Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/202642
Authors: 
Corazzini, Luca
Meschi, Elena
Pavese, Caterina
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 394
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the impact of attending early childcare on second generation immigrant children's cognitive outcomes. Our analysis draws on administrative data on the entire population of students in fifth grade collected by the Italian Institute for the Evaluation of the Educational System (INVALSI) for school years 2014/2015 to 2016/2017 matched to unique administrative records on the early childcare public available slots at the municipal level. Our identification strategy exploits cross-sectional and time series variation in the provision of early childcare service across Italian municipalities as an instrument for individual early childcare attendance. Our results point out that the effect of early childcare attendance differs between native and immigrant children. Although we find no effects for Italian children, our estimates show a positive and significant effect on literacy test scores for immigrant children of low educated mothers, which suggests that early childcare may be particularly relevant for immigrant children from a disadvantaged background.
Subjects: 
Childcare
Cognitive skills
Immigrant children
IV
JEL: 
J13
J15
H75
I20
I28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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