Longitudinal data for the analysis of Italian labour market flows

Barbara Boschetto, Antonio Rinaldo Discenza, Francesca Fiori, Carlo Lucarelli, Simona Rosati

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The Italian Labour Force Survey belongs to the framework of the European Union
Quarterly Labour Force Survey and satisfies completely all the EU Regulations. It has a 2-2-2 rotating sample, thus, given a quarterly sample, 50% of the households are interviewed again after 3 and 12 months. By matching the records associated to the same individual for the different quarters, it is possible to build longitudinal datasets and transition matrices. Longitudinal data allow an accurate evaluation of the level of labour market mobility, in particular at a time of economic recession when dynamics result markedly accentuated. This paper, thus, presents the complete framework to produce gross flows estimates consistent with the quarterly estimates already disseminated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-150
Number of pages22
JournalStatistica Applicata
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010


  • labour force survey
  • longitudinal data
  • weighting
  • calibration

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