Daniela Del Boca

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The Effect of Child Care and Part Time Opportunities on Participation and Fertility Decisions in Italy Economic models of household behavior typically yield the prediction that increases in schooling levels and wage rates of married women lead to increases in their labor supply and reductions in fertility. In Italy, as well as in other Southern European(More)
Household Choices and Child Development The growth in labor market participation among women with young children has raised concerns about the potential negative impact of the mother’s absence from home on child outcomes. Recent data show that mother’s time spent with children has declined in the last decade, while the indicators of children’s cognitive and(More)
In this paper, we formulate a dynamic utility maximization model of female labor force participation and fertility choices and estimate approximate decision rules using data on married women in Italy, Spain and France. The pattern of estimated state dependence effects across countries is consistent with aggregate patterns in part-time employment and child(More)
Transfers to Households with Children and Child Development In this paper we utilize a model of household investments in the development of children to explore the impact of various transfer policies on the distribution of child outcomes. We develop a cost criterion that can be used to compare the cost effectiveness of unrestricted, restricted, and(More)
Labor Supply and Child Care Costs: The Effect of Rationing In Italy the participation of women has not increased very much in the last few decades relative to other developed countries and it is still among the lowest in Europe. The female employment rate stands almost 13 percentage points below the EU average and 22 below the Lisbon target. One of the most(More)
Divorce laws establish spouses’ individual property rights over household resources and determine when divorce is allowed. This paper examines how such laws influence the intertemporal behavior and the welfare of U.S. married couples. I build a model of household choice about consumption, labor supply and divorce under multiple divorce law regimes and I(More)
In Italy the participation of women has not increased very much in the last few decades relative to other developed countries and it is still among the lowest in Europe. The female employment rate stands almost 13 percentage points below the EU average and 22 below the Lisbon target. One of the most important reasons is related to the characteristics of(More)
This article develops a search model of the labor market with matching, bargaining, and employers’ taste discrimination in which—under necessary but standard distributional assumption—it is possible to separately identify gender discrimination and unobserved productivity differences. The equilibrium shows that both prejudiced and unprejudiced employers wage(More)
Exploring the Impacts of Public Childcare on Mothers and Children in Italy: Does Rationing Play a Role? This paper investigates the effects of public childcare availability in Italy on mothers’ working status and children’s scholastic achievements. We use a newly available dataset containing individual standardized test scores of pupils attending second(More)