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Measuring the movement between employment and self-employment: a survey proposal

  • Luigi Fabbris
  • Paolo Feltrin

The study concerns the following issues: 1) basic definitions (traditional craftsmanship and commercial work, self-employment, freelance jobs, learned professions, etc.); 2) analysis of the sources on, and the organizations representing the workers of the self-employment compound; 3) medium-to-long term analysis of the main components of the self-employment compound and of the occupation in self-employment companies. We examined various statistical sources on self-employment in Italy, a category including about 5.5 million workers, according to official estimates. We examined the yearly data of the time span from 2009 to 2019, with a concept about 2020, the Covid-19 year. In the examined period, we highlighted a dramatic reduction at employment entry of younger cohorts of less educated people (about one million people), just partly compensated by an increase of new entries of aged and highly educated people. The study concludes with a proposal of a set of questions on self-employment that could be used to adjust the specific part of the questionnaire used by Istat for the survey on the Italian labour forces.

  • Keywords:
  • Self-employment,
  • Definitions and sources,
  • Questionnaire design,
  • Italian labour forces,
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Luigi Fabbris

University of Padua, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0001-8657-8361

Paolo Feltrin

University of Trieste, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0003-2801-5151

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Chapter Information

Chapter Title

Measuring the movement between employment and self-employment: a survey proposal

Authors

Luigi Fabbris, Paolo Feltrin

Language

English

DOI

10.36253/978-88-5518-304-8.14

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2021

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© 2021 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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Book Title

ASA 2021 Statistics and Information Systems for Policy Evaluation

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Book of short papers of the opening conference

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Bruno Bertaccini, Luigi Fabbris, Alessandra Petrucci

Peer Reviewed

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2021

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© 2021 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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Firenze University Press

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10.36253/978-88-5518-304-8

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978-88-5518-304-8

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2704-601X

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2704-5846

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