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Measuring Wellbeing: A History of Italian Living Standards

Giovanni Vecchi


A journey back in time to discover how the Italians defeated hunger, poverty, and premature death; how they transformed the peninsula into a modern and hospitable country, and how they managed to become a people among the most prosperous on the planet. Measuring Wellbeing documents this 150-year journey, beginning on March 17, 1861, the day the Kingdom of Italy was born. The narration follows the trajectories of a wealth of newly constructed historical statistics on consumption and income, nutrition and health, education, migration flows, and political freedom. In more than twenty years of res ... More

Keywords: Living standards, Household budgets, Poverty, Inequality, Wealth, Health, Education, Human development, Child labor, Italy

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199944590
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199944590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giovanni Vecchi, author
Associate Professor of Economics, University of Rome Tor Vergata

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1 Nutrition

with Marina Sorrentino

2 Height

with Brian A’Hearn

3 Health

with Vincenzo Atella and Silvia Francisci

4 Child Labor

with Francesco Cinnirella and Gianni Toniolo

5 Education

with Brian A’Hearn

6 Migration

with Matteo Gomellini and Cormac Ó Gráda

7 Income

with Alessandro Brunetti and Emanuele Felice

8 Inequality

with Nicola Amendola

9 Poverty

with Nicola Amendola and Fernando Salsano

10 Wealth

with Luigi Cannari and Giovanni D’Alessio

11 Vulnerability

with Mariacristina Rossi and Lucia Latino

12 Human Development

with Nicola Amendola and Giacomo Gabbuti

13 Household Budgets

with Stefano Chianese

14 The Cost of Living

with Nicola Amendola