Date of publication: June 15, 1988


This paper illustrates the creation of a monitoring system for the insurance market in Italy, which in recent years is undergoing rapid development. This continuous research programme, called SIMTASS, has as objective the supply of a detailed picture of the local market. The implementation of the SIMTASS methodology is based on a typological analysis of the Italian communes which , as been created using the large amounts of information in existence at commune level on the structure of the population, the economic structure and income. On the basis of this typological analysis 21 clusters of communes have been identified, internally homogeneous as communes but different from one another as clusters.

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