How Parents' Skills Affect Their Time-Use with Children? Evidence from an RCT Experiment in Italy

24 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2020

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Daniela Del Boca

University of Turin

Chiara Pronzato

University of Turin - Department of Economics S. Cognetti de Martiis

Lucia Schiavon

University of Turin

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of parenting courses on fragile families’ time use with their children. Courses aimed at raising parental awareness of the importance of educational activities are offered in four Italian cities (Naples, Reggio Emilia, Teramo and Palermo) within the framework of the social program “FA.C.E. Farsi Comunità Educanti” and with the cooperation of the program “Con i Bambini”. To conduct the impact evaluation, we designed a randomized controlled trial involving random assignment of the families (mostly mothers). At the end of the intervention, we administered an assessment questionnaire both to the treatment group, which took the course, and to the control group, which did not. Comparing the outcomes, we find attending the course increased families’ awareness of the importance of educational activities for children, the frequency with which they read to the child, and their desire to spend more time with the child.

JEL Classification: J130, D100, I260

Suggested Citation

Boca, Daniela Del and Pronzato, Chiara and Schiavon, Lucia, How Parents' Skills Affect Their Time-Use with Children? Evidence from an RCT Experiment in Italy (2020). CESifo Working Paper No. 8795, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3754686 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3754686

Daniela Del Boca (Contact Author)

University of Turin ( email )

Via Po 53
Torino, Turin - Piedmont 10100
Italy

Chiara Pronzato

University of Turin - Department of Economics S. Cognetti de Martiis ( email )

Via Po' 53
Torino, 10124
Italy

Lucia Schiavon

University of Turin ( email )

Via Po 53
Torino, Turin - Piedmont 10100
Italy

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