Joint stock companies dynamics in Italy (1883-1913)

Toninelli, Pierangelo (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)


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This data set was the basis for a research program on the dynamics of joint stock companies in Italy between in the first age of Italian industrialization, namely between 1883 and World War 1. It covers the totality of Italian companies, thanks to the capillary scrutiny of the bulky “Bollettino Ufficiale delle Società per Azioni” (BUSA), that is the official weekly bulletin reporting all the capital changes within the Italian universe of limited companies. Since 1883, the year of the new Italian company law, this bulletin had been required by law to register all the companies’ births as well as statutory changes such as incorporations, capital variations and closedowns: this means that thousands of relevant pieces of information were recorded each year.


Overall the dataset registers 4.777 entries, that is companies of which at least one piece of information has been recorded between 1883 and 1913. In the last year 3.663 companies were still fully active.


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Topic Classification:

  • TRADE, INDUSTRY AND MARKETS - agricultural, forestry and rural industry
  • TRADE, INDUSTRY AND MARKETS - business/industrial management and organisation
  • Nations: Italy

    Geographical Unit: province

    Analysis Unit: organization

    Universe: Active joint-stock companies in Italy during the period 1883-1913

    Sample Procedure: complete sample

    Weight: No weight used

    Collection Mode: content coding


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    1. Toninelli, P.A. (2016). La dinamica delle società di capitale in Italia secondo le rilevazioni del BUSA, 1883-1913 in Società Italiana degli Storici Economici, Innovare nella Storia Economica: Temi, Metodi, Fonti, (pp. 233-268). Prato, Italia: Fondazione Datini
    2. Toninelli, P.A., & Pavese, C. (2014). Joint-Stock Companies Dynamics, Legal Institutions and Regional Economic Disparities in Italy (1858-1914) (Department of Economics, Management and Statistics Working Paper No. 282). University of Milan Bicocca. Retrieved from

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    Source Contact: Pierangelo Toninelli

    Toninelli, Pierangelo. (1883-1913) Joint stock companies dynamics in Italy. Claudio Pavese [Producer]. Stefano Susini [Producer]. UniData - Bicocca Data Archive, Milan. Study Number SN177. Data file version 1.0 doi:10.20366/unimib/unidata/SN177-1.0

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