One billion for early childcare in Italy: New GLO Discussion Paper

A new GLO Discussion Paper studies the effectiveness of a government program to strengthen the public supply of early childhood educational services in Italy.

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GLO Discussion Paper No. 459, 2020

One billion euro program for early childcare services in Italy –  Download PDF
Giorgetti, Isabella & Picchio, Matteo

GLO Fellow Isabella Giorgetti & Matteo Picchio

Author Abstract: In 2007 the Italian central government started a program by transferring funds to regional governments to develop both private and public early childcare services. Exploiting the different timing of program implementation across regions, we evaluate its effectiveness in boosting the public supply of early childhood educational services. We find that the ratio between the available slots in public early childhood education and the population of those aged 0-2 increased by 17.2% three years after the start of the program, with respect to the pre-program level. The program impact was however limited in the South and mostly driven by the Center-North.

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