Daniele Checchi is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Milan (Italy). He studied Economics at the Bocconi University in Milan and the LSE where he received his masters degree in 1985. He obtained his PhD from University of Siena in 1987. He worked and taught at the University of Brescia (1988-92) and the University of Milano-Bicocca (1992-2000) and held visiting positions at Universiteit Maastricht (2006-2009), Universitè Catolique de Louvain (2008), Universidad Autonoma Barcelona (2008), Boston College (2007), University of York (2006), University of Leicester (2006), University College Dublin (2005).
His current research interests include the economics of education, intergenerational mobility, labour market institutions and union density.

Among others, Daniele Checchi has published in journals such as American Journal of British Journal of Industrial Relations, Economics and Sociology, Applied Economics, Economic Policy, Economics Letters, Economica, Economics and Politics, International Journal of Manpower, International Review of Applied Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of European Economic Association, Journal of International Development, Jounral of Development Studies, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Inequality, Open Economies Review, Research in Inequality, Weltwirtschftliches Archiv.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in July 2003.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11211

We analyse how schooling in multigrade classes affect the formation of student cognitive and non-cognitive skills. Our identification strategy is based on some institutional features of the Italian educational system establishing a minimum number of students per class. Classes that do not reach the minimum number of pupils are organized...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10844
forthcoming in Italian Economic Journal 2018

We study a reform occurred in Italy in 2008 in the formation of selection committees for qualifying as university professor. Prior to the reform members of the selection committees were elected by their peers, after the reform they have been randomly drawn. This policy was intended to increase the equality...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8986

In this paper we present a counterfactual evaluation of the effect of ICT resources at school on student achievements conducted in Italy. In 2009 156 classes at 6th grade were endowed with additional resources earmarked for purchasing ICT equipments only. By selecting an equivalent number of classes in the same...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8345
Daniele Checchi, Gianni De Fraja, Stefano Verzillo

We derive a theoretical model of effort in the presence of career concern based on the multi-unit all-pay auction, and closely inspired by the Italian academic market. In this model, the number of applicants, the number of new posts, and the relative importance of the determinants of promotion determine academics'...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8344
Daniele Checchi, Gianni De Fraja, Stefano Verzillo
forthcoming in Social Choice and Welfare 2018

We study here the problem of evaluating whether the selection from a set is close to the ranking determined by a measurable criterion. We propose a number of natural axioms and show that an index exists that satisfies all these axioms. The paper ends with an application of the index...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8222
published in Socio-Economic Review 2017: 1-25

In this paper we study the associations between educational policies, distributions of educational attainments and income distributions. By matching inequality measures on test scores, years of education and labour earnings by country, birth cohorts and gender, we show that inequality in education (measured both at quality and quantity levels) affect...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8220
published in: A. Atkinson and F. Bourguignon (eds.): Handbook of Income Distribution, 2, 2015, 1535–1727

Considering the contribution of the distribution of individual wages and earnings to that of household incomes we find two separate literatures that should be brought together, and bring 'new institutions' into play. Growing female employment, rising dual-earnership and part-time employment underline its relevance. We discuss the measurement of wage inequality,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7722
revised version forthcoming in Rivista di Politica Economica, 2017

Thanks to the effort of two local educational authorities, in two regions of North Italy (Valle d'Aosta and the autonomous province of Trento) the PISA 2009 test was re-administered to the same students one year later. This paper is the first to analyse in the OECD-PISA context the potential advantages...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7444
published in: Labour, 2013, 27 (3), 249-271

Private school students do not always perform better in standardized tests. We suggest that this may be explained by choice of private schooling by less capable students in countries where government schools are better suited to talented students. To assess the empirical relevance of this mechanism, we exploit cross-country variation...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6190
revised version published as 'Educational policies in a long-run perspective' in: Economic Policy, 2013, 28 (73), 45-100

In this paper we analyse the effects of changes in the institutional design of the educational system on school attainment. In particular, we test whether alternative reforms have increased the average educational attainment of the population and whether various deciles of the education distribution have been differentially affected. We constructed...