• HHB welcomes Jacob Weisdorf - Professor of Economics at the University of Southern Denmark - as a new HHB Researcher.

    Prof. Weisdorf is also a research fellow at CEPR in London and a research associate of CAGE in Warwick. He holds a doctoral degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen and one in economic history from Lund University. His main research area is long-run economic growth, with particular focus on the economic and demographic history of England. He currently works on a project using historical marriage data from Africa with Felix Meier zu Selhausen and organizes the Sound Workshop and the WEast Workshop.

  • HHB announces that the digitization of the Leplaysian family monographs has now started, beginning with the HHB record #1: the monograph authored by Ubaldino Peruzzi - future ministry within the first Italian government -, describing a family of sharecroppers living in Bagno a Ripoli, near Florence.
    Pierre Guillaume Frédéric Le Play (1805-1882) was an engineer, whose notoriety is due to his interest for sociology and for his studies of living conditions all over the world. He developed a specific research method, consisting in a very detailed scheme for the collection of household level data. Basing on this successful scheme, he and his followers published 164 monographs, collected in his two main works: Les Ouvriers Européens and Les Ouvriers des Deux Mondes. Their import has now taken off, and they will be soon part of the HHB Database.

  • The HHB Project is enriched by a new source that investigates the economic conditions and food consumption of more than 4,000 Jewish households in Palestine, 1942-43 and 1946.


    Sarah Bavly (1900-1993), a Dutch-born nutritionist, authored "Family food consumption in Palestine, a comparison of consumption by the Jewish urban population in 1943 and 1946, and a study of methods conducive to improvement of food selection", published in 1949 and reporting mainly aggregate data.


    The HHB team is now faced with the challenge to retrieve the family-level records underlying this publication. In case you can help, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

  • HHB welcomes Lucia Latino - researcher at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and consultant for the UN World Food Programme - as a HHB Researcher.

    She is an economist and market analyst and holds a PhD in International Economics. She focused her doctoral research on the evolution of vulnerability to poverty in Italy and the estimation of the prevalence of undernourishment.

  • Last week, Prof. Brian A'Hearn and Prof. Giovanni Vecchi have presented the HHB project at the 11th European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), held in Valencia from March 30 to April 2, 2016, within the meeting on "Household Budgets and Living Standards during the Nineteenth- and Early-twentieth Centuries" (see the entire programme here).

    The ESSHC is organized by the International Institute of Social History (IISH), and its aim is to bring together scholars who explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences. The conference is characterized by a lively, small group exchange, rather than in formal plenary sessions, organized in many networks covering specific topics. It welcomes papers and sessions on any historical topic and any historical period. Read more about the ESSHC and its conferences.

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