Authors

Daniela Vuri

  • Current position:
    Associate Professor, University of Rome Tor Vergata
  • Positions/functions as policy advisor:
    Consultant for the World Bank, 2006–2007
  • Research interest:
    Labor economics, family economics, gender studies, policy evaluation
  • Website:
    http://bit.ly/Vuri_Rome
  • Affiliations:
    University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Past positions:
    Assistant Professor, University of Florence, 2001–2006; Assistant Professor, University of Rome Tor Vergata, November 2006–October 2013
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Economics, European University Institute, Florence, 2003
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    I am thrilled to contribute to IZA World of Labor. I think that IZA World of Labor is a very useful tool for the general public and policymakers to easily access academic topics in labor economics
  • Selected publications:
    • “Employment protection and fertility: Evidence from the 1990 Italian reform.” Labor Economics 23 (2013): 77–88 (with E. Prifti)
    • “Job mobility and the gender wage gap in Italy.” Labour Economics 18 (2011): 130–142 (with E. Del Bono).
    • "Smoking habits: Like father, like son, like mother, like daughter?” Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 72:6 (2010): 717–743 (with A. Sanz de Galdeano and M. Loureiro)
    • “Parental divorce and students’ performance. Evidence from longitudinal data.” Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 69:3 (2007): 321–338 (with A. Sanz de Galdeano).
    • “The mismatch between employment and child care in Italy: The impact of rationing.” Journal of Population Economics 20:4 (2007) (with D. Del Boca)
  • Articles

Do childcare policies increase maternal employment?

Subsidized childcare fosters maternal employment, but employment status, childcare quality, and availability matter

March 2016

10.15185/izawol.241 241

by Daniela Vuri Vuri, D

Women’s labor force participation has rapidly increased in most countries, but mothers still struggle to achieve a satisfactory work−life balance. Childcare allows the primary caregiver, usually the mother, to take time away from childrearing for employment. Family policies that subsidize childcare and increase its availability have different effects on female labor supply across countries. For policymakers to determine how well these policies work, they should consider that policy effectiveness may depend on country-specific pre-reform female employment and earnings, and childcare availability, costs, and quality.