Data on prices and wages are among the most important sources of information in social- and economic-historical research, especially for the pre-statistical period. The International Institute of Social History (IISH) has taken the initiative to set up a network of scholars working with this kind of data and establish a moderated list of datafiles of historical prices and wages. Scholars working in this field are invited to register their work, and to make their data bases available through the internet - either on their own webpages (which may be made accessible via the IISH-list) or on the webpages of the IISH. The long term goal is to enhance the exchange and (re-)use of these data in order to write truly international-comparative histories of the development of markets and their institutional settings. The focus will be on data bases related to Europe and on non-European (in particular Asian) countries in the period before 1914. All data bases will not only include the data themselves, but also descriptions of the way in which they are constructed, the sources which are used, and relevant publications in which the data are analysed.

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May 10, 2023
van den Hout, Bram, 2023, "HPW Datafiles Provenance",, IISH Data Collection, V1
This CSV file serves as provenance for the HPW Datafiles. It was directly copied from the old (and now defunct) HPW Datafiles website. To find the new location of the HPW Datafiles, go to
Apr 20, 2023
van den Hout, Bram, 2023, "Historical Prices and Wages Dataset",, IISH Data Collection, V2, UNF:6:qqYoGqaCWwQN1ryDLIbJ4w== [fileUNF]
This is not a Dataset in the normal sense. This location contains all that remains of the Historical Prices and Wages website: data contained in spreadsheets, PDF files with relevant information, and loose webpages in PHP format. For an overview of the files (provenance) we refer...
May 23, 2018
Bob Allen; Richard Unger, 2018, "The Allen Unger Commodities Dataset",, IISH Data Collection, V1, UNF:6:bLmY0KkYeurXL10oRGC2ag== [fileUNF]
The Database presents price data, published in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in machine-readable form. The original goal was to examine changes in prices and their relation to international trade in early modern Europe. Price series were then expanded from just staple g...
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