Birthweight Data From the Philadelphia Almshouse Hospital, 1848-1873 (ICPSR 20701)

Published: Jan 3, 2008

Principal Investigator(s):
Claudia Goldin, Harvard University; Robert A. Margo, Boston University

Version V1

This collection contains individual-level data on mid-Nineteenth Century births at the Philadelphia Almshouse Hospital, an institution for the poor and their offspring. Variables in the dataset include age, marital status, place of birth, parity (number of previous children), type of birth, position (1,2,3,4) of birth, day of birth, commencement of labor, hour of delivery, times of stages of labor, sex of infant, total length of infant, body length of infant, birth weight, length of gestation, and total duration of labor.

Goldin, Claudia, and Margo, Robert A. Birthweight Data From the Philadelphia Almshouse Hospital, 1848-1873. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-01-03.

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1848 -- 1873

individual births


obstetrics records

administrative records data



2008-01-03 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:

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