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Income in the Various States: Its Sources and Distribution, 1919, 1920, and 1921

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Wages and Salaries in Trade, Transportation, and Miscellaneous Industries This PDF is a selection from an out-of-print volume from the National Bureau of Economic Research Volume Title: Income in the Various States: Its Sources and Distribution, 1919, 1920, and 1921 Volume Author/Editor: Maurice Leven Volume Publisher: NBER Volume ISBN: 0-87014-006-X Volume URL: http://www.nber.org/books/leve25-1 Publication Date: 1925 Chapter Title: Wages and Salaries in Trade, Transportation, and Miscellaneous Industries Chapter Author: Maurice Leven Chapter URL: http://www.nber.org/chapters/c4994 Chapter pages in book: (p. 99 - 114) CHAPTER V WAGES AND SALARIES IN TRADE, TRANSPORTATION, AND MISCELLANEOUS INDUSTRIES The chief purpose of the investigation described in Chapter IV was to establish the extent to which we can depend upon available data in the approximation of earnings in trade, transportation, and other miscellaneous industries for which no published material can be found. It may be stated at this point that, for purposes of this study, the estimated average earnings in the unrecorded industries in which we are interested need not be numerically correct; foi what we are particularly interested in is a 'means of apportioning the total wages and salaries in these industries to the several States, and the requirement of an index for such apportionment is merely that its values be proportional to the actual amounts of wages and salaries received by the employees in each State. In other words, if the amounts for the different States representing our index are twice as great as the actual amounts, our index would st.ill answer the purpose. The principal conclusions drawn from the investigation of the relationship between wages and salaries in different industries or occupations which are important at this point are as follows: 1. In general, wages seem to be maintained at different levels in different sections of the country. 2. With few exceptions, high or l

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