Survey of Industrial and Service Firms and Business Outlook Survey of Industrial and Service Firms

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Use of the BIRD system is subject to the Bank of Italy accepting a request for the issue of a user license. Authorized users receive detailed instructions on how to submit programs for processing.

Authors who refer in their publications to results obtained with the BIRD system are required to cite the source (e.g. "Source: Banca d'Italia, Survey of Industrial and Service Firms"); however, they may not involve the Bank of Italy in any way since they are entirely and exclusively responsible for the use of the data.

To help users test their codes we have created a fake dataset that replicates the internal structure of the original data from the Survey of Industrial and Service Firms but contains randomly generated data. The dataset is provided in semicolon-delimited ASCII format.

In order to permit the collection of bibliographic material on the Survey of Industrial and Service Firms, authors are kindly to send a copy of the research work carried out using the BIRD system to the following e-mail address: bird_assist@bancaditalia.it.

Requests for additional information may also be sent to the same address.

Forms

Documentation for the utilization of the BIRD system

Description of the variables of the Survey of Industrial and Service Firms

The variables are classified into groups and are available since 1984

Description of the Variables of the Business Outlook Survey of Industrial and Service Firms

Variables with same meaning have different names in the yearly archives. The historical archive provides a unique name for the variables collected over repeated survey occasions.

Examples of data use

The statistical environments supported by the BIRD system currently include Stata and R platforms.

Some simple examples are given here of calculations based on survey data. The aim of these examples is to show the use of the main variables available in the archives.

The content of the examples can easily be transferred to a word-processing environment by using the cut and paste function.

Related Topics

Survey of Industrial and Service Firms

Each year the survey gathers information on investments, gross sales, workforce and other economic variables relating to Italian industrial and service firms with 20 or more employees.

Business Outlook Survey of Industrial and Service Firms

The Business Outlook, run every year some months after the Survey of Industrial and Service firms, gathers qualitative information on ongoing trends relating to Italian industrial and service firms with 20 or more employees (10 or more for construction firms).