STATISTICAL SURVEYS AND QUALITY OF ECONOMIC DATA
The course aims at developing expertise to:
- Be able to manage analytic tools for planning each step of a statistical survey
- Know how to use the methodology and analytic instruments that statistics provides to data treatment (mainly, business and economic data) and data quality
- Be able to implement a survey from an operational point of view and to follow its several steps
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Knowledge and understanding:
The student should be able to know the main theories and techniques for planning in each step a statistical survey to collect economic data.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
The student should be able to use the acquired knowledge in practical circumstances, applying the main statistical tools for data collection and for analysing business and economic dynamics.
The student should have the maturity and the ability to choose autonomously the more suited methodologies to solve a specific problem.
The student should be able to communicate clearly and with an adequate technical language the contents of the Course.
Lifelong learning skills:
The student should be able to show a good learning ability and autonomy in investigating in-depth the matters of the Course using the references provided by the teacher. The student should be able to select data sources and to implement the more suited instruments in the specific circumstances.
Basic tools of general mathematics, statistics (descriptive and inference).
1) Official statistics: national statistical system; international statistical system; European and central bank system; quality dimensions; structural statistics and conjunctures.
2) Statistical surveys: typologies; sample methods; survey design and objectives; questionnaire; sampling and non -sampling errors; missing data; control and correction procedures.
3) Official statistical surveys: Survey on Household Income and Wealth (SHIW); Labour Force Survey; Household Budget Survey; business surveys.
The contents of the course can be divided into three main topics:
1) Official statistics: national statistical system; international statistical system; European and central bank system; quality dimensions; structural statistics and conjunctures (12 hours).
2) Statistical surveys: typologies; sample methods; survey design and objectives; questionnaire; sampling and non -sampling errors; missing data; control and correction procedures (18 hours).
3) Official statistical surveys: Survey on Household Income and Wealth (SHIW); Labour Force Survey; Household Budget Survey; business surveys (18 hours).
Traditional lectures. Group work project (optional).
- Istat, Il Sistema di Controllo della Qualità dei Dati. Manuale di Tecniche di Indagine n° 6, chapters 1, 2, 3, 5
- Giovannini E., Le statistiche economiche, Il Mulino, II ed.
- European Commission (2017), Handbook on methodology of modern business statistics
- Supplementary materials is available on-line or during the course:
- For the Survey on Households’ Income and Wealth (SHIW) by Bank of Italy:
- For the Survey on Labour Force (Istat):
- For the questionnaires of the Survey on Households’ Expenditures:
- For the Business Economic Outcomes:
The learning assessment is on an ongoing basis during the Course through tests on the main topics, in order to assess the ability of students to apply their theoretical knowledge with the data analysis. Students are possibly expected to take part into work projects. An oral assessment is planned at the end of the Course with the possible presentation of the project.