Scientific Publications (since 1999)



Measuring the gains from labor specialization
with Decio Coviello and Nicola Persico

Forthcoming on the Journal of Law and Economics



The cognitive cost of daycare 0--2 for children in advantaged families
with Margherita Fort and Giulio Zanella

Forhcoming on the Journal of Political Economy



Corriere della sera di Bologna, 1 luglio 2016

The Times, July 1 2016

Corriere della sera di Bologna, 29 giugno 2016

Corriere della sera, 28 giugno 2016

Corriere della sera, Io donna, 27 giugno 2016

Bologna nidi blog spot, 10 ottobre 2016

Corriere della Sera, 17 ottobre 2017

La Repubblica, 23 ottobre 2017

La Stampa, 21 ottobre 2017

La Stampa, 24 ottobe 2017

Libero quotidiano, 20 ottobre 2017

GreenMe, 23 ottobre 2017

Institute for family Studies, May 2019



The Tower of Babel in the classroom: immigrants and natives in Italian schools
with Rosario Ballatore and Margherita Fort

The Journal of Labor Economics

Online Appendix

Inelastic buyers in non-competitive markets
with Giacomo Calzolari, Francesco Manaresi and Viki Nellas

The Economic Journal

Online Appendix

Here is an article of The Economist on this paper

Here is a post on the blog l'Inkiesta.


Too Old to Work, too Young to Retire?
with Guido Schwerdt, Rudolf Winter-Ebmer and Josef Zweimuller

Journal of the Economics of Aging


Multi-tasking, multiarmed bandits, and the Italian Judiciary
withRobert L/ BrayDecio Coviello and Nicola Persico

Manufacturing and Service Operations Management



The inefficiency of worker time use
with Decio Coviello and Nicola Persico

Journal of the European Economic Association

Here you can find the appendix not for publication.

Here you can find a previous version of the paper in which the economet-
ric analysis was based on the estimation of the conditional expectation
function of the duration of cases instead of on the estimation of a Cox Proportional hazard model, as in the most recent version.



Time allocation and task juggling
with Decio Coviello and Nicola Persico

American Economic Review

Here you can find the appendix not for publication.


Hidden consequences of a first-born boy for mothers
with Eliana Viviano and Ellly-Ann Lindstrom

Economic Letters

Cited by: Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg


Comments on "Gender and experiments: what have we learned from the field and the lab"

Labor Economics


Freeing the Italian school system
with Guido Tabellini

Labor Economics



pdf College cost and time to complete a degree: Evidence from tuition discontinuities
with Pietro Garibaldi, Francesco Giavazzi and Enrico Rettore
Review of Economics and statistics
pdf Giudici in Affanno
with Decio Coviello and Nicola Persico
Annuario di diritto comparato e studi legislativi


pdf Gender based taxation and the division of family chores
with Alberto Alesina and Loukas Karabarbounis
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, vol. 3, pp. 1 - 40.
pdf The political economy of intergenerational income mobility
with Loukas Karabarbounis and Enrico Moretti
Economic Inquiry, vol. 49, pp. 47 - 69



Similarities and differences when building trust: the role of cultures
with Fabian Bornhorst, Oliver Kirchkamp, Karl Schlag, and Eyal Winter, Experimental Economics , with the Appendix

pdf Does the color of the collar matter? Employment and earnings after a plant closure
with Oliver Ruf, Guido Schwerdt, Rudolf Winter-Ebmer and Josef Zweimuller
Economic Letters,  vol. 108, pp. 137 - 140.
pdf Youth Emancipation and Perceived Job Insecurity of Parents and Children
with Sascha Becker, Samuel Bentolila and Ana Fernandes
Journal of Population Economics Volume 23, Issue 3 (2010), Page 1047-1071


pdf Biological Gender Differences, Absenteeism and the Earning Gap
with Enrico Moretti
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 1(1) 183-218. A comment on the New Zealand Herald


pdf Income Insecurity and Youth Emancipation: A Theoretical Approach
with Sascha Becker, Samuel Bentolila and Ana Fernandes
The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 41.
pdf How often should you open the door? Optimal monitoring to screen heterogeneous agents
with Gerd Muehlheuser
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, (67) 820-831

Unemployment and Consumption Near and Far Away From the Mediterranean?
with Samuel Bentolila
Journal of Population Economics , vol. 21, pp. 255 - 280

Here you can find how the NewYork Times talks about this paper

pdf From temporary help jobs to permanent employment: What can we learn from matching estimators and their sensitivity?
with Fabrizia Mealli and Tommaso Nannicini
Journal of Applied Econometrics, vol. 23, pp. 305 - 327.


pdf Clean Evidence on Peer Pressure
with Armin Falk
Journal of Labor Economics, January, 24 (1), 39-57.


pdf Temporary Work Agencies in Italy: A Springboard to Permanent Employment?
with Fabrizia Mealli and Tommaso Nannicini
Giornale degli Economisti, September, 64 (1), 1-27
pdf Lo splendido isolamento dell'universita' italiana
with Stefano Gagliarducci, Giovanni Peri e Roberto Perotti
in Tito Boeri, Riccardo Faini, Andrea Ichino, Giuseppe Pisauro, Carlo Scarpa (ed.) Oltre il Declino, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2005
pdf The Effect of Employment Protection on Worker Effort - A Comparison of Absenteeism During and After Probation
with Regina T. Riphahn
Journal of the European Economic Association, March, 3 (1), 120-143
pdf Gender Wage Gap in Expectations and Realizations
with Antonio Filippin
Labour Economics, February, 12 (1), 125-145.
pdf Reconciling Motherhood and Work. Evidence from Time Use Data In Three Countries
with Anna Sanz de Galdeano
in Hamermesh, Dan, and Gerard Pfann, (Eds.), The Economics of Time Use, Amsterdam, Elsevier.


pdf Absenteeism and Employment Protection: Three Case Studies
with Regina Riphahn
Swedish Economic Policy Review, 11 (1), 95-114
pdf The Long-Run Educational Cost of World War Two
with Rudolf Winter-Ebmer
Journal of Labor Economics, January, 22 (1), 57-86
pdf How Large is the "Brain Drain" from Italy
with Giovanni Peri and Sascha Becker
Giornale degli Economisti, April, 73 (1), 1-32


pdf Are Judges Biased by Labor Market Conditions?
with Michele Polo and Enrico Rettore
European Economic Review, October, 47 (5), 913-944 . Citato dal Wall Street Journal del 7 febbraio 2012
pdf Le perplessita' di un utilizzatore di dati di fronte al "Codice di deontologia e buona condotta per il trattamento di dati personali per scopi statistici e scientifici
Rivista Statistica, Ottobre-Dicembre, 4, 673-683



Estimation of Average Treatment Effects Based on Propensity Scores
with Sascha Becker
The Stata Journal , 2 (4), 358-377
This paper documents the "Stata programs for ATT estimation based on propensity score matching" written by Sascha O. Becker and myself.   These programs may be used and distributed free of charge by anyone if credit is given. They have been tested fairly well but they come with no guarantee and the authors assume no liability for their use or misuse.
To download the programs, within Stata, you can type -net search propensity score- and follow the link.
A second option is to download the *.ado, the *.hlp files and the working paper version of the SJ paper in a single .zip file here:


pdf Manuale di Economia del Lavoro
Luchino Brucchi (ed.) , Bologna, Il Mulino, Settembre
pdf Il Problema della Causalita' . Una Introduzione Generale ed un Esempio
Capitolo 20 in: Luchino Brucchi (ed.), Manuale di Economia del Lavoro, Bologna, Il Mulino, Settembre
pdf Productivity, Seniority and Wages
with Luca Flabbi
Labour Economics, June, 8 (3), June


pdf Work Environment and Individual Background: Explaining Regional Shirking Differentials in a Large Italian Firm
with Giovanni Maggi
Quarterly Journal of Economics, August, 115 (3), 1057-1090


pdf More Equal but Less Mobile? Education Financing and Intergenerational Mobility in Italy and in the US
with Daniele Checchi and Aldo Rustichini
Journal of Public Economics, December 74 (3), 351-393
pdf Lower and Upper Bounds of Returns to Schooling: An Exercise in IV Estimation with Different Instruments
with Rudolf Winter-Ebmer
European Economic Review, April 43(4-6), 889-901
pdf Discrimination or Individual Effort? Regional Productivity Differentials in a Large Italian Firm
with Pietro Ichino
Ch. 3 in: John C. Haltiwanger et al. (eds.),The Creation and Analysis of Employer-Employee Matched Data, North-Holland, Elsevier Science B.V., 59-77