Giovanni Vecchi is an associate professor of Economics at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", where he teaches courses on economic history, statistical computing, and welfare analysis.
Giovanni's research interests span the theory, measurement and history of welfare, and Italy's long-run economic history (1861-2011). He has published articles in a number of journals, including the Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, Journal of Interdisciplinary History and Demography. He is the author of the book "In ricchezza e in povertà. Il benessere degli Italiani dall'Unità a oggi" (in Italian) a quantitative history of the wellbeing of the Italians from Unification (1861) until the present day. Historical statistics can be downloaded here.
Currently, he is working on two main research projects. Project one (under the title of "Historical Household Budgets") is an investigation of the long-run evolution of living standards around the world on the basis of household budgets. The project collects hundreds of thousands of family-level records, covers two centuries (1800-today), and embraces the five continents of the globe. Project two is a new book, forthcoming with Oxford University Press, where the long-run dynamics of the wellbeing of the Italians is compared with the historical experience of other countries.
Giovanni is a consultant to the World Bank on issues related to poverty and inequality measurement, living standard assessments, and analysis of complex survey datasets. He has provided technical assistance in the area of poverty and vulnerability measurement to a number of countries, including Bolivia, Botswana, Croatia, Georgia, Iraq, Madagascar, Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Somaliland, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Yemen. He has delivered training courses on poverty measurement and analysis to technical staff in Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Iraq.
Giovanni is currently working to support the National Bureau of Statistics in Seychelles in estimating a new poverty line, and engaged in capacity building and poverty estimation in South Africa and Namibia. He also participating in a project focused on assessing the impact of purchasing power parities (PPPs) on global poverty measures.
Hot off the press:
"Italy's Growth and Decline, 1861-2011", coauthored with Emanuele Felice.
"Durable Goods and Poverty Measurement", coauthored with Nicola Amendola.
(Last update: October 2015)