• With the Working Paper no. 1 - the HHB manifesto, "On Historical Household Budgets", authored by the PIs of the Project - HHB launches its dedicated WP Series.
    The Series is meant to host papers related to the study of household budget and living standards, both in terms of economic and historical analysis, methodology or surveying the sources available. More information in the brand-new online hub of the Series, where soon you will find also the other forthcoming publications.

    Read the WP no. 1 also within the Working Papers of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, HHB's main partner and sponsor.

  • Covering the years from 1920 to 1929, a new source about living standards in Czechoslovakia, obtained from the archives of the Czech Statistical Office based in Prague, will soon join the HHB database.
    This series of publications reporting household budgets, published almost regularly from 1922 to 1931, is extremely rich, with details about household composition, occupations, revenues, expenditures, and food and beverage consumption. On average, about one hundred variables per year.
    Provided that Czechoslovakia became a sovereign state in 1918, as a consequence of the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after WWI, this source represents a complete novelty for the area. The availability of data about more than 800 households is crucial to understand the economic development of this newborn State.

  • HHB welcomes Jacob Weisdorf - Professor of Economics at the University of Southern Denmark - as a new HHB Researcher.

    Prof. Weisdorf is also a research fellow at CEPR in London and a research associate of CAGE in Warwick. He holds a doctoral degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen and one in economic history from Lund University. His main research area is long-run economic growth, with particular focus on the economic and demographic history of England. He currently works on a project using historical marriage data from Africa with Felix Meier zu Selhausen and organizes the Sound Workshop and the WEast Workshop.

  • HHB announces that the digitization of the Leplaysian family monographs has now started, beginning with the HHB record #1: the monograph authored by Ubaldino Peruzzi - future ministry within the first Italian government -, describing a family of sharecroppers living in Bagno a Ripoli, near Florence.
    Pierre Guillaume Frédéric Le Play (1805-1882) was an engineer, whose notoriety is due to his interest for sociology and for his studies of living conditions all over the world. He developed a specific research method, consisting in a very detailed scheme for the collection of household level data. Basing on this successful scheme, he and his followers published 164 monographs, collected in his two main works: Les Ouvriers Européens and Les Ouvriers des Deux Mondes. Their import has now taken off, and they will be soon part of the HHB Database.

  • The HHB Project is enriched by a new source that investigates the economic conditions and food consumption of more than 4,000 Jewish households in Palestine, 1942-43 and 1946.


    Sarah Bavly (1900-1993), a Dutch-born nutritionist, authored "Family food consumption in Palestine, a comparison of consumption by the Jewish urban population in 1943 and 1946, and a study of methods conducive to improvement of food selection", published in 1949 and reporting mainly aggregate data.


    The HHB team is now faced with the challenge to retrieve the family-level records underlying this publication. In case you can help, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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