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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.

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Grouped data in French Africa historical surveys

Feb. 6, 2017

    The HHB project always aims at extending the boundaries of actual microdata knowledge and techniques! We are now working on grouped data from a collection of Ivorian historical sources testing creative methods to write a brand new history of the well-being of households in francophone Africa. One of our studies is the 1956 household budget survey of Abidjan’s workers directed by Bernard Lonchampt. The survey, with its detailed categorisation of expenditures and wealth of cultural information, is described by the author as “the first of its kind to have been carried out in French Africa”.

    Culture, values and household budgets

    Jan. 18, 2017

      The HHB team will meet today with researchers led by Prof. Sebastiano Bavetta (University of Palermo). The plan is to discuss the use of historical household budgets as a source for investigating values, culture and social norms throughout history. Take a look at the programme

      In memory of Tony Atkinson

      Jan. 3, 2017

        It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Professor Tony Atkinson, Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Centennial Professor at The London School of Economics and member of the HHB Advisory Board. Few scholars can claim to have had a greater impact on their discipline than Tony Atkinson did. He was a model of dedication and integrity for all of us. At this time of sorrow, our thoughts are with Professor Atkinson's family.

        The HHB Working Paper series now on RePEc

        Nov. 30, 2016

          You can now download the HHB-WPS from REPEC services. The project is proud to be part of the  2Million+ pieces that contribute to the dissemination of on-going research in economics. Read us on IDEAS, EconPapers etc..
          http://econpapers.repec.org/paper/hbuwpaper/
          https://ideas.repec.org/s/hbu/wpaper.html

          HHB new Working Paper

          Nov. 11, 2016

            “Between World War I and World War II, at the height of Fascism, droves of Italians abandoned the countryside and small villages to converge on the big cities of the centre and north of the country. […] Previously unpublished documentation found in Rome’s Capitoline Archives provides us with a very detailed view of the dual phenomenon of internal immigration and spontaneous slum settlements in Rome during Fascism.”

             

            The HHB working paper no.6 is an invitation to explore the roots of Rome’s informal settlements.

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