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New Survey of London Life and Labor, 1929-1931 (ICPSR 8539)

Principal Investigator(s): Eichengreen, Barry


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.

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Study Description


Eichengreen, Barry. New Survey of London Life and Labor, 1929-1931. ICPSR08539-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-06-30. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08539.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08539.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES 839-8994)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    commuting (travel), cost of living, household composition, households, income, labor force, pensions, quality of life, Social Security, unemployment, unemployment benefits, welfare services, work, workers

Geographic Coverage:    England, Global, Great Britain, London

Time Period:   

  • 1929--1931

Date of Collection:   

  • 1983--1986

Universe:    Working class residents of London.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    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.

Data Source:

New Survey of London Life and Labor, gathered by the London School of Economics under the direction of Hubert Llewellyn Smith

Extent of Processing:   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.


Original ICPSR Release:   1987-01-12

Version History:

  • 2010-06-30 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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