Mining Wages in Nineteenth-Century Job Advertisements. The Application of Language Resources and Language Technology to study Economic and Social Inequality

Ruben Ros, Marieke Van Erp, Auke Rijpma, Richard Zijdeman

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Abstract

For the analysis of historical wage development, no structured data is available. Job advertisements, as found in newspapers can provide insights into what different types of jobs paid, but require language technology to structure in a format conducive to quantitative analysis. In this paper, we report on our experiments to mine wages from 19th century newspaper advertisements and detail the challenges that need to be overcome to perform a socioeconomic analysis of textual data sources.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • historical newspaper
  • income analysis
  • information extraction
  • job ads
  • occupations

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