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.
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