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

Published: Jan 12, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
Carole Shammas


Version V1

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).

Shammas, Carole. Wealth, Household Expenditure, and Consumer Goods in Preindustrial England and America, 1550-1800  . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09404.v1

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1550 -- 1800

1975 -- 1987

(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

event/transaction data, and aggregate data



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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