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.
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.
HHB welcomes Professor Leo Ferraris from the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" as a HHB Project Fellow. Leo Ferraris is currently Montalcini researcher at the Dipartimento di Economia, Diritto e Istituzioni, University of Rome, Tor Vergata. His main research interest are in the pure theory of money and the theory of voting.
Between 2005 and 2011, he has held a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor at the Economics Department of the University of Madrid, Carlos III. In 2011, he has been given tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. Later that year, he has moved to Rome and joined the Economics Department, where he has been ever since.