Data for: ‘Tall and lithe’ – Explaining the wage height premium in the Victorian and Edwardian British railway industry

Published: 22 January 2018| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/bpfmk5k7s5.2
Peter Anderson


The data is in three parts. The data on all railwaymen, and the four subsets drawn from it, provides for a given man at a given year his weekly real wage, age, tenure, terminal height (inches), his company, the grade in which he worked, and the population of the city in which he was stationed. The last four variables are delineated by dummy variables. The subsets drawn from this work provide the same information for each entry as the overall data set. The subsets are for the railway grades shunters, porters, signalmen, and guards. The data on London and North-Western station masters gives their year of birth and their terminal height. The data on Great Western signalmen gives whether a man received a monetary punishment (1) or not (0) for committing an infraction. It also gives each man’s age, tenure, terminal height, number of times as a proportion of his tenure at the time of this infraction, the location of where he was stationed, and the infraction he committed. The last two variables are delineated by dummy variables.



Social Sciences, Economic History