Adriana Di Liberto is Professor of Economics at the University of Cagliari. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University College London and a MSc in Economics from the same University.

Her main research interests are in economics of education, policy evaluation, human capital and development. She is currently working on the impact of school management on children's schooling outcomes, the effect of an Italian ALMP on unemployed women, and the relationship between age of arrivals and immigrant students’ performance.

She has acted as a consultant for the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Developing a system of human capital indicators Project) and she has been principal investigator on different policy evaluation projects founded by Regione Sardegna.

She spent a visiting period at IZA in July 2011 and joined the IZA network as a Research Fellow in September 2014.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10458

We study if Italian teachers do apply gender discrimination when judging students. To this aim, we use a difference-in-differences approach that exploits the availability of both teachers (non-blind) and standardized test (blind) scores in math and language that Italian students receive during the school year. Using data for all sixth...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8886
published in: IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2015, 4:7

We analyze the effects of an ALMP for disadvantaged workers implemented in a depressed area of Italy. Using propensity-score matching, we find that a) the employment subsidy had a positive effect for participants on both the probability of finding a job and income, b) the outcome of the policy was...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8776
published in: European Journal of Political Economy, 2015, 38, 12-41

We study the connection between economic performance and the quality of government institutions for the sample of 103 Italian NUTS3 regions, including new measures of institutional performance calculated using data on the provision of different areas of public services. In order to address likely endogeneity problems, we use the histories...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8547
published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2015, 36 (4), 585-618

Using Italian data on language standardized tests for three different levels of schooling we investigate if the observed gap in educational attainments in 1st generation immigrants tends to lower the longer they stay in Italy, and if younger children tend to catch up faster than their older schoolmates. The analysis...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8475
published in: Economic Policy, 2015, 30 (84), 683-728

We study the effects of managerial practices in schools on students' outcomes. We measure managerial practices using the World Management Survey, a methodology that enables us to construct robust measures of management quality comparable across countries. We find substantial heterogeneity in managerial practices across six industrialized countries, with more centralized...