Research Report Volume 41

Research Report Volume 41

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ... essential. Minimum Comfort Budgets The minimum comfort budgets, on the other hand, are based on the needs and expenditures of higher grade and skilled workers. They represent an ideal to be attained, rather than a minimum of prevailing conditions which can be considered acceptable and by which_all others are to be measured. Attempts to establish a budget for American workers on this higher standard seem to have developed simultaneously in two cities on the Pacific Coast in the fall of 1917. In October, 1917, Jessica B. Peixottoof the faculty of the University of i California prepared a detailed estimate of the cost of maintaining "a minimum standard of wholesome living and not mere subsistence" in San. Francisco1 and at the same time William F. Ogburn and other members of the faculty of Economics and Sociology of the University of Washington prepared a "minimum comfort budget" for Seattle.' The following summer, Ogburn prepared for the National War Labor Board a budget "for a level above that of a minimum subsistence." In August, 1919, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics attempted "to determine the _ cost of maintaining the family of a government employee in Washington at a level of health and decency."4 Early in 1920 the articles listed in this budget were priced in several bituminous mining towns and a budget thereby was worked out for bituminous miners.5 The minimum quantity and cost budget necessary to maintain a government employee's family of five in health and decency in the city of Washington was later revised to apply more closely to the needs of industrial workers and has been used in a number of cities lately for 'the purpose of determining the cost of living in those places.' more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236757440
  • 9781236757449