From a general perspective, the research programme aims
at bringing together: (i) substantive issues about the
analysis of the Italian labour market; (ii) methodological
issues on the measurement of labour phenomena, both on the
side of variables measuring and on the side of model
specification and estimation; (iii) issues of utilisation
and/or development of micro-data bases, both from surveys
and administrative sources.
The programme focuses on some five broad topics, largely
related one to another: (a) analysis of job mobility, wage
mobility and flexibility, based on a longitudinal
employer-employee linked database from Social Security
files; (b) information on labour force participation from
Labour Exchange archives (NETLABOR); (c) measurement and
modelling of employment and unemployment from surveys; (d)
combining/linking data from complementary sources; (e)
analysis of some weak segments of the labour market. The
primary interest is on the Italian labour market, but some
comparative analyses extended to EU countries and the USA
are also planned.
The programme rests on the availability of suitable micro
databases, among which: (i) a linked-employer-employee
longitudinal sample from Social Security files, 1986-1994,
to be up-dated up to 1998; (ii) the full longitudinal set of
Social Security files with reference to a couple of 'provincie'
in the Veneto region, 1974-1996, , to be up-dated up to
1998; (iii) Labour exchanges archives from some areas in the
Veneto region, 1996-1998, up-dated in real time; (iv)
several sub-samples over the years and across the country
from the Labour Supply Survey; (v) data from a pilot
supplementary survey to the Labour Force Survey, collecting
information on participation at work by a 'time use'
approach (likely availability: early 2000); (vi) linked
Labour Force Survey-Social Security files records in
selected areas of the country, 1997.I-1998.II (likely
availability: early 2000); (vii) Household Budgets Survey by
the Bank of Italy, 1989-1995; (viii) 'From school to work'
survey, Lombardy, on four cohorts of students attaining the
compulsory level between 1986 and 1995; (ix) European
Community Household Panel (ECHP) database.
We plan to devote considerable attention to measurement
issues, which arise within the context of both the
measurement of variables, within the various data sources
and by the various instruments, and model specification and
estimation, possibly modelling jointly the process of
interest and the process of observation.
Broadly speaking, the expected outcomes from the programme
are two: (i) improving the description and the understanding
of how the Italian labour market changed over the recent
years; (ii) improving the measurement and the modelling
devices needed for the analysis of employment and
SURVEY AND ADMINISTRATIVE DATA SOURCES
GROSS FLOWS MODELS
LABOUR SUPPLY MODELS