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September 17, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(12):1007-1008. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740640049023

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Expenditures for Food and Luxuries in the Families of Workmen  In a work recently published by the Federal Bureau of Statistics, "Die Lebenshaltung von 2,000 Arbeiter-, Angestelltenund Beamtenhaushaltungen," will be found highly interesting and valuable researches for the estimation of the financial condition of workmen, employees and petty officials in Germany. These statistics cover the period from March 1, 1927, to Feb. 29, 1928, and comprise records of 2,000 families (896 workmen, 546 employees and 498 petty officials) that kept careful records of their receipts and expenditures according to a definite questionnaire. The selection of the families was made in such a manner that the various sections of the reich, and the most important industrial groups and occupations, were represented. The large cities were given preference (80 to 87 per cent); the cities of middle size came next (12 to 20 per cent), while only a few small towns were

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