Connecting experts to promote innovative research on household level data is a primary mandate of the HHB project. Yesterday the HHB team was pleased to welcome Prof. Sakari Saaritsa (U. of Helsinki) and work with him on a most amazing survey for early 1900s Finland. More on this collaboration soon.
The HHB project is thrilled to announce the publication the book "Measuring Wellbeing. A history of Italian living standards", by Giovanni Vecchi, Professor of Economics at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and HHB principal investigator. According to Jeffrey G. Williamson, Professor of Economics, emeritus, Harvard University, "This amazing and novel book on Italian inequality, poverty, and living standards since unification has no competitor. Certainly not in English, which is used here with great elegance. And perhaps not even in the whole EU. Anyone involved in policy debate over inequality and poverty in modern Italy and the EU must read this book about origins".
The HHB project always aims at extending the boundaries of actual microdata knowledge and techniques! We are now working on grouped data from a collection of Ivorian historical sources testing creative methods to write a brand new history of the well-being of households in francophone Africa. One of our studies is the 1956 household budget survey of Abidjan’s workers directed by Bernard Lonchampt. The survey, with its detailed categorisation of expenditures and wealth of cultural information, is described by the author as “the first of its kind to have been carried out in French Africa”.
The HHB team will meet today with researchers led by Prof. Sebastiano Bavetta (University of Palermo). The plan is to discuss the use of historical household budgets as a source for investigating values, culture and social norms throughout history. Take a look at the programme
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Professor Tony Atkinson, Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Centennial Professor at The London School of Economics and member of the HHB Advisory Board. Few scholars can claim to have had a greater impact on their discipline than Tony Atkinson did. He was a model of dedication and integrity for all of us. At this time of sorrow, our thoughts are with Professor Atkinson's family.