The household budget survey (HBS) focuses on consumption expenditure behaviors of households residing in Italy. It analyzes the evolution of level and composition of household consumption expenditure according to their main social, economic and territorial characteristics. More, it represents the informative base for i) the official estimates of relative and absolute poverty in Italy, ii) the measure of inflation by household expenditure classes.
In agreement with Eurostat, the survey is based on the harmonized international classification of expenditure voices (Classification of Individual COnsumption by Purpose – Coicop) to ensure international comparability. The HBS is included in the National Statistical Programme, the document that regulates the production of official statistical information.
The main focus of the HBS is represented by all expenditures incurred by resident households to purchase goods and services exclusively devoted to household consumption (self-consumptions, imputed rentals and presents are included); every other expenditure for a different purpose is excluded from the data collection (e. g., payments of fees and business expenditures).
Since 2014, the new HBS has replaced the old HBS, which has been carried out between 1997 and 2013
As deep changes have been introduced in every stage of the process, it has been necessary to reconstruct the time series of the main expenditure aggregates since 1997. Time comparisons between 2014 estimates and previously disseminated estimates can be made only using reconstructed data included in the Report published July 8, 2015 (http://www.istat.it/it/archivio/164313, see the attached tables) and available on Istat data warehouse (http://dati.istat.it/). No comparison can be made using previously disseminated data.