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On Historical Household Budgets

Brian A'Hearn, Nicola Amendola and Giovanni Vecchi ()

No _144, Oxford Economic and Social History Working Papers from University of Oxford, Department of Economics

Abstract: Abstract: The paper argues that household budgets are the best starting point for investigating a number of big questions related to the evolution of the living standards during the last two-three centuries. If one knows where to look, historical family budgets are more abundant than might be suspected. And statistical techniques have been developed to handle the associated problems of small, incomplete, and unrepresentative samples. We introduce the Historical Household Budgets (HHB) Project, aimed at gathering data and sources, but also at creating an informational infrastructure that provides i) reliable storage and easy access to historical family budget data, along with ii) tools to configure the data as it is entered so as to harmonise it with present-day surveys.

Keywords: household budgets; household budget surveys; living standards; inequality; poverty; survey; globalization; purchasing power parities; grouped data; poststratification. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N30 I31 I32 C81 C83 D60 D63 O12 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-06-16
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