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The data needed to reconstruct the historical evolution of the labour market in Italy come from a selection of different sources, ranging from total surveys and sample surveys to administrative sources.

The oldest source is the General population and housing census that, thanks to information on the labour force in different economic sectors, allows for an overview of the profound changes that Italy has undergone over the past 150 years, despite an initial uncertainty in the methodology and definitions used.

Since the second half of last century, the information available has been greatly enriched by the Rilevazione sulle forze di lavoro (Labour Force Survey); since its inception in 1952 this survey has played a major role in the analysis of the employment situation in Italy, thus becoming an essential cognitive tool for policy makers, the media and citizens... full text 

 

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