HHB welcomes Andrew Dabalen – World Bank Lead economist, Poverty and Equity Global practice – as a new HHB researcher.
Mr Dabalen focuses on policy analysis and research in development issues, such as poverty and social impact analysis, inequality of opportunity, program evaluation, risk and vulnerability, labor markets and conflict and welfare outcomes. He is the co-author of a substantial body of work on poverty measurement, vulnerability and inequality in Africa, and led multiple Poverty Assessments on the continent.
“Between World War I and World War II, at the height of Fascism, droves of Italians abandoned the countryside and small villages to converge on the big cities of the centre and north of the country. […] Previously unpublished documentation found in Rome’s Capitoline Archives provides us with a very detailed view of the dual phenomenon of internal immigration and spontaneous slum settlements in Rome during Fascism.”
The HHB working paper no.6 is an invitation to explore the roots of Rome’s informal settlements.
Covering 136 families in the three cities of Dakar, Saint Louis and Thies in 1954-1955, this study stems from the willingness to promote household budget surveys in the so far neglected French West Africa. Among the three studies, a thorough report is available for the city of Thies for 43 Muslim families. Information include family structure, total income and expenditure but also food consumption (in terms of both expenditure and quantity), energy use, household maintenance and social and religious dues.
The HHB team is still looking for the detailed records of the other 93 families. Given that the country gained independence in 1960, this source represents a precious piece of information about standards of living near the end of the colonial era.
The survey was directed by Yvon Mersadier, a French economist from the Institut de recherche pour le developpement (IRD), and published in the Senegalese Institut Francais d’Afrique Noire (IFAN) bulletin where he was seconded in the 50s. He is considered a pioneer in household survey researches in the region.
Next Saturday, July 9, the HHB Team will continue the series of seminars accompaning all the stages of the project. The third meeting will see an internal discussion on some research works based on household budgets data, soon part of the HHBD currently under construction.
h09.30: Internal migration, housing and poverty in Fascist Rome: the case of baraccati (1924-1933) - Stefano Chianese, PhD;
h10.15: On the historical use of standard budgets - Francesco Olivanti, BA;
h11.00: COFFEE BREAK;
h11.15: Poor Law Application and Report Books in Hertfordshire, 1876-1907 - Agnese Gatti;
h11.35: Poverty Levels in West African Possessions - Sédi-Anne Boukaka, MESCI student;
h11.55: Living standards and household budgets: Czechoslovakia 1920-1929 - Francesco Clavorà Braulin, MSc;
With the Working Paper no. 1 - the HHB manifesto, "On Historical Household Budgets", authored by the PIs of the Project - HHB launches its dedicated WP Series.
The Series is meant to host papers related to the study of household budget and living standards, both in terms of economic and historical analysis, methodology or surveying the sources available. More information in the brand-new online hub of the Series, where soon you will find also the other forthcoming publications.