The Report on the Cost of Living in Kingston, Jamaica, was issued in 1940 by the Labour Department. To the best of our knowledge this is the first household survey ever carried out in the country. The data refers to 486 households, all based in the capital city. This was the first of four surveys that were carried out over 15 years, starting from 1939. Check the Monthly Labor Review (1940) for more.
Today, the HHB Database has welcomed a new country: Denmark!
A report from the Danish Statistical Office contains household accounts for a sample of 251 households: 201 are from rural areas, and 50 from the capital city, Copenhagen.
Data refers to the year 1897, and more than 80 different variables provide information on household expenditure and income.
HHB is delighted to announce that Professor Giovanni Federico has decided to join the Advisory Board of the project. Professor Federico is a Professor of Economic History at the University of Pisa. He is also currently President of the European Historical Economics Society. Among his copious academic production, he published an economic history of the silk industry (1997, CUP), and more recently a "monumental" history of agriculture from the 19th century (2008, PUP). Federico also adopted a sample of household budgets in a paper on the mercantilization of italian agriculture (1986, RSE).
HHB is delighted to announce that Professor Jane Humphries has decided to join the Advisory Board of the project. Professor Humphries is a fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford, where she teaches Economic History. She is also currently Associate Editor of Feminist Economics and member of the editorial boards of many other journals, such as Gender, Work and Organization and Explorations in Economic History. She has published widely on child labour during the British Industrial Revolution and on the role of gender and family in modern economic history - including a cornerstone paper on british household budgets (with Sara Horrell).
Yesterday, the HHB Team said goodbye to its first intern, Nguyen Hoang Long. Long, after a one-month internship at the HHB Headquarters at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", is about to complete the master MESCI with a thesis on Japanese wellbeing and income inequality. It was a pleasure to work with him, and we hope he'll be able to continue his research activity in the HHB Network.
«As a young researcher, doing an internship at HHB project is a great opportunity for me to get involved in a dynamic academic environment, gain experience in researching and expand knowledge in a specific field under the supervision of senior investigators and supports from other colleagues. The wide coverage of HHB in terms of geography allows a researcher to have high flexibility in choosing a country of research interest in which the researcher wishes to explore undiscovered stories and interesting facts about family budget, poverty and inequality throughout a long course of history. In addition, during the internship period, I was also assigned tasks related to other project activities, which helps me understand better how a research project operates».
See you soon, Long!