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Cost of Living

This section lists variables such as collateral, living expenses, rent, real estate, wages, taxation, and expenditures in datasets according to regional and chronological order. The main source for cost of living expenses for Egypt, Iraq and Syria is Eliyahu Ashtor’s Histoire des prix et des salaires dans l’Orient medieval, (Paris, S.E.V.P.E.N, 1968), with additional sources and additional regions covered. In general a comprehensive thematic and chronological coverage could only be maintained for Egypt, (see also http://gpih.ucdavis.edu/Datafilelist.htm), while Iraq and Syria have a less comprehensive chronological coverage.