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... tell the story of wellbeing of the citizens in the world.

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Historical Household Budgets

Two Centuries of Well-being, Poverty and Inequality Around the World.

The Historical Household Budgets (HHB) project is an investigation of the long-run evolution of living standards around the world on the basis of household budgets. The HHB database contains hundreds of thousands of family-level records, covers two centuries (1800-today), and embraces the five continents of the globe. HHB researchers are interested in monetary indicators – income, wealth and expenditure, wages and prices – as well as in non-monetary dimensions of well-being, such as health and education outcomes, labor force participation, dwelling characteristics, and many others. This website is the official HHB hub, where data and sources are housed and made available, innovative methods and new findings are publicized. The writing of a new history of the well-being of world citizens has begun: all scholars are invited to join the HHB project and contribute to the on-going research. Inquire within.

Household Budgets Map

We have just updated our database and added new budgets. Browse the HHB map!


Latest news

Prof. Xavier Ramos (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) is a new HHB Fellow

March 20, 2018

    HHB is delighted to welcome Xavier Ramos – Full Professor of Economics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – among the HHB Fellows.


    Prof. Ramos earned his BA from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in 1992, his MSc from the University of York in 1994, and his PhD in Economics from the the University of Essex (ISER) in 1998.


    Economic inequity is one of his main concerns and takes much of his research time and effort. He is currently working on equality of opportunity and intergenerational mobility. His research has been published in monographs, book chapters, and in ...

    HHB welcomes Tito Boeri as new Fellow of the project

    Feb. 8, 2018

      HHB is glad to announce that prof. Tito Boeri – President of the Italian National Social Security Institute (INPS) – is now one of the HHB Fellows.


      Prof. Boeri is on leave from his position as Professor of Economics at Bocconi University (Milan) – where he had also been appointed Dean for Research for two years – and of Centennial Professor at LSE. His field of research is labour economics, redistributive policies and political economics.


      After obtaining his PhD in Economics from New York University, he has been Senior Economist for the OECD for ten years, then consulting for the IMF ...

      HHB Working Paper no. 8 now online

      Dec. 21, 2017

        HHB Working Paper no. 8 explores a new facet of historical household budgets: their potential as a source of information on women’s lives, experiences and economic activities throughout history. 


        The paper focuses on women’s labor force participation in Italy’s last 150 years: despite its significance for the economic history of women, long-run evidence for this indicator is still uncertain, because official statistics fail to capture the full extent of women’s labor force participation as we go back in time.


        This paper offers a first-time empirical assessment of the existing historical evidence on Italian women’s work, and constructs ...

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