Italian Households' Saving and Wealth During the Crisis

31 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2013

Date Written: February 22, 2013


This paper investigates trends in Italian households' saving and wealth in the last twenty years, with a special emphasis on the period immediately following the financial crisis in 2008. The analysis is based on data from the Italian Survey on Household Income and Wealth (1991-2010. The crisis has intensified the trends already under way, as confirmed by the further decline in the saving rate and the deterioration in the financial situation of low-income households, young people and tenants. Overall inequality in wealth distribution has increased. Poverty indicators based on income and wealth summarize these developments: in 2010 nine per cent of Italian households were on a low income and in the event of job loss, had sufficient financial asset to survive at the poverty line for barely six months. This percentage increases to 15 per cent for young people and to 26 per cent for tenants.

Note: Downloadable document is in Italian.

Keywords: saving rate, households wealth, poverty, micro-data

JEL Classification: D12, E21

Suggested Citation

Bartiloro, Laura and Rampazzi, Cristiana, Italian Households' Saving and Wealth During the Crisis (February 22, 2013). Bank of Italy Occasional Paper No. 148, Available at SSRN: or

Laura Bartiloro (Contact Author)

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
00184 Roma

Cristiana Rampazzi

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184

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