On this R-data statistics page, you will find information about the cottonworkers data set which pertains to Occupation and wage profiles of British cotton workers. The cottonworkers data set is found in the DAAG R package. You can load the cottonworkers data set in R by issuing the following command at the console data("cottonworkers"). This will load the data into a variable called cottonworkers. If R says the cottonworkers data set is not found, you can try installing the package by issuing this command install.packages("DAAG") and then attempt to reload the data. If you need to download R, you can go to the R project website. You can download a CSV (comma separated values) version of the cottonworkers R data set. The size of this file is about 360 bytes.
Occupation and wage profiles of British cotton workers
Numbers are given in different categories of worker, in each of two investigations. The first source of information is the Board of Trade Census that was conducted on 1886. The second is a relatively informal survey conducted by US Bureau of Labor representatives in 1889, for use in official reports.
A data frame with 14 observations on the following 3 variables.
Numbers of workers in each of 14 different categories, according to the Board of Trade wage census that was conducted in 1886
Numbers of workers in each of 14 different categories, according to data collected in 1889 by the US Bureau of Labor, for use in a report to the US Congress and House of Representatives
Average wage, in pence, as estimated in the US Bureau of Labor survey
The data in
survey1889 were collected in a relatively informal manner, by approaching individuals on the street. Biases might therefore be expected.
United States congress, House of Representatives, Sixth Annual Report of the Commissioner of Labor, 1890, Part III, Cost of Living (Washington D.C. 1891); idem., Seventh Annual Report of the Commissioner of Labor, 1891, Part III, Cost of Living (Washington D.C. 1892)
Return of wages in the principal textile trades of the United Kingdom, with report therein. (P.P. 1889, LXX). United Kingdom Official Publication.
Boot, H. M. and Maindonald, J. H. 2007. New estimates of age- and sex- specific earnings and the male-female earnings gap in the British cotton industry, 1833-1906. Economic History Review. Published online 28-Aug-2007 doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0289.2007.00398.x
plot(survey1889 ~ census1886, data=cottonworkers)
plot(I(avwage*survey1889) ~ I(avwage*census1886), data=cottonworkers)
Dataset imported from https://www.r-project.org.