Household Budget Survey (2008)



Changelog (Archive version):

1.0 - 2010/10/17
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Changelog (Source release):

1.0 - 2009/11/03
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Data Kind:
individual data

Time Dimensions:
longitudinal (trend repeated cross-section)

Series Name:
CF - Survey on the consumptions of Italian families

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The Household Budget Survey records all residing household expenditures to purchase goods and services to meet their needs; it is the main data source to describe, analyze and explain household spending behaviours.

The survey allows to analyze the evolution of the household expenditure level and composition, according to household socio-demographic characteristics. The survey is conducted through two different technique: a self-filled diary, in which the household records purchases over a seven-day period, and a final face-to-face interview. According to sample design, approximately 28,000 households are interviewed each year.


The survey refers to the total cost of the good or service purchased, apart from the moment of consumption or use and the payment instrument (instalments or credit card). In order to compare expenditure levels of households with different socio-economic features and expenditure behaviours, and to provide poverty estimates, imputed expenditures are also considered, such as those for self-consumptions (household self-produced goods from vegetables garden or farms, consumed by the household itself) or the imputed rents for owner-occupied or free of charge houses. The imputed rent is the return household would have if it rented at market prices the house it is living in and it has to be taken into account because the householders have housing service at their disposal.

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Topic Classification:

  • ECONOMICS - consumption/consumer behaviour
  • ECONOMICS - economic conditions and indicators
  • ECONOMICS - income, property and investment/saving
  • Nations: Italy

    Geographical Unit: region

    Analysis Unit: individual, family

    Universe: whole national population

    Sample Procedure: about 28.000 families. Two-stage stratified random sample

    Weight: Weight used. Please read the documentation for any details

    Collection Mode: face to face interview, self-administered questionnaire

    Collection Size: UniData supplies: 1 dataset in SPSS format; 1 questionnaire in PDF format; 1 methodological notes and codebook in PDF format (3 file)


    Methodological Notes and codebook (pdf):
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    ISTAT. (2008) Household Budget Survey. UniData - Bicocca Data Archive, Milan. Study Number SN093. Data file version 1.0

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