Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161365
Authors: 
Biroli, Pietro
Del Boca, Daniela
Heckman, James J.
Pettler Heckman, Lynne
Koh, Yu Kyung
Kuperman, Sylvi
Moktan, Sidharth
Pronzato, Chiara D.
Ziff, Anna
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10742
Abstract: 
We evaluate the Reggio Approach using non-experimental data on individuals from the cities of Reggio Emilia, Parma and Padova belonging to one of five age cohorts: ages 50, 40, 30, 18, and 6 as of 2012. The treated were exposed to municipally offered infant-toddler (ages 0 3) and preschool (ages 3 6) programs. The control group either didn't receive formal childcare or were exposed to programs offered by the state or religious systems. We exploit the city-cohort structure of the data to estimate treatment effects using three strategies: difference-in-differences, matching, and matched-difference-in-differences. Most positive and significant effects are generated from comparisons of the treated with individuals who did not receive formal childcare. Relative to not receiving formal care, the Reggio Approach significantly boosts outcomes related to employment, socio-emotional skills, high school graduation, election participation, and obesity. Comparisons with individuals exposed to alternative forms of childcare do not yield strong patterns of positive and significant effects. This suggests that differences between the Reggio Approach and other alternatives are not sufficiently large to result in significant differences in outcomes. This interpretation is supported by our survey, which documents increasing similarities in the administrative and pedagogical practices of childcare systems in the three cities over time.
Subjects: 
childcare
early childhood education
Reggio Approach
evaluation
Italian education
JEL: 
I21
I26
I28
J13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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