Research

Publications in peer-reviewed journals

"Mother’s time allocation, childcare and child cognitive development", Journal of Human Capital, volume 16, number 2, summer 2022. PDFAppendix
The paper previously circulated with the title "Mother or market care? A structural estimation of child care impacts on child development", and was awarded the 2013 Prize in memory of Etta Chiuri (motivations).

Influenza vaccination behavior and media reporting of adverse events
, with Claudio Lucifora, Antonio Russo and Marco Tonello, Health Policy, 124(12), pp. 1403-1411, December 2020. IZA DP

Vaccination take-up and Health: Evidence from a Flu Vaccination Program for the Elderly
, with Claudio Lucifora, Antonio Russo and Marco Tonello, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 179, pp. 323-341, November 2020. IZA DP, Appendix

Birth weight, Neonatal Care, and Infant Mortality: Evidence from Macrosomic Babies, with Brandon J. Restrepo, Economics and Human Biology, 37, May 2020. PDF, Appendix

Does increasing compulsory education decrease or displace adolescent crime? New evidence from administrative and victimization data, with Marco Tonello, CESifo Economic Studies, 64(1), pp. 15-49, March 2018, Editor's choice. PDF

Does child care availability play a role in maternal employment and children's development? Evidence from Italy with Daniela Del Boca and Chiara Pronzato, Review of Economics of the Household, 14(1), pp. 27-51, March 2016.

 Public investments in children’s human capital. Evidence from the literature on non-parental child care, Journal of the Italian Economic Association, Vol. XIX, N.1, pp. 169-194, April 2014. PDF

Book chapters

“Who cares for the children? Family social position and childcare arrangements in Italy, 2002-2012”, with Nevena Kulic and Moris Triventi, in Blossfeld, H.-P., Kulic, N., J. Skopek, and M. Triventi (Eds.), Childcare, early education and social inequality. An international perspective, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017.

“Cura dei figli, scelte lavorative delle madri e sviluppo cognitivo dei bambini” [“Child care, mothers’ employment and children’s cognitive development”], in L. Cappellari - C. Lucifora (Eds.), Economia della popolazione. Disuguaglianza, Famiglia e Migrazioni [Population Economics. Inequality, Family and Migrations], Vita e Pensiero, pag. 139-156, 2014.

PhD thesis

"Child Development and Cognitive Outcomes: the Role of Public and Family Inputs", PDF

Awarded the XIII Edition of the Prize of the Italian Economic Association (SIE) for the Best PhD Thesis in Economics (motivations of the award - in Italian)