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October 3, 1936

Medical Economics

JAMA. 1936;107(14):1137-1138. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770400049018

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A New Survey of Family Expenditures  A new study of consumer purchases now in progress is planned to provide facts concerning medical costs free from propaganda. It is the most comprehensive survey ever made of American family expenditures. It is to include 52,000 families at all income levels and in all occupations.The actual fact gathering has been divided between two federal government organizations. The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is conducting the survey in urban centers and the U. S. Bureau of Home Economics is surveying agricultural areas. Plans for the study were formulated by a committee of representative economists in cooperation with the National Pesources Committee. They follow the lines proposed by the Social Science Research Council in 1929 and suggestions made by the Chamber of Commerce of the United States in 1932.As a result of this study, it is said,

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