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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

Rabbia Tariq (NUST) joins the HHB Researchers

Nov. 13, 2017

    HHB is glad to welcome Rabbia Tariq as a new HHB Researcher.


    She is currently working as lecturer in Economics at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad, Pakistan.


    Her academic background includes an MPhil in Economics (2015) from Quaid-i-Azam University (Islamabad), and the publication of her MSc dissertation about fiscal deficit and inflation in Pakistan (2014).

    HHB at the 58th yearly scientific meeting of the Italian Economic Association (SIE)

    Oct. 18, 2017

      Tomorrow, prof. Giovanni Vecchi will talk about the HHB project at the 58th yearly scientific meeting of the Italian Economic Association (SIE), held at the Department of Economics, Statistics and Finance “Giovanni Anania” of the University of Calabria (Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza).


      The presentation will be part of the panel “An economic historian’s look at new data”, organized by the Associazione per la Storia Economica (ASE). 


      For the full programme of the meeting: https://www.siecon.org/online/convegni/2017-58-rsa/programma/.

      For more on ASE: http://associazionestoriaeconomica.com/.

      Prof. Federico Belotti (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”) is a new co-investigator at HHB

      June 1, 2017

        HHB is delighted to welcome Federico Belotti (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”) as a new co-PI of the project.
        Assistant Professor of Econometrics, his research focuses on both theoretical and applied econometrics. Federico is the primary author of three popular Stata commands providing a significant addition to Stata's capabilities in terms of stochastic frontier, two-part and spatial models.


        New HHB Working Paper

        April 3, 2017

          "This article extracts from household budgets information on the living conditions of indigenous Ghanaians prior to independence."

          HHB Working Paper no. 7 investigates the incidence and severity of poverty in colonial Ghana of the 1950s. Comparisons with modern estimates suggest lessons about the economic impact of independence. Read more about living standards in colonial Ghana in HHPWP #7 by Eric Gaisie at http://hhbproject.com/working-papers/ but also on REPEC services http://econpapers.repec.org/paper/hbuwpaper/ and https://ideas.repec.org/s/hbu/wpaper.html

          Measuring Wellbeing. A history of Italian living standards

          March 8, 2017

            The HHB project is thrilled to announce the publication the book "Measuring Wellbeing. A history of Italian living standards", by Giovanni Vecchi, Professor of Economics at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and HHB principal investigator. According to Jeffrey G. Williamson, Professor of Economics, emeritus, Harvard University, "This amazing and novel book on Italian inequality, poverty, and living standards since unification has no competitor. Certainly not in English, which is used here with great elegance. And perhaps not even in the whole EU. Anyone involved in policy debate over inequality and poverty in modern Italy and the EU must read ...

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