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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

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Latest news

The HHB Workig 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..

    The HHB project is delighted to welcome Professor Sebastiano Bavetta (University of Palermo) as a HHB fellow.

    Nov. 28, 2016

      Sebastiano Bavetta is Professor of Economics at the Università di Palermo (Italy) and visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania (USA) where he teaches 'Economics of Freedom' in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program. He received his PhD in the Philosophy of Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests have been concerned with issues in positive and normative economics and in political theory. He has published several books, including The Economics of Freedom, with Pietro Navarra (Cambridge University Press, 2012). His work has also appeared in several journals including Social Choice and Welfare, the ...

      Francesca Lipari, UPenn Visiting Research Scholar joins HHB as a researcher

      Nov. 23, 2016

        Francesca Lipari is a visiting Research Scholar at the ”Philosophy, Politics, and Economics” (PPE) program at the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation, entitled ”Essays on Decision Making in a Complex World”.

        Her research merges Economics of Networks and Information, uncertainty and incentives (including game theory and behavioral economics). Those theoretical issues present interesting applications in areas such as social mobility, inequalities or family economics.

        Andrew Dabalen (World Bank Lead economist, Poverty and Equity Global practice) joins HHB researchers

        Nov. 17, 2016

          HHB welcomes Andrew Dabalen – World Bank Lead economist, Poverty and Equity Global practice – as a new HHB researcher.

          Mr Dabalen focuses on policy analysis and research in development issues, such as poverty and social impact analysis, inequality of opportunity, program evaluation, risk and vulnerability, labor markets and conflict and welfare outcomes. He is the co-author of a substantial body of work on poverty measurement, vulnerability and inequality in Africa, and led multiple Poverty Assessments on the continent.

          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.

            HHBD update: new budgets from Senegal, 1950s

            Oct. 4, 2016

              Covering 136 families in the three cities of Dakar, Saint Louis and Thies in 1954-1955, this study stems from the willingness to promote household budget surveys in the so far neglected French West Africa. Among the three studies, a thorough report is available for the city of Thies for 43 Muslim families. Information include family structure, total income and expenditure but also food consumption (in terms of both expenditure and quantity), energy use, household maintenance and social and religious dues.

              The HHB team is still looking for the detailed records of the other 93 families. Given that the country gained ...

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