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SCP4063692, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC2095, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HOW TO MEASURE ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Statistical Sciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge OMAR PACCAGNELLA SECS-S/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SECS-S/03 Statistics for Economics 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 7.0 48 127.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 Commissione a.a.2019/20 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 PACCAGNELLA OMAR (Presidente)
BASSI FRANCESCA (Membro Effettivo)
LISI FRANCESCO (Membro Effettivo)
PAGGIARO ADRIANO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The course of "Calculus" is preparatory, but it is strongly recommended to pass also the course of "Statistics 1".
Target skills and knowledge: The goals of this course are:
- introducing the main issues related to the “measurement” of some economic and business components, their longitudinal and spatial changes and their main distributive features;
- leading the students at applying the most suitable instruments and methodological solutions for measuring such economic and business components, highlighting the main assumptions and characteristics of these tools (usually, the starting point will be a brief introduction of some cases/events from the real life);
- getting used students at the search and collection of economic data and metadata from official statistics sources.
This course aims at enhancing students' ability of:
- selecting the most important information from national and international official statistics sources;
- the best application of the most suitable tools for measuring economic and business components in empirical analysis;
- a critical assessment of the main empirical results.
Examination methods: A written exam is planned (usually to be done in the computer lab). Two sets of questions will be provided: the first group includes theoretical questions, asking about the main features of the methodologies and tools discussed within the course; the second group includes practical questions, that is some exercises designed to evaluate the students’ abilities to correctly apply the methodological tools and a critical assessment of the obtained results.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated according to their level of understanding the topics covered by the course and the main features of the tools used to measure economic and business items, both from a technical and an empirical (on real data) point of view.
Course unit contents: 1) Sources: Tools to retrieve economic and business statistical information
- Statistical information: primary/secondary data; internal/external data.
- Quality of the statistical information. Some examples of the statistical information provided by media.
- The kind-of-activity units and the unit of homogeneous production: the ATECO (NACE) classification.
- Main data sources: censuses, sampling surveys, administrative sources (archives).
- Browsing through some database and datawarehouses for retrieving economic and business data.
2) The measurement of the productive factors
- The capital and its evaluation.
- The labour and the labour forces.
3) The index numbers
- General methodological issues and the main classification of the index numbers.
- The economic approach to the index number theory.
- The statistical approach to the index number theory. The index numbers for temporal comparisons.
- The main index numbers in Italy.
- Measuring inflation.
- Main application of the index numbers for business. The index numbers for spatial comparisons.
4) Some issues of National Accounts
- The theoretical framework: the SNA and SEC systems.
- The operations and the main economic components of the National Accounts.
- The system of economic accounts (a simplified version).
- A brief introduction to the Quarterly National Accounts.
5) Temporal comparisons of economic measures
- The evaluation at constant prices.
- Main application in economic fields.
- The measurement of the partial and global productivity.
6) Spatial comparisons of economic measures
- Binary and multiple comparisons.
- The measurement and comparison of productivities among businesses.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Face-to-face lecturing sessions are scheduled, devoted both to the presentation of the topics and to some practical exercises on real data.
Session attendance is not compulsory, however, it is highly recommended.
In classroom, interactive lecturing will be used to stimulate discussions and critical assessments over the covered topics.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Documents from ISTAT or other sources of official statistics data, usually online downloadable.
Notes prepared by the teaching staff will be uploaded throughout the course on the Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bracalente, Bruno; Cossignani, Massimo; Anna Mulas, Statistica aziendale. Milano: McGraw-Hill, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Predetti, Aldo, I numeri indici. Teoria e pratica dei confronti temporali e spaziali. Milano: Giuffrè, 2006. XI° edizione Cerca nel catalogo
  • Siesto, Vincenzo, La contabilità nazionale italiana. Il sistema dei conti del 2000. Bologna: Il Mulino, 1996. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Lequiller, François; Blades, Derek, Understanding National Accounts: Second Edition – Revised and Expanded. --: OECD Publishing, 2014. (
  • AA.VV., Consumer price index manual: Theory and practice. --: International Labour Office, 2004. ( + Update of the Consumer price index manual

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Datawarehouse use (sources) for official statistics (i.e. Istat, Eurostat)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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