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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

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Latest news

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 ...

    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).

      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.


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