Expert Workshop on Household-Level Datasets

On February 12, the International Institute of Social History will host an expert workshop on Household-Level Datasets, organized by chairgroup RHI of Wageningen University and Utrecht University.

Clio-infra is a collaborative website, which aims to bring together historical research on global inequality since 1500, by facilitating a digital infrastructure for individual researchers and research teams that aim to bring together data on global inequality in the broadest sense organizes an Expert Workshop on Household-Level Datasets.

In recent years, the interest in using historical household surveys and household budgets for the study of (global) inequality has been rising. Therefore, the Dutch Clio-infra/Clariah project organizes a small workshop, where experts from all over the world will discuss which datasets they are building, and how they approach the issue of household budgets. Certain standards and methodologies will be discussed, especially since the World Bank has, for recent decades, also used household surveys to map global inequality (e.g. Milanovic 2013). Is it possible to apply such present-day standards to historical research, and what needs to done with the available material in order to enable long-term analyses up until the present.

If you are interested in attending this 1-day workshop, please send an email to:, and we will let you know if this is still possible.

Preliminary Programme
Friday 12 February

9:00 Opening of the workshop and welcome by Jan Luiten van Zanden and Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk

Session 1: Ongoing research on global household budgets
Chair: Corinne Boter
09:10 Ian Gazeley & Andy Newell
09:35 Giovanni Vecchi
10:00 Discussion

10:30 Coffee break

Session 2: Practices of developing standards
Chair: Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk
11:00 Branko Milanovic
11:25 Silke Neunsinger
11:50 Discussion

12:15-13:30 lunch

Session 3: Regional explorations I: North America and Latin America
Chair: Jan Luiten van Zanden
13:30 Peter Lindert
13:50 Evan Roberts
14:10 Leticia Arroyo Abad
14:30 Discussion

15:00 Coffee break

Session 4: Regional explorations II: Africa, Asia and Europe
Chair: Stefan Oberg
15:30 Johan Fourie
15:50 Corinne Boter
16:10 Sakari Saaritsa
16:30 Discussion

17:00 Closing discussion and opportunities for future collaboration

17:30 Drinks