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The HHB Community

The Historical Household Budget (HHB) project is an international team of researchers with a hub at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and a common interest in measuring the history of living standards. We represent several disciplines including economic history, economics, statistics, and history and are committed to rewriting the global history of poverty and inequality on the basis of new data sources - mainly family budgets - and techniques.

Principal Investigator And Co-Investigators

Investigators determine overall strategy in consultation with the Advisory Board and run the Project on a day to day basis.

  • Giovanni Vecchi

    Principal Investigator

    Professor of Economics at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. He specializes in the theory, measurement and history of welfare, as well as in economic history.  His scholarly articles have appeared in a number of international, peer-reviewed journals. He is a consultant to the World Bank on issues related to poverty and inequality measurement.

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  • Brian A'Hearn

    Co-investigator

    Brian A’Hearn is fellow and tutor in economics, Pembroke College, University of Oxford. He is an economic historian of modern Europe, particularly Italy, with interests in technology, cities and regions, institutions, human capital, and living standards.

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  • Nicola Amendola

    Co-investigator

    Professor of Economics at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata". His main research fields are on monetary theory, measurement of poverty and inequality and history of welfare. He is a consultant to the World Bank on the issues of poverty and inequality

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HHB Researchers

Researchers contribute sources, data, or expertise to the project. They have access to unrestricted sections of the HHB database and tools, and use them in their research (collaborative research, where possible and appropriate).

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  • Rolf Aaberge
    Rolf Aaberge - Head of Research
    Statistics Norway

    He is a graduate in mathematics and statistics at the University of Oslo. His activity includes management of a four years international research program on evaluation of welfare and tax policies in welfare states. He has published in several economic and statistical international journals.

    Interests
    • #econometrics
    • #income distribution
    • #institutions
    • #poverty
    • #public finance
    • #statistics
    • #taxation
  • Bilal Al Kiswani
    Bilal Al Kiswani - Information Analyst
    UNDP

    He holds a BSc in Business and Financial Economics (2006, Yarmouk University, Jordan), an MSc in Development Economics and International Co-operation and a PhD in Economics (2007 and 2011, University of Tor Vergata, Rome). His past research has focused on developing spatial cost of living indices.

    Interests
    • #cost of living
    • #development economics
    • #economic history
    • #migration
    • #price indices
  • Leticia Arroyo Abad
    Leticia Arroyo Abad - Assistant Professor
    Middlebury College

    Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, she got her BA in Economics at the Argentine Catholic University, an MA in Latin American Studies at the the University of Kansas and a PhD from the University of California, Davis. Now she is also a member of NSF-funded Global Price and Income History Group. She also worked as a financial analyst for a few years in her home country. 

    Interests
    • #economic growth
    • #globalization
    • #inequality
    • #latin america
    • #migration
    • #trade
  • Pablo Astorga
    Pablo Astorga - Research Fellow
    IBEI and Oxford Economics

    He is an economist with considerable academic and market-oriented experience in the analysis of developing countries. He has been involved in the creation of an economic history database for Latin America (MOxLAD), publishing in several international economic journals. Pablo has a D.Phil. in Economics, a M.Sc. in Development Economics from the University of Oxford and also an MBA from IESA, Venezuela.

    Interests
    • #development economics
    • #economic history
    • #globalization
    • #inequality
    • #latin america
    • #trade
  • Corinne Boter
    Corinne Boter - PhD Student
    Wageningen University

    She studied socio-economic history in Amsterdam, where she specialized in Dutch, early modern history. She is currently working on the project ‘Industriousness in an imperial economy. Interactions of households’ work patterns, time allocation and consumption in the Netherlands and the Netherlands-Indies, 1815-1940’.

    Interests
    • #economic history
    • #gender economics
    • #labor economics
  • Monica Bozzano
    Monica Bozzano - Postdoctoral Researcher
    University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

    She holds a PhD from the University of Pavia and she received her MSc in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Sydney. Her research interests are in the interaction between long-run development and institutions in a historical perspective, with a special focus on gender issues.

    Interests
    • #economic growth
    • #economic history
    • #gender economics
    • #institutions
  • Olga Cantó Sánchez
    Olga Cantó Sánchez - Associate Professor
    Universidad de Alcalá

    She holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute (1998) and her main research interests focus on the dynamics of income distribution, poverty, income inequality, gender discrimination in the labor market and the assessment of the distributional impact of public policies.

    Interests
    • #gender economics
    • #income distribution
    • #inequality
    • #poverty
  • Stefano Chianese
    Stefano Chianese - Historian
    University of Tor Vergata, Rome

    He is a Researcher at the University of Tor Vergata (Rome), after a PhD in "History of women and gender identity in the modern and contemporary age" at the University of Naples "L'Orientale". Among other things, he has focused on the history of migration in Italy, on education and on the history of the urban petty bourgeoisie.

    Interests
    • #economic history
    • #education
    • #gender economics
    • #history
    • #institutions
    • #migration
  • Francesco Cinnirella
    Francesco Cinnirella - Economist
    Ifo Institute, Munich

    He holds a BA in Economics (2003, University of Tor Vergata, Rome), an MA in Economics and Finance (2004, Venice International University) and a D.o.p. from the Ludwig Maximilians-Universitat Munich (2008). His works have been published in several international journals, including Cliometrica and the Journal of Economic Growth.

    Interests
    • #demography
    • #economic history
    • #education
    • #labor economics
  • Giuseppe De Corso
    Giuseppe De Corso - Professor
    Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano

    He is Coordinator of the PhD course “Model Based Public Planning Policy Design and Management” and also Visiting Professor at ISPI Milan and Collegio di Milano. He has worked at the Central University of Venezuela and for the Central Bank of Venezuela and has also contributed to the MOxLAD database.

    Interests
    • #development economics
    • #economic history
    • #national accounting
  • Dilhanie Deepawansa
    Dilhanie Deepawansa - Statistician
    Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka

    She is a statistician at the Sample Survey Division, Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka, and PhD Student at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.

    Interests
    • #econometrics
    • #statistics
  • Federica Di Battista
    Federica Di Battista - Postdoctoral Researcher
    University of Tor Vergata, Rome

    She holds a MSc and a PhD in Economics from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. Her research interests are in European Economic History, with focus on the United Kingdom, poverty and inequality measurement, vulnerability, and gender inequality. She is a consultant to FAO and World Bank.

    Interests
    • #development economics
    • #economic history
    • #gender economics
    • #inequality
    • #poverty
  • Maria Edo
    Maria Edo - PhD Student
    Universidad de San Andrés

    She is a PhD student at Universidad de San Andres, Buenos Aires. She is currently focused on analyzing the course of argentine’s middle class over the last two decades. She has also participated in several World Bank projects connected with her research interests dealing with different countries around the world.

    Interests
    • #development economics
    • #poverty
    • #public policies
    • #well-being
  • Sergio Espuelas
    Sergio Espuelas - Lecturer
    University of Barcelona

    He has been a lecturer at the University of Valladolid, and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Davis and the University of Kent. He obtained his PhD at the University of Barcelona, with a dissertation titled “Inequality, democracy and the welfare state: A comparative analyses of the determinants of social spending in Spain, 1850-2005”.

    Interests
    • #economic history
    • #education
    • #income distribution
    • #institutions
  • Marta Fana
    Marta Fana - PhD Student
    Science Po

    Currently, she is focused on the dynamics of income distribution and vulnerability analysis across social classes over the past four decades in Italy and France. She worked for several international institutions, as EBRD, Asian Development Bank and OECD, and for consultancy projects related to public procurement and corruption.

    Interests
    • #development economics
    • #income distribution
    • #institutions
    • #poverty
    • #public policies
  • Emanuele Felice
    Emanuele Felice - Associate Professor
    Università "G. D'Annunzio" Chieti-Pescara

    He holds a PhD in Economic History from the University of Pisa (2007). In addition to many publications in international economic journals, he has published several books about Italian economic history. His most recent work is "Rise and decline. An economic history of Italy" (Il Mulino, 2015). He has also worked as consultant for the Bank of Italy and has served for five years (2010-2015) visiting professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.


    Interests
    • #economic growth
    • #economic history
    • #income distribution
    • #regional economics
    • #well-being
  • Giuliana Freschi
    Giuliana Freschi - Research Assistant
    University of Tor Vergata, Rome

    She holds a BA in Economics (2015, University of Rome Tor Vergata) and a MSc in Economics (2016, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics). She is currently research assistant at HHB.


    Interests
    • #economic history
    • #inequality
    • #institutions
    • #poverty
    • #well-being
  • Kyoji Fukao
    Kyoji Fukao - Professor
    Institute of Economic Research and Hitotsubashi University

    Prof. Fukao is Vice-Chairperson of the Working Party on Industry Analysis (OECD), Member of the Executive Committee of the Asian Historical Economics Society and Associate at the Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (Warwick University). He has published widely in international economics journals.

    Interests
    • #economic growth
    • #economic history
    • #international economics
    • #productivity
  • Giacomo Gabbuti
    Giacomo Gabbuti - MPhil Student
    University of Oxford

    After a BA and an MSc in Economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, he is reading for an MPhil in Economic and Social History at the University of Oxford. Previously, he has worked as a researcher at the HHB Project.

    Interests
    • #economic history
    • #europe
    • #inequality
    • #institutions
    • #poverty
    • #well-being
  • Jordi Guilera
    Jordi Guilera - Postdoctoral Researcher
    University Rovira i Virgili

    He holds an Agricultural Technical Engineering (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 2000), a BA in Economics (University of Barcelona, 2004) and a PhD in Economic History (University of Barcelona, 2014), with a dissertation on "Income inequality in historical perspective, Portugal (1890-2006)". He has several publications on Portuguese historical inequality.

    Interests
    • #economic history
    • #income distribution
    • #inequality
  • Ramani  Gunatilaka
    Ramani Gunatilaka - Consultant
    Centre for Poverty Analysis and University of Colombo

    She holds a BSc in economics from University College London, an MSc in development economics from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in applied econometrics from Monash University. She has several publications in international journals and is also member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.

    Interests
    • #development economics
    • #econometrics
    • #income distribution
    • #labor economics
    • #well-being
  • Alfonso Herranz Loncán
    Alfonso Herranz Loncán - Associate Professor
    University of Barcelona

    He is an economic historian of late modern Spain and Latin America. After his BAs in Economics (1993) and History (1996) at the University of Zaragoza, in 2002 he has obtained a PhD in Economic History at LSE, with a dissertation on the topic of Infrastructure and Economic Growth in Spain, 1845-1935.

    Interests
    • #economic growth
    • #economic history
    • #income distribution
    • #latin america
    • #public policies
  • Lucia Latino
    Lucia Latino - Economist
    University of Rome "Tor Vergata"

    She holds a PhD in International Economics and focused her doctoral research on the evolution of vulnerability to poverty in Italy and the estimation of the prevalence of undernourishment. She is currently consulting for the UN World Food Programme.

    Interests
    • #development economics
    • #international economics
    • #poverty
    • #social policy
  • Giulia Mancini
    Giulia Mancini - PhD Student
    University of Tor Vergata, Rome

    After studying History and Economics, she obtained her MSc in Economics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University. She has participated in research projects at the OECD and World Bank and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and a consultant to the World Bank.


    Interests
    • #econometrics
    • #gender economics
    • #inequality
    • #labor economics
    • #social policy
  • Anna Missiaia
    Anna Missiaia - Economic Historian
    Lund University

    She received a PhD in Economic History from the London School of Economics with a thesis on regional disparities in pre-WWI Italy. She is currently working on measures of wealth inequality in Sweden in the period 1750-1900 and on the effect of property rights on agricultural performance in pre-industrial Sweden.

    Interests
    • #economic history
    • #europe
    • #inequality
    • #institutions
    • #regional economics
  • Jørgen Heibø Modalsli
    Jørgen Heibø Modalsli - Researcher
    Statistics Norway

    He holds a BA in Economics and History (2003), a MPhil in Economics (Thesis: Is Fiscal Policy Keynesian? Fiscal Policy in Western Countries: an empirical study, 2005) and a PhD in Economics (Thesis: Growing unequal? Essays on inequality, economic growth and development, 2009) from the University of Oslo.

    Interests
    • #economic growth
    • #economic history
    • #inequality
  • Esteban Nicolini
    Esteban Nicolini - Visiting Professor
    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

    He has a BA in History from the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán and a PhD in Economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). He has developed applied research as a consultant for the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP), UNICEF and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and some of his papers have been published by eminent international journals.

    Interests
    • #demography
    • #development economics
    • #economic history
    • #inequality
  • Francesco Olivanti
    Francesco Olivanti - MSc Student
    Bocconi University, Milan

    He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", with a thesis on the evolution of living conditions in Spain. He is currently reading for a MSc in Economic and Social Sciences at Bocconi University. Previously, he has worked as a researcher at the HHB Project.


    Interests
    • #economic history
    • #education
    • #europe
    • #poverty
    • #well-being
  • Beatrice Penati
    Beatrice Penati - Assistant Professor
    Nazarbayev University

    She holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Trieste, Italy, and a PhD in History joint by the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS). She is currently working on her book "To feed and to mobilize. Land reform and rural economy in early Soviet Central Asia".

    Interests
    • #agriculture
    • #asia
    • #economic history
    • #institutions
  • Faustine Perrin
    Faustine Perrin - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Lund University

    She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Strasbourg (France) and from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy) in 2013. Her research interests focus on the mechanisms underlying the long-run processes of economic and demographic development – with a particular emphasis on women empowerment and gender equality.


    Interests
    • #demography
    • #development economics
    • #economic history
    • #gender economics
  • Josep Pujol Andreu
    Josep Pujol Andreu - Professor
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

    He has been principal investigator on two projects for the Spanish Ministry of Education and in two Groups of Research for the Generalitat de Catalunya. His most important contributions are in the fields of history of agriculture and nutrition, history of technology and about the biological and material living standards of the population.

    Interests
    • #agriculture
    • #development economics
    • #economic history
    • #well-being
  • Susan Razzaz
    Susan Razzaz - Senior Economist
    World Bank

    She is the senior country economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives and task team leader for the Sri Lanka Country Partnership Strategy. Before coming to South Asia, she has also worked on Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Yemen and Iraq, where she led the team supporting the government's Poverty Reduction Strategy.

    Interests
    • #economic growth
    • #inequality
    • #labor economics
    • #poverty
    • #public policies
  • Evan Roberts
    Evan Roberts - Economic Historian
    University of Minnesota

    His research interests are in the social and economic history of Australasia and North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially focusing on health and living standards in New Zealand from the early nineteenth century, and on married women's work and the family economy in the US between the Civil War and World War II.

    Interests
    • #demography
    • #economic history
    • #north america
    • #oceania
  • Carolina Román
    Carolina Román - Assistant Professor
    University of the Republic

    She obtained her Master’s degree in Economic History and she has a B.A. in Economics from the University of the Republic (Uruguay). Her research covers the fields of economic history and development economics, and her work currently focuses on consumption, living standards and historical national accounts in Latin America.


    Interests
    • #development economics
    • #economic history
    • #latin america
  • Sakari Saaritsa
    Sakari Saaritsa - Postdoctoral Researcher
    University of Helsinki

    He is an economic and social historian whose research interests include social inequality, investments into health and education, intrahousehold resource allocation, historical indicators of well-being and human development, relationships between economic growth and human resources, interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral dialogue between development policy, economics and history.

    Interests
    • #development economics
    • #econometrics
    • #economic history
    • #education
    • #health
    • #inequality
  • Paul Segal
    Paul Segal - Economist
    King's College London

    He is an economist with wide-ranging interests, working on global inequality and poverty; on the economics of resource-rich countries; and on the economic history of Argentina. He has extensive teaching experience, particularly in economic development and macroeconomics.

    Interests
    • #economic history
    • #inequality
    • #latin america
    • #poverty
  • Gerardo Serra
    Gerardo Serra - Lecturer
    University of Sussex

    He has joined the University of Sussex in 2014 while completing his PhD in Economic History at the LSE. His research focuses on history of economic thought, economic history of Africa, history of Ghana and the political economy of statistics. He is also interested in the intellectual history of totalitarian regimes, travel writing and historiography.

    Interests
    • #africa
    • #economic history
    • #economic thought
    • #institutions
    • #statistics
  • Niccolò Serri
    Niccolò Serri - PhD Student
    University of Cambridge

    He holds an MA from Columbia University and an MSc from LSE, obtained after receiving a BA in Contemporary History from the University of Siena, Italy. From July 2013 to March 2014 he has worked as a Consultant for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the office of Deputy Minister Marta Dassu'.


    Interests
    • #economic history
    • #europe
    • #institutions
    • #labor economics
  • Sara Torregrosa Hetland
    Sara Torregrosa Hetland - PhD Student
    University of Barcelona

    She obtained her BA in History at the University of Alicante (2009), then an MSc in Economic History (University of Barcelona, Autonomous University of Barcelona and University of Zaragoza, 2010). She is now completing a PhD at the UB, working on "Tax system and redistribution: the Spanish fiscal transition (1960-1990)".

    Interests
    • #income distribution
    • #inequality
    • #taxation
  • Pierre van der Eng
    Pierre van der Eng - Economic historian
    Australian National University

    Economist and historian, his research focuses on: MNEs; market development and CSR in Indonesia; Japanese firms and their subsidiaries; barriers to trade and investment; long-term economic growth in Indonesia; nexus between famine and international food aid and trade to less-developed countries in Asia.

    Interests
    • #business
    • #development economics
    • #economic history
    • #international economics
  • Bruno Gabriel Witzel de Souza
    Bruno Gabriel Witzel de Souza - PhD Student
    University of Göttingen

    He holds a BA in Economics from the Universidade de Sao Paulo and a MA in Development Economics from the Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen, where he is also associate of the Research Group 1723 "Globalization and Development".


    Interests
    • #development economics
    • #economic history
    • #migration
  • Funing Zhong
    Funing Zhong - Professor
    Nanjing University

    Since 1999 is the Dean of the College of Economics and Trade at the Nanjing Agricultural University. Among other assignments, he is currently the a Vice President of the Chinese Society of Agricultural Economics and has served as a consultant to the FAO, the World Bank and IFPRI. He has several publications in eminent international journals.

    Interests
    • #agriculture
    • #asia
    • #development economics
    • #economic history
    • #globalization

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