NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Pietro Biroli

University of Zurich
Department of Economics
Schoenberggasse 1
CH - 8001 Zurich, Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0)44 634 61 04

E-Mail: pietro.biroli@econ.uzh.ch

NBER Working Papers and Publications

May 2017Evaluation of the Reggio Approach to Early Education
with Daniela Del Boca, James J. Heckman, Lynne Pettler Heckman, Yu Kyung. Koh, Sylvi Kuperman, Sidharth Moktan, Chiara D. Pronzato, Anna Ziff: w23390
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 did not 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, t...
 
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