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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

Dr. Francesco Bloise (University of Rome “La Sapienza”) joins HHB Researchers

March 16, 2018

    HHB is glad to welcome Francesco Bloise – post-doctoral researcher at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” – as a new HHB Researcher.


    Francesco Bloise obtained a PhD in Economics and Finance at Sapienza University in September 2017. In his PhD thesis he has worked on the intergenerational transmission of wealth and earnings in Italy.


    His research interests also include macroeconomic and economic policy issues. Currently, he is involved in studies and research projects on the intergenerational transmission of income and wealth in advanced and developing countries, on the welfare state and public expenditure.

    Dr. Guido Neidhöfer (DIW Berlin) is a new HHB Researcher

    March 15, 2018

      HHB is pleased to announce that Guido Neidhöfer – Research Associate ad DIW Berlin, the German Institute for Economic Research – is now part of the HHB Researchers.


      Guido holds a PhD from Freie Universität Berlin, School of Business and Economics, and his research focuses mainly on the causes and consequences of economic inequality and social mobility.

      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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