• The HHB Project is enriched by not less than 5 new surveys on living conditions in the country. They contain data both on urban and rural families, with slightly less than 1,600 records stored at the Danish Institute of Statistics.


    A pilot for the first survey (1897) is now complete, and a graduate student of the University of "Tor Vergata" is currently working in loco on her Master thesis within the Project, to provide us with further surveys of this series (up to 1955) soon.

  • A novel dataset collects the requests for charitable subsidies made by Argentinian and foreign citizens between 1944-1960.

    The records were collected at the General Archive of Buenos Aires, which reunites nearly 2500 requests covering the whole country. Each record provides information about the amount of the subsidy, household composition, income, housing, health, education and provenance of the applicants.

  • Pierre Blavier is completing a joint-PhD in Economics and Sociology at the Paris School of Economics. His research focuses on household budgets and “ethno-comptabilité” that aims at understanding what do people really value and how to account for it. His dissertation, based on an ethnographic field work is entitled “Household budgets in times of unemployment. The case of the 2008 Spanish Great Recession".


  • New HHB Working Paper

    April 3, 2017

    "This article extracts from household budgets information on the living conditions of indigenous Ghanaians prior to independence."

    HHB Working Paper no. 7 investigates the incidence and severity of poverty in colonial Ghana of the 1950s. Comparisons with modern estimates suggest lessons about the economic impact of independence. Read more about living standards in colonial Ghana in HHPWP #7 by Eric Gaisie at but also on REPEC services and

  • This week, the HHB team was invited to participate in a two-day workshop organised in Lyon around the French ANR project Time-us, led by Manuela Martini (Université Lumière Lyon 2). The aim of the project is to reconstruct the remuneration and time budgets of women and men working in the textile trades. Alongside a prominent team of historians with a particular interest in Le Play monographs, we travelled centuries back in time and discussed the synergies between quantitative and qualitative approaches to historical household budgets.

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