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“Data to Die For”? Finnish Historical Household Budgets

Sakari Saaritsa

No 3, HHB Working Papers Series from The Historical Household Budgets Project

Abstract: This essay charts the history, nature and uses of Finnish historical household budget data. Three perspectives are discussed: that of the changing interests of the state in producing knowledge on households; that of the multiple interests of various societal actors in shaping household behaviour through budgeting, including the households themselves; and that of reanalysis for modern economic history. In this last instance, the main focus is on behavioural, microeconometric perspectives. In the process, an overview of the sources available – “data to die for” – will be presented. To conclude, historically generated bias and future research potential of the sources are discussed.

Keywords: economic history; Finland; household budgets; methodology (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N01 N34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2016-05-29
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