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Chiara Monfardini

Full Professor

Department of Economics

Academic discipline: SECS-P/05 Econometrics


Keywords: microeconometrics limited dependent variable models children and adolescents development and health time use gender gaps in time use

Limited dependent variable models; simulation-based microeconometric methods; empirical  household, education and labour economics.

PRIN 2017 PROJECT, years 2020-2022

"At the Roots of Child Development: On the Role of Parental Beliefs, Preferences and Engagement"

Single research unit (Department of Economics, University of Bologna) including Tiziano Arduini, Maria Bigoni (P.I.), Margherita Fort, Daniela Iorio and Chiara Monfardini. The project is developed with the scientific collaboration of  Annalisa Guarini and Alessandra Sansavini of the Department of Psychology of the University of Bologna.

We investigate the determinants of children’s non-cognitive skills and social preferences, focusing on the role of parenting practices. The project comprises three pillars: i) a theoretical model of parental investment; ii) a novel longitudinal dataset on children’s preferences and non-cognitive skills, and parents’ preferences, beliefs, and time-use in activities that involve their child; iii) the exogenous variation in parental beliefs and time-investments induced by a psycho-educational intervention that targets parents through an RCT. We aim at contributing to the creation of a sound empirical and theoretical basis for the design of policies promoting children’s well-being and equality of opportunities.


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