Daniela Del Boca

  • Current position:
    Professor, Department of Economics, University of Turin; Director CHILD (Centre for Household Income, Labour, and Demographics); Fellow, Collegio Carlo Alberto; Director of Doctoral Program in Economics Vilfredo Pareto, University of Turin 2010–
  • Positions/functions as policy advisor:
    Scientific Committee Save the Children “Educational Poverty” Program (2014–); Advisory Board Ministry of the Family 2007; Committee for the Evaluation of Balancing Work and the Family, Ministry of Labor 2014
  • Research interest:
    Labor economics and industrial relations, household and population economics
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  • Affiliations:
    University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto, Italy, and IZA, Germany
  • Past positions:
    Fellow, Center for European Studies NYU 2005; Fellow, Italian Academy Columbia 2003; Associate Professor, Polytechnic of Milan
  • Qualifications:
    PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988
  • Selected publications:
    • “Does the availability of child care impact child outcomes?” Review of the Economics of the Household, forthcoming (with Y. Brilli and C. Pronzato).
    • “Household behavior and marriage market.” Journal of Economic Theory 150 (2014): 137–155 (with C. Flinn).
    • “Household choices and child development.” Review of Economic Studies 81 (2014): 515–550 (with C. Flinn and M. Wiswall).
    • “Endogenous household interactions.” Journal of Econometrics 166 (2012): 49–65 (with C. Flinn).
    • “Life cycle employment and fertility across institutional environments.” European Economic Review 53 (2009): 274–292 (with R. Sauer).
    • “The mismatch between labour supply and child care.” Journal of Population Economics 4 (2007): 805–832 (with D. Vuri).
  • Articles

Childcare choices and child development

Generous parental leave and affordable, high-quality childcare can foster children’s abilities

March 2015

10.15185/izawol.134 134

by Daniela Del Boca Del Boca, D

The economic and psychological literatures have demonstrated that early investments (private and public) in children can significantly increase cognitive outcomes in the short and long term and contribute to success later in life. One of the most important of these inputs is maternal time. Women’s participation in the labor market has risen rapidly in most countries, implying that mothers spend less time with their children and that families rely more on external sources of childcare. This trend has raised concerns, and an intense debate in several countries has focused on the effectiveness of childcare policies.