In 2020, because of the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, the Bank of Italy has suspended the fieldwork activities of the surveys on households carried out through personal interviews, in order to ensure the health of both households and interviewers. In order to fill the information gap and gather timely information on the economic situation of households during the pandemic crisis, the Bank of Italy has launched a Special Survey of Italian Households, administered using remote devices.
The first wave of the survey was conducted between April and May 2020 and the total sample amounted to about 3.000 individuals, interviewed using different survey modes. The main results of the survey and the methodological aspects are described in the paper "The main results of the special survey of Italian households in 2020" (Covid-19 Notes, June 2020).
The second wave of the survey was conducted between August and September 2020 and the total sample amounted to more than 2.300 households, almost 900 had also been interviewed in the first edition of the survey. The main results of the survey and the methodological aspects are described in the paper "The main results of the second wave of the special survey of Italian households in 2020" (Covid-19 Notes, November 2020).
Anonymized survey data are distributed for research purposes only. The use of the data is under full and exclusive responsibility of the author and may not involve the Bank of Italy in any way. Authors who refer in their publications to results obtained with the survey data are required to cite the source as "Bank of Italy, Special Survey on Italian Households". The data are available in three different formats: ASCII ('comma separated' CSV files), SAS and STATA (version 7 and above).