The most important source of information on goods and services household expenditure is the Household Budget Survey. The wide range of details relating to the various items of expenditure, together with the information gathered on single household members, allows the survey to provide also an exhaustive overview of changes in level and composition of consumption expenditure according to changes in social and economic households conditions. Furthermore, the survey plays an important role in calculating quarterly and annual aggregates for National Accounts, in defining the weighting system for consumer price indices and for official relative and absolute poverty estimates.

This section presents data from 1973, when survey methods and expenditure classification were deeply  reviewed with the aim of harmonising with National Account schemes.

During the years, the survey has undergone several changes, the last and most recent being the break of the time series in 1997... full text



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