Economic research and international relations

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Economic and statistical research and analysis provide fundamental support for the decisions that the Bank of Italy takes in relation to its institutional activity: the definition of monetary policy through the Governor's participation in the Governing Council of the European Central Bank; the policies for financial stability; the participation in the main international organizations and institutions; and the formulation and assessment of economic policy proposals, above all in the opinions it submits to Parliament and the Government.

The Bank also produces statistics in the fields for which it is competent (e.g. banking and finance and the balance of payments) and bases its empirical analyses and international comparisons on a wealth of data, both its own and of other institutions.

The results of the Bank's activity in the fields of research, analysis and statistical information are disseminated in official publications and its scientific series and in essays and articles published in specialized books and reviews. Research projects are discussed in conferences and seminars organized by the Bank and other entities.

Economic and statistical research at the Bank of Italy is mainly conducted in the Economics, Statistics and Research Directorate General; the analysis of economic and financial phenomena is carried out at local level by the units charged with territorial economic research.

As regards international relations and cooperation in the economic and financial fields, the Bank participates, as Italy's representative, in numerous organizations and institutions; it also provides support for the Government's decisions.

In addition, the Bank fosters training and consultancy initiatives to enhance the skills of central banks and regulatory authorities of countries preparing to join the euro area or applying to join the European Union and of other emerging economies.

The organization of the Economics, Statistics and Research Directorate General

Research work published by the Bank’s economists

This section contains a list of the research work published by the economists of the Directorate General for Economics, Statistics and Research and the Economic Research Units since 1990. Details are available on an Excel worksheet as follows:

  • Title
  • Authors
  • Affiliations
  • Source (title of the journal/review or book in which the work is published)
  • Year of publication
  • Type (work published in a journal/collection of articles/book/working paper/editor's introduction)

Further information on research work published by the Bank of Italy’s economists is available on some specialised websites.

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Financial Stability

The financial system is a complex infrastructure that allows households, firms, general government entities and other economic agents to make payments, transfer resources and manage risks.


The Bank of Italy’s publications are economic, financial, historical, and legal in nature and give an account of the Bank’s activities. They cater to a wide audience.


The statistics are processed, checked and disseminated according to international standards. The use and dissemination of the information contained in this section of the site are permitted subject to the conditions of use of the statistics of the ESCB.

The Historical Archives

The Historical Archives of the Bank of Italy are one of the most principal sources for the study of Italian economic and banking history in the past two centuries. They conserve documents of prime importance relating to Italian economic and monetary history, the development of the banking system, industrial history, local economies, and international economic relations.

The Library

The Bank of Italy’s Library was established in 1894. It is divided into an economics section, named after Paolo Baffi, Governor from 1975 to 1979, containing specialist volumes on banking, finance and general economics, and a law section. Both provide the Bank’s staff with an important research tool and are also open for consultation by the general public, particularly academics, economists, experts from other institutions and university students.