download All Files (1,812 KB)
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DS11:  Probate Inventories: Maryland and Virginia, 1774 - Download All Files (1,773 KB)
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DS12:  Household Budgets of English Labourers, 1780s-1790s - Download All Files (1,786 KB)
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DS13:  Worcestershire, London, and Virginia Wills, 1660-1729 - Download All Files (2,455 KB)
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DS14:  English Shop Tax, Peddler's Tax, and Market Town Data, 1690s and late 18th Century - Download All Files (1,741 KB)
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Study Description

Citation

Shammas, Carole. WEALTH, HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE, AND CONSUMER GOODS IN PREINDUSTRIAL ENGLAND AND AMERICA, 1550-1800. Milwaukee, WI: Carole Shammas, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Dept. of History [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990. doi:10.3886/ICPSR09404.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   consumer assets, consumption, diet, durable goods, eighteenth century, historical data, households, inheritance, nineteenth century, seventeenth century, sixteenth century, taxes, wealth

Geographic Coverage:   England, United States, Global

Time Period:  

  • 1550--1800

Date of Collection:  

  • 1975--1987

Data Types:   event/transaction data, and aggregate data

Methodology

Data Source:

(1) County probate records from England and the United States, (2) Havinden, Michael Ashley, ed. HOUSEHOLD AND FARM INVENTORIES IN OXFORDSHIRE 1550-1590, (3) Eden, Frederic Morton. THE STATE OF THE POOR (3 volumes), (4) Davies, David. LABOURERS IN HUSBANDRY, and 5) other printed data sources

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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 15 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 15 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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