Italian Lives – ITA.LI (2019-2021)

Institute for Advanced Study of Social Change (IASSC) (Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale dell'Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)


Changelog (Archive version):

1.0 - 2022-12-05
* first import routine of the study



Changelog (Source release):

1.0.0 - 2022-07-19
* First release of the data for use outside the research group. For all changes made, please refer to the methodological notes


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Data Kind:
individual data

Time Dimensions:
longitudinal (panel)


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Italian Lives (ITA.LI) is a quantitative and qualitative longitudinal survey carried out by the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Milan-Bicocca. The survey is aimed at building a database on social change in Italy offering high-quality data to researchers working in several disciplinary fields. The first wave of the survey engaged members aged 16 or over belonging to 4900 families, selected in over 250 Italian municipalities. The participants’ biography from their birth to the time of the interview was reconstructed, collecting retrospective information on themes such as:

  • residential mobility
  • schooling
  • work career
  • forms of family cohabitation and marriage
  • birth of children

In addition, prospective information was collected on topics of interest such as:

  • health
  • quality of life
  • family resources
  • Internet use
  • political participation

For a proper use of the weights, please refer to the relevant documentation, available here.

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Topic Classification:

  • ECONOMICS - economic conditions and indicators
  • ECONOMICS - income, property and investment/saving
  • EDUCATION - compulsory and pre-school education
  • EDUCATION - life-long/continuing education
  • EDUCATION - post-compulsory education
  • EDUCATION - vocational education
  • HEALTH - general health
  • HEALTH - physical fitness and exercise
  • INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION - information society
  • LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT - employment
  • LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT - unemployment
  • LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT - working conditions
  • POLITICS - mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - information technology
  • SOCIAL STRATIFICATION AND GROUPINGS - equality and inequality
  • SOCIAL STRATIFICATION AND GROUPINGS - family life and marriage
  • SOCIAL STRATIFICATION AND GROUPINGS - social and occupational mobility
  • SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND SYSTEMS - social welfare systems/structures
  • SOCIETY AND CULTURE - social change
  • SOCIETY AND CULTURE - social conditions and indicators
  • Nations: Italy

    Geographical Unit: region

    Analysis Unit: individual, family

    Universe: residents in Italy aged 16 and over

    Sample Procedure: 4,900 families, 8,967 individuals. Multi-stage stratified random sample

    Weight: Weight used

    Collection Mode: Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI), Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI)

    Collection Size: UniData supplies: 11 dataset in Stata format; 11 dataset in SPSS format; 2 questionnaires in PDF format (ita, eng); 2 proxy questionnaires in PDF format (ita, eng); 1 methodological notes in PDF format (ita); 1 ZIP file including codebook of the dataset (eng); 1 PDF file with UniData's archive notes (ita) (29 file)


    Methodological Notes (pdf):
    Codebook (zip):
    Data Archive Notes (pdf):
    Documentation (pdf):
    DDI Documentation:
    DDI Documentation

    Data Use Restriction:
    Data are embargoed and temporarily accessible only to members of the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Milano-Bicocca. The redistribution to the third party, even in partial form, of data is not allowed. Please, contact UniData's archive in order to data access.
    Source Contact: Mario Lucchini - Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

    Institute for Advanced Study of Social Change (IASSC). (2019-2021) Italian Lives – ITA.LI. UniData - Bicocca Data Archive, Milan. Study Number SN236. Data file version 1.0 doi:10.20366/unimib/unidata/SN236-1.0

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    The data were collected through a main questionnaire and a proxy questionnaire, shortened and without the retrospective section, dedicated to the members of the families in the sample who could not be interviewed, for health and/or disability reasons, or because they were absent for the entire survey period. In these cases the questionnaire was administered to another member of the family who answered on behalf of the individual who cannot be interviewed. The proxy questionnaire (in English and in Italian) is available in the “Documentation (pdf)” file.

    Embargo will be lifted on 31 July 2025.