SOSE aims at promoting studies, research and surveys in the field of public finance paying particular attention to the issues concerning sub-national governments.

This section describes the contents of the research activities undertaken with national and international teams by reporting the most significant documents elaborated.

Projects and consultancy

SOSE collaborates with the Municipality of Ancona to build a forecasting tool of the level of current expenditure based on the model elaborated for the evaluation of the standard expenditure of municipalities. The project involves also the creation of tools to enhance the management control of local administrators.


SOSE has undertaken two research projects with the Polytechnic University of Milan. The first one aims to investigate if, and to what extent, the variability among municipalities’ efficiency in producing ancillary education services explain the variability of the students’ achievements in primary school. The second project aims to study the models of multi-output cost functions for the estimation of global cost functions for Italian municipalities.


SOSE has undertaken a consulting activity in favor of the Lithuanian Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Structural Reform Support Service of the European Commission. The goal to be achieved lies in building an evaluation model able to assess the financial sustainability of Lithuanian municipalities based on the definition of both standard levels of spending and the fiscal capacity of the various functions, given the need for reform of the local finance system claimed by the Lithuanian government.

Presentation SOSE_Lithuania meeting - 30th of January 2018 (pdf)

International Seminar “The reform of corrective and compensatory mechanisms in Italy and the analysis of the fiscal gap as a tool to orientate local fiscal policy” (January 2018)


International Seminar “Development of a new corrective and compensatory mechanism for local governments in Poland” (pdf) - (October 2017)

Report “The Italian way towards Standard Expenditure Needs”

(written for the international seminar of June 6, 2014)