• Pierre Blavier is completing a joint-PhD in Economics and Sociology at the Paris School of Economics. His research focuses on household budgets and “ethno-comptabilité” that aims at understanding what do people really value and how to account for it. His dissertation, based on an ethnographic field work is entitled “Household budgets in times of unemployment. The case of the 2008 Spanish Great Recession".


  • New HHB Working Paper

    April 3, 2017

    "This article extracts from household budgets information on the living conditions of indigenous Ghanaians prior to independence."

    HHB Working Paper no. 7 investigates the incidence and severity of poverty in colonial Ghana of the 1950s. Comparisons with modern estimates suggest lessons about the economic impact of independence. Read more about living standards in colonial Ghana in HHPWP #7 by Eric Gaisie at but also on REPEC services and

  • 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.

  • The HHB community at work

    March 11, 2017

    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".

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