The HHB team has started digitizing the first wave of the Bank of Italy's historical archive, documenting through microdata the living conditions of the Italian population since 1977.
The UAS (Ufficio Assistenza Sociale — “Social Assistance Office”) of the Governatorate of Rome is increasingly proving to be a real gold mine of historical sources documenting the living conditions of the population of Rome in the interwar years.
The HHB team is working on a new source, which collects applications of 100 families for a social housing program, specifically targeted for large families. The source not only provides detailed information about the economic and health condition of the family members, but also rich photographic evidence.
New projects and new challenges for HHB.
On the wake of projects as the Historical International Standard Classification of Occupations (HISCO) and the Historical International Social Class Scheme (HISCLASS) – carried out by researchers from the University of Leuven – the HHB team is now working on a brand new project: a Historical Classification Of Individual Consumption by Purpose (HIST-COICOP).
On June 21, Prof. Giovanni Vecchi will present the HHB project at the 2017 Summer School on Development Economics organized by the Italian Development Economist Association (IDEAS) together with other prestigious universities and institutions.
The lecture – "Poverty and Inequality in Retrospect within a Developing Country Context: Opportunity for Research" – will take place in the beautiful context of Villa del Palco. Discover more on the Summer School here.
HHB is delighted to welcome Federico Belotti (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”) as a new co-PI of the project.
Assistant Professor of Econometrics, his research focuses on both theoretical and applied econometrics. Federico is the primary author of three popular Stata commands providing a significant addition to Stata's capabilities in terms of stochastic frontier, two-part and spatial models.