• Marta Fana is a PhD student in Economics at Institut d'Etudes Politiques, SciencesPo Paris. Her research interests cover topics related to political economy: currently, she is focused on the dynamics of income distribution and vulnerability analysis across social classes over the past four decades in Italy and France. She worked for several international institutions, as European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Asian Development Bnak and OECD, and consultancy projects related to public procurement and corruption.

    Welcome on board, Marta!

  • During the Fascist period, the city of Rome underwent a period of great demographic expansion, that will lead quickly to more than a million of inhabitants. This population boom is due mainly by the arrival of an increasing number of immigrants from many parts of the country. These newcomers faced a housing market inflated by the continuous growth in demand. For this reason are born a series of spontaneous settlements.

    In order to monitor the phenomenon, the Governatorato of the city organizes, from the second half of the 20s, a series of censuses. To that of 1933 it was possible to identify the individual survey forms within which abound information on family composition, the profession and the income of the individual components. Italian archives will continue to demonstrate the inexhaustible mines of family budgets.

  • Today, the HHB Team has started the inclusion in the HHB Database of a new, amazing source. This 5-volume-survey, conducted by the Ministère du Travail, was focused on "le travail à domicile dans l'indurstrie de la lingerie". The volumes report detailed information on 1,783 households, including family size, overall family income, workers' salary and housing condition.

  • HHB is delighted to announce that Professor Sara Savastano accepted to join the HHB Project Fellow.
    Sara Savastano is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

    After working at the Development Research Group of the World Bank, from 2001 to 2005, Sara served as an Economist to the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance. Her research covers several topics in development economics and rural development and agriculture, and in particular agriculture efficiency and productivity analysis.

  • HHB welcomes Professor Francesco Devicienti from the University of Turin as a HHB Project Fellow. Professor Devicienti also holds appointments as an Affiliate of the Collegio Carlo Alberto and a Research Fellow at IZA. He has previously worked as a consultant for the World Bank, ILO and the Italian Commission on Poverty and Social Exclusion.

    His main areas of research are in labor economics, income distribution and poverty and applied microeconometrics.

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